Reminder – Can I flush wipes & “flushable” products down the drain?

Q: I’ve recently read some articles which say that utility companies, municipal water companies and the treatment plants etc., are “freakin’-out” because folks have started to flush all kinds of pre-moistened towelettes down the toilet.  This wasn’t so much of a problem in the past.  Apparently these can cause havoc all the way down the plumbing system at the treatment plants.  What’s the deal with this?  Is it really that bad?  Can it affect my plumbing lines or only the municipal systems? Is toilet paper the only thing I should ever flush down the toilet?

A: The short answer is YES the treatment plants are “freaking out!”  Unfortunately, this translates into higher rates for everyone because they have to structure & modify their equipment to deal with all of these so-called “flushable” over-the-counter products like wipes, cat litter, female sanitary products etc. The main issue is this stuff does not macerate well like human waste and toilet paper. (Sorry for the visual!)

Eventually everything makes it to a pump system or means of mechanically moving, sorting & filtering (the raw sewer). Some of these “wipes” are just short of a cloth rag. “Flushable” in that it will flush and go down but it’s no good for any part of the system down the line. Plumbers joke around the water cooler about how great these products are for keeping us very busy!

The flushable cat litter is just as bad or worse because it absorbs a ton of water & swells up.  This can cause havoc in the plumbing system!

When I walk down the aisle at the supermarket and see a new “flushable” product, I pause to thank the manufacturer for their patronage. This used to bother me more when I lived in a neighborhood forced to pay sewer rates, but now I have a private septic system!

The Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code addresses this issue: (Oregon plumbing specialty code chapter 3 - 306.1)

The Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code addresses this issue: (Oregon plumbing specialty code chapter 3 – 306.1)

Why Choose Sutherland Plumbing?

Clear, accurate estimates with no surprises:

Today is no different from the past – businesses compete over price and sometimes price alone. One way businesses do this is to quote cheap prices over the phone or advertise low rates and then tell you what it’s really going to cost once they are in your home or business!  A.K.A “the bait and switch!” The cheap rate over the phone is often half the truth. The low rate or quote “sight unseen” may not include or cover a variety of items that usually cost extra.

Sutherland Plumbing technicians will look at the issue, explain the process in detail and answer all of your questions prior to work commencing. This way you know what all of your options are and what costs those options carry before any work begins!

Master Plumber Ti Sutherland will personally provide you with a clear, concise, accurate, written estimate prior to any work commencing. Just call (503) 719-4015. Call Today!

Why the CCB is Important – Ti’s Tips!

The Oregon CCB “Oregon Construction Contractors Board” is responsible for safeguarding the security & property of Oregonians by preventing and resolving construction & contracting problems and by ensuring contractors’ compliance with the law. The Board administers the Oregon Contractors’ Law that provides for the licensing of residential & commercial construction contractors, subcontractors and home inspectors; investigation and adjudication of complaints filed against licensees; and assessment of sanctions against unlawful contractors. In this sense they are the contractor police.

http://www.oregon.gov/ccb

Think: If you were planning to buy a car, it’s conceivable that most people spend hours reading reviews, researching & comparing options and perhaps even asking the opinions of people with first hand experience. Of course, you wouldn’t want to end up with something falling short of expectations, costing too much or breaking down on you, right? All this becomes exponentially risky when choosing to purchase from an unknown or an un-reputable source.

Ironically, everyday consumers find themselves in an unfavorable position & out thousands of dollars because they hired a contractor or somebody posing as a contractor, while at the same time unknowingly forgoing some or all of their consumer rights.

This doesn’t have to happen to you !

Check-out these 16 ways to avoid remodeling, repair & construction problems:

The document in this link is the instruction manual for hiring a contractor and/or planning a construction, remodel or repair project that requires a contractor governed by the CCB. In short, that’s ANYBODY that promises, advertises, delivers or performs improvements, repairs or alterations to, (but not limited to) real estate, structures property and/or land.

http://ccbed.ccb.state.or.us/WebPDF/CCB/Publications/16-ways.pdf

Sutherland Plumbing LLC: CCB# 200460

Easy Way to Avoid a Bathroom Flood – Ti’s Tips

Look inside your toilet tank.  If there are bolts in the bottom that look like the picture below (corroded & rusty) – then it’s only a matter of time before they break off and water leaks and floods all over the bathroom floor!

Toilet tank bolts

Avoid a messy toilet flood in your bathroom! Call Sutherland Plumbing at (503) 719-4015.

