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Debunking 3 Common Plumbing Myths

DEBUNKING 3 COMMON PLUMBING MYTHS

The internet is full of tips to keep your plumbing system operating like new, but everything on the internet is not true. In fact, there is a lot of misleading information out there surrounding home plumbing systems.

In this article, the experts at Patterson Plumbing help clear up some of the confusion by debunking three common plumbing myths.

Drain cleaner is a good way to clear up clogs.

Got a clog in the kitchen sink? Just pour in half a bottle of your favorite drain cleaner to clear it up. Or maybe not. While drain cleaners are an effective short-term solution to clear up a clog, the long-term damage they can inflict on your pipes is not worth the quick fix. You can make a homemade drain cleaning solution out of baking soda and vinegar that is cheaper and completely safe – click here to learn how.

A leaky faucet is no big deal.

Drip. Drip. Drip. That sound you hear is money leaving your wallet. You may think a leaky sink is no cause for concern, but think again. A faucet that drips just once per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons over the course of a year – that’s about 175 showers’ worth of water.

Plumbing fixtures require no maintenance.

Out of all the plumbing myths circulating around the internet, this one is the most dangerous. Neglecting your plumbing system and fixtures can result in breakdowns, pipe leaks, flooding, and costly repairs. At the very least, you should have your home’s plumbing system professionally inspected and tuned up once per year.

Residents of Pueblo County, Colorado can count on Patterson for all of their plumbing needs. Our specialties include drain cleaning, leak repairs, plumbing services, installations and more. Contact us online or give us a call at (719) 544-4922 to schedule your appointment.

4 Plumbing Tips You Need to Know this Summer

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Follow these tips to make sure your summer fun in the sun doesn’t wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing system:

Keep sand out of your drains.

If you are planning a trip to the beach this summer, make sure not to track any sand back into your house. Those tiny little specks seem insignificant when they go down your shower drain, but they can actually create some pretty big clogs. The easiest way to prevent this from happening is by leaving any sand at the door. Use a whiskbroom to brush it away, or wash off with a garden hose before stepping inside.

Turn off your water supply before leaving for vacation.

Vacation is supposed to be a relaxing, enjoyable time for the whole family. The last thing you want to come home to is a problem, especially a flood. Turning off your water supply before you leave will help prevent an unexpected pipe burst from putting a damper on your trip – no pun intended.

Be mindful what you put down your garbage disposal.

After hosting a family cookout, it might be tempting to put all your food waste down your garbage disposal, but that isn’t such a good idea. Fibrous foods like corn husks and celery stalks can do some serious damage to the motor, and greases, fats, and oils can solidify to cause clogs.

Inspect your outdoor water lines for leaks.

Water leaks aren’t just wasteful, they are costly too. Even a small leak in your plumbing system can result in hundreds of dollars being added to your utility bills. Make sure to inspect your outdoor water lines every month for signs of problems, including your sprinkler system, pool, and garden hoses.

If you run into issues with any of your home’s plumbing fixtures, help is just a phone call away with Patterson Plumbing. For more than 30 years, we have been Colorado’s most-trusted source for plumbing repairs, installations, and heating and cooling services. If you live in Pueblo County or the surrounding area, contact us online or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.

Preventative Maintenance Tips for Your Home’s Plumbing System

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to your plumbing system. Use these tips from Patterson Plumbing to keep the drains and pipes in your home running like new.

Sinks

  • Don’t pour grease down your drains. Grease and cooking oils solidify as they go down the drain, causing clogs and backups.

  • Prevent over-tightening sink handles. Tightening valves is not a test of strength – sometimes turning that wrench too tight can cause leaks, rather than preventing them.

Toilet

  • Think before you flush. Your toilet isn’t a wastebasket, don’t use it like one. The only household item that can safely be flushed down the drain is toilet paper.

  • Test your toilet for leaks. Put a couple drops of red food dye in your toilet’s tank and let it sit for a few hours. If any red appears in the bowl, you have a leak on your hands.

Bathtub

  • Clean your shower head with vinegar. Water pressure can be affected when your shower head is clogged with sediment. Clean it every few months by filling a sandwich bag with vinegar, tying it around your shower head, and letting it sit overnight.

  • Use drain screens. Mesh drain screens can be purchased for as little as $2 and do wonders in preventing clogs.

Everything Else

  • Avoid using drain cleaner. Take care of clogs using a plunger, plumbing snake, or homemade baking soda solution. Commercial drain cleaners are harmful to your health, as well as the health of your pipes.

