Here’s the situation: you’re looking for a local plumbing company, and decide to do some research on how much things are going to cost. For example, let’s say you want to renovate your bathroom, so you aim to find a reliable plumbing company that partners with a reputable contractor. You decide to do some research online to see what companies are out there. You notice that the price varies from place to place. So how do you choose who to go with? Do you go with the least expensive option? Or do you assume the most expensive one, means the best company for the job?

Let us help you figure this out!

Best price, should not be the ultimate deciding factor for you. But, neither should the most expensive — don’t assume that because a company charges the most, you’ll get the best service either!

Below are 5 steps to take, in order to make a solid decision on what plumbing company to hire:

  1. Don’t decide on the first plumber you call, even if the company sounds great. It is always good to speak to different companies to compare and make an informed decision.
  2. Take a look at the plumbing company’s online reviews. While every person has a different opinion, reviews are a good way to get the ‘proof-points’ you need to decide if the company has a good reputation — or not.
  3. Ask if they have references, and/or if they have any visual examples of work they have complete.
  4. Find out how long they have been in business, and if their work is guaranteed.
  5. Ask your friends or family if they have had experience with a reliable plumber — word of mouth from people you trust is a great way to find a reliable contact.


Check out what services are currently on special with JJ’s Plumbing by visiting
our website. Or get in touch by calling 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing.

Are you tired of your current bathroom? You feel like it looks dated, is anything but modern and stylish, and the word “dingy” has crossed your mind way too many times. Get inspired to renovate your bathroom this new year!

JJ’s Plumbing specializes in bathroom (and kitchen) renovations. Did you know that bathroom and kitchen renos are some of the most common household renos in the Greater Vancouver area? These rooms get a lot of use, not to mention, the bathroom is likely the first spot you start your day – this is an important detail. From updating your fixtures, bathroom, and shower, to choosing preferred paint colours and new tile, these changes would make a significant difference to how you feel when you begin and end each day.

A reno 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.

JJ’s Plumbing has worked with many great clients to help them create beautiful bathrooms and kitchens, while keeping their wallets happy!

See photos of just some of the projects we’ve taken on.

Our team of experts will work with you, in order to map out each step, schedule, fees, as well as anticipate challenges that may arise so you can approach the project with a sense of excitement as opposed to being stressed.

We treat your home like we would treat our own. From start to finish, you can trust our team to take care of you like family.

Renovating your bathroom or kitchen is currently on special for $50 off the service! Get in touch to discuss your renovation at 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing and schedule an appointment with us today.

As the colder months of the season are upon us, it’s good to take action with some do-it-yourself techniques to winterize your plumbing system. Winterizing your plumbing is a nearly cost-free alternative to frozen pipes. Further to that, we’d like to share with you the signs of frozen pipes and what to look for.

First, here are some steps on winterizing your plumbing:

Hose bibs:

  • Check all hose bibs and other fixtures for leaks.
  • If you find any drips or leaks, replace fixture. You may want to purchase a freeze-proof hose bib, as they are made to keep the water well back away from the end of the spigot.
  • Drain your outdoor faucets if you have a hose bib that is not freeze-proof (not necessary if you have a freeze-proof hose bib).
  • Purchase a hose bib cover – even if you have a freeze-proof hose bib. They are made of thick foam and keep most of the cold away from the valve.

Antifreeze:

  • Turn off the main shutoff valve or have the water company turn off the service to the house.
  • Starting at the top floor, open all faucets, both indoors and outside.
  • When the last of the water has dripped from the taps, open the plug at the main shutoff valve if possible (you may have to contact the water company), and let it drain.
  • Turn off the power or gas to the water heater and open its drain valve.
  • To freeze-proof the system, empty toilet bowls and tanks.
  • Remove the clean out plugs on all sink traps or remove the traps, if necessary.
  • Once emptied, replace them and fill with plumbing antifreeze mixed with water in the proportions specified for vehicles in your climate.
  • You won’t be able to drain the tub and shower taps. Instead, add at least a full quart of antifreeze.
  • Don’t put antifreeze into a dishwashers or clothes washer.
  • If your home has a basement floor drain or a main house trap, fill each with full-strength antifreeze.

Indoor Drains:

If you notice that an indoor drain is clogged, first check that the tub’s pop-up stopper is opening fully and is free of hair and debris. If the stopper isn’t the problem, then the drainpipe is likely clogged. First, try a plunger.

If this does not work, then you’ll need to clear the trap with a snake.

If you are confident in taking care of this on your own and have done so before, then great — but if you try it, and it still isn’t cleared, or if you aren’t comfortable snaking a drain, then this is what we’re here for! Give us a call, and we’ll come give you a hand to get your drain unclogged.

Here are some do-it-yourself tips for keeping your drains unclogged this winter:

  • The holiday season means lots of cooking, but be sure not to put the following items down your drain/garburator as they can clog your drain: coffee grounds, grease, fats & oils, hair, egg shells, and fibrous foods (celery, corn husks, potato peels).
  • The easy, preventative method: baking soda, vinegar and boiling water down your drains. Learn more!
  • Use tea strainers! Fit all of your tubs and shower drains with strainers to catch the hair (and other substances you don’t want going down your drain).

Lastly, here are some signs to look for with frozen pipes:

  • When the temperature is 0 degree Celsius or lower – this is when pipes can freeze and you should be taking the necessary precautions, as listed above.
  • Lack of running water – you notice that there is limited to no water running from your faucet.
  • You notice some frost on pipes that are visible.
  • Smelly! You notice that something smells bad coming from your faucet. This could mean a frozen pipe, because the only way the odor can escape is back up through your drain/faucet.