Ti’s Tips Reminder – Protect your Family – Is the Water Pressure Too High?

Ensuring Practical, Safe Working Water Pressure:

Municipal and private water companies use pumps & pumping stations to boost water pressure in the supply mains. This enables adequate water supply for fire-fighting and for high-rise buildings to overcome the loss of pressure as elevation increases. These pumps & pumping stations also maintain water supply to water towers and supply tanks. Pressure in water supply mains can exceed 200psi.

Most plumbing codes require water pressure reducing valves on domestic systems where the municipal water main’s pressure exceeds 80psi.

Higher pressures could rupture pipes, damage fixtures and injure the people using them.

Protect your Family, Have a Water Pressure Reducing Valve Professionally Installed. Call Sutherland Plumbing at (503) 719-4015

Ti’s Tips Reminder – “The cheap comes out expensive…”

Ever heard it said: “The cheap comes out expensive in the end?” 

This especially applies in the plumbing trade! 

The image below is of two 1.5″ tubular slip nuts, I haven’t found a house yet without one.  They make the seal under your sinks to the drain pipes. 

(Right) is a cheap plastic one, notice the huge crack. 

This resulted in a damaged wood cabinet, damaged wood floors, stinky, gross drain water all over the place & an unexpected service call from the plumber.

(Left) is a solid metal one.

Note: Sutherland Plumbing only uses the higher quality metal ones!

Had the original plumber invested about .50 cents more – all of this would have been avoided!Tubular Seals

Quality Workmanship – Sutherland Plumbing’s Difference! (Part 4)

Part 4 – Treating Your Property as if it Were our Own!

Quality Workmanship – The Result of Hard, Tireless Work – No Matter What It Takes to Get the Job Done!

Sutherland Plumbing’s John Benton. Detail Oriented & Focused, Treating Your Home or Business as if it Were His Own.

Old, Worn Plumbing Should be Replaced in Your Home or Business ASAP!

Brand New, High Quality Plumbing Installed by Sutherland Plumbing’s Sean Anderson!

Once Again – Sutherland Plumbing’s John Benton Shows that Quality Workmanship Only Comes with Knowledge, Dedication & Hard Work!

Quality Workmanship – Sutherland Plumbing’s Difference! (Part 3)

Part 3 – “Your Whole Home Solution.”

Whether It’s Your kitchen, Bathroom, Laundry Room, Basement or Outdoor Plumbing – Sutherland Plumbing’s the One for the job!

Brand New Clean Kitchen Sink Installed by Sutherland Plumbing’s Ti Sutherland!

Toilet Replacement in Hillsboro, OR. Quality Workmanship by Sutherland Plumbing’s Ti Sutherland.

New Laundry Sink & Plumbing – High Quality Parts & Workmanship by Sutherland Plumbing!

No Matter How Old Your Home or Plumbing, Sutherland Plumbing is Always Your First Call!

Old, Dangerous Sewer Pipes Replaced with Brand New, High Quality Pipes by Sutherland Plumbing’s Ti Sutherland!

At Sutherland Plumbing We Only Get One Chance to Make a Good First Impression!

Quality Workmanship – Sutherland Plumbing’s Difference! (Part 2)

Part 2 – New Water Heaters Save You $$$ and They’re One of Our Specialties!

Noritz 199,000 BTU Tankless Water Heater. Installed by Sutherland Plumbing’s John Benton & Crew. This is One Sweet Looking Install!!!

BRADFORD WHITE 50 Gallon Natural Gas Water Heater – Newly Installed by Sutherland Plumbing!!!

GE Heat Pump Water Heater Installed by Sutherland Plumbing. Photo Posted on Yelp by Another Satisfied Customer!

The New System Lowered their Electrical Bill by around $25 in Just the First Month!

75 Gallon Natural Gas Water Heater Installed by Master Plumber, Ti Sutherland!

Quality Workmanship – Sutherland Plumbing’s Difference!

Part 1 – Nothing Quite Like Brand New Under-Sink Plumbing…

Kitchen Double-Sink & Food Waste Disposal Rework Clean-Out. Installed by Sutherland Plumbing’s Sean Anderson!

Low Quality Parts & Poor Workmanship Can Cause HUGE Problems.

Quality Parts & Workmanship by Sutherland Plumbing’s Sean Anderson – PROBLEM SOLVED!

Like we said – Nothing Quite Like Brand New Under-Sink Plumbing!