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Conserving Water at Home

Filling glass of tap water

Water is by far the most valuable resource on our planet but there isn’t an abundant supply. Even though 70 percent of the Earth is covered by water, less than 1 percent can be used for human use.

Considering the recent water shortages in California and evidence of rivers and lakes evaporating, we may be in for a rude awakening should our supply continue to dry up. Now while we can’t control the climate or environment, the least we CAN do is work on conservation efforts ourselves. Take a look at the below to help play your part:

Don’t leave the tap running
It’s easy to just leave the water running while doing things like brushing our teeth or even washing the dishes – but this can easily waste two gallons of water per minute!

Cut the shower time down
Maybe its you or maybe it’s a friend or family member, regardless we all know someone infamous for taking those painfully long showers. With a five minute shower taking 15 to 25 gallons of water – how much is wasted when we extend out shower times to contemplate life? If you can’t bear the thought of giving up your typical shower routine, install a low-flow shower head to save two gallons per minute!

Use one cup and stick to it
Noticing piles of cups in your sink? Are they from filling glasses of water? Instead of grabbing a new cup each time, keep one by the sink that you can easily reach for when you want a glass of H2O. This way you help cut down on dish-washing time. OR, buy a water bottle to refill daily.

Don’t rush that flush
By far the largest percentage of indoor water use occurs in the bathroom – with 41 percent used for flushing. The saying is, “If it’s yellow keep it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down.” Consider that motto next time!

Call your plumber
Get that leaky faucet fixed! Even the slightest leak can waste gallons over the course of the year. If you notice any leaky fixtures in your home, be sure to give us a call!

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, our plumbing and drain cleaning experts are prepared to repair any problem you may have. Our technicians provide the highest level of service and technical excellence: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

Leave Plumbing Repairs to Us!

“How hard can it be?” A common question when considering doing a perceivable easy home repair. Unfortunately, many have found out the answer to this question the hard way. Although we have the internet as our guide, some repairs can be dangerous to your home if not done correctly – particularly plumbing.

Here’s why you should leave the plumbing repairs to the professionals:

  1. The Tools – Having a few wrenches in your tool kit is not all that’s needed for some plumbing repairs. Professionals have a range of high-end equipment to handle clogs, locate leaks, etc., and are properly trained in using them.
  2. Time and Dedication – While you may be a jack of all trades, chances are you have other things going on to fully dedicate your focus to an important plumbing task. Professionals however are able to dedicate their time and effort to making sure everything is done right the first time.
  3. Home Protection – An amateur plumbing repair can pose a major risk to your home if not done correctly. Avoid potential catastrophes (think floods, chain reaction of leaks, etc.) by calling in the experts from the beginning.
  4. Savings – Rarely does a DIY repair cut costs – in fact, it usually multiplies it. Having a professional do it right the first time saves your wallet from costly repairs down the road.

Finding dedicated and skilled plumbers to handle repairs in Pueblo, CO is simple: give the experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call today. Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and know that you and your home deserve to be treated with respect.

Prevent Clogged Drains, Avoid These Items

While we all know that water should be the only thing going down the drain, we’ve all had that “whoops there goes the pasta!” moment at some point. This can be harmless, until blockage builds up and you have a clogged sink on your hands.

So during your spring cleaning this season, work to prevent poor plumbing habits. Thanks to the Huffington Post, here are 11 things that commonly create blockages in pipes that you might not expect:

  1. Bacon Fat – Instead of pouring this down the drain, wait for it to cool off in the pan, wipe it with a paper towel and toss it.
  2. Grease and Oil – Avoid this problem from the start and put it into your compost bin where other organic materials can soak it up.
  3. Orange Peels – Don’t confuse your pipes with garbage disposals, throwing these bits down the drain wont make anything smell good.
  4. Coffee Grinds – Flushing these down your pipes can cause a sludgy, drain-clogging mess. Good thing is grinds are GREAT for gardening, so take these outside!
  5. Eggshells – Even the smallest bit can create granular waste that can easily get stuck to oil and grease and clog up a sink, toss these!
  6. Tea Leaves – If you are a loose leaf tea fan, be careful you don’t wash a bunch of these down the drain – they can pile and build up in the pipes.
  7. Semolina – This is what many pastas are made with can cause blockage when wet. It’s ok to drain pasta water – just be sure not to let the noodles down too!
  8. Medicines – When cleaning out your cabinet, refrain from dumping expired liquids down the drain. Metamucil in particular forms a ‘hard jello’ that can be very difficult to get rid of.
  9. Jello – Speaking of Jello, anything with gelatin as an ingredient has the potential to cause clogs.
  10. Potato Peels – When potatoes absorb too much water they can get gummy and very sticky. Don’t want that building up in your pipes!
  11. Rice – Another food that gums up the pipes and causes water to back up. Don’t let these grains fall down the drain!

Have you accidentally tossed a bunch of these down the drain? Call Patterson Plumbing & Heating to get your drains cleared today! 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!