Drain cleaning is currently on special for $30 off the service! Give us a call at 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing and schedule and appointment today.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Let’s face it – you’re a guy, and guys like to fix things on their own. JJ’s Plumbing gets that. We know that you’d prefer to try things yourself before spending money or having to call an external source for help.

This is why we’re sharing the following 3 do-it-yourself tips to help keep the drains in your home clear – what many plumbers don’t want to share with you!

  1. Do-it-yourself preventative method: baking soda, vinegar and boiling water. That’s it! Put about ¼ cup of baking soda and ¾ cup of vinegar down your drain. This forms a natural chemical reaction that will break up soap scum that has formed and traps food, hair and other substances in your pipes. Boil some water and allow about 10-15 minutes for the baking soda and vinegar to do their job. Once boiled, pour the water down the drain. This melts any grease build up, and sends it along the way. Need to see it for yourself? Watch this video.
  2. Put strainers in your drains. Use tea strainers, or any kind of strainer, to help your drains stay unclogged. Fit all of your tubs and shower drains with strainers to catch the hair (and other substances you don’t want going down your drain). Be sure to clean the strainers regularly (or ask the lady in your home very nicely to lend a helping hand).
  3. What NOT to put down your garburator, kitchen drain and toilet: coffee grounds, grease, fats & oils, hair, egg shells, and fibrous foods (celery, corn husks, potato peels) are some everyday items/foods that can clog your drain. Coffee grounds are as good as cement in pipes! And here’s a tip: Don’t put any other kind of paper other than toilet paper down the toilet. Toilet paper is specially made to break down when wet. Other kinds of paper, like paper towels and Kleenex are not! Sure, they’ll flush, but instead of disintegrating they can leave your drains clogged.

If you end up in a jam and need to get in touch, don’t hesitate. Our website has an online form, or email us at service@jjs.plumbing.

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You turn the shower on, wait for it to warm up, get undressed, step into the shower and… you’re stepping in a little puddle of water forming around your drain. Does this sound too familiar? Or how about this one: you turn on the kitchen sink to do the dishes, have not put the plug in the sink, yet the water is already filling up. The worst part is, this happens far too often, and you do not feel like telling your husband that it has happened again.

JJ’s Plumbing has got your back lady! We’re here to help by sharing the following 3 easy “do-it-yourself” tips so that you don’t have to have that painful conversation (or at least not as often).

  1. The easy, preventative method: baking soda, vinegar and boiling water. Nothing scary or difficult here! Put about ¼ cup of baking soda and ¾ cup of vinegar down your drain. This forms a chemical reaction (not to worry, nothing drastic) that will break up soap scum that has formed and traps food, hair and other substances in your pipes. Boil your water in a kettle or larger pot to allow for about 10-15 minutes for the baking soda and vinegar to do their job. Once boiled, pour the water down the drain. This will help melt any grease build up, and send along its way. Need the visual? No problem, watch this video.
  2. Tea-strainers! You can actually use tea strainers to help your drains stay unclogged. Fit all of your tubs and shower drains with strainers to catch the hair (and other substances you don’t want going down your drain). Be sure to clean the strainers regularly.
  3. What NOT to put down your garburator, kitchen drain and toilet: coffee grounds, grease, fats & oils, hair, egg shells, and fibrous foods (celery, corn husks, potato peels) are some everyday items/foods that can clog your drain. Also, don’t flush feminine hygiene products down the toilet. Yes, they’ll flush, but instead of disintegrating they can leave you with a clogged toilet and mess you won’t want to deal with.

We hope these 3 tips have been helpful to you and will help bring further peace to your home. But of course, feel free to contact us anytime if you have questions or need further assistance with your drains.

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Polybutylene pipe, otherwise known as Poly B piping, is a particular kind of piping that your home may be utilizing. One way you can tell is by looking under your sink, and if you see thin, grey piping, then that is Poly B. Poly B was used in hot water heating systems and in constructing new residential homes throughout North America, mainly during 1978-1998.

First designed as an economical alternative to copper piping, Poly B was used in many homes throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley areas.

So what’s the big problem with Poly B piping?

Answer: Poly B piping has an abnormally high rate of failure. Lately, we have had a number of clients call us, saying that their home insurance companies have sent letters informing them that they will not renew their insurance, if their homes have Poly B. Because Poly B often needs to be completely replaced within 8-11 years of being installed, most insurance policies no longer cover Poly B. If they do, a high deductible is required to receive that coverage.

Yes, Poly B piping was cheaper and easier to install, but this didn’t mean that this was beneficial in the long-run. Within 10 years of Poly B installations, real-life horror stories started to surface, resulting in needing new piping to be installed.

Some of the repercussions of your house having Poly B piping are:

  • Leaks
  • Hairline cracks
  • Poor installment by plumbers: loose fittings
  • Water quality: irregular water pressures & chemical sensitivities (chlorine and mineral levels)
  • Mold issues
  • In-home flooding
  • Age of the pipe and fittings: degeneration of pipe fittings.

Homes with Poly B pipes are not so great for resale, either. If you’re looking to buy a fixer upper or sell your family home, check the piping under the sink first!

If you know that you have Poly B piping and want it replaced, or are unsure and want to find out, call the JJ’s Plumbing Experts at 604-479-2232 or visit us at jjs.plumbing to fill out our online form and get in touch for your free no-obligation quote today!

For a limited time, we’re offering $100 off your Poly B pipe replacement! Book for your free quote today.