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3 Common Mistakes People Have About Polybutylene Piping

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Polybutylene, otherwise known as ‘Poly­B’, is most common in homes from the late 70s to mid 90s and was used because it was inexpensive to buy and install. As time goes on, Poly-B deteriorates and can leak and cause flooding in the home if not replaced.

Learn more about Poly-B Replacement on our website.

The risks associated with Poly­B waterlines are flooding, increased insurance premiums, cancelled insurance coverage and costly deductibles, as well as mold infestations caused by undetected pinhole leaks within waterlines covered by drywall.

The more we talk to our customers, we learn that there are common mistakes or misconceptions about Poly-B. So, we’ve compiled this list to set the record straight.

  1. Replacing Poly-B is super expensive and hard to afford.

This is a common myth people have about Poly-B replacement. Replacing Poly-B is actually quite affordable, and definitely costs less than if you have a flood in your home to worry about! We know that it’s unfortunate to have to replace your pipes, but JJ’s Plumbing Experts will come up with an affordable solution for you: whether it’s replacing your pipes altogether, or repairing your existing pipes to prolong the lifespan of your Poly-B pipes until you can afford to replace them. Bottom line: there are affordable options and we can come up with one that works for you.

  1. Poly-B problems/leaks happen because of poor installation.

While it’s true that you want a good pipe installer (like us!), it isn’t typically the case that it’s the installation of Poly-B pipes that causes the leaks. Installation quality could contribute to leaks, but in most cases installation does not appear to be the primary cause. The most common reasons leaks occur are: the age of the pipes, water quality/chlorine levels and degeneration of piping.

  1. The Poly-B pipes in my home have lasted for nearly a decade, so they are just fine.

Thinking this way is just waiting for disaster to occur. Most of the time, it takes many years for Poly-B piping systems to leak or fail. Many leaks start to happen in 10-15 years from installation of the piping system, so if you’ve had them installed for a decade or longer, it’s time to start thinking about a replacement.

 

Do you have Poly-B piping and would like to know if you should have a replacement soon? Call us at 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing and we’ll help you find out.

 

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Are you a Property Manager? Why JJ’s Plumbing Should be your Go-To Plumber

JJ’s Plumbing realizes that finding a reliable, knowledgeable, and cost efficient plumber can be hard to come by, especially being a property manager and wanting to go through the same plumbing company for your needs. JJ’s Plumbing offers reduced rates to property management companies to help successfully maintain your properties. Not only that, but we back all of our work with a one-year warranty on all workmanship.

Our team can assist with the plumbing, drain cleaning and Poly B replacement needs of one rental property or multiple properties anywhere in Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Here are four main reasons (in no particular order, because they’re all important!) why you should choose JJ’s Plumbing as your go-to plumber:

  1. CERTIFIED We only have certified field technicians that keep up with the latest trends and project management techniques with ongoing training. You can trust that we have the expert knowledge you require.
  2. COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE — We are committed to producing results that can be depended on. We strive for excellence and are committed to making property managers’ jobs (and therefore, lives) easier.
  3. UP TO DATE WITH TECHNOLOGY — JJ’s Plumbing is current with the most recent plumbing technologies. We provide efficient services at a great price.
  4. GREEN INITIATIVES — We provide paperless billing, water conservation tips, and we ensure that all waste from projects get recycled.

As a property manager, you have enough work on your plate, and many unforeseen issues that pop up on a day-to-day basis. Working with JJ’s Plumbing as your go-to plumber, you’ll have the peace of mind you need to trust that problems will be tended to in an urgent and professional manner. We won’t let you down and we strive to be counted on by you.

We look forward to connecting with you. Call us now at 604-479-2232, email service@jjs.plumbing or fill out our online form and we’ll prove to be your go-to plumber.

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Give Your Bathroom or Kitchen a Facelift Before Christmas Company Comes Over!

Are you embarrassed of your rundown bathroom and/or kitchen? As the holiday season is fast approaching, it’s a time when family and friends come over to celebrate. BUT let’s face it… who wants to be ‘hostess with the mostest’ when you’re not too happy with the look of your kitchen or bathroom – spaces that your company definitely spends time in.

