Helpful Plumbing Articles

How to Find a Reliable Portland Plumber

article_reliable_portland_plumberThe skills of a plumber will be required at some point in the life of a Portland homeowner. The convenience of plumbing can become a nightmare without proper up-keep. Ignoring repairs of the tiniest plumbing problem can prove to be very costly due to extensive damage that can and will occur.

You may have some knowledge of repairs but calling on a professional Portland plumber when the job is beyond your own scope of ability is imperative. While plumbing isn’t necessarily difficult, much of it is beyond the abilities and knowledge of the average homeowner and a botched job can end up costing you way more than if you had called an experienced plumber in the first place…

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Energy and Water Saving Tips

swap-out-old-appliances-for-energy-saving-units-tax-breaks-and-rebates-help-ease-the-switchIf you’re looking for one more way to slow water consumption, save energy, and save money, consider buying a new refrigerator, dishwasher, or clothes washer. The environmental benefits are immediate, and you’ll earn your investment back in a few years, especially with the rebates, Oregon tax credits, and federal incentives now available to most homeowners.

Why is making the switch important? Because saving energy prevents pollution. When you choose Energy Star-rated products, you help prevent global warming and promote cleaner air, without sacrificing product quality and performance…

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Bathroom Basics: Use Recycled Materials

save-water-use-recycled-materialsIf nothing else, 2020 made us take a closer look at our homes. As personal quarantines and social distancing became part of the vernacular, home improvement stores saw a huge uptick in overall sales. Whether it was renovating the entire kitchen or just tackling the old dusty “honey-do” list, things got done around the home.

But as you think of ways to spiff up the home, now is a great time to do your part for the planet, too. If you’re able to work from home, you’re already helping the planet with reduced vehicle emissions. So why not take it a few steps further?

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – WaterSense

WaterSenseWaterSense makes it easy to find and select water-efficient products that can help your wallet and the environment. Just look for products bearing the WaterSense Label at your local retailer.

WaterSense labeled products are backed by independent third party testing and certification, and meet EPA’s specifications for water efficiency and performance. When you use WaterSense-labeled products in your home or business, you can expect exceptional performance, savings on your water bills, and assurance that you are saving water for future generations…

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Oregon Construction Contractors Board – Consumer Help & Information

consumer_helpWhy check a contractor’s license? The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) believes the best way to a successful home improvement, repair or new home project is to know your contractor.

Checking a contractor’s license can tell you: (1) The contractor is actively licensed and has a surety bond; (2) The contractor submitted proof of liability insurance at the time of application and insurance renewal*; (3) The contractor submitted information that they carry Workers’ Comp Insurance to protect its workers on the project; (4) Breach of contract complaints filed with the CCB in the past seven years. (5) CCB disciplinary actions against business in the pasts seven years…

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Water Heater Incentives

WaterHeating1As a trade ally contractor of Energy Trust of Oregon, we can help with cash incentives and state energy tax credits for improving the energy efficiency of your home. Upgrade to a high-efficiency electric or gas water heater today to start saving energy and money. Energy Trust offers cash incentives for contractor-installed water heaters.

Oregon Residential Energy Tax Credit: up to $200 for gas water heaters (depending on model efficiency level). Water heater must meet Oregon tax credit criteria; see Oregon Department of Energy or your tax accountant for complete details. Federal energy tax credit: 10 percent of cost, up to $300 (depending on model efficiency level). See rules and requirements…

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