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.

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

Maple Ridge, BC – February 10, 2016 – Vancouver-based company JJ’s Plumbing is offering picture quoting services to give residents of Vancouver, Maple Ridge and Coquitlam a simple, fast way to get a price range for work they need completed on their plumbing system.

For those that are still in the process of choosing a plumbing company to conduct their work, picture quoting is a great way to get a fast estimate and compare it to the other available options. Taking the time out of your day to have a plumber come and inspect your home can be time-consuming and inconvenient, especially when you aren’t sure of the price range of the company.

The staff at JJ’s Plumbing offer free picture quoting not only as a reflection of their confidence in their services but as a means of providing potential customers with a simple, effective way of finding the best plumber for their needs.

If you’re looking for reliable contractors to conduct your plumbing and want a free picture quote, take a look at their form here and get started. The experts at JJ’s Plumbing always provide quality service for a very affordable price. For more information, or further questions, give them a call today at 1-604-479-2232 and their staff will be happy to help you.

About JJ’s Plumbing

With over 7 years of experience in the field, the staff at JJ’s Plumbing can provide accurate quotes even through a simple picture. For more information, visit http://jjs.plumbing/.

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.

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.

Maple Ridge Plumbing Reviews

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.

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.

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!