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Sutherland Plumbing is Now Hiring!

Sutherland Plumbing is now accepting applications for a residential service & repair Journeyman Plumber. Click HERE to go straight to the job application page on our website.

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Don’t throw that down the garbage disposal!

The handy kitchen garbage disposal is useful for getting rid of a variety of food scraps & waste that might otherwise create unpleasant smells in the kitchen. However, many foods can actually damage your disposal or render it useless. These tips can help keep your garbage disposal running smoothly: 

1. Avoid putting fibrous foods or tough-skinned vegetables into the disposal. 

The strings of celery, artichokes, asparagus, lettuce, corn husks, carrots, onion skins and potato peels can wrap around the blades, preventing proper operation of the motor. If you feel you must put fibrous foods into your disposal, do so in very small quantities and run the cold water while you operate the unit.

2. Don’t put extremely hard foods into the garbage disposal. 

Items such as bones and fruit pits can dull and even break the unit’s blades! In a worst-case scenario, hard foods will jam the disposal, preventing blades from turning and causing the motor to burn out.

3. Keep grease and greasy foods out of the disposal. 

Greasy foods will distribute a film over the blades, diminishing their effectiveness. Eventually, the grease will begin to decay, causing an unpleasant odor in the kitchen. Pouring grease into a garbage disposal can result in clogged drains when the grease solidifies.

4. Contrary to popular belief, egg shells have no place in the garbage disposal. 

Some people claim that egg shells sharpen the blades of the unit, but this is not true. The shell’s stringy membrane layer can wrap around the shredder ring and the shell itself will be ground to a sand-like consistency capable of clogging pipes.

5. Avoid putting “expandable” foods such as pasta and rice into the garbage disposal. 

Even small particles of these foods can swell with water and eventually clog the trap.

6. Exercise common sense, and don’t put non-food items into the garbage disposal. 

Avoid the example of homeowners who have placed rubber bands, twist ties, cigarette butts, pull tabs, fabric, sponges and plant clippings into their disposal units! These items cannot break down enough to wash down the drain.

7. Two methods to help tame stubborn garbage disposal odors:

*The first is to freeze white vinegar in ice-cube trays. Put the frozen cubes down the garbage disposal and turn it on. The texture of the hard ice will aid in the removal of odor-causing sludge & grime.

*The second method is “Borax.” This stuff is time-tested and proven to be an effective and inexpensive cleaner & deodorizer. Simply pour a few scoops into the disposal while running the water. I prefer to put the scoops of Borax in the sink and wash it into the disposal with running water.

In order to maximize results, do either of these when you plan on not using the unit for a few hours, like the last thing before bed. This way these products have the best fighting chance to eliminate and neutralize odor!

The garbage disposal is a sturdy kitchen appliance; however, even the best model cannot handle unsuitable items. If you run into any problems with your unit, you should seek the help of Sutherland Plumbing, LLC

Garbage Disposal

Garbage Disposal problems? Call (503) 719-4015 & speak with the pros at Sutherland Plumbing. Call today!!

Sutherland Plumbing is Now Hiring!

Sutherland Plumbing is Now Hiring!

Sutherland Plumbing is now accepting applications for a residential service & repair Journeyman Plumber. Click HERE to go straight to the job application page on our website.

Do you know somebody who may be a candidate? Please feel free to share this post!

Sign-up for the next Sutherland Plumbing e-Newsletter!

 

At Sutherland Plumbing we pride ourselves not only with our top quality work &
craftsmanship but also in keeping in touch with our valued customers.

Each month, Sutherland Plumbing sends-out an “e-newsletter.” The monthly “e-
newsletter” offers our customers special deals from our dedicated staff! But you have to subscribe to our “e-newsletter” first!

Do you want to be eligible for great monthly plumbing specials for your home or
business?

If you’d like to subscribe to the Sutherland Plumbing “e-Newsletter,” please click
here to go to our main website. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and you can
sign-up using the fill-in form in just a few seconds!

It’s fast, simple & you can save $$$. What could be better?!

 

Sutherland Plumbing is Now Hiring!

Sutherland Plumbing is now accepting applications for a residential service & repair Journeyman Plumber. Click HERE to go straight to the job application page on our website.

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One more reason to 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 “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 which 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 your options are and what costs those options carry before any work begins!

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

Sutherland Plumbing is Now Hiring!

Sutherland Plumbing is now accepting applications for a residential service & repair Journeyman Plumber.

Click HERE to go straight to the job application page on our website.

Do you know somebody who may be a candidate? Please feel free to share this post!

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Sutherland Plumbing – a REAL family company!

We frequently hear talk of “Local,” “Family-Owned” or “Family-Operated” companies. Sometimes it’s true, but sometimes these companies are actually huge corporations or franchises! 

At Sutherland Plumbing we pride ourselves in being the Portland metro area’s premier family-owned & family-operated plumbing company. Each & every time you work with Sutherland Plumbing, every single customer will always work with a real Sutherland family member at some point during the process.  No huge offices & no endless bureaucracy.

That’s just one of the Sutherland Plumbing differences!

Sutherland Plumbing is Now Hiring!

Sutherland Plumbing is now accepting applications for a residential service & repair Journeyman Plumber. Click HERE to go straight to the job application page on our website.

Do you know somebody who may be a candidate? Please feel free to share this post!

Sutherland Plumbing LLC: CCB# 200460

2017 Portland Area Water Quality Report!

You drink it, bathe in it, wash your clothes with it and 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 2017 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!