Only a couple of weeks until it is officially winter—but, we have already felt it in the air with the cooler temperature, at times reaching below zero. When water freezes and becomes ice, it expands, causing pressure within pipes. This can lead to significant damage, and increased and unexpected cost to repair, which could have been avoided.

If you haven’t already, now is the time to get your home plumbing system prepared for the winter season.

Here’s how!

Hose Bibs:

  • Disconnect hoses from outside taps.
  • Check all hose bibs and other fixtures for leaks.
  • If you find any drips or leaks, replace the fixture(s).
  • You may want to purchase a freeze-proof hose bib, as they are made to keep the water far 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.

Signs to Watch for with Frozen Pipes

  • When the temperature is 0 degree Celsius or lower, this is when pipes may freeze.
  • If there is a lack of running water from your faucet, this could be a sign of frozen pipes.
  • You notice some frost on pipes that are visible.
  • What stinks?! You may notice a bad smell coming from your faucet. This could mean a frozen pipe, because the only way the odor can escape is back up through your drain.

Indoor Drains

  • To prevent your indoor drains from clogging, clean them following this do-it-yourself method (watch video).
  • If an indoor drain is clogged, check that the tub’s pop-up stopper is opening fully and is free of hair and debris. If the stopper is not the problem, then the drainpipe is likely clogged.
  • Try a plunger.
  • If using a plunger does not work, then you’ll need to clear the trap with a snake.
  • You may be comfortable trying this on your own—but if you try it, and it still does not clear, or if you are not comfortable snaking a drain, then give us a call and let us step in!

Need some plumbing support this winter? Get in touch with JJ’s Plumbing by emailing us at service@jjs.plumbing or calling 604-479-2232.

 

 

We have been fairly fortunate so far this fall, with minimum rainfall, but the forecast ahead—and because we live in British Columbia—is calling for rain. All of the colourful leaves are starting to fall from the trees, often ending up in places near your drains. With the combination of fallen leaves and rain water, this is when you can expect clogging of your drain tiles.

Fall is the perfect time to schedule a camera inspection of your drainage system, in order to prep for the upcoming rainfall ahead and know the health of your drains.

A camera inspection is a smart idea because it prevents small issues that could be forming, from becoming big problems. The process is quick and efficient, and allows plumbing professionals—like us—to see the state of your drain tile. Wouldn’t you rather know the state of your drainage system, than be worried about it until something unforeseen happens?

The purpose of a camera inspection is to extend the life of your system, and prevent emergency situations that cost a great deal of money to repair. We aim to save you money by knowing about potential problems and fixing them BEFORE they occur.

Having a camera inspection allows us to see if your drains are clear, clogged, broken or cracked. Blockages or debris can be seen with our closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras—and, we could discover structural damage due to root growth and/or land settling (hopefully this is never the case). Hiring us for the inspection allows us to tell you if there is any damage to your drainage system or the potential for future problems.

Get in touch with the experts at JJ’s Plumbing and be proactive this fall. Email us at service@jjs.plumbing or call 604-479-2232.

 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: drain cleaning in fall is a perfect time to take the required steps to prevent clogging of your drains. It is critical to maintain your drain tiles by properly cleaning them every 12 to 18 months. The fall and winter seasons lead to more debris to potentially clog your drains, such as leaves and dirt. If you do not properly maintain your drain tile system, water from your water table may work its way into your house and begin to flood your basement or crawl space, causing damage to drywall, flooring, furniture, electronics, and so on.

What are the steps to take action so future damage does not happen? Let us share:

  1. Have a drain camera inspection

JJ’s Plumbing will schedule a drain camera inspection in order to discover the state of your home’s drain tile. The process is quick and efficient. We do this to prevent emergency situations that cost a great deal of money to repair and get to the bottom of the smaller problem, before it becomes a BIG problem. This also tells us what your next step is for drain cleaning.

