Happy Thanksgiving from Our Portland Plumbers to You and Your Family!

This Thanksgiving we continue to be humbled and grateful to have been successfully working alongside Portland homeowners for the last 13 years.

We thank you for trusting us to care for your home’s plumbing systems.  We are also thankful for your loyalty and for your and kind customer reviews.  It has been our ongoing mission to bring Portland a delightful plumbing experience and we aim to continue doing so through this and every holiday season.

Do You Need a Portland Plumber on Thanksgiving?

If you need us, call us. We are on-call 24-hours a day/seven-days a week, and this includes Thanksgiving Day emergency service.

An abundance of house guests and a lot of cooking often lead to plumbing mishaps.  Here are a few common problems we run into on Thanksgiving:

  • Clogged Kitchen Sinks: Remember that household pipes will inevitably deteriorate over time.  Longevity is key, and it is important to take steps that will prolong the life of your home piping systems.  Clogs will happen if you are not careful, but whatever you do, do not use a liquid clog remover.  While this sometimes seems to alleviate the clog, it only moves it down while causing more damage to your pipes.  The clog will return unless cared for by a professional.
  • Failing Garbage Disposals: It is not uncommon for garbage disposals to falter when there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen.  First, check the reset switch underneath the disposal.  Otherwise, avoid putting stringy foods, dairy, oil, bones, or any foreign objects in your garbage disposal.
  • Clogged Toilets: Keep the lid down.  We know it sounds simple, but this prevents keys, cell phones, toys, and knick-knacks from clogging your toilet bowl!  Put nothing in your toilet but what instantaneously dissolves in water.

Our Portland Plumbers Are Standing By

Our expert journeymen technicians are ready to help if you need us.  We are fully stocked with higher horsepower garbage disposals, toilet bowl upgrades, and drain clog removal equipment.

This holiday, stay safe, enjoy your family and friends, and contact 3 Mountains Plumbing for tips on Thanksgiving plumbing emergencies.  


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Avoid Holiday Plumbing Emergencies Portland

Plumbing Upgrades Can Help Prevent Disasters

If there’s a plumbing emergency, we can help. Our fully-licensed journeymen plumbers are always on call–24-hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays, to help with whatever household plumbing task is needed.

Of course at 3 Mountains Plumbing our ideal goal is to get to know our customers before a plumbing emergency occurs.  We like our customers to know and feel comfortable with us first so that they are confident we can fix the problem in an event of an emergency.

The holidays are always a busy time for the plumbing industry. More household guests means more stress on plumbing systems.  We are here today to share with you some preventative measures and maintenance you can perform to ease and perhaps even prevent holiday plumbing woes.

1. Upgrade Your Garbage Disposal

A higher horsepower garbage disposal is the way to go.  Of course, even then, you have to be careful about what you put down your drain, but the higher the horsepower the less likely your garbage disposal is to fail and back up your kitchen sink.  3 Mountains Plumbing is fully stocked with a variety of garbage disposal options.

2. Know What NOT to Toss Into the Garbage Disposal

Be mindful of what you toss down the drain.  The worst culprits include:

  • stringy foods
  • dairy
  • grease

Also, be sure to dispose of waste gradually.  Do not shove everything down the drain and then turn on the disposal.  This may overwhelm the system causing a major back-up.

3. Install a New Toilet Bowl

We recommend 1.28 gallon toilet bowls made by Toto Ultra Max.  These highly efficient systems use less water to do more work.  They are better for the environment and save you money.  Installing a new toilet is one of the more affordable bathroom remodeling investments you can make for your home.

4. Install a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are another terrific home investment.  These come in handy when hosting guests because they never run out of hot water.  No matter how many showers are consecutively taken, there will always be an endless stream of hot water for everyone.

Call Us Before Thanksgiving!

Be proactive!  Make sure your plumbing systems are well-maintained and in good shape before your guests arrive.  If not, know that we’re always here in case of an emergency.

Contact 3 Mountains Plumbing in Portland to help provide you with sensible plumbing upgrade and installation solutions.  Enjoy hosting your friends and family.  Leave the plumbing to us.  

Toilet Bowl Upgrade Portland

Ask a Portland Plumber: When is it Time to Replace?

