Category Archives: Water Pressure

17 Emergency Situations When You’ll Be Glad You Know a Plumber!

Check out this great article from Chadwicks:

“We’ve all been there. The water tank is emitting a strange gurgling sound and we know something’s not right. We call the plumber and pray that the house hasn’t become the Niagara Falls by the time he arrives. We wait on tenterhooks, anxiously watching the clock. Finally, the doorbell rings and there he is. We’re so relieved we want to kiss him.

Instead we get a hold of ourselves and usher him up to the attic. Using wrenches and pliers and working by torchlight, he emerges some time later – t-shirt soaked with copper-coloured grime – and pronounces the job done. Oh the joy of having running water once more! We take a look at 17 Emergency Situations When You’ll be Glad You Know a Plumber – and express our gratitude to all those nifty plumbers who keep our modern conveniences in good nick.”

Courtesy of: Chadwicks.ie

Ti’s Tips Reminder – How to check your water pressure!

To all of my valued customers: Don’t get me wrong, I love all the work you’re giving me, but if you want to do something proactive to avoid unexpected & costly plumbing breakdowns – check & know what the water pressure in your home is.

Per the plumbing code (not to mention good practice) anything that’s at 80 PSI (pounds per square inch) or higher is excessive and MUST be regulated.

Excessive water pressure is analogous to high blood pressure. The devastating effects & havoc are caused over time. Irreversible damage can (and will) take its toll! High water pressure is one of the most common core problems discovered by plumbers day after day, service call after service call.

I’ll make this as easy as possible. Check the link below. It will take you to Amazon to purchase the very same tool we purchase as professionals to check your water pressure. It’s literally as easy as hooking up a garden hose!

Click here to check-out the “Rain Bird P2A – Pressure Gauge.”

More Great Reviews for Sutherland Plumbing!

December 06, 2014

Sutherland Plumbing installed a pressure regulator and thermo control valve to alleviate pipe over-pressure in our home.

This service went completely smoothly.  Ti and Sean arrived early (with my blessing) and accomplished the replacements with a minimum of fuss.  Ti is honest, forthright and easy to work with.  The cleanup after the job was thorough.  I definitely will use Sutherland Plumbing again if I have a plumbing issues in the future.  Highly recommended!

RATING : A

Bill B – Portland, OR

Response from Ti Sutherland:

What a treat it is to learn of your positive experience with us. Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback!

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November 24, 2014

Sutherland Plumbing inspected our upstairs & downstairs toilets and repaired one.  They checked the water flow and diagnosed the source of a noisy pipe.

Everything was coordinated well and Sutherland Plumbing showed-up on time.  Very friendly & professional.  Ti used a little ingenuity to fix the downstairs toilet.  It works fine now.  I plan to use Sutherland Plumbing to install a regulator to solve our noisy pipe problem.  Definitely recommended!

RATING: A

Bill B – Portland, OR

Yet another outstanding review for Sutherland Plumbing!

November 14, 2014

Professional.  Creative.  Informative.  Friendly.  Visionary.

Those are not always the adjectives you’d think of for a plumber, but they fit Ti Sutherland perfectly.

We had a leak spring-up in the pipe from the water main to our house.  A nice little river running down our sidewalk!  We had the Water Bureau guy out and he gave us an initial assessment and thoughts about the type of work that the plumber we’d hire would have to do.  We had several plumbers come out and give us quotes.

While Ti was not the cheapest, he had the best plan.  We were able to ask him questions and get well thought-out answers.  Of all the plumbers, he was the only one to look in the crawlspace to see how the water was feeding into the house beyond the initial shut-off valve in the garage.  One plumber told us they’d have to dig up the sidewalk and re-pour the concrete, which sounded crazy expensive.  Another plumber was going to jackhammer a corner of our garage to re-use existing steel pipes that did not have much time left.

Ti subcontracted some great people who were able to bore a hole from the water main, under the sidewalk, under our garage, and in to our crawlspace.  Ti then did some masterful work creating a new, easily accessible shut-off valve while redoing the spigot at the front of the garage with an easy to use winterizing valve. This turned our house in to a closed (1 way) system, and normalized the water pressure.

After the work was done, Ti took us through all of the modifications and showed us how everything works.  He also gave us some thoughts about the future needs of our house and helped us start planning for eventual updates that will need to happen.

Ti was up front about pricing, and stuck to his quote.  The parts he used are very high quality, and we’re extremely pleased with the quality of work.  We will definitely look to work with him again when we need a plumber!

5 Stars (Yelp)

Sam W – Portland, OR

Ti’s Tips – How to check your water pressure!

