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How To Find A Qualified Plumber


There are some things in life you just don’t skimp on. Your mattress, car maintenance, and plumbing services are perfect examples of these things.

If you try to save a few dollars by hiring an unqualified plumber, it will wind up costing you more in the long run. Shoddy plumbing work will always come back to bite you in the form of future repairs and damages.

Save yourself the time and hassle by hiring a good plumber who can get the job done right the first time. Here are a few tips to help you find one:

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  • Ask friends and family. If you have a friend, family member, or relative that has recently had plumbing work done, ask them if they can recommend anyone.
  • Turn to online resources. If you don’t know anyone who can recommend a plumber, the internet certainly can. Resources such as Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau can help you find a qualified plumber in your area.
  • Look for licenses and experience. Who would you trust more – a fully-licensed plumber with 20 years of experience, or a random, unlicensed “contractor” performing his first job?
  • Upfront pricing is a MUST. When it comes to hiring any kind of contractor for your home, choose a someone who provides up-front pricing. An estimate is great, but paying triple what you were originally quoted for isn’t.
  • Do they guarantee their work? Warranties are another important factor to consider. If a plumber isn’t confident in their own work, how can they expect you to be?

If you are looking for a qualified, reputable plumber in Colorado, look no further than Patterson Plumbing & Heating! For the past 20+ years, homeowners in Pueblo and the surrounding area have come to us for our superior plumbing services. We offer up-front pricing, stand behind all of our work, and have an A+ accreditation with the Better Business Bureau. See what we can do for you – call us today at (719) 544-4922.

Types of Plungers

Did you know, plungers actually aren’t a one size fits all tool? And since clogged drains are a common plumbing problem, having the right one for the job would save you some struggle. Take a look below to see what we’re talking about:

Cup PlungerCup/Sink Plungers: When you think of a plunger, most often this one comes to mind. While this is good for kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, and bathtubs – it actually isn’t ideal for a toilet. The cup plunger works best when it has a flat surface to lay over. This way, it can easily form a seal to dislodge the clog.

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Flange/Toilet Plungers: Now this is the one specifically designed to unclog toilets. It still has a cup like that of the above plunger, but also has an extra rubber flap that folds out from inside the cup. This flap fits snugly in the toilet drain, making it easy to create the vacuum necessary to properly plunge a toilet clog.

And there you have it! Next time you have a clog, make sure you have the right plunger on hand. You’ll want to plunge directly up and down, tilting at an angle won’t give you the force needed and the deal can loosen. If the plunger does not work – you may want to try some natural solutions to help get the job done.

If all else fails, remember the experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating are ready to answer your call! Our plumbers and drain techs are dedicated to technical and service excellence, offering fast, friendly, and courteous service to the Pueblo, CO area. Give us a call today: 719-544-4922.

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5 Things You Should Do Before Remodeling a Bathroom

Has your bathroom seen better days? Outdated tile floors, worn out bathtubs, and peeling wall paint are just some of the problems that arise in aging bathrooms. If you foresee a remodeling project in your not-so-distant future, make sure to do these five things before putting a sledgehammer through your drywall.

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  • Decide what needs renovation – Not all bathroom remodels are created equal. Some remodeling projects could only require a new paint-job and shower head, while others need to be gutted and built from the ground up. Deciding which fixtures need upgrading is the first step to a successful remodel.
  • Set a budget – Setting a budget is an important step in any home improvement project. After determining exactly how much work needs to be done, you can begin to develop a realistic budget.
  • Measure, remeasure, and measure again – Few things can set a bathroom renovation back quicker than improper measurements. Measure how big your bathroom is, as well as your current tub, toilet, and sink. When shopping for new fixtures, always account for their physical dimensions and consider if they will fit comfortably in your bathroom.
  • Draft your new bathroom – This is where your dream begins to come to life. Whether by hand or using a computer program, lay out the floorplan for your new bathroom. This will give you a feel for the look and flow of your new bathroom, and if you don’t like something, it’s easier to change it now than it will be in the future.
  • Contact a professional – Even if you plan on renovating the bathroom yourself, it is always a good idea to consult a professional plumber or bathroom remodeling specialist before starting a project. They can help ensure that the renovation is completed correctly, safely, and efficiently, plus they could warn you of potential problems you could run in to with your plumbing system.

If you are planning a bathroom remodel for your Colorado home, contact Patterson Plumbing first. Our certified professionals will be there for you through every step of the process; from idea conception to the finished project. Our bathroom remodeling division, ReBath of Pueblo, is a one-stop shop for all of your remodeling needs. For more information about Patterson Plumbing, call us at 719-544-4922 or connect with us on Facebook.

The Guide to Winter Maintenance

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Tis the season for gathering with friends and family near a warm fire. But this is also prime time for Mother Nature to wreak havoc on our homes and even our health. Follow the below winter maintenance checklist, courtesy of Angie’s List, to protect your most valuable assets this season:

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Call for an inspection: Lack of proper HVAC maintenance is one of the number one reasons for “no heat” calls. Not only does calling for an inspection help ensure everything is in good working condition, but it can also detect potential health hazards (ie: carbon monoxide leak).

