Our last blog article explained the importance of staying on top of your drainage system so those beastly plumbing monsters don’t clog them up! As promised, we’re now going to dive into the specifics of how perimeter drain cleaning works, and what you can expect.

There are two kinds of perimeter drains: Interior and Exterior. Let’s begin with interior.

Interior drains run from your toilet, shower, sink, washing machine, dishwasher, and so on. The drains run the risk of getting clogged by debris (food, hair, etc.). To avoid clogs, we recommend every so often mixing vinegar and baking soda down every drain in your home. After 10 to 15 minutes, follow this by pouring boiling hot water down each drain. View the “Clean Your Drain” video here: http://jjs.plumbing/plumbers-about-us/diy-videos/.

If your drain does get clogged, we do not recommend using products such as Draino, to unclog. Instead, use a plunger. If the problem persists, this is when you call us!

Now onto exterior drains. It is extremely important to maintain your exterior drains. These drains are run off from your gutters and the water runs into your drain tiles. Debris, tree roots or settling of your land can cause blockages and even structural damage which may cause cracks in your foundation, leading to water working its way into your home. As explained in the last article, flooding in your basement and/or crawl space can cause damage to drywall, flooring, furniture, electronics and so on. This is why proper maintenance of your exterior drains is so important. We recommend cleaning them every 2-3 years, and we can help you through this process.

How?

Typically, we inspect your drains (both interior and exterior) with a camera to get an up-close-and-personal look at your pipes (to see what kind they are), and if cabling (snake) or hydro-jetting is the best service to provide you with.

The first way, through a power auger or cable machine (snake), is our “step 1” to clear the blockage, if it is fully blocked. Once cleared, we often recommend using a Hydro Flushing machine (hydro-jetting) to restore the drain line back to full health.

Reminder: You can call us 24/7 at 604-479-2232. Our quotes are free because we believe that the best thing our customers can do is call us. We’ll come in and check things out while answering any questions you may have, educating you on the specific plumbing situation.

Contact JJ’s today for a free quote or fill in our online form at jjs.plumbing/contact/.

Let’s face it – Vancouver, regardless of the season, receives a lot of rain. And when there’s a lot of rain, you run the risk of one of those angry plumbing monsters clogging up your perimeter drains.

If your perimeter drains are clogged it causes the water levels to rise around the house which adds pressure to your foundation. Excess water brought on by moderate to heavy rain can end up cracking cement and even breaking through cinder blocks. If you don’t take action quickly, this can lead to serious problems for your home, and serious dollars spent to fix the damage.

One of the first things that a new homeowner should learn is how important their drainage system is. With your plumbing equalling an average of 15% of the value of your home, your drainage system should be one of the first priorities that every homeowner should maintain. “Water is your enemy,” because there are so many ways that water can destroy your property.

Water damage can lower the value of your house, be expensive to fix, and even lead to health concerns for you and your family. Water and moisture can work its way into your house, flooding your basement and/or crawl space, causing damage to drywall, flooring, furniture, electronics and so on.

Never fear, JJ’s Plumbing is here!

Maintenance is an important part of drainage. Clogged drains may develop slowly, and creep up on you (beware of the creepy sludge that the plumbing monsters leaves behind). It is important to uphold your drain tiles by properly cleaning and maintaining them every 12 to 18 months. If you haven’t hired a professional to do this and you believe there is a drainage problem to your property, you can call us anytime at 604-479-2232 and receive a free quote or fill out our online form at jjs.plumbing/contact.  Don’t be afraid of what the plumbing monsters have done. We are qualified professionals and can help you through the problem and fix it.

Learn more about drainage on the website at jjs.plumbing/residential-plumbing.

Stay tuned for our next blog article where we get into the details of how perimeter drain cleaning works, and what you can expect.

Has your front lawn turned into a swamp? Have you experienced a loss of water pressure? This may mean that your home is in need of a water main replacement.

We know what you’re thinking… that the plumbing monsters are starting to lurk around your home and are going to make a massive mess of your landscaping. Homeowners are often afraid of having water main replacement done for this exact reason.

Don’t fret! This is where JJ’s Plumbing comes in: We are the experts in plumbing monster hunters, and are here to ensure that your main water line replacement doesn’t make a monster mess of your home and yard.

