New Water Heater & Pipe Install by Sutherland Plumbing.
Nathan Foster installing a 80 Gallon Bradford White heat pump water heater!
Keep your home clean and your family safe! If your “Temperature/Pressure safety relief valve” is leaking, Call (503) 719-4015 and speak with the experts at Sutherland Plumbing today!
Is your Water Heater’s “Temperature/Pressure safety relief valve” dripping or leaking?
If so, it’s doing it’s job and trying to tell you, no it’s screaming at you:
“Houston, we have a problem!”
Most often the drain pipe and valve connected to the water heater runs right off the top or side of the heater and is open-ended just above floor level.
Don’t let anybody tell you that simply changing the safety valve will solve the problem. There’s very likely a larger core issue at hand causing the above mentioned symptom. Like excessive water pressure and/or trapped thermal expansion. Thermal expansion refers to a basic law of physics: anything that increases in temperature increases in size. The water inside your plumbing system is no exception. Trapped thermal expansion is a problem. The hot water has nowhere to expand to, so it takes the path of least resistance – you guessed it…leaking out of your safety valve often right onto the floor 😦
Fortunately there are specific remedies that work great to solve the problem and the plumbers at Sutherland Plumbing, LLC are experts at it!
“Exactly as advertised. If you’re wondering how a business can possibly have so many consistently high ratings and great reviews, it’s no hype with these guys – they are the real deal! I’m a ten year-plus veteran of the service industry, and Ti & Courtney provided some of the best end-to-end customer service I’ve ever seen or received. Responsive, communicative, honest, friendly, professional, on time and on budget.
We’d initially scheduled a water heater replacement for our newly purchased home. Ti explained all of our options clearly, no pushy up-sell, just the facts. If you have any second thoughts about their prices, know you will absolutely get what you pay for: thorough knowledge, high-quality parts and expert workmanship. Considering the amount of damage a two dollar plumbing part can cause your home, is that really where you want to go cheap?
Late in the game I found a leaky washing machine tap and they were able to squeeze-in replacing that on the same service call. While the original estimate called for cutting drywall to replace the entire valve box, Ti found he was able to re-use the existing box, saving us over 300 dollars! They could have easily changed the box anyway and charged us accordingly and we’d have been none the wiser. That kind honesty is refreshing and can win you a customer for life. We highly recommend Sutherland Plumbing.”
5 Stars (Yelp)
Erik V – Albany, OR
New water heaters save you $$$ and they’re one of our specialties!
There’s never been a better time to have your storage tank type water heater replaced!
If you’re even considering a new water heater or have the slightest concern your existing one is “on its last legs,” it would do you well to familiarize yourself with some major changes and new efficiency standards which have totally transformed the water heater market as we know it.
Cutting through all the “blah blah blah” – this means purchasing a new water heater after April 16th 2015 as required by state and federal authorities, costs you more money! Although more efficient than ever, here are a few reasons why the new heaters cost more:
1) The appliance itself is more expensive right out of the box.
2) Installation can become more labor intensive.
3) The new units are becoming larger in size due to increased amounts of insulation. This means in many cases where space is already limited, options include but are not limited to: completely relocating the appliance, substantial demolition & construction to accommodate the newer larger size and retro-fitting for a tank-less model upgrade. The larger size heaters may also require additional manpower to lift and locate the unit.
4) Newer Energy Star Gas models require 120 volts in order to operate. This means not only might you need plumbing & mechanical work, but an electrician may need to be summoned to run a new electrical circuit. Sutherland Plumbing can provide this service upon request. (https://www.energystar.gov)
All of this means more $$$!
Make no mistake, the new appliances are more efficient – but not by a large margin compared to today’s already energy efficienct standards – unless viewed in the grand scheme of things. For example; it is estimated by the U.S. Department of Energy that a staggering 63 billion dollars will be saved in energy costs by 2044! Now zoom in from there and consider what part of that will be your share of the 63 billion over the course of 25 years. Remember, water heaters only last on average 15 years before requiring replacement. If you’re tracking the numbers – that’s approximately two brand new water heaters for you and your home.
More money spent by consumers on goods and services as described above improves the economy, while less money spent on utility bills conserves precious energy. You see the win-win situation there?
Installation of a new Bradford White 50 gallon gas or electric water heater.
This job includes:
- Removal & disposal of old water heater.
- Install new Bradford White 50 gallon gas or electric water heater.
- New premium isolation (shut off) valves replaced / installed on Hot outgoing and Cold incoming.
- Earthquake restraints: industrial grade Seismic restraint kit installed & fastened securely to framing structure with blocking as needed (aka studs).
- Thermal expansion tank.
- Solid brass and copper fittings (no steel).
- COMPLETE 10 year WARRANTY on ALL parts.
- Sutherland Plumbing’s labor warranty.
- Required plumbing permit.
Call or email us today for a NO COST written estimate for a new water heater installation or to schedule an appointment!
The photo below is the result of using plumbing code-compliant galvanized steel for water connections. Yes, I said code compliant and before you start thinking this is WW2 era – this fitting was installed in 2011! If any of your pipes look like this, they’re living on borrowed time.
Let’s remember: “Code” is a bare minimum set of standards set forth with the intent being to keep people safe and alive. We all know we can exceed minimum standards in almost every aspect of life. At Sutherland Plumbing LLC we don’t even stock this material nor is it allowed on our job sites!
We use brass or stainless steel. The fitting you see in this picture costs about .60¢, the brass replacement about $5.00. This is a microcosm of every single material and installation standard at Sutherland Plumbing LLC.
When is the last time you took a good look at your water heater? If it has any characteristics of the one found in the picture below (or it is 15+ years old) it is a ticking time bomb! This water heater absolutely flooded our clients’ home causing untold thousands of dollars in damage! The tragedy is they said: “…yeah I’ve been looking at that for the last seven months I knew I should’ve gotten a new one…”
Waterproof rubber rain boots are for outside in the rain, we had to wear ours during this entire job to keep our socks dry while standing in the living room!
Mention this post and receive a $25 discount towards the installation of a new water heater!
The Sutherland Plumbing difference is in the details!
*Included in all water heater installs:
*Premium Brand: “Bradford White.”
*Remove & disposal of old water heater.
*Required plumbing permit.
*Premium ball type shut off valve.
*Thermal expansion tank with solid brass IP fittings.
*Seismic restraints (aka earthquake straps).
*New Temperature/Pressure relief safety valve.
*10 year warranty for parts and labor.