We know you don’t ever want to deal with a clogged toilet bowl.  It’s unsanitary and pretty much straight up nasty, but it’s even worse on Thanksgiving or around the holidays when you have a household full of family and friends.

Yes, there are a number of basic preventative measures that can be taken to avoid a toilet clog, but the most effective method is to upgrade your toilet bowl.

If your toilet is experiencing frequent clogs or is consistently slow to drain, it’s time to call in an expert.  Other signs include surface scratches and cracked porcelain or pipe.  Age is also a contributor to toilet bowl failure.  If yours is an older model and you want to be proactive about avoiding plumbing inconveniences and clogs, definitely consider an upgrade.

How Can 3 Mountains Plumbing Help?

We have been in the business of assisting Portland homeowners with toilet bowl clogs for over 13 years.  To this end we are prepared, fully stocked, and ready to deliver and install our highest toilet bowl recommendation: Toto Ultra Max.  We also recommend American Standard Cadet Pro toilets which, while not quite as powerful as the Toto brand, are another great buy.

Benefits of a New Toilet Bowl

Installing a new and reliable toilet bowl before guests arrive for the holidays is a great idea, but more than that, new toilets can work to save you money.

At 3 Mountains Plumbing we recommend 1.28 gallon toilet bowls.  These toilets require less water to more efficiently do the same job.  By installing a new 1.28 gallon bowl you conserve water and save money on both repairs and utility bills.  It almost goes without saying that you also save time (and embarrassment) from having to plunge or call a plumber to alleviate a toilet clog.

Call 3 Mountains Plumbing today. Our fully trained and licensed journeymen plumbers are at the ready to help you avoid awkward plumbing situations this holiday season. 

Ask a Portland Plumber: How to Avoid Toilet Clogs

Ask a Portland Plumber: How to Avoid Clogs

What can you do? Isn’t a toilet clog just a natural, albeit unpleasant, fact of life? Can’t you just buy a good plunger and hope for the best? Well, you can, but this won’t do your toilet bowl or home plumbing systems any good in the long run. Plus, who wants the awkward job of plunging a toilet particularly when there’s a house full of guests?

The truth is there is never a right time for a clogged toilet. Clogged toilets are just especially worse around the holidays when your home is bustling with family and friends.

We’re here to give a few tips on how to avoid toilet clogs and what Portland homeowners can do before the holidays to ensure toilet bowl success.

Three Tips on Keeping Your Toilet Safe!

Seriously, protect your toilet!  You and your family use it every day, multiple times a day.  A household toilet needs (and deserves) some extra special care.  Here’s what you can do:

1.     Remove Clutter:  No one really needs to keep knick-knacks, figurines, or any other kind of ornate decoration on their toilet bowls.  Be selective about your bathroom décor keeping in mind that any of these items could end up down your drain.

2.     Nothing But Organic Waste:  We’re serious here.  There’s no need to get creative when it comes to toilet bowls.  The only things that belong in toilets should be those that instantaneously dissolve in water.

3.     Keep the Lid Down:  It sounds so simple, but we often forget to do it.  Keeping the toilet bowl lid down is probably the number one toilet bowl clog preventative tip we can provide.  This will keep out toys, cell phones, keys, and all other various knick-knacks.

Is your toilet suffering from frequent clogs?  Call 3 Mountains Plumbing to learn more and find out about our drain cleaning and toilet bowl upgrade solutions.   

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.  

Toilet Repair in Portland

Is Your Toilet Running? You May Need a Replacement

Is your toilet running?  Well, then you better go catch it!

Okay, okay, we joke, but the fact remains that a running toilet may be a sign of a number of home plumbing issues. We use our residential toilets multiple times each and every day. At 3 Mountains Plumbing, we understand that you may not spend a great deal of time thinking (or wanting to think) about how much your household toilet or toilets are in use, but the truth is that they quite naturally suffer a great deal of wear and tear over time.

Running toilets are easy enough to repair, but if it’s happening frequently, it’s most likely time for a new toilet installation.

Our Portland Toilet Recommendations

Toilet upgrades are almost always a solid home investment decision.  New toilets…

  • Conserve water
  • Reduce monthly utility bills
  • Improve home sanitary environment
  • Work more efficiently
  • Environmentally friendly

At 3 Mountains Plumbing, our shelves are stocked and ready to go with the best of the best: Toto UltraMax and American Standard Cadet Pro toilet bowls.  We suggest going with 1.28 gallon bowls which tend to conserve the most water.

