Waterways Company History

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Our company was formed in 1997 when owner Rick Rhoades made a decision to continue the tradition of offering total customer satisfaction he had learned from 20 years of plumbing under the tutelage of his father, Richard, at Rhoades Enterprises. When retirement beckoned for Richard, his son Rick started his own company.

Waterways, Inc.

Today, the company has over 20 full and part-time employees and offers a wide variety of services and products. Rick maintains his company philosophy of treating each customer as they would like to be treated. He continues to explore innovative ways to offer cutting edge service through continuing education in methods, safety, and product lines.


Waterways serves a wide region, including Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Lewis, Skamania, Thurston, Grant, Benton, and Franklin counties in Washington, as well as several counties in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Waterways is willing to go to other areas on a project-by-project basis.


Waterways is staffed with many experienced plumbers, as well as several highly trained and qualified apprentices. See the list below for more information about our team leaders. Interested in learning about employment opportunities? Click here!

Vancouver Plumber Rick Rhoades

Rick Rhoades
Rick is a licensed journeyman plumber in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. He has over 36 years of experience in all phases of plumbing. He is also an experienced radiant floor heat installer. Rick maintains several other licenses to ensure the customer gets the quality they deserve. As the owner of Waterways, he takes an active role in the overall management and operation of the business.
Vancouver Plumber Joel Ketola Joel Ketola
Supervisor (1st/2nd) 
New Construction Division
With over 25 years of experience, Joel is a licensed Washington plumber. He is currently heading up our Eastside First and Second Phase - New Construction Division crew. Joel has several years of experience heading up the Westside Division (First Phase) and is currently working toward fulfilling his journeyman plumber requirements.
Vancouver Plumber Kirt Anderson Kirt Anderson
Head Technician
Service / Remodels
If your plumbing needs to be serviced you will most likely meet Kirt. He is the manager of the Service and Remodel Division. With over 22 years of experience, Kirt and his team are motivated to provide you with top-notch service with the minimum inconvenience to the customer.
Vancouver Plumber Chet Rhoades Chet Rhoades
First Phase/Fire Sprinklers
Chet comes to Waterways with over 16 years of plumbing experience. He is licensed in Washington State for Residential Fire Sprinklers (level 13D). He is also a licensed plumber in Washington.
Vancouver Plumber Dwayne Brauhn Dwayne Brauhn 
When you visit our Showroom you will probably work with Dwayne or a member of his sales team. Dwayne brings a variety of experience and can help you in your purchasing decisions.
Vancouver Plumber Anders Sundqvist Anders Sundqvist 
Office Manager
Anders handles a wide variety of office functions, including office management, estimating, purchasing, bookkeeping, and others.
Vancouver Plumber Brandon Rhoades Branden Rhoades
Remodel Technician
Branden recently became a licensed plumber. He mostly works in the service and remodeling division.
Vancouver Plumber Nels Ketola Nels Ketola
Installation Specialist
Nels recently became a licensed plumber and is a Waterways installation specialist.
Vancouver Plumber Steve Matson Steve Matson

All of our licensed plumbers and apprentices are certified Uponor/Aquapex tubing installers.

Currently, we have several employees enrolled in the PLUMBING APPRENTICE program. The apprentices work under the supervision of our licensed plumbers. Washington state requires 6,000 hours experience before they can apply and take the test for the Specialty Residential license. If you are interested in joining our team, see our careers page!

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Areas We Serve
  • Vancouver, WA
  • Battle Ground, WA
  • Orchards, WA
  • Camas, WA
  • Hazel Dell, WA
  • Brush Prairie, WA
  • Hockinson, WA
  • Yacolt, WA
  • Amboy, WA
  • Ridgefield, WA
  • La Center, WA
  • Woodland, WA
  • Washougal, WA
  • Benton City, WA
  • Moses Lake, WA
  • Ephrata, WA
  • Quincy, WA
  • Pasco, WA
  • Richland, WA
  • Kennewick, WA
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