You may be envisioning the inconvenience, cost, and time it will take to dig up the pipe, and replace it or fix the area that is causing the problem. But here’s the thing, it doesn’t have to be done that way. We understand that people don’t want their landscaping to be ripped apart and their home to look like a monster disaster. So, what to do?

The solution (because there is always a solution): Main water line replacement with trenchless technology.

“What’s trenchless technology?” you ask. Well, here’s what you can expect:

  • No digging to repair pipe (no monster chaos)
  • Minimal mess, efficient and quick
  • Upholds your landscaping, driveway, patio, lawn, etc.
  • Permanent repairs meeting industry standards
  • Saves time and therefore cost.

For more technical information, and to answer any questions you may have, contact us, and we’ll be happy to guide you through the process. You don’t need to drastically let the monsters take over your property, turning it into a construction zone. Let us help and get in touch with JJ’s Plumbing today.

One of the best ways to keep your home’s plumbing systems in check is to keep on top of drain maintenance. Although getting expert help on a regular basis is highly recommended in order to get a professional opinion, there are many things you can do yourself in order to make maintenance cheaper and less frequent.

Drain Maintenance

Baking Soda and Vinegar

A great safe and environmentally friendly way of keeping your drains healthy is by pouring baking soda and vinegar down every drain in your house – this means kitchen and bathroom sinks, bathtubs and shower drains. Around 10 to 15 minutes later, dump boiling hot kettle water down each drain; repeat this process once a month and you will help maintain the integrity of your drains and prevent any detrimental blockages.

Sink Plunger

Always keep a sink plunger on hand and take advantage of it when you notice your water flow begin to get backed up. Start by plugging the stoppers over the drain and then filling the sink with three to four inches of water. Afterwards, remove the stopper and replace it with the plunger – a few good plunges should be enough to clear the drain and get rid or any blockage.

Food Residue

One of the most common causes of clogged drains is food residue and the simplest way to avoid this is by clearing off all of your plates of food on a regular basis. Use a sieve to strain any residue from your pots and throw any leftover food into the garbage, even if it’s just small pieces.

Drain Tile Maintenance

Every 12 to 18 months, every homeowner should clean and maintain their drain tiles in order to avoid problems such as debris blockage and structural damage stemming from root growth and land settling. Failing to properly maintain your drain tile system can lead to water rising from your ground water table, leading to a cracking in your foundation. Some of the damages that can result include:

  • Flooding
  • Drywall damage
  • Damaged personal items

Following the above tips can help you maintain healthy drains and keep your homes’ plumbing in top shape. Of course, even those that keep up on their drain maintenance can still face clogs – if this happens, feel free to contact us and we can help you decide on the best next steps. If you’re having any drain problems and are located in the Vancouver, Maple Ridge or Coquitlam area, our team at JJ’s Plumbing can find the right person for you. Give us a call today at 1-604-479-2232 for a free quote.

Although there are plenty of do-it-yourself (DIY) drain cleaning services that can help you keep your drains in shape, sometimes you will face a problem that requires the assistance of a professional plumber. Take a look below at the benefits of hiring one of our contractors.

Clogged Drains

Fixing your drains using DIY methods is great for simple clogs or when you just need to tide the health of your plumbing system over until a professional arrives.  But for bad clogs, these kinds of solutions will only result in a temporary fix. Sewer drain cleaning is a necessary procedure to fix serious clogs and prevent them from returning in the future and our professionals can ensure that our services will keep your drains in peak shape well into the future.

Slow Drains

If you notice the drainage system in your toilet is running slow, it’s a sign of underlying problems. Although it could stem from a clogged drain, it could also be a problem with the drainage pipes or main sewer line. Slow drainage can lead to sewer odors spreading throughout your home so if you notice any signs, make sure to call a professional as soon as possible.

Plumbing Fixtures and Pipes

Sewer build-up can lead to overflowing and other serious problems, making clean plumbing fixtures and pipes a top priority. This is especially important for basements, as they are the most susceptible areas to flooding.

Drain cleaning is an important procedure and skimping on maintenance can lead to numerous other problems. For Vancouver, Maple Ridgeor Coquitlam residents that require a reliable plumber to conduct comprehensive drain cleaning services, give us a call at 1-604-479-2232 and our staff at JJ’s Plumbing will be happy to help you.