Are you in need of a new bathroom tub, toilet, or vanity? Or perhaps your kitchen sink and faucet isn’t looking too sexy these days. This is why you need to call us — JJ’s Plumbing is here to help.

A renovation of any size can feel overwhelming and like a big undertaking. Cost, disruption of schedule, and design decisions will be factors in how, when, and to what shape your renovation will take. We’re dedicated to helping you and ensuring that your reno is as stress-free and painless as possible.

Yes, JJ’s Plumbing is the heating and drainage experts, but we also set you up with well-known and recommended general contractors to work together on your project. We encourage our customers to demand: reliability, honesty, accredited experience, and daily communication from a contractor. We believe these characteristics are fundamental to achieving a stress-free renovation process and finished product that you can be proud of.

So… what are you waiting for? Christmas and New Year’s is just around the corner!

Give us a call at 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing and we’ll help you with your reno project every step of the way.

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A Christmas Gift for you AND the Woman in Your Life – Kitchen and Bathroom Renos

Christmas and New Year’s is approaching, and your wife is planning for company to come over, but is on your case about how UGLY the bathroom is. She mentions how guests always mingle in the kitchen, but she’s embarrassed about the old kitchen sink and faucet.

You’ve heard these complaints for a long time now, so why not give her an early Christmas present and fix up the old bathroom and kitchen? It’s not a major reno, but something that you know deep down will make YOU feel better about your home as well.

Whether it’s a new bathtub, toilet or vanity, or a new kitchen sink and faucet, regardless of the reno size, we know that it can be overwhelming for you and disrupt your everyday life. This is why we’re here to make it easy on you, and give you what you need — within your budget.

We’re dedicated to helping you and ensuring that your reno is as stress-free and painless as possible.

Yes, JJ’s Plumbing is the heating and drainage experts, but we also set you up with well-known and recommended general contractors. We encourage our customers to demand: reliability, honesty, accredited experience, and daily communication from a contractor. We believe these characteristics are fundamental to achieving a stress-free renovation process and finished product that you can be proud of. Communicate your budget to your reno team and request frequent updates to ensure the project expenses are on track.

What’s left to think about? You know you’ll score big points with the little Mrs., and Christmas and New Year’s is coming up quick!

Give us a call at 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing.

Read more about home renos with JJ’s Plumbing.

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Need-to-knows on Replacing Your Water Main

So you’ve heard that replacing your water main is something you should consider, you may have seen some signs that it should be done, but you aren’t quite sure, you don’t know how it works, and you don’t know where to start. Well, start with us and a trenchless water main replacement! Here are “need-to-knows” on replacing your water main, and how JJ’s Plumbing takes care of the job.

First off, why replace your water main?

Your water main may use polybutyelene piping. If this is true, you will want to replace your water main before anything happens. Polybutyelene is a type of plastic resin that was used in water supply piping between the late 70s and mid-90s. If your house was built during this time, chances are, you have polybutyelene piping. So why repair it? Oxidants in water supplies, like chlorine, react with polybutyelene piping, which can cause them to flake and become weak/brittle. The result can be thin cracks in the piping, which reduce the strength of the water main. The piping system can end up failing without any warning, leading to flooding and damage to your household and property.

Another reason for replacing your water main is a burst or leak in the water line. It is best to replace the whole line, versus patching it.

Signs to look for when suspecting a water main leak

Here’s what to notice if you suspect a leak:

  • Your lawn is mushy or wet
  • There is running water from the ground
  • There is water seeping through concrete cracks/your foundation
  • There is water leaking into your basement.

Steps to take if you suspect a water main leak

Contact JJ’s Plumbing immediately, or call the city so the water can be turned off from the city shut off.

So… how does the process work?

JJ's Plumbing Trenchless Water Main Pull Diagram

Here are the steps we take for a water main replacement:

  • JJ’s Plumbing will come over, investigate the leak and give a free, no-obligation quote
  • When the quote is accepted, we will book your appointment and make another visit to take care of business!
  • JJ’s Plumbing will dig around the city shut off, at approximately 3-5 feet near the location
  • We will use a jackhammer to create a 6-inch diameter hole around the water line entering the house and main shut off (in the mechanical room)
  • We will cut the water line below the main water shut off, and after the city shut off
  • Then, we will fish an airline cable through the existing water main from the inside to the exterior
  • We will attach the new water line and have a tow truck pull the new line through the existing line
  • We will reconnect the new water line to the city shut off, as well as to the interior plumbing
  • Finally, we will backfill the hole we created near the city shut off.

