Pipe Leak Repair Portland

Ask a Portland Plumber: How to Repair a Leaking Pipe

A customer called to report that he had some sort of leak in the plumbing under his front yard. He wanted a sprinkler system but he couldn’t have one installed until the leak was fixed.

There are several different potential causes for this type of problem. In order to properly diagnose the issue, we use advanced technology to pinpoint the location of a leak so that it can be fixed with a minimum of damage to your landscaping, driveway or walkway. This is a huge improvement over previous methods of leak detection that required tearing up property and plumbing until the location of the problem could be found.

One method we use is sending a high-resolution camera down plumbing in order to spot any breaks or cracks. This camera is attached to a flexible cable and sent through pipes. The camera transmits the image to a monitor so the plumber will know exactly what needs to be done in order to fix the problem. This allows us to take care of the issue much faster and helps you save a significant amount of money.

Call 3 Mountains Plumbing today if you ever have any sort of plumbing leak, either inside or outside of your home.


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Ask a Portland Plumber: Why Does My Water Keep Running?

Often a Sign You Have a Leak in Your Plumbing

There was a problem in the line between the water meter and this customer’s house. The ground was wet around the meter, which kept running even after the main water supply was shut off.

Whenever the ground is wet around a water meter and there hasn’t been any rain or sprinkler water in the area for a while, that usually indicates there is some sort of leak in either your plumbing or the water utility’s lines. There are some other instances when the cause is a leak underneath your home’s foundation.

However, if your meter continues to run even though you have shut off your main water supply, there could be less serious reasons. For instance, your toilet flappers may be worn to the point where water is seeping from the tank to the bowl. Or, the wax ring below your toilet may have deteriorated. As a result, water is leaking from your bowl and going underneath your bathroom floor. The only way to know for sure what the cause of the problem may be is by calling a professional to perform a thorough analysis of your plumbing system.

Call 3 Mountains Plumbing today and we’ll find out why your meter continues to run even after your home’s main water supply has been turned off.

Leak Detection Portland

Portland Plumber Uses 4 Methods to Help Find Leaks

A customer called 3 Mountains Plumbing because he noticed his water meter was still running even when there was no water being used in the home – a sure sign you have a leak.

The problems with leaks are sometimes they go undetected, thus causing more damage to your home and more money being spent on water bills. Since neither of those options are good ones, you’ll want to call in a plumber as soon as you believe you have a leak. When a plumber comes to your home, they will use one of four leak detection methods:

  1. Infrared technology: This is used to see under the floors and through walls so the plumber can pinpoint the exact location of the leak without ruining your property.
  2. Ultrasonic technology: This measures the variation in sound loss in your pipes
  3. Video detection: With this equipment, a plumber can see an exact representation of what your pipes look like so they can detect where any problems are within them.
  4. Smoke detection: This method, used as a last resort, involves pumping harmless smoke into your pipes and looking to see where the smoke escapes.

At 3 Mountains Plumbing, we’ll always find the source of your leak and fix it as soon as possible. Call us today!

Slab Leak Repair Portland

Top 5 Signs You Need a Repair

Just what is a slab leak exactly? It’s when one of the water lines running beneath the floor springs a leak and makes its way up through the foundation, into your home.

Generally speaking, slab leaks are bad news. Neglecting one for too long can cause severe damage to your walls and flooring or weaken your home’s foundation to the point it needs to be replaced. Slab leaks are also typically accompanied by an unpleasant musty odor throughout your home.

Failing to quickly address a slab leak can result in serious damage your home. In order to protect your home from water damage, you need to know what to look for so you can get a slab leak repaired as soon as the symptoms appear.

Signs You Have a Slab Leak

  1. You hear running water, even though you know no fixtures are turned on.
  2. You notice you have a higher water bill and it’s not because the rates went up.
  3. You see hot spots on your floors.
  4. You see cracks in your walls or floors.
  5. You have mildew, mold, or excessive moisture forming under the carpets.

