2014 Portland Plumbing Checklist

Happy New Year from the team at 3 Mountains Plumbing of Portland!  Here’s to a healthy and happy new year of new beginnings and perhaps new plumbing systems! Maintaining and updating household plumbing systems remains essential to the efficiency and longevity of those systems.

Here’s a quick list of some of the products and services we have been providing the greater Portland area for over a decade:

Water Heater Repair

Tankless, conventional, gas, or electric—our journeymen plumbers can repair, maintain, and replace them all.  We are presently offering a variety of new water heater installation coupons.  Check them out!

Sewer Replacement

Sewer replacements are essential to the health and wellbeing of you and your family.  Notice a foul odor not unlike rotten eggs?  Check these top signs it may be time for a sewage line replacement.

Water Line Replacement

As old pipes wear down, water main line, or water service replacement jobs continue to be on the rise.  With our use of Wirsbo pipe and advanced directional boring technology, we’ve become experts in this space.  Check for our water line replacement discount.

Drain Cleaning

Our experienced plumbers know how to use the right technology not only to alleviate drain clogs, but to completely eliminate them so that they never return.  We combine environmentally friendly with technologically advanced efforts to manage Portland drain clogs.

Sewer Camera Inspection

Camera inspection is a terrific way to precisely locate, diagnose, and remove whatever sewer or drain problem exists.  Our technicians can quickly determine the problem using real time video pipe inspection equipment.  This also helps determine exact pricing by eliminating guesswork.

Keep your Portland home’s plumbing systems in good working order by taking proactive measures before an emergency occurs.  Stop by or call 3 Mountains Plumbing today and get your home ready for the new year!


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Water Line Repair vs. Replacement Portland

Portland Plumber: Why Replace

If it’s broke, fix it, right?  That seems simple enough.  Unfortunately, water main lines are far from simple.

Repair often appears to be the best course of action when it comes to just about any household appliance or fixture.  As professional journeymen plumbers, we of all people understand having a natural inclination towards wanting to fix things and making them better.  However, after servicing greater Portland area homes for over a decade we’ve come to understand that there are times when it’s more efficient and affordable to replace.

Benefits of Portland Water Line Service Replacement  

Water main lines are one of those household plumbing systems that may save you more money in the long run with replacement.  Here’s why:

  1. No mismatched joints with various piping connections
  2. Repairs are temporary; replacements stand the test of time
  3. We use Wirsbo pipe with a 25-year manufacturer warranty
  4. Reduced costs on monthly utility bills
  5. Secure household investment for resale

Advantages of Working with the Portland Plumbers at 3 Mountains Plumbing

We will of course asses your unique situation and will recommend several options.  There are certainly times when repair may be best, but full replacement leads to greater success.  Here’s how our professionals help make water main line replacement a seamless operation:

  1.  $150 coupon available for new water service
  2. Directional boring technology greatly reduces property damage
  3. Wirsbo pipe is installed in one long roll eliminating sloppy joint connections
  4. 24-hour emergency service available
  5. One-year warranty on all parts and services
  6. Fully-certified and continuously trained journeymen plumbers
  7. Over 13 years of experience working in Portland residences

Want to learn more about the water main line service solutions available at 3 Mountains Plumbing? Give us a call or stop by today.  Find out if repair or replacement is your best option.   

Water Line Replacement Portland

Problem Solved Without the Excavation

We understand that water main line replacement jobs may sound daunting, but we assure you that our journeymen professionals are experienced at ensuring a seamless and even delightful plumbing experience.

Portland Water Line Replacement by 3 Mountains Plumbing

Our method of managing residential water main replacements leaves no stone unturned.  We’ve thought this through and have, for over a decade, had repeated proven success throughout the greater Portland area.

1. The Best Piping Option

A long lasting durable piping solution is the key to any successful water line replacement.  We are proud to be a certified supplier and installer of Wirsbo pipe.  Here’s how we think the benefits of Wirsbo pipe clearly outweighs its competitors:

  • Improved crosslinking technology
  • One long roll of pipe avoids joint breaks, connection problems, and sloppy joint threads
  • Manufacturer provides an unprecedented 25-year warranty on all piping and fittings

2. Directional Boring Technology

Our advanced directional boring technology allows our technicians to get directing to the root of the problem without turning your home and property into a demolition project.

3. Speedy Turnaround

When you call 3 Mountains Plumbing an informed staff member will find a convenient time to schedule an inspection—often on the same day.  We work fast and efficiently so that your home life can return to business as usual.  Of course emergency plumbing service is also available.  Our plumbers are on-call 24-hours a day, seven-days a week.

