Category Archives: Kitchen Plumbing

Ti’s Tips – How to “winterize” your home: Tip #5

During freezing temperatures, open cabinet doors where plumbing is located on exterior walls: This will allow a better chance for the heat from the room to convect to the pipes inside the wall. (Please ensure the safety of children and pets prior to using this method.)

Please ensure the safety of children and pets prior to using this method.

 

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

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Important information about Lead in drinking water!

From our neighbors across the river in the City of Vancouver, WA – here’s a primer on lead in drinking water:

“…lead in drinking water comes primarily from materials and components used in household plumbing. The more time water has been sitting in pipes, the more dissolved metals, such as lead, it may contain. Elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially in pregnant women and young children.

To help reduce potential exposure to lead: for any drinking water tap that has not been used for 6 hours or more, flush water through the tap until the water is noticeably colder before using for drinking or for cooking. You can use the flushed water for watering plants, washing dishes or general cleaning.

Use only water from the cold water tap for drinking, cooking and especially for making baby formula. Hot water is likely to contain higher levels of lead. If you are concerned about your water, you may wish to have your water tested.”

Information on lead in drinking water is available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 or www.epa.gov/safewater/lead

Ti Sutherland, Master Plumber – Sutherland Plumbing, LLC (CCB# 200460)

Before & After – Sutherland Plumbing!

Sutherland Plumbing, LLC: CCB# 200460

“We found our forever plumbers!”

“We found our forever plumbers! The Sutherland Plumbing team was knowledgeable, timely, highly skilled and just plain nice folks to have in our house. Their COVID protocol was dialed (and we’re super picky). They gave us valuable expert guidance as we picked the disposal and water filter that were the best fit for us. Plus, they left our stainless kitchen sink shinier and cleaner than it’s ever been. A+ all the way!”

5 Stars (Yelp), Julie H – Portland, OR

“…they left our stainless kitchen sink shinier and cleaner than it’s ever been. A+ all the way!”

New sink & faucet by Sutherland Plumbing!

Check-out this sweet new sink & faucet install by the pros at Sutherland Plumbing!

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Gooseneck Faucet Installs by Sean Anderson!

Gooseneck Faucet Install by Sutherland Plumbing’s Sean Anderson.

Gooseneck Faucet Install by Sutherland Plumbing’s Sean Anderson.

Five Stars for Sean & Nate!

“Sean and Nate arrived right on time this morning to completely replace our kitchen drain system. They wore protective masks and gloves the entire time from start to finish. Don’t be afraid to call them to do work, they will follow all of the proper COVID procedures.

Their work looks perfect and they left the work areas very clean. I would recommend them to anyone and you can expect a very fast response when you request help!”

5 Stars (Yelp)

Bruce T – Portland, OR

Nathan Foster & Sean Anderson are ready for work!

Have no Fear, Sutherland Plumbing is Here!

May 21st 2020

I contacted several shops (6+) and was told over and over that my one year old industrial garbage disposal was unfix-able and would have to be replaced to the tune of hundreds of dollars. Well, fear not – Sean with Sutherland Plumbing came by and fixed it! A coin had fallen into it (who knows how?!) and he was able to get it out in less than 15 minutes!

Don’t waste your time or money with anyone else, call for your appointment NOW! I will be calling y’all any time I need a plumber in the future. A+ experience and a big thank you to Sean!

5 Stars (Google Reviews)

Lindley E – Portland, OR

Sean Anderson saves the day and a customer saves hundreds of dollars!

Quality Workmanship, Quality Parts!

New kitchen sink and disposal install by Sutherland Plumbing.