They say necessity is the mother of invention. That may be a cliche, but when it comes to the plumbing in your Pacific Northwest home, it’s probably true.
Each advance in pipe repair, drain cleaning or high-efficiency plumbing fixtures is the result of some problem-solving plumber or engineer.
We all tend to take plumbing for granted. Plumbers, in some ways, are the unsung heroes of our sanitary and convenient lifestyle.
Modern plumbing, as a whole, is a marvel. When you think of all that goes into keeping water lines and sewers running in a city the size of Portland or Vancouver, it’s amazing that the piping and pressure works as well as it does.
We all tend to take plumbing for granted. Plumbers, in some ways, are the unsung heroes of our sanitary and convenient lifestyle. They don’t get their photos in the paper, and we don’t idolize them for their skills. But, when your toilet clogs or roots invade the sewer line, who are you going to call? A plumbing company, of course!
History often hails the Romans as the inventors of plumbing systems. They piped in fresh water and found a way to drain away wastewater. But plumbing is the work of legions of unnamed innovators and dreamers. Modern plumbing is the accumulation of lots of people’s hard work and big dreams.
Here are a few of what we consider to be the best plumbing inventions and innovations in use today.
CIPP, cured-in-place-pipe, pipelining, whatever you call it, this technique is a significant advancement in pipe repair. In some ways, CIPP is the equivalent of laparoscopic surgery.
Surgeons can repair a blood vessel using tiny instruments inserted through small incisions. CIPP technicians replace damaged pipes through one or two access points using noninvasive techniques.
Here’s a quick overview of how trenchless pipe repair in Portland, Oregon works:
- A technician inserts a snake-like instrument carrying a camera through a clean-out opening and into a pipe. He identifies the problem by looking at the pipe on a closed-circuit video monitor.
- A flexible lining saturated with resin is pushed with air or water into the damaged pipe.
- The lining cures and forms a new pipe that can last up to 50 years. If service connections are needed, the technician uses a robotic cutter to make the reinstatement.
- The process takes a few hours and requires no digging or destruction.
Why change something that works? Plungers couldn’t be more simple, yet they’re as essential as ever. When a kitchen sink or toilet has a minor clog, a plunger takes care of the problem. A plunger designed for a toilet has a “lip” while those for sinks have a simple bowl.
Fantastic customer service. We were out of town when tenants needed help with a plumbing issue. They let us know who was being dispatched to our house then followed up with a very detailed message post work. I would definitely use these guys again.
I can’t say enough good things about this company. Had a sewer repair needed and had a very short amount of time due to closing on a house sale. Every single person I encountered from Marquita doing logistics for my job to every member of the work crew. Friendly, communicated well, totally responsive and really cared to help me through this very stressful job. All of the people I encountered were role models for what a well run service business should be. Much thanks and appreciation. You’re great.
We had a leak and no hot water. Apollo came out same day and not only fixed the problem but made it better and gave us some good advice on our system. Very reasonable and great communication. Would definitely recommend.
Don is always so helpful and knowledgeable. I really appreciate all the crew members on the Apollo team. I'm a Property Manager so typically I will have several projects for Apollo to address during a single visit. They are easy to interact with and EXCELLENT plumbers. I highly recommend Apollo.
Scott, I would like to personally thank you for expediting our plumbing crisis we recently had. If the situation was not resolved immediately we would have had to close for a couple of days. This occured on a Friday for for us a pizza restaurant this would of been devastating. Thank you so much.
STARK STREET PIZZA COMPANY
It's my absolute pleasure to recommend Karen Johnson at Apollo Plumbing Service. I have had the pleasure of taking a class taught by Karen. Her knowledge and expertise is a huge advantage to my entire office. I know if I am in a pinch I can call the office and talk to someone! Their customer service is truly amazing, and I have had compliments from customers in the past.
NEXTHOME NW REALTY
We are a Wendy's Restaurant franchisee in Vancouver, Washington and I want to personally thank Scott and his crew at Apollo for invaluable and excellent service to our restaurants over the last several years. We have used Scott's company after failing miserably with Apollo's many competitors. We tried every one before discovering the extraordinary service we enjoy from Scott and his techs.