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At JJ’s Custom Plumbing, we take pride in providing our customers with honest and reliable information; to provide proper, long-term solutions for your plumbing needs. We pride ourselves in giving you, the customer, peace of mind and long-term solutions, thus allowing us to honour and back all of our workmanship with one year warranties on all labour that we provide.

We are proud to announce that JJ’s Custom Plumbing was the winner of the HomeStars Best of 2010 Award for the Plumbing category in Vancouver BC.

Thank you to all of our loyal customers for the support.

If you are not a current client please read all of our reviews on HomeStars and contact us for any of your plumbing, heating and drainage needs.

 

“We are proud to anounce that we were a finalist for the “2009 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.”

As stated at the awards show, “It is no surprise that Justin Johnson, of JJ’s Custom Plumbing is up for the “Service Award”; He provides such great customer service that his company is one of the highest rated plumbing companies in the Lower Mainland according to the Better Business Bureau. Johnson listens to clients’ needs, suggests possible solutions, provides high quality workmanship, gives DIY (Do It Yourself) ideas and provides a one-year warranty on all workmanship. “

Rainy season is approaching fast,  and during this season it is very common for houses to flood.  Help prevent water damage in your house by maintaining your drain tiles and make sure to have them cleaned every 3 years for most houses, and every 2 years for houses in marshland area’s.  By maintaining your drain tile system and ensuring that they are not blocked, partially constricted, collapsed, or have root growth in them, you can prevent the stress and cost of dealing with a flood in your basement or crawl space.  If your drain tiles are experiencing any of these issue’s, the water table will then be able to rise above the footing of your foundation, putting hydrostatic pressure on the foundation and water will eventually find the path of least resistance into your home, by saturating and seaping through the foundation or even worse causing cracks in the foundation. 

If you have just recently purchased a house or are looking to buy, we recommend finding out when the last time the drain tiles were properly inspected and cleaned.

If you would like to set up an appointment to inspect your drain tiles or would like some advice, please feel free to contact us.

Trouble Cleaning Your Garburator?

A quick and easy method for cleaning your garburator is the baking soda and vinegar trick followed by placing ice cubes in the garburator, turning on water and turning on the garberator.

Another option is to make ice cubes with vinegar instead of water and pour a bit of baking soda in the garburator, drop in the vinegar cubes, turn on hot water and the garberator.

The ice cubes will help to clean off the blades of the garburator, while the baking soda and vinegar will help to avoid any smells or fruit fly’s to come from the garburator.

 

And, if worse come to worse, you can always call your Plumbing & Heating specialists at JJ’s Plumbing 1-604-256-3514

Please note: While we have done our best to offer useful information, these tips are only suggestions. We recommend you ensure you’ve contacted a licensed plumber.

Preventing Kitchen Drain Clogs

No plumbing problem is more common or more frustrating for our customers, than a clogged drain.

•Kitchen sink drains most often clog because of a buildup of grease or soap scum that traps food particles.
•Soap and hair are often the culprits in bathroom drains.
•Drains can usually be cleared easily and inexpensively, but taking some simple precautions will help you avoid blockages. Proper disposal of kitchen waste will keep sink drain clogs to a minimum.
Never pour grease down the kitchen sink.
Never wash coffee grounds down the sink. Instead throw them out.
•Avoid using chemical cleaners, particularly if you have brass, steel, or cast-iron p-traps and/or drain pipes; some caustic chemicals can corrode metal pipes.
•Clean floor drain strainers. (Some tubs, showers, and basement floor drains have strainers that are screwed into the drain opening.) You can easily remove these strainers and reach down into the drain with a bent wire to clear out accumulated debris. And be sure to clean the strainer.
•Clean pop-up stoppers in the bathroom sink and the tub/shower regularly. Lift out sink pop-ups once a month and rinse them off.
•Keep the sewer pipes from the house free of tree roots that may invade them. If roots are a particular problem in your yard, you may need to call in professionals once a year or so to clear the pipes. We will use an electric power auger to cut out the roots.
•Flush the drain-waste and vent systems whenever you go up onto your house roof to clean out downspouts or gutters. Run water from a garden hose into all vents, giving them a minute or two of full flow. Remember to have your vents cleaned properly with a jetter every 5 years to completely clear all build-up and debris in order to avoid blockages and sewage back-up.

Pipes Making Noise?

Pipe noises range from loud hammering sounds to high-pitched squeaks. The usual causes range from loose pipes, water logged air chambers, or most commonly, water pressure that’s too high (Pressure Regulating Valve should be replaced in this situation.) Anchoring exposed pipes is a simple solution; other remedies such as anchoring pipes concealed inside walls, floors or ceilings, or may call for a professional.

Banging
Pipes are usually anchored with hammer clips or pipe straps every 5 to 7 feet for horizontal runs, 6 to 8 feet for vertical.

•If your pipes bang when you turn on the water, you may need to add straps, cushion the pipes by insulating them, or both.
•When you anchor a pipe-especially a plastic one-leave room for expansion.
NEVER use galvanized straps on copper pipes.

Squeaking
Only hot water pipes squeak. As the pipe expands, it moves in its clip/strap, and friction causes the squeak.

•Solution: Cushion it as you would a banging pipe.

Water Hammer

This noise occurs when you turn off the water at a faucet or an appliance quickly. The water flowing through the pipes slams to a stop, causing a hammering noise.
Check for:

•Loose Pipes

Remedy:

•Anchor the pipes.

Check for:

•Faulty air chambers/Hammer Arresters. These lengths of pipe or cylinders (in the case of hammer arresters,) installed behind fixtures and appliances, hold air that cushions the shock when flowing water is shut off. They can get filled with water and lose their effectiveness.

Remedy:

•To restore air to the chambers, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve. Open all the faucets to drain the system. Close the faucets and turn the water on again. The air chambers should fill with air. (In the case of the hammer arrester if this does not work then they will need to be replaced.)

Check for:

•Water pressure that’s above 70 psi (pounds per square inch).

Remedy:

•To lower the pressure, install a Pressure Regulating Valve (PRV.) Give us a call if you do not feel comfortable in doing this yourself.
• In houses that were built in the late 80’s to the late 90’s and have grey plastic (poly-b) waterlines it is highly recommended to change your PRV every 8 years to avoid waterlines bursting.