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Preventing Burst Pipes This Winter

Burst pipes and winter go hand in hand. Why? Well when water freezes while contained, regardless of how strong the material, this expansion adds tremendous pressure – which can cause a pipe to burst. Pipes that freeze the easiest are those exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, water sprinkler lines, and water supply lines in unheated areas of the home (crawl spaces, attics, garages, kitchen cabinets, basements).

Frozen Pipes

With a few preventative measures, you can lower the risk of burst or frozen pipes in your home:

  • Disconnect, drain, and store any outdoor garden hoses. Close inside valves that supply water to the outdoor hose bibs and open the outdoor bibs to let water drain out.
  • Identify unheated areas of the home with exposed pipes. Wrap those you find with pipe insulation or heating tape to prevent freezing.
  • If you are leaving on vacation, do not turn your heat OFF. Leave it on low, but no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Keep kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open to allow warmer air to circulate your plumbing. (Just be sure no cleaning products or hazardous items are in reach of small children.)
  • Close windows and cover any vents that are near pipes. Cold temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the location of the main shutoff valve and how to close it – in an emergency.

When it comes to your plumbing and the winter season, preparation is key. Should you experience frozen pipes or a pipe burst this season – give us a call immediately. Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and will not hesitate to send help your way.

Fall Maintenance Tips: Winterizing Your Home

When the seasons change, we not only have to prepare ourselves for the weather but our homes as well. Get a head start on winterizing your home, well before the harsher temps roll in:

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Clean Your Gutters- When leaves are falling, the last place you think to clean them out of are your gutters. But over time, leaves and other debris can easily clog up your gutters which can prevent them from draining properly.

Check Heating Systems- This is the furthest thing from your mind in the summer, but come winter a malfunctioning heating system isn’t ideal. Make sure you are prepared for the colder temps to come and have your system inspected by a professional.

Drain Outdoor Faucets/Hoses- Any water left in outdoor faucets or hoses can expand when frozen, causing a pipe to burst. Be sure to drain water and store away garden hoses inside.

Seal Leaks- Drafty windows or doors can waste 5 – 30 percent of your home’s energy. Check around your home and add or replace any run down weather stripping to prevent cold air from coming into the house (and likewise, warm air from leaving!).

Patterson Plumbing & Heating is a full service company prepared to handle your winterization needs. Give one of our expert technicians a call today: 719-554-4922 to diagnose the plumbing or heating problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises.

Preparing Your Lawn for Winter

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As far as our trees, plants, and grass are concerned – winter is the off-season of the landscaping game plan. But with the below tips, you can prepare your lawn now for greener grass later:

  • Aerate while your lawn is still green! Fall aeration breaks up the dry, compacted soil and allows for nutrients and water to reach the roots.
  • Keep it green! Aeration and over-seeding helps to fill bare spots to provide a thick, green lawn. And, if you choose to fertilize in the fall, you’ll have a better chance at killing perennial weeds more effectively than spraying in the warmer months.
  • Fall and winter watering – Usually, the driest months in Colorado are November – February. As long as temperatures are above freezing, plan to water your shrubs and trees every 3-4 weeks.
  • Winterize your sprinkler system – Disconnect all garden hoses and flush out any stagnant water in the lines. Choosing to winterize your outdoor system now before the real cold hits can prevent costly repairs in your home down the line.

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At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, 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. If you have questions or concerns when winterizing your home or lawn, go ahead and give us a call 719-544-4922!