5 Fun and Easy Do It Yourself Projects Using PVC Piping

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping is used for a variety of household plumbing tasks. Normally, people think of this material as a practical resource, but just for the fun of it, we’re sharing how PVC piping can also be a perfect supply for do it yourself (DIY) projects made for you or your kids!

Here are 5 DIY projects with PVC Piping (though the many options are truly endless).

  1. Fun for the kids this spring and summer!

How about something new for the kids this spring or summer? Turn PVC pipes into a special misting sprinkler for them to run through in the yard! Or master the art of water balloon fights with the creation of giant slingshots. Two easy DIY projects that will keep them smiling (and out of your hair)!

  1. Custom made towel drying rack

Here’s a simple and cheap way to create a practical towel rack for beside the pool or in the backyard. Make it as tall as you wish, with as many racks as you’d like! Plus it’s nice and sturdy.

  1. Bracelets for you or your kids

You can make numerous PVC bangle bracelets for literally pennies! Plan a wine & craft night with your friends. Or this is a great art project for your daughter and her friends. All you need is paint for a stylish and unique finish.

  1. PVC mirror frame

This is an easy and inexpensive way to create a fun starburst frame for a plain circular mirror. Just cut the PVC pipe, paint the pieces to your liking and glue together.

  1. Last, but not least, a modern wine rack

Our personal favourite—because it’s super easy and involves wine—a modern wine rack, all made from PVC pipe! How could you say no to this project?

Enjoyed this fun and creative article, but have some specific plumbing inquiries? Give us a call at 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing.

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Drain Tile Maintenance: Do it Before Having to Spend the Big Bucks!

Here’s a scenario: Bob has noticed the land around his house has become more soggy/marshy than usual. Betty, Bob’s wife, is sure to point this out to him. It’s been raining heavy the last few weeks though, so he doesn’t think much of it. He doesn’t want to add to his already full plate, and he doesn’t want to spend unnecessary money that he doesn’t have on something that probably is just fine. The next day, the rain stops, and it doesn’t rain for a week. The land dries out and things seem to be okay. Betty, asks him to pull out the Christmas lights from the crawlspace. Bob goes into his crawlspace and to his horror, the crawlspace is damp, with noticeable water leaks, and mold is starting to grow on some of Betty and his items being stored there. Bob is in for a discussion with Betty that he really does not want to have. The damage is huge, and mega dollars are going to be spent on fixing things.


With your plumbing equalling an average of 15% of the value of your home, your drainage system should be one of the first priorities and should not be ignored. It is important to maintain your drain tiles by properly cleaning them every 12 to 18 months.

JJ’s Plumbing will first determine what service/method is best with a camera inspection inside your drain line. There are two ways that we can clear and/or maintain your drains (also see illustration):

  1. A power auger or cable machine. If your pipes are fully blocked, a power auger or cable machine is used first. This is followed with the Hydro Flushing machine.
  2. A Hydro Flushing machine. If your pipes are not fully blocked, a Hydro Flushing machine will be used to restore the drain line back to full health.

Don’t put it off before it’s too late. Learn more about drain tile maintenance on the website or email us at service@jjs.plumbing.

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Drain Tile Maintenance: Happy Pipes, Happy Wife… Ahem… Life!

You may be reading this article because you’ve heard from a girlfriend about a problem she’s having with clogged drain tiles outside her home and flooding now happening in her basement, and you don’t want it happening to your house — or by chance you’re noticing some symptoms around your own place and want to know what to do. Perhaps you’ve mentioned what you’ve seen to the man of your household and he has said that he’ll fix it himself, or he doesn’t think it’s an issue.

Well, we’re sure that you’ll be happy to hear that YOU ARE RIGHT and you’re doing the smart thing by learning more about drain tile maintenance. With your plumbing equalling an average of 15% of the value of your home, your drainage system should be one of the first priorities.

If you do not properly maintain your drain tile system, water pressure may crack your foundation and work its way into your house, flooding your basement and/or crawl space, causing damage to drywall, flooring, furniture, electronics and other personal items that can’t be replaced.

Here are the two ways that JJ’s Plumbing can clear and/or maintain your drains (also see illustration):

  1. A power auger or cable machine. If your pipes are fully blocked, a power auger or cable machine is used first. This is followed with the Hydro Flushing machine.
  2. A Hydro Flushing machine. If your pipes are not fully blocked, a Hydro Flushing machine will be used to restore the drain line back to full health.

JJ’s Plumbing will first determine what service/method is best with a camera inspection inside your drain line. Clean pipes do make for a happy life (and yes, wife)!

Give us a call if you have any further questions at 604-479-2232, email service@jjs.plumbing, or learn more about drain tile maintenance on the website.

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3 Secret Tips to Keep Your Drains Clear that most Plumbers Don’t Want You to Know

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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“Honey… I think I did it again.” – 3 Tips to Keep Your Drains Unclogged

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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Contest: JJ’s Custom Plumbing is Re-Branding

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JJ’s Custom Plumbing is Re-Branding, and wants your help!

Comment on JJ’s Custom Plumbing Facebook or Twitter with your vote on which logo you like best! The three options are shown in the picture above. Your vote gets you automatically entered into the draw. Prizes for the Draws are as follows:

1st Draw – 4 tickets to a Canadians game or Autographed Bertuzzi and Naslund pictures
2nd Draw- Whatever is left from above or $50 To All Star Wings and Ribs
Grand Prize Draw – Pair of BC Lions Tickets, Centre Field 3rd Row
We will draw the winners this Friday, August 15th so get your votes in fast!

 

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