Common Wintertime Plumbing Problems Portland

Ask a Portland Plumber: How to Winterize Your Home

Okay, Portland, winter is fast approaching and it’s time to prepare our homes (and ourselves) for changes in temperature, and perhaps even more overwhelming, the holidays.  How will these two things affect our household plumbing?  The reality is, quite a bit.

Do Not Get Stuck in the Cold!

Here’s a glance at some of the more popular calls we receive this time of year:

1. Frozen Pipes: Some Portland homeowners simply forget to winterize their house, or do so improperly.  While snow is rare in Portland it’s still best to take measures to avoid frozen or bursting pipes due to freezing.  All exterior plumbing (outdoor showers/faucets, irrigation systems, and hoses) must be entirely drained and flushed before the weather cools down.

2. Failing Sump Pumps: A change in weather calls for checking up on your basement or crawl space sump pump.  Sump pumps work to remove excess water from rain, melting snow, or ice away from your home.  An improperly working sump pump could result in flooding.

3. Clogged Toilets: We receive an abundance of clogged toilet calls particularly surrounding the holidays. Overuse from visiting family and friends may tax your toilet system, so we suggest making sure everything is in proper working order before guests arrive!  Maybe it’s time for a toilet bowl upgrade?  The right upgrade installation will not only prevent future clogs, but will also work to reduce energy consumption and save homeowners money on monthly water bills.

4. Broken Garbage Disposals: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, please don’t throw a whole turkey down the drain!  In may seem as though just about anything can and should be tossed down into the garbage disposal, but just like any other household plumbing fixture or appliance, garbage disposals also need a little TLC.  Some of the worst culprits include stringy foods, dairy, foreign objects like toys, grease, and oil.  Consider a garbage disposal upgrade and higher horsepower.

Need Help With Plumbing Winterization?  Call 3 Mountains Plumbing.

Having one of our professional journeymen plumbers is your best bet in ensuring your home is completely ready for whatever weather winter brings.  We have been helping Portland homeowners prepare for winter for over 13 years.

Contact 3 Mountains Plumbing today for a fixture upgrade or to learn more about readying your home for cooler temperatures.  


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Portland Plumber: Winter is Coming. Are You Ready?

Don’t Forget to Winterize Your Plumbing

For better or worse the seasons are changing and as repeatedly stated in Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming!”  Fortunately, Portland winters don’t awaken white walkers (tall, murderous zombie types), but they do bring rain and freezing temperatures that often wreak havoc on plumbing systems.

For many Portland homeowners, September means a farewell to long summer weekends or vacations, back to work, back to school, and back to business-as-usual.  With daily to-do lists growing by leaps and bounds, how is anyone supposed to remember to winterize the plumbing?!

As always, 3 Mountains Plumbing is here for you.  We’re on-call 24-hours a day, seven-days a week and provide around-the-clock emergency plumbing.  Here are a few reminders and tips on how to get ready for winter.

1. Flush Out Exterior Plumbing

Exterior plumbing includes outdoor faucets, hoses, and lawn irrigation systems.  We suggest draining and disconnecting each of these fixtures to avoid frozen and bursting pipes.

2. Insulate Pipes

Insulating exposed basement or crawlspace pipes is an affordable way to prevent pipes from freezing.  Pipe insulation also works to keep hot water hot thus reducing energy bills.

3. Get a Thorough Home Inspection Done by a Pro

Give us a call and invite one of our fully-licensed journeymen plumbers to inspect your entire home.  We’ll ensure that it’s in safe condition and prepared for the rain and cold weather.

When it comes to your home’s plumbing systems, it’s simply best to be prepared.  We always recommend taking home safety precautions to protect your home and your family.   Enjoy your winter, stay warm, and let the experts at 3 Mountains Plumbing manage what we’re best at and have been doing for nearly 15 years—residential plumbing in Portland (and warding off white walkers).  Just kidding! But, seriously, call us!

Contact 3 Mountains Plumbing today to find out how we can help prepare your Portland home for another winter!