Other Common Toilet Problems

In addition to the persistently antagonizing sound of a running toilet, there are other very common home toilet-related problems that may indicate it’s time for an upgrade.  Watch out for the following signs and symptoms of a failing toilet:

  • Frequent clogs
  • Slow drainage
  • Surface scratches
  • Needing to consistently flush more than once to remove waste
  • Leaking water around the base of the toilet
  • Cracked pipes or porcelain

Don’t let your toilet run away without you!  Get it fixed or replaced today by contacting the experts at 3 Mountains Plumbing.    

Portland Plumbing Discount Coupon? Yes, Please!

Save on Your Service When You Choose 3 Mountains Plumbing!

Would you like a $35 discount off a plumbing repair?  Of course you would!

Well, you’re in luck because 3 Mountains Plumbing is presently offering a variety of coupons and discounts including $35 off plumbing repairs.

Of course our customers are welcome to put this money towards any plumbing repair they please, but we thought it would be helpful to suggest some smaller, more affordable household maintenance jobs that might prove most beneficial.  Here are a few:

  1. Sump Pump Maintenance: Sump pumps function to keep basements and crawlspaces free from excess water.  As the season changes, be on the lookout for faulty sump pump float switches that could lead to flooding.
  2. Garbage Disposal Maintenance: It may be time for an upgrade if your garbage disposal is slow to operate or if it is frequently clogging.  We provide a variety of horsepower options based on your specific household needs.
  3. Fixture Updates: If you’re not up for renovating your entire kitchen or bathroom, consider updating faucets and other fixtures.  Not only do these look great, but they work to conserve water and save you money.
  4. Toilet Replacements: Another great way to save money via water conservation is to replace your toilet.  We are fully-stocked with a variety of toilets, but recommend 1.28 gallon bowls for ultimate savings.

Any Other Discounts?

Yes!  We’re here to make plumbing a delightful experience for our customers, and with that comes a variety of discounts, coupons, and warranties—not to mention superior service from our certified journeymen plumbers.

  1. $250 off any Repipe work
  2. $150 off Tankless Water Heater installations
  3. $150 off new Water Service installations
  4. $75 off Gas Water Heater installations
  5. $50 off Electric Water Heater installations

Don’t delay in taking advantage of our vast coupon selection, and remember that we also provide a three year warrantee on all parts and services.

Call 3 Mountains Plumbing of Portland to learn about our coupons and discounts and how they can help you with household plumbing maintenance and more.

Toilet Repair Portland

Portland Plumber: If Your Toilet is Leaking, it May Need Some TLC

News flash: you use your toilet every day—heck, multiple times a day.  It’s there for you, but are you there for it?  If your toilet is leaking, it may be time to step up your game and give your toilet the tender loving care it craves, and deserves.  We can help.

Signs Your Toilet Needs Attention

Fortunately, with toilets, it’s fairly obvious when help is needed.  Here are a few signs of trouble:

  • Water leaking around the toilet’s base
  • Needing to flush twice to remove waste
  • Persistently slow drainage
  • Cracked pipes or porcelain
  • Surface scratches
  • Frequent clogs

How We Can Help

When you call 3 Mountains Plumbing, you are immediately connected to an informed staff member who will schedule an appointment for a certified journeymen plumber to visit your home—typically on the same day.

No Fuss. Just a Fixed (or New) Toilet

Our technicians promptly arrive in uniform prepared with a truck full of industry-leading equipment and technology to meet any and all plumbing challenges.  We will provide you with fixed up-front pricing and, with your approval, immediately begin working through to completion.  No long waits.  No scheduling months in advance.  We take care of the problem right then and there.

Need a New Toilet? No Problem!

Our shelves are stocked with Toto UltraMax and American Standard Cadet Pro toilet bowls.  We always recommend toilet bowl upgrades, particularly 1.28 gallon bowls, because they are better for the environment and will save you money by conserving water.  They’re also better for improved sanitary purposes and general home investment.  New toilet bowl installations are a win-win.

Don’t waste time.  Give your toilet that TLC it needs to keep running flawlessly.  If your toilet bowl is leaking, contact 3 Mountains Plumbing of Portland and we’ll get to work right away.