Springtime Plumbing Services You Should Consider

 

With the warm weather approaching the Maple Ridge and Coquitlam areas, now is a good time to catch up on some maintenance on your home’s plumbing systems. Here are a few tips to help you get ahead of any major problems that might arise. For some of these tips, getting a plumbing contractor to provide expert service now can help you avoid high repair costs in the future.

 

Check Your Drains

Floor drains and any other drains that get used infrequently may require some attention. To avoid any unpleasant odours from occurring in the drain, pour a gallon (4L) of water down the drain to fill the trap. This will also help prevent any sewer gases from getting into your home.

 

Inspect Your Water Heater

The first and most obvious thing to check is the bottom of the tank for any leaks. Even a slow leak can lead to an increase in your water bill. Next, you may want to check the serial number on your water heater to see how old it is. The first four numbers represent the month and year it was manufactured. If it’s over 15 years, consider replacing it. Finally, to increase the lifespan and efficiency of your water heater, flush some water out of the tank to get rid of any sediment that can build up and cause corrosion.

 

Fix Any Running Toilets

Just like a leaking water heater, even a slow running toilet can lead to an increase in your water bill. While in most cases a running toilet can be repaired with replacement parts you find at your local hardware store, if you are unsure of what is causing the leak you may want to contact your local plumber for assistance.

 

Exterior Plumbing Maintenance

You can visually inspect any outdoor pipes or faucets for leaks or erosion that may have been caused by changing temperatures and ice buildup over the winter. With the rain and storms on their way it is also important to make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear and intact. While you’re up checking the gutters, it is also a good idea to make sure your roof vents are clear of debris.

 

Test Your Sump Pump

To make sure your sump pump is draining properly, pour a few buckets of water into it. If your sump pump does not begin to drain the water right away, you should contact a plumbing contractor to inspect and replace a damaged unit.

 

Have Your Pipes Inspected

Most of the tips listed here are things you can do on your own. For peace of mind and to avoid bigger costs down the road however, it is a good idea to have the pipes and plumbing systems in your home checked by a professional plumber once a year.

Following these tips will keep the water in and outside of your home flowing properly, and will prevent any plumbing systems in your home from causing inconvenience in the future. Call JJ’s Plumbing experts before you run into any problems!

Picture Quotes are the newest time and hassle saver for our customers!

Have you ever tried explaining a drainage problem or plumbing issue over the phone?

Is it safe to say you were even more irritated and frustrated when you hung up than when you started?

Did you hang up with any idea how what it would cost to get the problem solved?

At JJ’s Plumbing, we know precisely how maddening that process can be… or used to be and we’ve built our business on making it as easy as possible for Vancouver home and business owners to deal with plumbing issues.

That’s why we’ve created a brand new way to get your issues fixed FAST.

With our new Picture Quoting service, all you have to do is snap a pic of what’s going on, send it to us, and we’ll put together an estimate ASAP.

We’re bringing plumbing into the 21st century… and we’re taking Vancouver along for the ride.

It’s all part of our commitment to offering the highest quality service in Vancouver. It really can be as simple as…

1. Snap a picture.

2. Send it to the experts at JJ’s Plumbing.

3. Get an estimate, right over the phone.

Once we’ve seen for ourselves what you’re dealing with, we’ll give you a cost estimate and set up the most convenient time for one of our trusted plumbing professionals to come out to your home or office and take a closer look.

Keep in mind, the number we give you over the phone is an estimate. We need to see the problem in person before we can give you a quote, but you can rest assured it’ll be the most competitive price in Vancouver.

At JJ’s Plumbing, we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality maintenance and customer service in Vancouver. We want to make it easy to deal with your heating, plumbing, furnace repair, and polyb repairs.

As easy as 1, 2, 3.

That’s our guarantee.

JJ’s Plumbing is offering $40 off of drain cleaning services until April 3rd, 2015.

 

Drainage is a very important aspect of owning your home, doing proper maintenance and repairs can save you costly plumbing bills in the future.

 

Our services range from cleaning and repair, to replacement of broken or clogged pipes, as well as sewer connections/replacements and perimeter drain installation. While JJ’s Plumbing can you help you with in-home or outdoor drain cleaning, you should keep in mind that your outdoor drain tiles should be cleaned every 12-18 months. We will do everything we can to help you avoid seeing ‘Phil The Flood’!

Call JJ’s Plumbing before you have a monster problem!

When there’s something strange in your Coquitlam home or business…

Who you gonna call?

Call JJ’s Plumbing!

