Time to relax…

Master Plumber, Ti Sutherland with Zoey!

Quality Workmanship – It’s What We Do.

New Water Heater & Pipe Install by Sutherland Plumbing.

New Water Heater & Pipe Install by Sutherland Plumbing.

Sutherland Plumbing – Working hard while staying safe!

Sean Anderson, working hard while staying safe!

Protecting your home, every step of the way!

Our technicians always wear heavy-duty, waterproof boot covers to protect your home!

Our technicians always wear heavy-duty, waterproof boot covers to protect your home!

Quality Parts, Quality Workmanship!

Nathan Foster installing a 80 Gallon Bradford White heat pump water heater!

Nathan Foster installing a 80 Gallon Bradford White heat pump water heater!

 

Sutherland Plumbing – your health is our highest priority!

Sean Anderson wearing his N-99 mask.

Sutherland Plumbing – Let’s stay healthy together!

Cameron Bloom is hard at work replacing a sink while wearing his protective equipment.

Can I flush Disinfecting wipes & “flushable” products down the drain?

Question: “I’ve recently read some articles which say that utility companies, municipal water companies and the treatment plants are “freakin’-out” because folks have started to flush all kinds of pre-moistened towelettes down the toilet. This wasn’t so much of a problem in the past. Apparently these can cause havoc all the way down the plumbing system at the treatment plants. What’s the deal with this? Is it really that bad? Can it affect my plumbing lines or only the municipal systems? Is toilet paper the only thing I should ever flush down the toilet?”

Answer: The short answer is YES the treatment plants are “freaking out!” Unfortunately, this translates into higher rates for everyone because they have to structure & modify their equipment to deal with all of these so-called “flushable” over-the-counter products like wipes, cat litter, sanitary products etc.

The main issue is: this stuff does not macerate well like human waste and toilet paper. (Sorry for the visual!)

Eventually everything makes it to a pump system or means of mechanically moving, sorting & filtering (the raw sewer). Some of these “wipes” are just short of a cloth rag.

“Flushable” in that it will flush and go down but it’s no good for any part of the system down the line. Plumbers joke around the water cooler about how great these products are for keeping us very busy!

The flushable cat litter is just as bad or worse because it absorbs a ton of water & swells-up. This can cause havoc in the plumbing system!

When I walk down the aisle at the supermarket and see a new “flushable” product, I pause to thank the manufacturer for their patronage. This used to bother me more when I lived in a neighborhood forced to pay sewer rates, but now I have a private septic system!

Ti Sutherland, Master Plumber – Sutherland Plumbing, LLC

#COVID #portland #plumber #wipes

 

The Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code addresses this issue: (Oregon plumbing specialty code chapter 3 – 306.1)

Sutherland Plumbing – Protecting our Customers.

March 21st 2020

Working with Sutherland Plumbing was a wonderful customer service experience. Ti and his team were very professional, took time to explain the problem and recommended solutions & possible risks as the plumbing is VERY old. This upfront communication about what would be done and the costs involved was very transparent and led to no surprise outcomes. Within an hour the bathroom sink drain was running perfectly.

I am an older adult and in the high risk category for complications related to Coronavirus and when I asked Ti if they had protective equipment, he agreed that the team would wear masks while in the house.

Again, Sutherland Plumbing provided a superb in-home service and I would highly recommend them. I certainly will be calling them for any future plumbing issues.

5 Stars (Yelp)

Margaret L – San Francisco, CA & Portland, OR

Sutherland Plumbing cares about your family’s safety and will leave our work area cleaner than we found it.