Ask a Portland Plumber: Is it Time for Toilet Replacement?

Toilet Upgrade Could Save You Money

We use our toilet bowls so frequently and yet rarely think about proper toilet maintenance or what to do if something isn’t working as it should.  Slow drains and clogs are not only frustrating and inconvenient, but can also be unsanitary, or the sign of a larger plumbing problem.

The experts at 3 Mountains Plumbing have been repairing and installing toilet bowls at homes in the greater Portland area for over a decade.  We know what to look for and are always happy to help with tough toilet repairs, but when we begin to see the same problems repeatedly, we know it’s time for a new toilet installation.

Yes, do it yourself plunging at home will often clear toilet drain clogs, but there are also a number of reasons to consider installing a brand new toilet.

First, let’s look at a few signs that it may be time for a new toilet installation in your Portland home:

  • Frequent repairs
  • Habitual clogs
  • Persistently slow drainage
  • Cracked pipes or porcelain
  • Surface scratches

How Can Purchasing a New Toilet Save Me Money?

A new toilet will work more efficiently using less water to accomplish its task.  For the ultimate in water conservation, we highly recommend having a 1.28 gallon toilet bowl installed.  The 1.28 gallon bowls are the most environmentally friendly and efficient on the market.  There’s no need for toilet water to fill back up to the rim between flushes so make sure your bowl isn’t wasting water.  Less water usage is certainly better for the environment, but also better for your wallet.

At 3 Mountains Plumbing, we highly recommend Toto UltraMax toilet bowls.  Another great buy, although not quite as powerful, is the American Standard Cadet Pro toilet.  Both are in stock and ready for delivery and installation by a trained journeyman plumber.

Benefits of New Toilet Installation

  • Conserve water
  • Keep your home and bathroom clean and healthy
  • New bathroom fixtures and renovation projects typically increase the ROI of homes at the time of resale
  • Saving money

Contact Portland’s trusted plumber today for information on toilet repair or installation. We provide warrantees on all parts and services with up-front fixed pricing options.

Portland Plumber Tips: How to Avoid a Bathroom Drain Clog

Some Things Just Don’t Belong Down the Drain

Spring is finally coming to Portland and with it, spring cleaning.  As we welcome the warmer weather, spring seems to be the perfect time of year to re-evaluate our surroundings, and to rid ourselves of unnecessary clutter.

Clutter might be cumbersome, but not dangerous, unless it happens to creep its way into your bathroom.  Do you have too many items crammed into that medicine cabinet above your bathroom sink?  Do you store extra toilet paper, magazines, candles, match books, or various knickknacks on or above your toilet bowl?  If so, you may want to reconsider your bathroom’s décor, and see if you can keep these items in a more manageable location.

Here are two things you can quickly add to your spring cleaning regimen. These actions will help you eliminate toilet or sink drain clogs:

  1. Eliminate bathroom clutter.  As mentioned above, it’s best to keep your bathroom organized so that foreign objects are not accidentally knocked into your toilet, or down your sink drain.
  2. Keep the toilet lid down.  This may seem like a nagging thing to do, but it’s a simple and certain way to keep unwanted household items out of the toilet. People intentionally and accidentally put all sorts of foreign objects in their toilets that cause clogs.  Other common items we see down the drain include:
  3. Cell phones.  It’s a good idea to check what you’re carrying before entering the bathroom.  Removing cell phones, wallets, and keys from pockets could prevent a potentially embarrassing situation from occurring.
  4. “Flushable” wipes. These wipes are often made of a much thicker material than toilet paper and are not usually safe for flushing. Your best bet is to stick with toilet paper.
  5. Prescription drugs.  Throwing prescription drugs down the drain is not safe and potentially harmful to the environment. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has guidelines they suggest to follow.
  6. In-tank toilet cleaners. In-tank toilet cleaners won’t clog your toilet, but the substances in these cleaners will often deteriorate the mechanisms in your toilet. You’re better off scrubbing the old fashioned way, ideally with a natural cleaning product.

Please contact 3 Mountains Plumbing for all of your Portland plumbing needs. With over a decade of experience serving the greater Portland area, 3 Mountains Plumbing is always happy to assist.