If even one of the above items sounds familiar, do not hesitate to call in the leak detection experts at 3 Mountains Plumbing. We have the technology and the know how to take care of your slab leak quickly without disrupting or destroying any part of your home.

Digging into the actual slab to find the leak is usually an unnecessary disruption and, if at all possible, we try not to put our customers through that. We prefer advanced, non-invasive leak detection technology that tracks the leak to its source and gives us all the information we need to determine the best course of repair – all while keeping your home intact!

The best method of repair we would suggest is epoxy pipe lining. Again, instead of tearing open walls and floors, we will replace the broken pipe by relining the inside. The new epoxy coating is completely inert and will stop all future pipe corrosion, thus saving you the trouble of another slab leak.

Don’t wait to fix that slab leak! Just get 3 Mountains Plumbing on the job today! Call us today! 

Gas Shut-Off Valve Installation Portland

Protect Your Family From a Gas Line Leak with a Shut-Off Valve

The Portland, Oregon area has had four earthquakes in the past month. Whether you were able to experience those directly or not, it’s clear that they are a common occurrence. There will be a time when an earthquake hits and you do feel it, and so does your home.

When that time comes, you want to be protected. Growing up on the West Coast, you are probably aware of different earthquake safety precautions, and have learned what to do in the event of one. Well, we can do you one better with automatic gas shut-off valves.

Ever heard of them? If not, it’s time you learned all about it, and picked up the phone to call 3 Mountains Plumbing to have one installed.

What are Gas Shut-Off Valves and How Will They Benefit Me?

Do you know what can happen to your gas line during a serious earthquake? It can rupture and leak, putting you and your family in danger. Surely that’s not something you want to risk.

The shut-off valves automatically turn off gas lines in the event that strong seismic activity occurs, protecting your home from any possible gas leaks.

But, don’t worry about accidentally hitting it and causing it to shut off your gas without need. They are decided to detect only strong seismic activity, and will not shut off the gas if, for example, a bus or truck drives by your home.

In addition, they automatically reset. This means that after any potentially dangerous activity goes by and everything is back to normal, the valve will turn the gas back on, leaving you to go about your daily life without any interruptions.

You will also enjoy these benefits:

  1. It doesn’t matter if you, or other members of your family, are home or away. The valve will work no matter what – 24 hours a day.
  2. They are compatible with propane or natural gas.
  3. It can fit on all residential gas supply lines.

Don’t put your family at risk for a gas leak in your home – get one of these automatic gas shut-off valves before an earthquake hits. Call 3 Mountains Plumbing today!

Pipe Leaks Portland

Pipe Leak Frequently Asked Questions

As a Portland homeowner, you’ve experienced your share of excess water! So you probably at least know the basics about water leaks. For instance, when you know you have one, you have to call in a plumber immediately. But the facts are that there’s so much more to them than that, and you deserve to know all the facts. So read on!

What causes pipe leaks?

The most common causes of leaks that we encounter are leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets, water heaters with faulty tanks, and other valve failures. Fortunately these are a pretty easy fix for our leak experts. Other times, though, your leak will be found to be more serious. In these cases it might be traced back to a burst pipe or sewer main leak. In those cases, the correction may be more difficult – but 3 Mountains Plumbing can handle it no matter how extensive.

How much water might I be wasting if I have a leak?

Bad pipe leaks can account for about 10,000 gallons of wasted water in the home every year. For a better perspective on just how much water that is – 10,000 gallons is enough to fill a swimming pool!

So what do I need to know how to spot a leak?

Fortunately, there are a few easy ways for you to determine whether or not you have a leak in your home – if you have an unusually high water bill, if your water meter is changing with no fixtures turned on, or if your toilet is not functioning properly. If you have a slab leak, you’ll notice things like mold growing under the carpets, wet or hot spots on the floor, and the sound of running water even though everything is off.

