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Easily Avoidable Plumbing Mistakes

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A flooded basement or needing professional help with water lines during a renovation are good reasons to call a plumber. However, sometimes you reach for the phone in a panic due to situations that could have easily been avoided! Below are some of the most common plumbing errors to keep in mind so that you can work to avoid them:

Treating the garbage disposal like a trash can: Despite it’s name, not all garbage should go down the garbage disposal. While you may know the rules of your garbage disposal use – if you have guests at your home, make sure they know as well!

Not removing the disposal plug: Since installing a garbage disposal doesn’t require advanced plumbing skills, many homeowners take care of this on their own. However if the unit is to be connected to a dishwasher, a knockout plug in the disposal must be removed first. If it isn’t, water will leak everywhere.

Placing too much weight on fixtures: Be cautious of how many things you stack onto your shampoo racks that hang from the shower head. Too much weight can damage the shower head as they are not meant to hold weight. Same goes for resting your feet on the bathtub spout as a footrest.

Forgetting how things go back together: Taking apart plumbing components is easy – wish we could say the same about putting them back together. One thing that could help is documenting the exact disassembly process (either by writing things down or taking photos).

While there are plenty of home projects that don’t require advanced skill sets – there are equally some things that are better off left to the professionals. If you have a serious plumbing job to be done, don’t risk making a costly mistake – give us a call first!

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. Give us a call today at 719-544-4922.

Wisdom for the Washer


Your washing machine is one of the hardest working appliances in your home and thus, it’s important to keep it in good working condition. Add loads of convenience to your life for years to come with these washing machine maintenance tips from Real Simple Magazine:

  1. Between uses, leave the lid of the washing machine open – the air drying helps curb mildew growth.
  2. Once a month, throw in a bleach-free washer cleaner to blast away odor-causing residue. Run the machine empty on a hot cycle.
  3. Confirm your washer is level! Having an unlevel washer can cause vibrations that not only damage your floor, but may prematurely wear out key components like the shock absorbers and tub bearings – plus who wants to listen to that noise? Place a level on top of the machine and adjust its feet (which typically screw up or down accordingly). If you are still having problems keeping it level, place a piece of plywood down thats a little larger than the machine’s base to help absorb some vibrations.
  4. Washer hoses can bulge and tear over time, be sure to check them out and replace them when necessary. Don’t wait until your home is flooded before the new hoses are considered!

When it comes to any plumbing concerns – give your local Pueblo, CO plumbers a call. The experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating offer complete plumbing, water heater, drain and sewer services.

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