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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.

July Home Maintenance

How ready is your home for summer? We’ve spoken at length about the importance of AC tune-up and maintenance, but what about the other aspects of your home? Check out the below fast fixes to keep up your home during summer stress:

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Clean up your landscape: If shrubs or trees are in need of trimming, now’s the best time as they’ve already established their new spring growth. Additionally weed smarter – remember hand-pulling is easier after rain fall thanks to softened soil. Finally, ensure your outdoor sprinkler system is up to par!

Know your storm plan: Severe summer weather has lead to power outages and worse – damages to homes and belongings. With weather as unpredictable as ours, it’s important to know the location of your gas and water shutoff valves as well as knowing how to turn off the electricity in the case of an emergency.

Clean your bathroom fans: Give your fan a good, quick cleaning! First, disconnect the power at the circuit breaker. Then with a damp cloth, wipe down the blades and cover.

Tackle sidewalk mildew: Has your walkway seen better days? Clean away mildew by first spraying an outdoor mildew remover on the concrete before scrubbing away. Hose the area generously before and after to ensure you protect surrounding plants.

If you find yourself in need of plumbing, air conditioning, or home remodeling services this summer – call your trusted Pueblo, CO technicians at Patterson Plumbing & Heating. Patterson Plumbing & Heating provides the highest level of service and technical excellence. Give us a call today:  719-544-4922 or fill out our contact us form on the web.

Summer Plumbing Tips

Family Having Fun Playing In Garden

When thinking about the summer, plumbing issues likely aren’t the first thing to come to mind. Yet warmer months tend to be prime time for plumbing problems that may not occur during the rest of the year.

Protect your home and property from any issues this summer by keeping the below in mind:

Washing Machine Maintenance
Spending more time outdoors can lead to more loads of wash – and you’ve got to make sure your washing machine is prepared. Check its hoses for any leaks, cracks, or bulges. If you haven’t replaced the hoses in the last several years, now may be the time to do so.

Clogged Disposal
Be cautious of what is thrown down your garbage disposal, especially after cookouts. Remember, stringy foods (think corn husks, celery, etc) can easily wrap around the blade, clogging the drain. Greasy foods should also be avoided as they leave a film over the disposal’s blades, diminishing their effectiveness.

Standing Water
Give your yard a thorough inspection for any areas that are too wet and with unusual plant/grass growth. This could mean you have a standing water problem, commonly from a damaged sewer line. Standing water is not healthy for children or pets and can be a breeding ground for pesky insects!

Clogged Toilets
Household toilets are used more regularly in summer months – what with children home from school. Make sure all members of your household aren’t overusing the toilet paper and are flushing only after they actually use the bathroom.

Following these tips will keep your home’s plumbing system running smoothly this summer. If you do run into a problem, don’t hesitate to contact Patterson Plumbing and Heating at (719) 544-4922. Like us on Facebook for even more plumbing tips.

Summer Plumbing Tips

Summer rain (like we’re experiencing this week), friendly barbecues, and an influx of visitors all can have some unforeseen effects on your home’s pipes. Your plumbing system works hard in the summer and it’s important to be prepared to handle whatever issues may arise.

As we head into the last month of summer, keep these tips in mind so everything stays in top-top shape:

Check washing machine hoses – Warmer weather, more time spent outside, leads to more dirty laundry. Excess use of the washing machine can put a strain on its hoses. Look for any cracks or bulges that could result in a burst and replace them immediately.

Take care of your disposal – Many foods should NOT be put down the drain and can seriously damage your garbage disposal. Avoid tossing cornhusks into the disposal after a bbq, these can damage the blades.

Look for signs of sewer line breakage – Summer rain is pretty common, and while all of that extra water may be good for your lawn – it can quickly lead to problems for your plumbing. Rain water can infiltrate a home’s sewer line and cause a backup, not to mention rain causes the growth of plants. Tree roots are notorious for breaking into a sewer line. Check around for standing water on your property – this may be your first warning sign.

Following these tips will keep your home’s plumbing system running smoothly this summer. If you do run into a problem, don’t hesitate to contact Patterson Plumbing and Heating at (719) 544-4922. Like us on Facebook for even more plumbing tips.

3 Common Summer Plumbing Problems and How to Prevent Them

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Homeowners don’t usually anticipate running into plumbing issues during the summer months. However, the summer brings its own set of plumbing problems unique to this time of year. See below for three common summer plumbing problems and how to prevent them:

Clogged Garbage Disposals

With warmer weather comes fresher produce, and who doesn’t love stocking up on ripe fruits and veggies? Unfortunately, hard fruits and vegetables can wear out your garbage disposal’s blades and lead to stubborn clogs. Avoid discarding of scraps from cantaloupe, carrots and other firm produce in your garbage disposal and you should remain clog-free!

Clogged Toilets

Your home’s toilets get used more heavily in the summer thanks to the kids being home from school. This can lead to clogged toilets and flooded bathrooms. Prevent bathroom disasters by teaching children to use toilet paper sparingly, and remind them to only flush when they’ve actually used the toilet.

Sprinkler Problems

Everyone wants that perfect green lawn and in-ground sprinklers make it easier than ever. If you haven’t already, be sure to thoroughly check and clean your sprinkler heads. When it comes time to mow the lawn, proceed with caution. Keep away from sprinkler heads while pushing the mower to avoid damaging them.

Following these prevention tips will keep your home’s plumbing system running smoothly this summer. If you do run into a problem, don’t hesitate to contact Patterson Plumbing and Heating at (719) 544-4922. Like us on Facebook for even more plumbing tips.

Summer Plumbing Tips

Summer is ‘home buying’ season and many homeowners unfortunately find out too late that the home of their dreams is full of issues due to a poor plumbing system. So before purchasing your new home, we encourage you to visually inspect what may be happening behind the scenes with these helpful tips:

  1. Check the base of the toilet for signs of water damage
  2. Test the toilet, see how fast it flushes
  3. Turn on the water in the bathtub and kitchen sink – if there is a noticeable reduction in water volume, there may be calcium and mineral deposits restricting water flow
  4. How old is the water heater? The first 4 digits of the serial number are the month and year, anything older than 15 years old is a candidate to be replaced
  5. See a rusty water tank? This can be a sign of future problems
  6. Check washing machine hoses for rupture and test the valves for leaks by turning them on and off

If you’ve already purchased your new home, don’t worry – give one of our experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call: 719-544-4922. A specialist will come by, diagnose the problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises.