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! 


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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 Replacement Portland

Portland Plumber: Do You Have a Leak That Just Won’t Stop?

We recently received a call from a couple in Lake Oswego complaining that their toilet was running even after they shut down their whole house water valve. We immediately suspected this was a case of a water main break, and once we instructed them to check their water meter, this was confirmed. We replaced their water main line the very next day.

You’re in dangerous territory if you can hear water moving through your home when the water main line is shut down. It means there’s a break somewhere possibly creating pockets of water around your home. If you suspect a water main break, act fast.

Do This:

1. Shut off the water main valve.

It’s imperative that all water be immediately stopped in its tracks to prevent flooding and water damage, not to mention excessively high utility bills.  Water main valves are typically located in basements or crawlspaces.

2. Check the water meter.

You’re looking for a little red lever with a star on it.  If this is spinning when the water valve is off, it means there’s a leak.

3. Call 3 Mountains Plumbing.  

Don’t go it alone.  Of course it’s in our best interest to promote ourselves, but the truth is, water service repair and replacement is not a do-it-yourself project.  Your home needs to be saved from impending flooding. Do not hesitate to contact a professionally licensed plumbing team with expert tools and equipment to get the job done right, and right away.

How Can We Help?

3 Mountains Plumbing has nearly 15 years of experience replacing water main lines throughout Lake Oswego and the greater Portland community.  Our fully-licensed team of journeymen technicians will visit your home and provide you with a fixed price that is never subject to change.   Also:

  • We use Wirsbo pipe that comes with an unmatched 25-year warranty
  • We use advanced directional boring technology to protect your property’s natural landscape
  • We are always available 24-hours a day/seven-days a week

Contact 3 Mountains Plumbing of Portland to learn more about how we can help provide water main line solutions for your home.

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. 

Ceiling Leak Repair Portland

Camera Inspection Helps Determine Source of Leak

Hey, we get that it’s not at all fun when you discover that your ceiling is leaking water, but please don’t panic!  Call 3 Mountains Plumbing; Portland’s trusted plumber—we can fix ceiling leaks and do so at an affordable price.

Here’s what we’ll do:

  1. Give you a same day appointment at your convenience.  We provide 24-hour on-call emergency service if needed.
  2. Arrive on time, in uniform, and ready to work.
  3. Provide you with up-front fixed pricing. Yes, we said fixed.  This means no surprises or adjustments.
  4. Ensure that you have a delightful plumbing experience—seriously.

Portland Ceiling Leak Solutions

Ceiling leaks may be caused from any number of plumbing mishaps ranging from deteriorating pipes or tree root damage to drain clogs.  First we’ll want to identify the cause of the problem.  We do this with our advanced camera pipe inspection equipment.

Camera Pipe Inspection: Camera or video pipe inspection is a safe and straightforward way to determine the cause of pipe leaks.  While not possible for use in pressurized water lines, camera pipe inspections are ideal for drain lines—common sources of ceiling leaks.

It may be possible that we can localize the problem and repair a piece of aged and corroded pipe, but more often than not, we find that replacing the entire pipe line is the best solution.  Attaching older pipe to new pipe typically only serves to cause more joint leaking problems and expenses down the line.  Of course each home has a unique situation and our professionals will thoroughly inspect your plumbing system before making informed suggestions.

Leaking pipes can’t wait.  Take action and contact 3 Mountains Plumbing today to learn how we can fix your leaking ceiling today.  

Ask a Portland Plumber: Why Are My Pipes Leaking?

What to Do About Your Leaking Pipes

There’s nothing fun about a leaky pipe.

There are, however, solutions and the Portland plumbing experts at 3 Mountains Plumbing can provide relief.  The first thing to keep in mind is that no matter what the reason for the leak, it demands immediate action.  While there’s nothing fun about a leak, a worse leak is even less fun (and more expensive)!  It’s imperative to manage leaks as they arise, so they do not cause further damage.

Common Causes of Leaking Pipes

First, let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of leaky pipes.

  • Clogs, blockages, rust, or corrosion
  • Cracked or broken pipes
  • Tree root intrusion
  • Shifted or offset pipes

General wear, tear, and time all contribute to leaking pipes, as does the initial pipe installation.  Properly installed pipes by a professionally certified and trained plumber with the right materials go a long way in reducing the likelihood of future pipe failure.

Symptoms of Leaking Pipes

On the upside, leaky pipes are fairly easy to diagnose.  Check for the following signs that typically indicate a pipe problem.

  • Low or unpredictable water pressure
  • Rusty, brown or otherwise discolored water
  • Corroding or rusting pipes
  • Water spots or puddles
  • Dripping sounds
  • Weak ground
  • Increased utility bill

What to Do?

Unfortunately, leaky pipes don’t get better—they get worse, they get bigger, and they can cause potentially devastating damage.  Contacting a professional plumber is always a good choice as it prevents the problem from escalating and stops it in its tracks.

Of course you want to find an affordable plumber you can trust.  The good news is that 3 Mountains Plumbing has excellent customer reviews.  We provide fixed, up front pricing and warranties on all products and services.  We want you to feel comfortable knowing what you’ll get and what you’ll pay ahead of time so that you recommend us to friends and family and return with all of your plumbing needs.

Our customer relationships are of the utmost importance to us, so give us a call today so that we may swiftly and efficiently repair your leaky pipes. Call 3 Mountains today!

Ask a Portland Plumber: Why is My Water Bill so High?

Hidden Water Leaks Main Cause of High Water Bill

Is your Portland water bill suddenly out of control? You’re not alone. Many Portland residents experience sudden spikes in water costs without quite knowing why. Neglected plumbing systems run smoothly–until they don’t. It is not uncommon for a minor plumbing issue to swell a water bill over the course of a three-month quarterly cycle. Here are a few possible explanations:

  • Running Toilets
  • Mismatched or Leaking Pipes
  • Trickling Faucets
  • Water Main Line or Water Service Trouble

What Can I do About it? 

  • Check around your home.
  • Be proactive.
  • Contact 3 Mountains Plumbing.

Of course, not all water leaks are easy to find, or to hear. So, if strapping on a stylish headlamp and rummaging through a crawl space isn’t your idea of a good time, your best bet is to contact a service professional at 3 Mountains Plumbing.

The experience of a trained professional committed to quality service will save you time and help to avoid mistakes that may prove far more costly down the line. If you suspect a plumbing leak or water main line problem, be proactive! Seek the advice of a trusted Portland plumbing professional. 3 Mountains Plumbing are experienced in solving water service issues. You will be provided with a fixed price quote and be made aware of all water main line repair or replacement options.

Don’t be Sucker punched! Be Smart!

Avoid fluctuations in your water bill by checking in with the expertise of a company that’s been in the Portland plumbing business for over a decade. Oftentimes plumbers are sought for emergencies that need to be solved immediately. 3 Mountains Plumbing offers same day 24-hour plumbing service, but they also make it their mission to forge lasting relationships with their customers.

Keep your water bill at a predictable rate and contact a 3 Mountains Plumbing professional today to serve all of your Portland Plumbing needs.