Tips For Homeowners

Bathroom Sink & Tub Drain Slow

The most common reason for bathroom sinks and tubs to drain slow is hair. First, remove the pop-up or stopper and try to clean out as much hair as possible, reassemble and test. Plungers are usually not very effective on bathroom sinks and tubs, as the hair clings and is not a solid mass easily pushed out of the way. For a plunger to work you will have to cover the overflow tightly of the pressure will just come out there.… Read the rest

Draining Plumbing in a Vacant House

If your house is to be vacated during cold weather and the heating system turned off, follow this procedure:

Shut off the water supply at the main shut-off valve at the street. Then beginning with those on the top floor, open all faucets and leave them open. If available, open the cap on the main shut off valve drain the remaining water.… Read the rest

Garbage Disposals


  • Do run a strong flow of water while grinding.
  • Do run water for at least 30 seconds after out of the disposal.
  • Do run the disposal each time waste is put in.
  • Do use small batches, disposing of large amounts, especially starchy foods (i.e. potato peels, rice, pasta, etc.).
  • Do cut fibrous foods into small pieces before grinding (i.e. cabbage, asparagus, banana peels, etc.).
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Leak in my Crawlspace

If you suspect you have a plumbing leak in your crawlspace, You should determine if the source is the water supply system or a drain. If the leak is in the water supply system – shut off the water to the house immediately. If it is a drain, stop using the fixture(s) connected to the drain – shut off the water to the fixture(s).… Read the rest


If you find a leak in your plumbing system shut off the water supply and call your plumber at once. Water supply systems are under high pressure.  Leaks must have immediate attention. They can progress into a serious catastrophic failure, property damage and a safety hazard – all very quickly.… Read the rest

Low Water Pressure

What if there is no pressure at my faucet?

Frequently what is perceived as a lack of pressure is really a reduction in volume. This is an important distinction. Pressure will be consistent through out your plumbing system and is rarely low through out the house. This can be easily tested with an inexpensive gauge form your hardware store, sold usually near sprinkler system parts.… Read the rest

Noisy Pipes

The general types of noises from pipes found in the home are banging, water hammer, squeaking, chattering and whistling.   If there is the sudden appearance of one of these sounds, this indicates that something has changed or failed.  Frequently this is the pressure in your house.  While this alone will not cause noise, a change in pressure from 60 to 120 psi will frequently make the noise loud enough to be audible and annoying. … Read the rest

Plumbing Code

The plumbing in any private or public building is connected to the community water and sewage disposal system. It is critical to public health that the potable water system is not contaminated and that sewage is conveyed away in a safe manner. The plumbing code is an officially adopted collection of standards, guides and methods that are placed into Oregon law and regulate practices in the plumbing industry.… Read the rest

Plumbing Inspections

All permitted jobs must be inspected by an Oregon Licensed Inspector, this will be arraigned by your contractor.  The exception is minor label permits of which only ten percent are inspected and will be arraigned with the homeowner by the inspecting jurisdiction.… Read the rest

Plumbing License

Oregon law requires anyone who works for compensation in any construction activity involving improvements to real property to be licensed with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board. This includes roofing, siding, painting, carpentry, concrete, on-site appliance repair, heating and air conditioning, home inspections, tree service, plumbing, electrical, floor covering, manufactured dwelling installation, land development, and most other construction and repair services.   To confirm that your contractor is licensed you may check at the Construction Contractors Board website.… Read the rest