Ask a Portland Plumber: Why Am I Having Irrigation Problems?

Keep Your Water Safe and Fresh

Summer! It’s here! It’s time to plan some day trips to Willamette Valley for wine tasting or perhaps to Mount Hood or Columbia River Gorge for some hiking.  No matter what your plans, you’ll most likely be outside and hopefully even spending some time away on vacation.

3 Mountains Plumbing wants to extend to you a few plumbing tips to make your transition through the Portland summer season safe and convenient.  This way you can spend your summer enjoying the sunshine, confident that your household plumbing systems are in check and that you’re doing all you can to maintain safe, fresh water for you and your family.

One of the last plumbing issues any homeowner wants to deal with is finally setting up the yard for summer, only to find that their irrigation system is not properly functioning.  While 3 Mountains Plumbing doesn’t directly manage irrigation systems, we can help with plumbing problems associated therein.

Often we find that these seasonal irrigation problems appear to be caused by one or more of the problems listed here:

Perhaps the most common irrigation-related problems we see this time of year are associated with home backflow prevention devices.  These function to protect your water from contamination by separating your home’s water supply from the city’s water.  Backflow prevention devices may be connected to your home’s irrigation system to provide clean sprinkler system water.  They are essential to any home that has an irrigation system and are, in many cases, legally required according to Portland’s plumbing code.

Sprinkler system control valves may also be the culprit as they sometimes deteriorate and develop leaks.  This is not only problematic, but also potentially hazardous.  If a sprinkler system valve is not working correctly and there is no backflow prevention device in place, chemicals and other toxins may back into your irrigation system.

What Can You Do?

Get an inspection—by an experienced and trusted plumber.  Remember that the certified journeymen plumbers at 3 Mountains Plumbing have over a decade of experience servicing the plumbing system and backflow device needs of the greater Portland area.

When it comes to potable water, it’s best to immediately contact a professional.  It is never worth taking excessive time or risks when it comes to keeping water free of contaminates.

Contact 3 Mountains Plumbing today and let us help you enjoy your summer by taking the worry out of plumbing. 


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Portland Plumber: 3 Summer Tips

Avoid Plumbing Problems This Summer

Summer has officially arrived in Portland!

This time of year typically means gardening, barbecues, and more time spent outdoors.  You may even be looking forward to summer getaways or vacations away from home.

Serving the greater Portland area for over a decade, we see customers frequently running into the same summer plumbing problems.  We thought it would be helpful to compile a quick list of things homeowners can do to ensure that summer is enjoyed without time wasted on plumbing catastrophes.

1.     Don’t shove that corn husk down the drain!

We love summer barbeques and even encourage them, but please think carefully about clean up.  We know it can be tempting to throw everything down your sink’s garbage disposal, but the reality is that even sink disposals need some quality TLC.  Stringy foods along with fats and cooking oil can be detrimental to your pipes.  If you want a best-in-class, no nonsense garbage disposal replacement, we provide a 10-year warranty on our 1-horsepower unit.

 2.     Check your backflow prevention device.

If you suspect there is a problem with your backflow prevention device, we recommend contacting a professional right away.  Backflow devices work to keep your home’s water separate from city water and free of contaminates.  You and your family deserve fresh, clean drinking and sprinkler water.  Often, the valves controlling backflow devices rust and corrode over the winter, so it’s definitely worth checking that everything is in proper working order for the health and wellbeing of your home.  Tree root intrusion may also cause backflow prevention device destruction.  Our professionals can help eliminate this problem.

3.     Install a tankless water heater.

Going on vacation this summer?  If you already have a tankless water heater, consider getting it a quality maintenance check-up.  If you’re still working with a traditional water heater, think of all the energy wasted when you’re away.  Traditional water heaters generally hold anywhere from 40-80 gallons of water.  Traditional water heater systems heat water up to 120 degrees and then the water just sits in waiting until it is used.  Tankless water heaters, the far more environmentally sound option, work instantaneously.  They save you more money over the long-run and provide your desired temperature without delay.

Stay cool this summer, and let us take care of the plumbing.  Call 3 Mountains Plumbing today.