  1. Maintain or clear your drain tiles

There are two ways that we can clear and/or maintain your drains. One is by a power auger or cable machine (i.e. snaking a clogged drain). After the camera inspection, if we learn that your pipes are fully blocked, a power auger or cable machine is used first. Then we use the Hydro Flushing machine (i.e. hydro jetting). However, if we learn that your pipes are not fully blocked, we do not have to use a power auger or cable machine, and directly use hydro jetting to restore the drain line back to full health.

 

Learn more about drain cleaning on the website.


Are you ready to do the smart thing and have your drains cleaned this fall? Drain cleaning is currently on special until October 31, 2019. Get in touch with us at service@jjs.plumbing, 604-479-2232 or fill out our online form.

 

 

A blocked outside drain has the chance of creating a disaster for you as a homeowner, if you are not on top of your drain cleaning and maintenance.

You should plan for maintaining your drain tiles by properly cleaning them every 12 to 18 months. Doing so can lead to major cost savings down the road. Fun fact: your plumbing equals an average of 15% of the value of your home! For this reason alone, don’t let your drainage system slip to the bottom of your home priority list.

Dirt, leaves and heavy rainfall (which often occurs in Greater Vancouver, as you know!) can be too much for the outside drains to take. An exterior drain pipe can crack or break, as well as get root infested. If this happens, the chances of flooding increase to your property. This can lead to damage that will be much more expensive to fix after the fact, than if you had your drains properly maintained and cleaned beforehand.

We aren’t trying to scare you—we promise! Instead, we are trying to show you that flooding and damage to your home because of a blocked drain is easily preventable. A blocked or clogged outside drain is something that can easily be fixed if you get on top of the situation. And that’s what our plumbing experts are here to support you with.

To learn more about drain camera inspections, as well as how JJ’s Plumbing properly cleans home drainage systems, check out some of our past blog articles:

 

Do you have questions about drain cleaning, or do you want to book with JJ’s Plumbing to have your drains inspected or cleaned? Contact our expert plumbers at service@jjs.plumbing, or call us at 604-479-2232.

Spring has definitely sprung! While it’s a good time for spring cleaning of your home—like going through old clothes, de-cluttering and cleaning things around the house like windows and baseboards—part of this process can be taking on plumbing tasks!

See our four plumbing tips that can save you money this spring-time.

  1. Find water leaks. Make sure your faucets aren’t leaking. If you find one that is, hire a trusted plumbing company to fix it. While it may seem easy to repair yourself, there are a number of different faucet types out there, so you could end up doing more damage than what you started with. Finding a leak early will save you money by fixing the problem while it’s still a small one, and also will eliminate any wasted water.
  2. Check that your inside drains are draining properly. This is a good time to do a proper cleaning of your drains. Check out our YouTube tutorial on do-it-yourself drain cleaning. This preventative maintenance can save you money in the long-run by avoiding drainage problems in the future.
  3. Check out your outdoor drains, gutters and downspouts. The fall and winter months can lead to debris that can clog your outside drainage system. Clean out your gutters and downspouts. Drainage is a very important aspect of owning your home, and doing proper maintenance and repairs can save you costly plumbing bills in the future. It is important to properly maintain your drain tiles by cleaning them out every 12-18 months, to avoid such problems as blockages from debris, or worse structural damage due to root growth or land settling. Learn more.
  4. Look at outdoor spigots or faucets for leaks. Check out your outdoor spigots and/or faucets, and make sure the water flows properly and that there is not a slow leak when turned off. Call your local plumber if you notice any leaks. This could lead to damage of your property, and also is bad for the environment with unnecessary water waste.

 

Get in touch with our expert plumbers at service@jjs.plumbing, or call us at 604-479-2232.

See our plumbing specials: http://jjs.plumbing/coupons/

 

 

The fall and winter months can be hard on your drain system, with debris like dirt and leaves potentially building up and clogging your drain. It is important to plan for maintaining your drain tiles by properly cleaning them every 12 to 18 months. Doing this can lead to significant cost savings down the road, as your plumbing equals an average of 15% of the value of your home. So… your drainage system should be one of the first priorities!

