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.   


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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.

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.