Know the signs. Know the symptoms. Contact 3 Mountains Plumbing today to learn more about when is the right time for a water line replacement.  

Water Main Repair Portland

How To: Know You Need Repair

If you suspect trouble with your Portland water main line, take action right away.  Water main line issues must be taken seriously to prevent serious damage to your home, property, or both.  Aside from potential flooding, unattended water main breaks may also prove costly by drastically increasing monthly water bills.  The quicker we replace the line, the better.

Why 3 Mountains Plumbing?

The professionals at 3 Mountains Plumbing have been providing water service expertise to the greater Portland community for over 13 years.  Water main replacements have quickly elevated to one of our more common customer requests.  We have a tremendous amount of experience and are ready to go with our industry leading equipment and boring technology to ensure your property’s landscape maintains its natural beauty.

Here are some of the many benefits of working alongside 3 Mountains Plumbing for your Portland water main line replacements:

  • Up-front fixed-rate pricing
  • $150 dollar coupon available for new water service installation
  • 10-year warranty on all parts and services
  • 25-year factory warranty on Wirsbo pipe installation
  • Experienced service from prompt and professional journeymen plumbers
  • Our boring technology keeps your property’s landscape clean and undisturbed

Common Causes of Water Main Failure

There are a number of common causes of water service failure.  Here’s a quick list:

  • Misaligned pipes due to sloppy repair jobs
  • Tree root growth
  • Build-up of pipe rust, sediment, and debris
  • Improperly connected joints and joint leaks
  • Mix-matched pipe connections
  • Aging pipes

We find that many problems are associated with previously performed haphazard repairs. Understandably, homeowners often try to cut corners and save money by repairing pieces of pipe, but this only results in bigger problems down the line. When it comes to water main lines, the most affordable option is complete replacement. Avoid future damage by solving the problem right away.

If you suspect your water main line needs to be replaced, contact 3 Mountains Plumbing today. Please inquire about our coupons and up-front fixed pricing.

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. 

Plumbing Coupons and Discounts in Portland

Plumbing, Coupons, and Discounts! Oh, My!

At 3 Mountains Plumbing of Portland, we’re all about working hard to make plumbing easier for our customers.  We happen to love plumbing, but we  understand that for most people a household plumbing problem is wrought with worries about money, time, and maybe even damaged property.

To help ease these common concerns, we guarantee:

  • Prompt, professional service,
  • Up-front and fixed pricing,
  • To leave your property in better shape than how we found it

We Make Plumbing Delightful

We really do—no joke!  Our mission is to provide our customers with a delightful plumbing experience.  This means that we work really hard to maintain a company culture devoted to quality customer service and superior craftsmanship.  We are determined to be as straightforward with our customers as possible.

Our fixed-rate up-front pricing guarantee is unmatched in the plumbing industry, but to us, it’s natural to be honest when it comes to household plumbing.  It’s as simple as that.

To align with making plumbing delightful for our new and existing customers, we are presently offering the following coupons and discounts:


  • Tankless Water Heater Installation: Tankless water heaters are environmentally friendly as well as wallet-friendly.  These high-tech devices save energy and are far more cost-effective in the long run.  Receive $150 off a new tankless water heater installation.
  • Re-Piping: We are offering a $250 discount on all re-piping work.
  • Water Service: Get $150 off a new water main line installation.  We also provide extended warranties on water service piping and services.


The following groups of respected customers may receive a 5% plumbing discount.

  • Veterans
  • Senior Citizens
  • Angie’s List Subscribers

Contact 3 Mountains Plumbing today.  Find out about discounts and coupons and learn how our fully-licensed and trained journeymen plumbers can help provide you and your family with the plumbing solutions you need. 

Need Portland Plumbing Work? Use a Coupon!

3 Mountains Plumbing Helps You Save Money

3 Mountains Plumbing has been serving the plumbing needs of the greater Portland area for well over a decade. It is part of our ongoing mission to forge lasting relationships with our customers residing in the Portland community—we want our customers to have a delightful plumbing experience!

In order to accomplish this mission while staying true to our excellence in customer service guarantee, we provide our customers with options and benefits to help make plumbing repairs and installations easy.  Here are a few of those benefits and advantages:

We Have Coupons!

To improve customer satisfaction and extend our thanks, we are presently offering coupons for the following plumbing services:

1.     Tankless Water Heater Installation

We are offering a coupon for $150 off all tankless water heater installations.  It’s true that tankless water heaters typically cost more up-front, but they will work to conserve energy and lower your overall monthly utility bills.  While we are happy to service conventional tanks, if appropriate, we will almost always recommend going tankless.  These space saving appliances are better for the environment and for your wallet.

