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10 Helpful Tips to Avoid Plumbing Emergencies

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They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to your home’s plumbing system, we tend to agree!

Follow these ten tips from the experts at Patterson Plumbing to stop plumbing problems before they start:

  1. Think before you flush. Your toilet isn’t a wastebasket – reserve it for toilet paper and . Even “flushable” wipes can cause problems.
  2. Always keep your thermostat on at least 65° F. Always keep your heat on during the winter to avoid frozen pipes, even if you are going away on vacation.
  3. Insulate your pipes. Insulating your pipes is a cheap, quick, easy job that can prevent costly bursts.
  4. Don’t pour grease down the drain. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in the kitchen. Grease solidifies when it cools down, which can cause major backups in your plumbing system.
  5. Be mindful of your garbage disposal. Your garbage disposal is powerful, but it’s not invincible. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you avoid clogs and breakdowns.
  6. Inspect your supply lines. Every few months, take a close look at the supply lines for your washing machine, dishwasher, and ice maker. If any of the tubing is deteriorating, replace it immediately.
  7. Flush your hot water heater. Over time, your hot water tank accumulates sediment which can reduce efficiency and lead to breakdowns. Flush your water heater once per year to fix this problem before it starts.
  8. Stay away from exposed pipes. If you have exposed plumbing anywhere in your house, do not pull on or hang from the pipes.
  9. Be aware of your shut off valves. Know where all of your water shutoff valves are. In the event of an emergency, you will want to get to these valves as quickly as possible.
  10. Fix leaks as soon as possible. That little problem can become a big problem if left unaddressed.

Patterson Plumbing & Heating provides same-day plumbing repairs to Pueblo and Canon City, Colorado. Contact us online to get started, or call (719) 544-4922.

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.

How Does High Water Pressure Affect Your Plumbing?

iStock_000017827573_SmallWhen it comes to showers – many prefer high water pressure over a dribble of low. But, did you know that if your water pressure is too high it could damage your plumbing fixtures?

Majority of plumbing fixture manufactures recommend water pressure should be no higher than 80 psi when used with their products. Anything above this can cause parts to fail prematurely. This extra stress on your plumbing will leave you replacing parts much more often than you should be!

To make sure this does not happen to you, be aware of these signs of high water pressure:

  • Banging pipes
  • Spitting from aerator when you turn the faucet on.
  • Water heater not lasting as long as expected
  • Leaking faucets
  • Washing machine or dishwasher not lasting as long as expected
  • Running toilet

If you are experiencing any of these signs then it is time to give us a call. We’re Southern Colorado plumbing and sewer line repair and replacement experts. Give us a call at (719) 544-4922 for fast service!

Fix-A-Leak Week Begins Monday

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Did you know, household leaks can account for more than 1 trillion gallons of wasted water annually nationwide? Next week starts WaterSense’s annual Fix-A-Leak Week and we encourage you to help hunt down the drips in your home.

Many leaks are easily correctable and once fixed can save homeowners money on their water bills. To check for leaks in your home, you first must determine whether you’re wasting water:

  • Look at your water usage from January and February, if a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month – there are some serious leaks.
  • Decide on a time to not use water in your home. Check your water meter before and after a two hour period of no water use, if the meter has changed – you probably have a leak.
  • To identify a toilet leak, place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color seeps into the bowl after 15 minutes, you have a leak. *Flush immediately after this experiment as to not have a color stained tank!
  • Check for surface leaks on the outside of pip fittings and faucet gaskets.

For tips on fixing leaks found in your toilets, faucets, shower heads or outdoors, head over to EPA’s website or give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call. A specialist will come by, diagnose the problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises.

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.

Preventing Plumbing Emergencies During the Super Bowl

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Whether you’re in it for the game, the commercials, or the wings – Super Bowl Sunday is  by far America’s most watched sporting event. With the influx of guests in your home, it’s important to be sure your plumbing is prepared. The last thing you’ll want to worry about during halftime is a plumbing mishap.

Slow drains and running toilets are recipes for disaster. Use this next week to address any plumbing issues you may have noticed. Also, be proactive on game day – contrary to what you may have heard, bones don’t sharpen the blades of your garbage disposal. It dulls them. Make sure you throw out your chicken wing bones vs. putting them down the disposal.

Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and know that you and your home deserve to be treated with respect. Our office staff answers calls 24/7 and can dispatch the appropriate technician if needed. So no Super Bowl emergency will go unanswered! Give the experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call today!

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Top Home Plumbing Repair Problems

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No hot water, leaking toilets, cracked pipes – when plumbing problems occur in the home, it’s not uncommon to feel panicked. Having a functional, smoothly operating plumbing system isn’t just a luxury, but a necessity for going about your daily routine successfully.