To all of my valued customers: Don’t get me wrong, I love all the work you’re giving me, but if you want to do something proactive to avoid unexpected & costly plumbing breakdowns – check & know what the water pressure in your home is.

Per the plumbing code (not to mention good practice) anything that’s at 80 PSI (pounds per square inch) or higher is excessive and MUST be regulated.

Excessive water pressure is analogous to high blood pressure. The devastating effects & havoc are caused over time. Irreversible damage can (and will) take its toll! High water pressure is one of the most common core problems discovered by plumbers day after day, service call after service call.

I’ll make this as easy as possible. Check the link below. It will take you to Amazon to purchase the very same tool we purchase as professionals to check your water pressure. It’s literally as easy as hooking up a garden hose!

Click here to check-out the “Rain Bird P2A – Pressure Gauge.”

The Difference is in the Details…

The Sutherland Plumbing “difference” is found in the details. We pride ourselves in thoroughness and a comprehensive approach & attention to “old school” craftsmanship. Our repairs and installations carry guarantees and warranties that far exceed industry standards. Call today for your own experience of the Sutherland Plumbing “difference!”
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December 10, 2014
This might possibly be the best plumbing experience I’ve ever had. Not only did Sutherland Plumbing repair & replace all I asked for, but they also adjusted my water pressure valve, fixed a leaky faucet and adjusted the pressure on another faucet at no charge! They did this because they were already here at my home & the service required no additional parts. They also took very little time to complete these repairs!
Sutherland Plumbing was on time, professional and up to speed on new products and codes. These guys are great!
Michael M – Happy Valley, OR
Bathroom Repair

The difference is in the details. Call (503) 719-4015 to experience the difference for yourself. Call today!

Ti’s Tips, Reminder! Promoting Water Conservation…

High water pressures waste water. Many municipalities today not only charge homeowners and businesses high rates for water consumption, but also charge consumers equally high rates for the disposal of wastewater. Furthermore, reducing water consumption reduces the excess energy required for heating additional water.

  • Water Saving: Twice as much water flows through a system at 150psi pressure than at 50psi. Much of this additional water is wasted.
  • Energy Savings: When less water flows through the system, less energy is needed to heat the water. Calculations show that a Watts water pressure reducing valve can save as much as 30% on water heating costs.
  • Wastewater Savings: When the community’s wastewater treatment load is reduced, cost benefits accrue to both the environment and your bottom-line. Many municipalities prorate sewer usage fees based upon the water meter reading.

Water Conservation

Ti’s Tips – Water Pressure vs. Water Volume

Water Pressure or PSI (pounds per square inch) is exactly that – a measurement of force. While water volume or GPM (gallons per minute) is a measurement of flow. In most cases, plumbing systems that deliver unsatisfactory performance have a volume problem not a pressure problem. The pressure is most often adequate – it is the pipes that are either undersized, corroded & restricted – or both. In many cases there is excessive water pressure and still symptoms of poor water volume delivery is present. Too much water pressure can cause a host of problems. Similarly, high blood pressure can go undetected or undiagnosed for years while the negative effects and irreversible damage occurs. A simple water pressure measuring device can be purchased at most hardware stores for under $15! Eighty (80) PSI is considered high – anything over and you’re asking for trouble!

Think you may have a problem with water pressure in your home or business? The pressure may be just fine, it could be a volume issue or another undiagnosed plumbing problem. Call Sutherland Plumbing at (503) 719-4015 to get an expert opinion!

Do you think you may have a problem with water pressure in your home or business? The pressure may be just fine, it could be a volume issue or another undiagnosed plumbing problem. Call Sutherland Plumbing at (503) 719-4015 to get an expert opinion!

Water Heater Safety – Protect your Home & Family!

Is your water heater 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 3/4″ drain pipe 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 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 is normal and 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!

Temp Pressure relief valve

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!

Ti’s Tips, Volume #5 – Promoting Water Conservation.

High water pressures waste water. Many municipalities today not only charge homeowners and businesses high rates for water consumption, but also charge consumers equally high rates for the disposal of wastewater. Furthermore, reducing water consumption reduces the excess energy required for heating additional water.

  • Water Saving: Twice as much water flows through a system at 150psi pressure than at 50psi. Much of this additional water is wasted.
  • Energy Savings: When less water flows through the system, less energy is needed to heat the water. Calculations show that a Watts water pressure reducing valve can save as much as 30% on water heating costs.
  • Wastewater Savings: When the community’s wastewater treatment load is reduced, cost benefits accrue to both the environment and your bottom-line. Many municipalities prorate sewer usage fees based upon the water meter reading.

Water Conservation