I know I have a leak, but I can’t find it. How will 3 Mountains track it down for me?

At 3 Mountains Plumbing, we have all the latest in leak detection equipment to find the source of the leak quickly and efficiently. We will use one of four methods – ultrasonic detection, video camera inspection, infrared, and smoke inspection. With one of these four, we will find your leak guaranteed or it’s free!

Once we know where the leak is, how will 3 Mountains repair it?

Well, we have three options – traditional repair which requires excavation of your landscaping, pipe bursting, or slip lining. We can’t completely rule out the traditional method because sometimes there are some tough areas to get to and we need to dig in order to reach the pipes. However, if ever possible, we will always go with the two non-invasive approaches. Pipe bursting is when we send a piece of equipment into the pipes so it can tear apart and push aside the old plumbing. Then, we attach new plumbing to the end of the device and pull it through the void. Slip lining involves putting a smaller pipe within your existing pipe so that water flows more freely.

For any more water leak questions, feel free to call our experts at 3 Mountains Plumbing today!

Galvanized Pipe Replacement Portland

Signs You Need a Pipe Replacement

Most homeowners know the unfortunate truth that household plumbing pipes must, at some point, be replaced—especially galvanized pipe—and it just so happens that there is an overabundance of galvanized pipe in older Portland homes.

What is Galvanized Pipe?

Galvanized pipe is pipe made of steel that has been coated with zinc to prevent, or at least to prolong, the inevitable rusting process.  Commonly used during the early 20th century, galvanized pipe was the superior (and more affordable) choice over cast iron and lead.

So, What is Wrong With Galvanized Pipe?

The problem is simply that the lifespan of these pipes, even under the best of circumstances, is about 70 years, so their time is up.  Also, the symptoms and side effects of deteriorating galvanized pipe are not pleasant.

Signs It May Be Time for Galvanized Pipe Replacement

Galvanized plumbing pipes rust from the inside out, so symptoms of deteriorating pipes are obvious, but also a bit nasty.  Two most urgent symptoms are:

  1. Water with a metallic taste and
  2. Water with a brownish color

Both of these symptoms may prove unsanitary and unhealthy for you and your family.  If you experience either of these, call a professional right away.

Other symptoms of failing galvanized plumbing pipes include:

  1. Rust and corrosion surrounding pipe joints
  2. Reduced water pressure
  3. Noticeable water leaks in basements/crawlspaces/ceilings

How Can 3 Mountains Plumbing Help?

Our certified team of professionals has been providing repiping solutions throughout the greater Portland community for over 13 years.  Available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, we know what kind of pipe works and what lasts in Portland homes.

When replacing galvanized pipe, we use Wirsbo.  Wirsbo pipe comes in one long roll, so joint mismatches and leaks are a concern of the past.  In addition to other benefits, Wirsbo comes with an unprecedented 25-year warranty direct from the manufacturer.

Call us today to learn more about how we can help eliminate problems caused by old galvanized pipe in your Portland home.

Avoid Household Water Damage Portland

Tips to Avoid Household Water Damage

Rain is simply part of our Portland lifestyle and we really wouldn’t want it any other way. As Portland residents we are accustomed to the rainy seasons and have learned to successfully navigate our lives around them.

Just as you might buy a new pair of rain boots or rain coat, so too should you consider purchasing, or at least check up on, rain protection for your home.

1. Install a Sump Pump (or make sure the one you have is working)

A properly sized and installed sump pump is your home’s number one defense against excessive rain water.

If you do not have a sump pump in your basement or crawlspace, get one.

If you do have one, you’re a step ahead—just make sure it works!  The most common sump pump issue is a failing float switch, so look there first.  3 Mountains Plumbing is fully-stocked with sump pumps readily available for immediate installation.