  • Routinely inspect supply hoses. Washing machine and ice maker hoses should be periodically checked. If you notice a small leak or tear, replace it immediately before it completely bursts.

Looking for more preventative maintenance tips for your plumbing system? Check out this article from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.

Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, problems can still occur. If you run into any issues with your home plumbing system, the experts at Patterson Plumbing area just a phone call away. We offer professional plumbing services to homes and businesses in Pueblo County, Colorado. If you live in the Pueblo area and are in need of a professional plumber, contact us online or call us at (719) 544-4922.

5 Signs That You Need a Plumbing Repair

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The plumbing in your home is a complex network of pipes, valves, and fixtures that must all work together in order to supply your home with clean water. Unfortunately, if just one of these components is damaged, your whole plumbing system could suffer as a result.

The signs aren’t always obvious, but here are some things that may indicate that you need a plumbing repair:

Low Water Pressure

Has the stream of water from your shower head halted to a slow trickle? A drop in water pressure could be caused by improperly-sized pipes, blockages, or leaks elsewhere in your plumbing system.

Noisy Pipes & Faucets

Any kind of abnormal sounds coming from your pipes or faucets is cause for concern. This includes rattling, screeching, popping, or clanking noises. One likely reason for this problem is that air is present in your pipes.

Slow Drainage

Your pipes and drains don’t need to be completely clogged for there to be a problem. Sometimes, a slow drain can indicate that there is a blockage somewhere within your plumbing system. If plungers and drain cleaning solutions don’t work, you should call a professional plumber.

Water Spots and Stains

Water spots are a small sign that can lead to big problems if it isn’t corrected. Leaks in your plumbing system can cause water to drip and collect in areas around your home – including inside your walls and ceilings. If these water spots are left neglected, it can cause mold to grow and spread throughout your home.

Discolored Water

Your water should be clear. If yours is brown, yellow, orange, or any other color, you should contact a professional plumbing repair service immediately. Discolored water is not only unsightly, but it could be a signal that one of your pipes is heavily rusted and in danger of blowing out.

Have you noticed any of these signs in your Colorado home? The experts at Patterson Plumbing have been fixing problems like these for more than 30 years, and would be happy to service your plumbing system. If you live in Pueblo County or the surrounding area, contact us online or call (719) 544-4922.

How to Deal With Common Plumbing Problems

water dropWe’ve all got a little plumber in us – whether we know it or not. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions to deal with some of the more common plumbing problems you are likely to come across in your home.

Dripping Faucet

Leaky faucets are annoying and wasteful. If your sink has a case of the drips, solve the problem by following these steps:

  • Turn off the water supply

  • Remove the handles on your sink. You may need to use a flat head screwdriver to pry away any decorative pieces.

  • Loosen the packing nut, if necessary, and remove the stem.

  • Replace the o-ring and seat washer with new ones. You may need to bring these pieces to a local hardware store to find the exact fit.

  • Reconnect the stem, packing nut, and handle, and turn the water back on.

Running Toilet

Is your toilet running? If so, you better fix it! A running toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water per week. Not only is that bad for the environment, you are sure to notice a spike on your next water bill. Here’s how to fix it:

  • Open the toilet tank when the water is running.

  • Push down on the flapper. If the water stops running, you know this is the cause of the problem and it likely needs to be replaced.

  • Lift up on the float arm to see if the water stops. Bend or adjust the float arm so the tank stops filling when the water is 1” below the overflow pipe.

  • Make sure the float is not waterlogged or dragging against the side of the tank. These things could prevent it from raising properly.

Clogged Shower Drain

If your showers turn into baths by the time you are done, you will need to unclog your shower drain. Here’s how:

  • First, flush your drain by pouring boiling hot water in it.

  • Next, dump in ½ cup of baking soda. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes.

  • Combine 1 cup vinegar with 1 cup of hot water. Pour it down the drain.

  • Your drain will start to bubble up. Close the drain plug (if you have one) to keep this chemical reaction inside the pipes.

  • Flush one more time with boiling hot water.

If you have followed these steps to no avail, it’s time to call in the experts. The professionals at Patterson Plumbing & Heating have more than 30 years of experience helping homeowners in the Pueblo, Colorado area. If you live in Pueblo County, trust Patterson for all of your plumbing needs! Contact us online or call (719) 544-4922.