2.     New Water Service

Updated water main lines are essential for delivering clean, fresh water through a piping system that meets code in an efficient manner.  Old and corroded water service lines using outdated piping may leak thus increasing your water bill while also allowing sediment deposits to creep into home’s water supply.  We are offering $150 off all new water service jobs.

3.     All Re-piping Work

Need any re-piping work?  You’ve come to the right place.  3 Mountains Plumbing is offering a $250 discount coupon on all re-piping related jobs.

Contact us for more information on Portland tankless water installation, water service, or re-piping work.  We are happy to discuss our coupon offerings as well as our fixed pricing options and other customer benefits. 

Ask a Portland Plumber About Directional Boring Technology

Save Your Yard With Trenchless Boring

We use directional boring technology as a cost-effective way to maintain the beauty of your home’s landscape.  The major benefit of trenchless boring technology is that it keeps property damage at a minimum and is, in essence, kind to your yard.

Part of the ongoing 3 Mountains Plumbing mission is to leave your home cleaner than how we found it, and our trenchless solution helps make that happen.

What is Directional Boring?

Directional boring, also commonly called horizontal drilling, simply stated, is a method of installing underground pipes.  At 3 Mountains Plumbing we typically use directional boring technology when it comes to replacing pipe in water main lines.

In Portland, water main line pipes connect the full distance between your home and your home’s water meter, typically located on the other side of your front yard, at the sidewalk.  Directional boring is the natural choice for homeowners wanting to save their lawns from destructive plumbing work.  It’s unsightly not to mention inconvenient for you and your family.

How Does Directional Boring Work?

Our directional boring machines (pictured) are operated only by our trained and experienced journeymen plumbers.  The process works by drilling a bore head into the ground at a horizontal angle, thus minimizing landscape damage.  The technology is precise and efficient.  Piping problems are fixed directly at the root of the leak or break.

Benefits of Directional Boring

There is no contest between trenchless direction boring technology and traditional methods that involve a lot more digging and mess.  Direction boring has become more or less common practice and is certainly the preferred choice at 3 Mountains Plumbing for the following reasons and more.

  • Safer for the environment
  • Far less destructive
  • Cost-effective—saves both time and money
  • Precise and efficient

Contact 3 Mountains Plumbing to help clarify any questions you have about how our directional boring technology can help you and your Portland home’s water main line. 

Water Main Line Service Portland

Q & A: Understanding Water Service Jobs

Water main line service or water service jobs may seem complex in terms of understanding why they’re needed, what they accomplish, and how the work is completed.

3 Mountains Plumbing specializes in water main line service jobs spanning the greater Portland area. Made up of fully licensed journeymen plumbers, 3 Mountains Plumbing technicians use industry-leading technology to efficiently install water main lines with minimal disruption to your property’s landscape.

Q: What is a water main line?

A: In Portland, water main lines are pipes that run the full stretch of space between your home and your home’s water meter—usually located at the sidewalk.

Q: Why do water main lines break?

A: Water main line breaks may be caused by just about anything ranging from root intrusion to rust and sediment deposits.  Joint and pipe leakage also contribute.

Q: How do I know my water service line needs replacement?

A:   Fortunately, most signs of water main breakage are fairly obvious.  These include:

  • Unexpected puddles in the yard
  • Weak ground
  • Collapsed ground or sidewalk
  • Decreased water pressure
  • Dirty water
  • Spinning water meter when water is not turned on
  • Unexpectedly high water bills

Q: How will 3 Mountains Plumbing assess my water service needs?

A: A fully licensed journeyman plumber will visit your home to assess your unique situation.  We will generate a flat-rate price quote and provide full disclosure of your options.

Q: Will my property be a mess?  

A: At 3 Mountains Plumbing we take pride in completing jobs promptly as scheduled.  That said we also do everything we can to leave your home in better shape than when we found it.  We use directional boring technology that very specifically targets your water main line’s repair or installation needs thus eliminating unnecessary damage to your property.

Q: Once replaced, will my water main line break again?

A: Of course we can’t guarantee that events outside of our control may cause further damage, but we can provide you with a best-in-class piping option.  We are so confident in Wirsbo pipe that we provide a 10-year warranty on labor and materials. Wirsbo’s developer, the German-based Uponor, additionally offers a 25-year warranty on all delivered pipe and fittings.

Please give us a call as we are always happy to help clarify any questions or concerns you may have regarding water service in Portland.