Here are 3 drain cleaning facts that will set you up for success:

  1. Start with a drain camera inspection. Inspecting your sewer and drainage system allows us to see the state of the drain tile and extends the life of your system. It also saves you money by discovering potential problems and fixing them before they occur.
  2. Have your drains cleaned with a Hydro Flushing machine. If the camera inspection shows that your pipes are not fully blocked, a Hydro Flushing machine will be used to restore the drain line back to full health.
  3. Use a power auger or cable machine if drains are clogged. If the camera inspection determines that your pipes are blocked, a power auger or cable machine will be used first (i.e. snaking a clogged drain), followed by the Hydro Flushing machine.

Keep your home a healthy and safe place, and get in touch with JJ’s Plumbing about drain tile maintenance.

Drain cleaning is on special until April 30, 2019. Email us at service@jjs.plumbing, or call us at 604-479-2232 to book today.

See our specials: http://jjs.plumbing/coupons/

With your plumbing equaling an average of 15% of the value of your home, your drainage system should be one of the first priorities. Fall is a good time to take the necessary steps to prevent clogging of your drains, causing possible damage to your property. Both fall and winter seasons lead to more debris, like leaves and dirt, to potentially clog drains. It is crucial to maintain your drain tiles by properly cleaning them every 12 to 18 months.

Here are the steps to take this season:

  1. Schedule a drain inspection for your home: a camera inspection from plumbing professionals prevents small issues that could be forming, from becoming big problems. The process is quick and efficient. Inspecting your drainage system allows us to see the state of the drain tile. Why do this? To prevent emergency situations that cost a great deal of money to repair and get to the bottom of the smaller problem, before it becomes a BIG problem.
  2. Clear or maintain your drains: There are two ways that we can clear and/or maintain your drains. One is by a power auger or cable machine (i.e. snaking a clogged drain). If your pipes are fully blocked, a power auger or cable machine is used first. This is followed with the Hydro Flushing machine. The second way is by just using the Hydro Flushing machine (i.e. hydro jetting). If your pipes are not fully blocked, a Hydro Flushing machine will be used to restore the drain line back to full health. See diagrams of both processes on last year’s blog article about the next steps to take after having a camera inspection.

Drain cleaning is currently $30 off! Visit our Coupons web page to redeem your coupon for drain cleaning: jjs.plumbing/coupons. The offer expires on December 31, 2018.

Get in touch by visiting jjs.plumbing, emailing us at service@jjs.plumbing or calling 604-479-2232.

It’s just about Spring, which means a season with a mixture of sun and still lots of rain. The good news is, we can expect—and already are—having some warmer weather! Spring is a perfect and important time to prep your home for the summer, including cleaning up your drain tiles. The fall and winter seasons lead to more debris like leaves and dirt potentially clogging your drains.

Starting with a drain camera inspection is a great idea. Your plumbing equals an average of 15% of the value of your home, so your drainage system should be one of the first priorities.

5 reasons for having a drain camera inspection:

  1. It prevents small issues that could be forming, from becoming large problems.
  2. Inspecting your sewer and drainage system allows us to see the state of the drain tile.
  3. It extends the life of your system.
  4. It saves you money by knowing about potential problems and fixing them before they occur.

Cleaning your drainage system:

It is crucial to maintain your drain tiles by properly cleaning them every 12 to 18 months. If you have had a camera inspection and your plumber has informed you that your drains should be cleaned, there are two ways this can be done.

If the camera inspection shows that your pipes are not fully blocked, a Hydro Flushing machine will be used to restore the drain line back to full health.

If the inspection shows that your pipes are fully blocked, a power auger or cable machine is used first (i.e. snaking a clogged drain). This is followed with the Hydro Flushing machine.

So… what are you waiting for this spring? With the theme of Spring Cleaning, it’s the perfect time to take care of your drainage system, and keep your house in a healthy state.

Until May 31, drain cleaning is on special for $30 off the service!

Contact JJ’s Plumbing for a camera inspection or drain cleaning at 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing.