Change Dirty Filters: Switching to clean filters helps your system operate more efficiently and thus reduces your energy costs. More importantly, a cleaner filter means improved indoor air quality!

Check Ductwork: Make sure all ductwork is sealed at joints and intersections to prevent heated air from leaking. Your warm air may be seeping out into the attic or crawl space – where it’s not needed. Or, the cold outside air can be drawn in instead. Either way, this increases your heating costs and reduces your indoor comfort.

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Insultate Exposed Pipes: Pipes located in unheated areas are the most likely to freeze, while pipes that have been frozen in the past are more susceptible, now, to damage. Adding heat tape to these pipes prior to insulating can offer an extra layer of protection. Be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions.

Keep Cabinet Doors Open: If you have small children, remove anything that could be hazardous. Otherwise, open cabinet doors below the kitchen and bathroom sinks to help warm air circulate around those pipes.

Locate Your Shut Off Valve: If you have a winter retreat planned that will be taking you away from the home, shut off the water at the main shut-off valve to prevent any emergencies while you’re away!

For more information on prepping your home this season, download Angie’s List’s full guide here »

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your home’s winter maintenance needs. Give one of our expert technicians a call today: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

iStock_000024662431_LargeAs you know, when water freezes – it expands. If water begins to freeze in your pipes and expands enough, your pipes may burst. With the severe winter weather we get here in Colorado, the fear of frozen pipes is not far fetched. Cold spells can wreak havoc on home plumbing due to the quick dips in temperature, but poor insulation and setting thermostats too low should also be taken into account.

The good news is, there are steps you can take to prevent such mishaps this season:

  • Keep your home heated at a constant temperature of at least 65 degrees. Inside your walls where your pipes are located, is substantially colder than the walls themselves. Setting a thermostat lower than 65 degrees will not prevent inside the walls from freezing.

  • Add extra insulation where necessary. Check your home’s crawl spaces and attic, anywhere there may be exposed pipes. Wrap susceptible pipes with heat tape.

  • Disconnect any garden hoses before the severe weather really hits. If possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from any pipes that lead to your outdoor faucets.

  • Seal all air leaks that let the cold air in where pipes are located.

  • Keep cabinet doors open below sinks. Since most plumbing runs underneath cupboards, keeping the doors open when it snows or freezes can help circulate warm air.

Despite your best efforts, if your pipes do freeze this season, don’t panic as they may not of yet burst. You may be able to thaw a pipe with warm air from a hair dyer. However should the damage be done, make sure everyone in your household knows where the main shutoff valve is located and how to close it.

Then, give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call. Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and know that you and your home deserve to be treated with respect.

November is Child Safety & Protection Month

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September brought Baby Safety Month, and now – we have child safety and protection month. The goal of this month is to create awareness about the potential dangers children face in everyday situations, including around the home.

As parents, we try to protect our children from all the dangers of the outside world, but sometimes we forget what could cause harm right in our own homes! Here are five tips to keep your child safe under your own roof:

  1. Install safety gates before your children start crawling to keep kids out of harms way (including at the top and bottom of all stairs)
  2. Keep storage bins around to hold all toys and supplies, preventing anyone in the home from tripping
  3. Cover up and lock it up. Any outlets should be covered and locks should be included on anything that can open (cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink? Don’t need little hands going in there).
  4. Be cautious of choking hazards. From coins, to jewelry, to crayons, to food – anything little can easily be swallowed, and just as easily lodged.
  5. Set your hot water heaters no higher than 120 degrees F to prevent burns, and consider spout guards on the bathtub faucet to manage the temperature of your child’s bath.

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your plumbing and heating needs. Give one of our expert technicians a call today: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

Dishwasher Maintenance Checklist

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Your dishwasher is one of those appliances we all rely on. These machines save you time and effort but the daily wear and tear it goes through can really take a toll. That’s why proper maintenance is key to extending their average lifespan.

Here’s a checklist for you to use to make sure your dishwasher lasts for years!

  1. Use as directed – Review the user manual to make sure you are loading it correctly, using the proper soap, and adding it the correct way. Never put anything in the dishwasher that isn’t dishwasher safe!
  2. Regularly deep clean – Take a damp rag and wipe down the door, walls, and all crevices and remove any removable pieces to wash them with soap and water.
  3. Run a cleaning cycle – After you deep clean, take one cup of white vinegar and put it in a bowl on the top rack inside the dishwasher. Run the machine on a hot cycle to the vinegar can help deep clean and get rid of anything you may have missed. Once complete, you may need to wipe down the insides again to remove what the vinegar has loosened.

For more DIY cleaning and maintenance tips click here. If you start going through this checklist and notice more serious issues like rust or other malfunctions – it may be time to give the experts at Patterson Plumbing and Heating a call: (719) 554-4922

Plus, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @PatPlumbingInc to keep up-to-date with Patterson Plumbing.

What Services Does Patterson Plumbing Provide?