2. Locate Your Home’s Water Main Shut Off

If a water main or major appliance breaks down, you need to know how to shut off your home’s main water supply to avoid further water damage and potential flooding.  These shut off switches are typically located in basements or crawlspaces.  We suggest finding yours and clearly marking it so that it can easily be found by anyone in the event of an emergency.

3. Proactive Plumbing Maintenance

We have learned that when it comes to successful household plumbing, it is always best to err on the side of caution.  The first and best way to prevent an appliance from failing is to conduct regular performance inspections.  Check for rust, debris, slow or small leaks, and water pressure fluctuations before they have an opportunity to develop into larger more costly problems.

If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, or if you would like to learn more about our preventative water damage solutions, contact the experts at 3 Mountains Plumbing today. We are on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day, seven days a week.   

Emergency Plumbing Portland

3 Mountains Plumbing: Open 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week

Water main break?  Toilet or sink clog?  Leaking ceiling?  Basement or crawlspace flooding?

These things may seem scary, but we see and repair these types of plumbing emergencies every day. We understand that you want to protect your home and maintain a sanitary environment for you and your family.  Please don’t worry!  We can help.  And we work to make it easy.

3 Mountains Plumbing technicians are on-call 24-hours a day, seven-days a week. We are an expert team of certified and frequently trained journeymen plumbers ready to help immediately fix any type of plumbing emergency.

Our Straightforward Approach to Plumbing Emergencies

As stated, we are always available to help.  We do our best to make our plumbing solutions available to you without confusion.  Should your emergency situation occur after business hour, here’s what we do:

1. We check out the situation and offer you a fixed price (no surprises later on, really).

2. We will go to work right then and there until a satisfactory solution has been provided.  We come prepared with fully-loaded service trucks filled with cutting edge technology and equipment.

3. We provided warranties on all products and services.

At 3 Mountains Plumbing we do our best to keep things simple.  No homeowner is excited to have to deal with an unexpected plumbing emergency.  We understand this and work hard to ensure yours is a delightful plumbing experience.

We are proud to have been providing household plumbing solutions for the greater Portland community for nearly 15 years.

Contact our team to quickly and affordably manage your Portland home plumbing emergency today. 

Water Main Line Repair Portland

Ask a Portland Plumber: What to Do With Water Main Line Trouble

The simple truth is that water main line service demands professional assistance.  Your home’s water service line functions to bring water from Portland’s supply line to your home.  These pipes run the full stretch of space from the water meter at the sidewalk all the way to your home.  This means there’s plenty of room for things to go wrong.  Old pipes break down—it’s unfortunately what they do.  Additionally, joints leak, unruly tree roots get in the way, plus many older Portland homes have poor or misaligned pipe connections.

Repair vs. Replacement?

From time to time replacements may be the best option, but this is extremely rare.  We understand hesitancy surrounding a full water main line replacement, but the reality is that a repair will only be temporary.  The fact remains: repairs will cost more money in the long run.   

Benefits of Water Main Line Replacements

  • Increase home value
  • 10-year warranty on labor and materials
  • 25-year warranty on Wirsbo pipe and fittings
  • Our team is certified in Wirsbo pipe installations

The 3 Mountains Plumbing Advantage

We are a full-service residential plumbing company focused on bringing quality customer service the greater Portland community as we have continued to do for nearly 15 years.  The good news is that we specialize in water service replacements.  We are experienced, certified, and have the hands-on know-how to manage all of your water main line needs.  Other advantages of working with our team include:

  • Flat-rate up-front pricing
  • Professionally trained journeymen plumbers
  • Advanced boring technology for no mess property solutions
  • Delightful plumbing done right
  • Coupons available

So, What to do with Water Main Line Trouble?

1.     Call 3 Mountains Plumbing

2.     Keep an eye towards water main replacement

3.     Take full-advantage of our coupons and unmatched warranties

Don’t hesitate when it comes to water main lines.  Contact 3 Mountains Plumbing of Portland today to learn more about how we can help replace your water service so you can stop losing money on wasted water.