There is minimal mess near your property with our trenchless water main pull!

For a limited time, we’re offering $100 off your water main replacement service! Book for your free quote today.

JJ's Plumbing $100 off trenchless water main pull

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New Maple Ridge Plumbing Location

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JJ’s Opens Maple Ridge Plumbing Location

Since 2008, JJ’s has been pleased to provide top quality plumbing and heating services to residents living throughout the Vancouver area. As our company has grown over the years into the trusted and reputable business people know today, we continue to provide our customers with the absolute best in quality service and customer satisfaction. Thanks to our efforts and the loyalty of our valued customers, we are pleased to announce that we will be expanding our area of service by opening a location in Maple Ridge.

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Now residents living in the Maple Ridge area can experience the superior quality service and workmanship that residents in Vancouver have enjoyed from JJ’s for so many years. Our plumbing and heating experts are dedicated to completing their work promptly and correctly, so you can get back to your normal household routine as soon as possible. It is our pleasure to bring our services to the Maple Ridge area, where we hope to build yet another base of loyal customers who look to JJ’s for all of their plumbing and HVAC needs.

Plumbing In Maple Ridge Expansion

Opening this new location means we will be far more able to reach customers living further east of Vancouver than ever before. We are excited to begin this venture into new territory, and will strive to set a new standard in quality and customer service in Maple Ridge. To find out more about our expansion into Maple Ridge, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive the latest updates, or you can check out our website and contact us to book an inspection.

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Summer Plumbing Tips 2015

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Summer Plumbing Tips for Homeowners!

Summer is a great time for bike rides, trips to the beach, hiking, road trips and all sorts of other fun ways to enjoy the nice weather. The warmer weather also makes it easier to take care of chores around the house, which should include making sure the plumbing in your home is in proper working order. Here are a few simple summer plumbing checks you can do to confirm everything is working properly.

• Check Under the Sink

One of the first things you can do to make sure there are no leaks in any of your sinks is to check in the cupboards under the sink. If you notice and warping or water damage, it is likely a leak has recently formed in either the supply tubes or the trap.

• Check the Washing Machine

You may find that you tend to use your washing machine a little more often in the summer than any other time of year. With this in mind, it is a good idea to check the hoses attached to your washer for any bulges or cracks that may turn into leaks. Most hardware or plumbing supply stores carry replacement washing machine hoses should you need to install a new one.

• Check the Basement and Foundation

Over the winter months, cracks can start to form in your foundation due to the cold weather and potential ice build ups. Now that the weather is warmer and groundwater flows more easily, you may want to check your basement for any signs of leaks, especially after a rainstorm. Should you discover any sign of a leak, be sure to get it taken care of, as these types of leaks can lead to major damage if not sufficiently waterproofed.

• Check the Water Heater

If you have a water heater that is over ten years old it may be a good idea to start looking for a replacement. To determine how old your water heater is, check the serial number printed on the tank. The first four digits represent the month and year your water heater was made. Now is also a good time to drain a few litres of water from the tank in order to reduce the amount of sediment that can build up and cause your heater to work harder than it normally should.

• Check your Toilet

While you’re performing all of these checks, it is a good idea to make sure there are no issues with any of the toilets in your home. A quick way to make sure your toilet base is properly sealed is to make sure the floor around the toilet doesn’t feel spongy when you step on it. If you notice any areas where the floor feels weaker or tiles feel loose, you may need to replace the seal on your toilet.

Should any of your inspections reveal a plumbing problem that needs fixing, don’t hesitate to contact us at JJ’s Plumbing. Our plumbing experts are ready to provide you with top quality repairs to get your house back to normal as quickly as possible. For more tips on how to keep the plumbing in your house running smoothly this summer check out our website, or join us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Springtime Plumbing Services

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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!

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JJ’s Has A Picture Quote Option!

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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.

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Save $40 On Drain Cleaning Services!

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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!