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Tips for Baby-Proofing Your Home

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With young children in a home, it’s important to remember how dangerous ordinary things can quickly become. In honor of National Baby Safety Month, we want to provide some tips on baby-proofing your living space, at least where your plumbing and heating is concerned:

Cover Pipes. Exposed pipes can pose risk, especially the hot water pipes leading to your radiator. Securely cover them with pipe insulation to avoid burns.

Install Toilet Locks. Toilet seats and covers are blunt and heavy, that last thing you want to risk is your child squishing their fingers or even falling into the bowl and getting stuck. A baby proof toilet latch is the best way to keep your child safe.

Make Use of Baby Gates. Baby gates can easily block off areas of the home that aren’t appropriate for playtime, like the laundry room or surrounding stairs.

Secure HVAC vents. Ensure your air vents are screwed in tight, if they are lose their edges can pose risk. You may also want to use plastic air vent covers to prevent little ones from putting things inside.

Lower the Heat. To prevent scalds and burns, lower your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and to play it safe, continue to check the temperature of the water during bath time.

With the right preparation, your home will be safe for kids to roam. If you notice anything unusual about your plumbing or HVAC systems while taking the steps to baby proof, contact us. At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your plumbing and heating 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.

Make Your Bathroom a Safer Place

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Though we may try and fight it, aging is inevitable – and if you plan on staying in your home for the long run, it’s important to pre-plan for your future comfort. Easily make your bathroom a safer place for years to come with the below updates:

Create the right lighting – Glare is a common issue in the bathroom and sconces on each side of the mirror are easier on the eyes than overhead lighting. Consider increasing the amount of natural light in the bathroom by installing a skylight or updating a window. And finally, be sure your shower area is well lit!

Install grab bars – We know what you’re thinking – those heavy-looking bars that are found in commercial bathrooms should go in the home? Not quite. Grab bars now include caddy shelves, towel rods, and toilet paper holders that will do double duty without being an eye sore. Choose fixtures to go along with the bathroom’s aesthetic and install properly so they can support weight if used. Place them at the entrance to the shower or tub, inside the shower, and near the toilet.

Install nonslip floors – Slick tile isn’t safe for anyone. Since the floor is bound to get wet, look for slip-resistant tile or vinyl. The more textured the tile, the less slippery it is. Additionally, ceramic tiles have adopted a slip-resistance number system – so choose tiles with a higher number for better slip resistance.

Consider your tub and shower options – Getting in and out of the bathtub can be difficult for people with mobility issues. Walk-tubs including a door to enter and exit from may be a good choice for your family otherwise a curbless shower stall can be easily accessible. Someone using a walker can easily enter and exit the shower, and parents can conveniently bath their young children or pet. Install a handheld shower head with at least a 6 foot long hose for reach and a fold up seat should it be needed.

If you’re interested in upgrading your bathroom, contact the experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating. Our bathroom remodeling division, Re-Bath® of Pueblo, will work with you to ensure your bathroom meets all of your remodeling needs. Start exploring our bathroom remodeling products or begin designing your new bathroom with our bathroom design tool. If you have any questions about our products, contact us at 719-404-4242 today!

5 Tips for Bathroom Sharing

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With back-to-school season rapidly approaching, bathroom sharing is on the horizon – making the morning rush before work or school quite an ordeal. Avoid a war zone in your ensuite this fall, check out the below ways to make bathroom coexistence easier:

1. Make cabinets do more. Stay organized by keeping everything behind closed doors. Look into different organizing tools for drawers and readjust your cabinet shelves to make sure everything fits properly and has its own designated space. Speaking of designated space…

2. Be savvy when sorting. Give each person in your household a space of their own in the bathroom – a cabinet, a drawer, a pull out basket, etc. This way you try to avoid too many people jostling each other when getting ready.

3. Get rid of the unnecessary. The bathroom is prime real estate, take out the extraneous items. Bulky hampers may be better off placed in a bedroom closet to save space, toilet paper and additional towels can be stored elsewhere as well.

4. Create a schedule. Getting your family or roommates into a bathroom sharing schedule can certainly help making the morning rush a better experience for everyone. Have everyone use the bathroom at certain times and ensure they leave the space as they found it.

5. Consider two. If your bathroom is big enough and you are looking to remodel – consider upgrading to double sinks. Not only will you have two sinks to utilize when brushing teeth, shaving, or washing hands, but you also will have additional counter room and storage.

If you’re interested in upgrading your bathroom, contact the experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating. Our bathroom remodeling division, Re-Bath® of Pueblo, will work with you to ensure your bathroom meets all of your remodeling needs. Start exploring our bathroom remodeling products or begin designing your new bathroom with our bathroom design tool. If you have any questions about our products, contact us at 719-404-4242 today!

Tips on Saving Energy at Home

For a lot of us, summer is a time to splurge. Whether you’re organizing a vacation or a backyard BBQ, your wallet’s bound to take a hit. If your home costs are putting a halt on your summer fun – see below for some tips on how to save money by curbing your energy costs:

  1. Give your AC a tune-up – An inefficient AC can cause high monthly bills. Maintenance and tune-ups are recommended by all manufacturers to help save on energy costs, ensure your unit lasts longer, increase home comfort, and avoid costly breakdowns in the future.
  2. Repair leaks – Not only in your pipes, but in your air ducts, fireplace dampers, doors, and windows as well. This way your AC isn’t working extra hard to cool off a house that has air escaping.
  3. Adjust thermostats – Set your AC thermostat fan switch to “auto” to save energy. Leaving it in the “on” position keeps air constantly running. Also, adjust your home’s thermostat by a few degrees to save on your cooling costs.
  4. Check your water heaters – If you’re leaving your home for a few days, make sure to check and fix any leaks surrounding your water heaters. As long as the water heater is operating properly, it’s a good idea to set the thermostat to a “vacation” setting so it won’t use energy to heat the water when you aren’t home.

For more tips on saving energy click here ». And if you have any questions regarding your Air Conditioner, Air Ducts, Pipes, or Water Heaters – 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.