With your plumbing equalling an average of 15% of the value of your home, your drainage system should be one of the first priorities. It is crucial to maintain your drain tiles by properly cleaning them every 12 to 18 months.

Our last blog post informed you of why having a camera inspection of your drain tiles was beneficial, before having your drains cleaned. The goal is to extend the life of your system, and be able to prevent emergency situations that cost a great deal of money to repair. We aim to save you money by knowing about potential problems and fixing them before they occur. But what’s next? What happens after a camera inspection?

There are two ways that we can clear and/or maintain your drains:

  1. A power auger or cable machine (i.e. snaking a clogged drain). 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 (i.e. hydro jetting). If your pipes are not fully blocked, a Hydro Flushing machine will be used to restore the drain line back to full health.

Here are a couple of real life examples with two of JJ’s Plumbing’s customers.

Customer #1

A customer wanted a camera inspection on her drain tiles. We did a full inspection of her entire surrounding pipes. We noticed that leaves, dirt and pine needles were gathering around her property where they fell from the gutters and roof, therefore increasing the chance of clogging her drains by going into the drain system with rain water.

We started the camera inspection and found a few points of concern with debris starting to form. The perimeter drains ran from one side of the house to the other, and eventually drained into the city piping. After going through with the camera inspection, and looking at what type of piping the customer had, and where the problem spots were, we were able to make a plan for cleaning them. We decided on using the hydro jetting as the customer had PVC piping for most of her piping. We flushed out the pipes by starting at the sump and shooting high power water through the system, therefore clearing out all of the debris within the pipe.

Customer #2

We just recently completed a job where we hydro jetted the lines — however, we did not perform a camera inspection. We had recommended one to the customer, as we always do, but the customer did not want to pay for the additional service.

All of the lines ran smoothly after we performed the hydro jetting, and we tested the lines for an hour — there were no back ups.

After we had completed our service, the customer ended up having her roof and gutters cleaned out, and then noticed problems with her drainage again. We performed a camera inspection, and learned about a soccer ball, as well as the pine needles that had gathered. They both clogged her drains, so we performed the hydro jetting again, removing the debris — and the ball! Amazing what you can learn from a camera inspection.

Soccer ball and pine needles inside the piping, being viewed by camera inspection.

Freed soccer ball!

 

Drain cleaning is currently on special for $30 off the service. Book your camera inspection and/or drain cleaning today and call 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing.

We had a record-breaking dry and high temperature summer in BC. With hot temperatures and dry conditions, tree roots seek out any water they can get, increasing the chance of them finding their way into drain tile systems. Now, as fall has arrived, you need to prepare for the expected weather condition of… you guessed it, RAIN.

Right now is the perfect time to schedule a drain inspection for your home. We know what you’re thinking: “Another added expense for just an inspection? But what if everything is A-Okay down there? Isn’t that a waste of time and money?” Let us provide you with some reassurance of why a camera inspection is a smart idea.

A camera inspection from plumbing professionals is a great idea because it prevents small issues that could be forming, from becoming large problems. Not to mention the process is quick and efficient. Inspecting your sewer and drainage system allows us to see the state of the drain tile. Wouldn’t you rather know the state of your drainage system, than be worried about it until something unforeseen happens?

The reasoning for a camera inspection is to extend the life of your system, and be able to prevent emergency situations that cost a great deal of money to repair. We aim to save you money by knowing about potential problems and fixing them BEFORE they occur.

What We Look for During a Drain Inspection

A camera inspection of your drainage system allows us to see if your drains are clear, clogged, broken or cracked. Build-up of blockages or debris can be seen with our closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras—or worse, we could discover structural damage due to root growth and/or land settling. The inspection permits us to see if there is any damage and potential of future problems.

Get in touch with the experts at JJ’s Plumbing to ensure that your drainage system is going to do its job during the fall, winter and spring seasons (or in other words, the rainy and wet seasons in our province).

Book your inspection today to ensure you are taken care of. Call 604-479-2232, email service@jjs.plumbing or fill in our online form.