Patterson Plumbing & Heating provides the highest level of service and technical excellence. Broken plumbing, heating or air conditioning can make life uncomfortable and unpleasant. We make these problems go away FAST! When you call us, you’ll talk with a friendly customer service professional who will listen to your questions and needs. We’ll dispatch a professional technician whose training matches your needs. Let’s take a look at the services Patterson Plumbing provides:

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We offer complete plumbing, water heater, drain and sewer services for Pueblo, Colorado area homeowners. We focus on quality and lasting value because that’s what customers want. We only hire the best plumbers in Pueblo. In short, we won’t send anyone to your home that we wouldn’t want in our own homes.

Water Treatment

The professionals of Patterson Plumbing promise to show up on time, listen to your water softener, water filtration and purification problems, diagnose your situation, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job, not by the hour, so there are no surprises. Our water quality technicians will take great care of your home. They wear shoe covers, put down drop cloths, are trained to perform the work you need and will thoroughly clean up the work area. We follow up with a phone call to be sure you are satisfied, and stand by everything we do.

Heating

Our heating technicians can solve any home heating and air problem from noisy furnace or boiler equipment to inconsistent room temperature. Patterson Plumbing is a full service company prepared to repair the smallest heating problem to the largest heating problems.

Air Conditioning

Keeping your air conditioning operating in top condition or installing a more energy efficient model not only keeps you cool, but saves you money on energy bills. Our certified technicians have extensive experience and knowledge of all types of air conditioners and are ready to diagnose your problem and repair it.

As you can see, our plumbers, drain cleaning techs and home heating and air conditioning professionals can repair any problem with your home’s plumbing, furnace, boiler or air conditioning. To learn more about what we can do for you, dial (719) 554-4922 today!

Plus, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @PatPlumbingInc to keep up-to-date with Patterson Plumbing.

All Natural Cleaning Products for Earth Day

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Celebrate Earth Day by making some all-natural cleaning products to keep your home spick and span. Bonus, you likely have these cabinet staples in your home already:

Mirrors and Glass:

Mix one part white vinegar to one part water, spray, and wipe with a microfiber cloth. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell, it fades quickly!

Tub, Sink, Shower:

Combine 1 1/2 cups white vinegar, 1 1/2 cups water, and 3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide. If you want to scent the mixture, add your favorite essential oil – and just start scrubbing! For more tenacious soap scum, mix equal parts white vinegar with dish soap. Spray this mix and allow to soak before scrubbing and rinsing.

Toilet:

Mix two parts borax powder with one part lemon juice and add to your toilet bowl. After a few minutes, scrub to remove stubborn stains. For really hard to remove stains, add a cup of borax powder and let it stand over night before scrubbing the next morning.

Grout and Caulk:

Combine one part hydrogen peroxide to two parts water and spay on mildew infected areas. Let the mixture sit for at least an hour before scrubbing and rinsing.

Drains:

Pour a cup of baking soda followed by two cups white vinegar down the drain. The fizzing should help loosen up any blockage. Let this stand in the drain for 15 – 20 minutes before flushing with warm water. Or pour 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of baking soda followed by 6 cups of boiling water down the clogged drain for an over night treatment.

If you come across some problems while cleaning your home, give one of our experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call! A specialist will come by, diagnose the plumbing problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises. Give us a call at 719-544-4922!

Tips for Hiring the Right Plumber

Not all plumbing issues can be solved with a plunger and a little elbow grease. At some point, you may need some help from a qualified professional to get the job done.  Key word there is “professional.” Hiring an inexperienced plumber can result in additional and costly repairs down the road, not to mention unnecessary damage to your home. Be sure to choose someone who will do the job right the first time, for a reasonable cost, and one who will treat your home like it was their own.

That’s where we come in! The experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating possess all of the qualifications you need.

Here are some tips for hiring the right plumber:

  • Licensing – In Colorado, as in most states, a license is needed to practice plumbing professionally. If your plumber does not have a license, it’s time to look elsewhere.
  • Insurance – Plumbers should be insured, thus protecting your home and the plumber in case of any mishaps
  • Experience – The longer a plumber has been in business, the more reliable the services are. Lengthy experience means a robust list of references/recommendations that will prove to be valuable in your decision process.
  • References – Plumbers in business for years can provide references. If they choose not to – this is a red flag and you should look elsewhere. Talking with past customers is one of the best ways to accurately assess the quality of the plumber’s work.
  • Pricing – Plumbers should be able to accurately appraise the issue and quote a price before beginning any operations. Not sure of appropriate costs? Seek other estimates for a ballpark answer. If the quote seems to be very low, be cautious. This could mean the plumber is cutting costs by using inferior parts.
  • Warranty – Quality plumbers will guarantee their work, including the parts used, offering you security and reliability on repairs. Here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we guarantee our parts and labor on most repairs for at least one year (some exclusions apply, but many repairs have longer guarantees!)

We’ve been in business since 1984 and pride ourself on our customer service. We know you and your home deserve to be treated with respect and to have work completed by highly trained, licensed, knowledgable, and professional technicians. We provide up front pricing before any work begins and can provide a long list of references. Connect with us on Facebook or call us today! 719-544-4922