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5 Easy Ways to Save Water this Summer

June 20th rolled around and BOOM — summer arrived! After a cold, snowy winter season like no other, the heat has officially been turned on and the sun is shining. With the rising temperature however, this leads to increased water usage.

We understand the obsession with green, grassy lawns and long, cool showers to help chill out, but the excess water consumption isn’t worth it, doesn’t help our environment and can contribute to drought in our cities. And guess what? Water conservation actually saves you time and money.

So without further ado, here are 5 tips to save water—and keep your Hydro bill low—in summer 2017.

  1. Water your yard in the evening or early morning. Water evaporates the fastest when the sun is high.
  2. Take quicker showers! Try to shred two minutes off of your shower time.
  3. Use the dishwasher and run it only when it’s to capacity. Hand washing your dishes actually can waste more water than using the dishwasher (plus, it saves you time and is easier on your hands). Refrain from running the dishwasher if it isn’t completely full.
  4. Set your laundry machine to wash with only cold water.
  5. Turn down your water heater temperature while away on summer vacations to save energy.

JJ’s Plumbing wishes you a fantastic summer season. For any questions or plumbing concerns, call us anytime at 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing.

 

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Be Green and Save Energy with Tankless Water Heaters

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Is it time to purchase a new hot water tank? Before you do, learn the facts about the benefits of purchasing and installing a tankless water heater for your home.

The Trend

You’ve likely heard about the recent trend that is available – the “tankless” water heater. People who live in a larger household have probably gone through dealing with a shower that runs out of hot water after a couple of family members have taken one. Obviously this isn’t ideal for the fast-paced world we live in, when we’ve got lots on-the-go. Not to mention, this leads to getting into or ending with a cold shower (brrr!), which no one enjoys! This is just one example of how the trend of “going tankless” offers both convenience, as well as energy-saving benefits.

Benefits of Going Tankless

  1. Convenience: Hot Water on Demand

A tankless water heater provides hot water on demand – you get hot water instantly. This makes for a good choice for families living in the same house together, as it eliminates time spent waiting for hot water (and likely relieves some arguments that may occur!). Further to this, most tankless heaters are about a third of the size of a tank heater and can be easily mounted on the wall because of their light weight and slim profile – saving you space.

  1. Cost Savings

Tankless water heaters save you money on water and Hydro bills in the long run. Why? Because water supply is only heated when the hot water is turned on. Tankless water heaters also last two to three times longer than a regular hot water tank. They average 15-20 plus years – this means that the tankless water heater pays for itself within the first 5 years! 

  1. Energy Savings

As previously explained, water is only heated when hot water is turned on. Tankless uses less energy than tank heaters, and eliminates wasted cold water, as a tankless heater does not have to refill or reheat at any time.

  1. Cleaner Water

Tankless water heaters provide you with cleaner water compared to water coming from a tank. Why? Water that comes out of the tankless heater is not exposed to additional sediment that may build up in the tank. Most people with a regular hot water tank have to drain it every few months to reduce the build-up of sediment. This never happens with a tankless water heater. No worries!

JJ’s Plumbing Experts are here to answer any further questions you may have about tankless water heaters. Call 604-479-2232, email service@jjsplumbing.com, or fill out our contact form at jjs.plumbing/contact.

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JJ’s Summer Plumbing Check-in and Tips to Save Water

It’s officially summer! The season is a great time to check in on your home plumbing system, but it is also a time where the rising temperature can lead to an increase of water usage. So let’s break it down in 2 parts: 1) Summer plumbing system check-in, and 2) helpful tips to save water and give your Hydro bill a break!

Summer Plumbing System Check-in

Here are some tips for you to stay on top of your plumbing system over the summer:

  • Check all of your appliances and fixtures plumbed into your water system for leakage.
  • More fun time spent outside means extra dirty clothes (especially if you have children). Check your washing machine hoses for leaks, cracks and bulges. A rubber washing machine hose should be replaced about every 3 years.
  • Check your drain spouts and gutters to ensure that they are clean and free of blockages.
  • Figure out where your water shut off valves are and how to shut off water to your toilets, sinks, and any water using appliances, or how to turn off the water to your whole house.
  • Learn how to take care of small problems yourself – every home owner should have a plumber’s tool kit that consists of a plunger, auger, pipe wrench and sewer snake.
  • Repair any damage or problems you see right away! JJ’s Plumbing can also provide annual maintenance inspections to prevent large problems from occurring in the future.

Helpful Tips to Save Water, Energy and Money this Summer

  • Load your dishwasher to capacity – do not do half loads!
  • When going on vacation, turn down the temperature of your water heater to save energy
  • Do your laundry in cold water
  • Water your lawn in the early morning or in the evening when the sun is almost down. Watering your lawn mid-day can waste water, since hot temperatures cause water to evaporate quickly
  • Keep your showers short!
  • When entertaining family and friends, don’t let the extra food go down your drains and clog them.
  • Use low flow toilets.

We are all looking forward to the summer, but it’s important to be responsible for your home’s plumbing system ever season of the year.

No matter the season, JJ’s Plumbing is here to help 24/7. Contact us for any questions or immediate plumbing concerns you may have by calling 604-479-2232 or visiting jjs.plumbing/contact

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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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9 Ways To Be More Green

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How can you start being more Eco Friendly, today?

Since Earth Day was yesterday we decided to create this infographic for everyone to learn 9 Ways That You Can Be Greener Today! At JJ’s Custom Plumbing we always encourage our clients to install energy efficient plumbing products. From Low Flush Toilets to Energy Star Appliances, there are many options to save water and energy and to become over-all more eco friendly. In todays world Every little bit counts. If you are looking for ideas on Environmentally Friendly Vancouver Plumbing Alternatives be sure to give us a call. We will be sure to point you in the right direction. Visit our Contact page or call us direct at 778-285-0606 9 ways to be more eco friendly

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