Monthly Archives: September 2014

Another great online review for Sutherland Plumbing!

On September 16th, Ti & Sean with Sutherland Plumbing, LLC completed a job in Southeast Portland and received yet another great online review in a very well-known business directory:

“The drain in the basement floor has been backing up several times over the last month.  Ti and his assistant, Sean, promptly came out and ran water from various locations to identify where the blockage might be located. They inspected & diagnosed the sewer lines & checked-out the water heater. It didn’t take long for them to diagnose a “main line blockage” – fairly typical in a 90 year-old house!  They recommended we call a trusted company that specializes in excavation and “main line” sewer work.  They also checked the condition of our water heater and said it probably wouldn’t need replacing for another few years. Ti explained that quality water heaters (like the one we have) rarely need replacement until they are about 15 years old.  It was very helpful for Ti and Sean to draw a diagram to explain how the plumbing system in the house basically works. Ti did not charge us for this service because he was already in the area and couldn’t do the replacement that is required – but his helpful explanations and recommendation of another company was very beneficial and professional. We will definitely call Sutherland Plumbing for any future plumbing needs.”

Gary Powell – Portland, OR

Online Customer Ratings:

Overall: A

Price: A

Quality: A

Responsiveness: A

Punctuality: A

Professionalism: A

Powell St Water Heater

At Sutherland Plumbing we take pride in doing absolutely everything we can to serve our customers to their complete satisfaction. On the rare occasion that we can’t fully complete the project – we will always refer you to the best contractors in the Portland area – just like in the above situation. That’s the Sutherland Plumbing difference!

2014 Portland Water Quality Report!

You drink it, bathe in it, wash your clothes with it & cook with it! Ever wonder about the quality of our local Portland Water Supply?  Well, just click on this link and you can view Portland’s 2014 Water Quality Report: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/244813

PDX water system

Even if your home or business isn’t in “The City of Portland,” chances are you may be using “Portland’s” water system to clean, cook & bathe. Click on the link above to get important information about the quality of our local water supply!

 

Ti’s Tips – What would you do with an extra $20 per month?

What would you do with an extra $20 per month?

*That’s the next premium channel line up package with your cable TV / internet provider!

*That’s at least 4 premium coffee drinks!

*That’s about 75 miles traveled in an average car!

*That’s two movie tickets for the at your local cinema!

*Heck, in a year were getting close to a car payment!!!

Unfortunately, it’s also about how much money many unsuspecting homeowners pay for water that flows literally right down the drain………

Dripping faucets & weepy toilets add up very quickly. Many toilets can weep water completely undetected. Here’s a simple trick to see if your toilets are up to par:

Simply add two or three drops of food coloring in the back of the toilet tank. Give it 10 minutes or so.  When you return – if the water in the bowl is colored with the food coloring – you have a weeping toilet! Go ahead and try this test – it’s simple, quick and cheap!

What did you spend $20.00 on last?

Do you suspect a leak in your home or business maybe literally "pouring money down the drain?" Simply try the test mentioned above, or you can contact the pros at Sutherland Plumbing, LLC.  Simply go to our main website at: www.sutherlandplumbing.com and click on the "ask the plumber a question" link right at the top of our website!

Do you suspect a leak in your home or business maybe literally “pouring money down the drain?” Simply try the test mentioned above, or you can contact the pros at Sutherland Plumbing, LLC. Simply go to our main website at: http://www.sutherlandplumbing.com and click on the “ask the plumber a question” link right at the top of our website!

 

 

Facts & Myths about Water Heaters!

Facts & Myths about Water Heaters:

If you’ve been following our blog, you’ve already learned some of the basics about water heaters. Now let’s take a look at some of the facts & myths that are circulating about water heaters.

Myth: A new water heater offers significant savings
The Reality: New water heaters only offer marginal savings, and even replacing a 15 year-old water heater will only save about $6.30 a month in energy costs. These savings don’t take into account the additional cost of the new water heater. What may matter more is how you choose to use hot water in your home.

Myth: Older water heaters = dirty water
The Reality: Water heaters are designed to work for years without accumulating rust buildup.  If you do notice a rust-colored tinge to your hot water or feel it’s taking longer than normal to heat the water, call your local service provider.

Myth: Proactive maintenance improves efficiency
The Reality: Proactive maintenance will improve efficiency only under the most severe conditions of sediment or lime accumulation. Maintenance is best done when homeowners notice a problem, like insufficient hot water or a rust-colored tinge to the hot water.

Myth: Older water heaters do not meet safety standards
The reality: As long as the initial installation was completed by a licensed, qualified professional, water heaters are installed according to code at the time of installation.

Myth: Tankless water heaters are right for everyone
The Reality: Tankless water heaters are more energy-efficient than a storage water heater, which could translate into savings of up to $5 per month. (Depending on the age of the water heater being replaced). Because tankless water heaters work differently than consumers may be used to, they should walk through a needs assessment with a reputable provider before investing in a tankless system.

Have questions about replacing or maintaining your water heater? Go to our main website at: www.sutherlandplumbing.com and click on the "Ask the Plumber a Question" link at the top of the page!

Have questions about replacing or maintaining your water heater? Go to our main website at: http://www.sutherlandplumbing.com and click on the “Ask the Plumber a Question” link at the top of the page!

 

It’s Official! Sutherland Plumbing has a new Certified JATC Apprentice!!

It’s official – Last week Sutherland Plumbing’s Sean Anderson was inducted into the AREA 1 JATC Plumbing Apprenticeship! Nice work Sean! See you at the top!!

On that note: anyone that is interested in becoming an Oregon Licensed Journeyman Plumber should contact the Area One JATC: Call (503) 675-0548, Email: info@areaonejatc.com or go to: www.area1jatc.com

Congratulations Sean!

Congratulations Sean!