Monsters are on the loose in Coquitlam!

Phil the Flood, Hairball Hannah, and Chillin’ Chad are wreaking havoc and terrifying Coquitlam residents far and wide!

But never fear, Coquitlam, the expert monster hunters at JJ’s Plumbing are here!

Beware of the monsters! Here’s what to look for…

  • Phil the Flood comes on strong. He can appear out of nowhere! Just when you think your hot water heater is safe… Phil the Flood brings a plumbing nightmare, filling up your home, business, or basement with his terrible tide!
  • Hairball Hannah takes a while to invade your home, but when she does she definitely makes up for lost time. You may think you don’t need a top-quality drain cleaning… until Hannah the Hairball takes root and begins to grow, clogging up your drainage system.
  • Chillin’ Chad may sound like a cool dude, but he’s really no fun to be around. In fact, he can suck the warmth out of just about any Coquitlam home or business before you know it. He’s a cool customer, but he’s certainly hard to like and only an expert heating contractor can shoo him off for good.

Is your Coquitlam home or business under attack from these gruesome ghouls? If so, don’t wait to call the trusted team at JJ’s Plumbing. We’re ready to believe you and kick those unwelcome monsters to the curb.

We’ve even re-branded so that Coquitlam home and business owners know exactly who to call when they need service with a smile.

And, with our new Picture Quoting service, all you have to do is snap a pic of the monster plaguing your home. We’re not afraid to take a look and give you an estimate on what sort of evasive maneuvers are needed to give Phil the Flood, Hairball Hannah, and Chillin’ Chad the fright of their misbegotten lives.

When you have a monster, don’t delay. Call JJ’s Plumbing that very day!

What is the importance of Perimeter Drainage?

The purpose of perimeter drainage is to protect the integrity of your foundation by moving water away from your home. It is also referred to as a French drain system, weeping tile, or drain tile. Since the ground in Vancouver is generally damp, your perimeter drainage system is crucial in keeping your foundation and walls dry. It directs the water away from your home, alleviating the pressure that a buildup of water can exert on your retaining walls.

 

Water Damage

When water finds its way into your basement, it can create a lot of problems, including:

.   Structural problems with the walls and floor

.   Damage to any possessions you store in the basement

.   Erosion to the lawn

.   Mold and mildew growth

.   Excessive humidity

.   Dampness in your home

 

As time passes, each of these problems can become expensive to fix as they get worse. However, if you obtain regular maintenance on your drainage system, you can hire a professional plumber to take care of any problems with your drain tiles while they are still small and affordable.

 

Perimeter Drainage Services in Vancouver and Coquitlam

In many cases, homeowners do not notice a problem with their perimeter drainage system until a lot of damage has occurred. By that time, the trouble that you are experiencing (minor flooding, cracked walls, mold, and mildew) is just the tip of the iceberg, and you should expect a lot more problems to follow. Not only do you need to find the source of the trouble, but you must also resolve the issue with repairs and replacements.

A professional plumber handles the task of maintaining drain tiles, using each of the following strategies when required:

.   Cleaning of perimeter drains

.   Clearing of clogged sewer pipes

.   Clearing of tree roots

.   Replacement of weeping tiles

.   Replacement of trenchless pipes

.   Sewer connection repairs

 

Troubleshooting Problems with Drain Tiles

If water is leaking into your basement, it is possible that your drain tiles have become clogged or dislodged. Our plumbing specialist will inspect your system in an attempt to figure out what is wrong, using the following strategies:

.   Deployment of a sewer camera to search for blockages

.   Clearing of tree roots, dirt, stones, mud, and other blockages using a power snake

.   Flushing of the drain using a hose and a powerful flow of water

.   Replacement of damaged tiles

.   Realignment of dislodged tiles

.   Digging up the old system and replacing it with a new one

 

If the damage has spread to your home’s foundation or walls, you’ll need to hire someone to repair them. New drain tile installation is also available for new properties and additions, ensuring that water is properly diverted away from these structures.

 

Please contact us if you would like maintenance, repairs, or replacements for your French drain system. An estimate of the total cost can be provided along with an approximation of the time needed to complete this plumbing task. We are the experts in installation of perimeter drainage in the Coquitlam and Vancouver areas. Our servicemen work quickly and responsibly, completing the work successfully, allowing you to get back to daily tasks without further interruption in your schedule.