See below for some of the most common plumbing problems and ways you can troubleshoot prior to giving us a call!

No Hot Water – One of the biggest reasons for customer phone calls is not having hot water, or inadequate hot water. Some possible causes can be a faulty gas pilot (make sure your pilot light is lit), the temperature setting is too low, or the water heater may not be big enough to meet one’s needs. Contact the experts at Patterson Plumbing and Heating to diagnose the problem with your water heater.

Clogged Drains – Another popular plumbing problem, clogs can often be avoided by being cautious of what is put down them. Try using our recommended natural solution to de-clog, then give us a call to make sure another clog isn’t in your near distant future.

Leaking Pipes – This problem can easily cause extensive damage to your floors, walls, and belongings. Be sure to check your pipes periodically for signs of rust, indicating the beginnings of a leak. Should you come across a leak, give us a call – it’s better to fix a small leak now than wait for it to cause a big problem later.

No Heat – One of the last things anyone wants to deal with in a Colorado winter. To combat this, it’s important to have your annual heating system tune up to make sure everything is in working order. If you haven’t had your heating system tune up yet, call us today before the temps start to plummet.

When in doubt regarding how to properly fix your home plumbing system, give us a call. At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your plumbing 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.

New Year, New Resolutions – Tips for Saving Money

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It’s a tradition each New Year’s Eve to plan out a resolution or two for the year ahead. Most plan to exercise regularly, volunteer more, or finally cross an item off their bucket list. Many also pledge to save more money.

To help you get a jumpstart on your New Year’s resolutions, we have some tips to help you save money quickly, easily, and right in your own home – by reducing your energy costs this winter:

Adjust the thermostat – By simply turning down your thermostat 10 – 15 degrees for eight hours, you can save about 10% per year on your heating bills. You can do this overnight – just opt for flannel sheets, thicker comforters, and warmer PJs, or if you are away for long periods of time during the day at work/travel.

Only heat the rooms you use – Have a spare guest room or office space that has instead turned into a storage area? Close and seal off the vents in those rooms to be more energy efficient and instead direct the flow of air to the rooms you use most.

Turn it off! Keeping lights and appliances off when not in use is one of the best habits you can develop. Unplug your computer, TV, toaster oven, microwave and any other appliances to protect them from power surges. According to the Consumer Energy Center, many appliances can use power even if they are turned off.

Eliminate drafts – Drafts can waste 5%-30% of your energy according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Draft guards are great for drafty doors and for a quick fix, weather-stripping can fill gaps and minimize air infiltration. Also, be sure to keep the damper closed on your fireplace when not in use to eliminate drafts through the chimney.

Get efficient – If you know you are in the market for upgrading your appliances and fixtures – go the energy efficient route. Refrigerators, ovens, washers and dryers as well as toilets, shower heads and faucets all have  energy efficient options available.

Patterson Plumbing & Heating is a full service company prepared to handle your winterization needs. We are able to repair the smallest heating problem to the largest heating problems. We’re experts on all brands, makes and models. When you need us, we’ll be there..

Keeping Your Home Safe While Traveling

Your much anticipated vacation is just about here – time to put up the out of office responder, pack your bags, and of course prepare your home. After all, the last thing you want to worry about after leaving a stress free vacation is returning to some kind of home disaster.

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Simple preventative measures can work wonders in helping avoid broken pipes, power surges, and more – plus, they only take minutes to complete!

Fix leaks now – The best time to repair leaks is when you encounter them, not waiting until matters get worse. Check faucets in your bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room for any drips or puddles, then give your friends at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call.

Adjust your thermostat – To save on energy use while you’re away, turn down your thermostat (but NOT off!). Setting it to 50-55 degrees will keep your appliances and pipes from freezing.

Get an automatic light timer – While you don’t want your home to look unoccupied, you also don’t want to rack up your energy bill by leaving some lights on. Get an automatic light timer that can turn certain lights on and off automatically according to a programmed schedule.

Pull the plug – Unplug your computer, TV, toaster oven, microwave and any other appliances to protect them from power surges. According to the Consumer Energy Center, many appliances can use power even if they are turned off.

Phone a friend – A simple way to really gain peace of mind while you’re away is asking a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your house. Give this person a key to bring in your mail and check for anything out of the ordinary. Also be sure to give them your contact information and a copy of your travel itinerary in case of serious emergencies.

Once you have the above in order, give one of the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call to repair or inspect any issues you may find! Look forward to your upcoming vacation knowing your home is all taken care of.

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.