Springtime is once again upon us. Shoots of green have begun peeking out from beneath the soil, birds are busy building nests, and homeowners throw open their windows to let the fresh air usher in relief from the long, cold winter. 

For many homeowners, the nice spring air also brings with it spring cleaning. At JJ’s Plumbing, we often get called in at this time of the year to deal with repair works that could have been prevented with some simple maintenance. To help you avoid the hassle, we’ve prepared a spring cleaning checklist to make spring cleaning a lot easier for you.

Clean Behind the Toilet

The area behind the toilet is a notorious dust gatherer. Start with removing the dust from the floor, toilet, and pipes. Wipe surfaces clean with an anti-bacterial cleaning agent. 

Once dry, rub a dryer sheet over the baseboard and the wall behind the toilet, as well as any exposed pipes. The dryer sheet will repel dust, making the area easier to clean at the next pass.

Empty the Gutters

Head out with a steady ladder and a set of gutter cleaning tools to make sure your gutters are free from any debris. 

Thanks to technology, you may even skip the ladder if you have the right tools. Using telescoping attachments with wet/dry vacs is now a possibility. There are even pressurized telescoping wands you can use to clean the gutters without having to trek up and down a ladder all day long.

Clear Drains

Contrary to what you might think, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a drain cleaner to achieve clean, functional drains. A simple, inexpensive way to clear your drains is to pour baking soda and vinegar into them before following it up fifteen minutes later with boiling water. We have video logs demonstrating how you can do this environment-friendly way of clearing your drains.

We highly recommend that you clean your drains using this method at least once a month, but we understand that families are busier than ever these days. In that case, you can just add this task to your spring cleaning checklist, and your drains will thank you for it.

Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals can harbor odors and bacteria that can make any kitchen smell unpleasant. A good scrubbing once a year will mitigate this problem and extend the life of your garbage disposal as well. 

First, empty a few cups of ice cubes into the garbage disposal. Follow this up with about half a cup of rock salt. Turn on the garbage disposal for about a minute.

Afterward, unplug the garbage disposal. Next, take out the vinegar and baking soda again so you can pour a good mixture down the drain. Make a paste out of the vinegar and baking soda and use a toothbrush or a long wire brush to scrub everything — the blades, the side, the rubber in the drain, all of it. 

Lastly, rinse the whole thing very well. Moving forward, you can give the entire kitchen a fragrance boost by putting citrus peels inside the garbage disposal and running it for about fifteen seconds. 

Check Pipes for Leaks/Drips

Last but certainly not least, check your pipes for leaks and drips. The most efficient and easy way to do this is to monitor your water meter for a little while. 

Find the meter and write down the current numbers shown where the meter displays usage. Set a timer and go do something else for an hour, but make sure not to run any water while you’re waiting. When the timer goes off, check the numbers again, and if the numbers have moved, you’ll know you’re dealing with a leak.

This is where JJ’s Plumbing comes to save the day. 

Book Professional Plumbing Services Today

We have all the latest leak detection equipment that can help you locate the source of the leak in your house. We are ready to provide plumbing services; for our team of professionals, no job is too big or too small. 

Call us today at 604-479-2232 or visit our website to find out how we can make spring cleaning easier for you and your plumbing system. If you want, do feel free to email us a picture of your house’s problem area so we can come prepared to offer the appropriate plumbing services to meet your needs.

Spring has finally arrived! And while spring cleaning may be something on your radar, have you thought about spring cleaning for your plumbing?

Here are some spring plumbing tips to take advantage of this season.

Check your hose bibs

  • Check your faucets for any leaks. If you find one that is leaking, contact a professional plumber to come repair it. While this may seem like an easy job to take care of yourself, there are a variety of faucet heads available, and you don’t want to do more damage from where you started.

Check the faucets, drains and toilets inside your home

  • Inspect your kitchen, bathroom and laundry faucets as well as your indoor drains and toilets for leaks or clogs. You can take care of preventative drain cleaning yourself, and spring is the perfect time to do this. Check out our do-it-yourself YouTube video.

Clean your gutters, downspouts and drains

  • Clean out your gutters and downspouts from leaves, dirt and debris left over from fall and winter seasons. Doing proper maintenance and repairs of your drainage can save you costly plumbing bills in the future. 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 about drain cleaning.

These are just a few ways to set your home up for success this season. Happy spring cleaning!

Need some support with plumbing this spring? Email JJ’s Plumbing at service@jjs.plumbing or call 604-479-2232.

 

 

As we approach the spring season, we look forward to warmer weather and brighter, longer days (though let’s face it, we live in British Columbia, and rain happens year-round). The approaching warmer weather and spring showers may lead to wetter and more saturated ground, which can in turn cause flooding to your property—and basement.

A basic task to take care of at your home is cleaning your gutters and downspouts from leaves, dirt and other debris that have accumulated from fall and winter seasons. While your gutter system is important to clean at this time, perhaps even more significant is having your drains professionally cleaned.

Why is having your drains cleaned important?

Having your drains cleaned ensures that water is being carried away from your home. If your home drain is draining slowly and a camera inspection determines a fully blocked or partially blocked drain, then we will take the next steps to unclog your drain.

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

  • Using 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.

  • Using 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.

Get your home as prepared as possible for the spring season ahead. JJ’s Plumbing takes care of drain camera inspections, snaking a clogged drain and hydro jetting.

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

 

 

It is officially 2020 — the start of a new decade! What home improvement resolutions are on your list? Here are a few plumbing tips and projects to take on for the New Year.

Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations

  • JJ’s Plumbing has worked with many great clients to help them create beautiful bathrooms, kitchens, and more — while keeping their wallets happy!
  • Our team of experts partners with contractors that we trust in order to ensure your renovation project is done on time, within budget, and with the least amount of hassle and stress as possible.

Poly B Pipe Replacement

  • Polybutylene piping, otherwise known as “Poly B”, was installed in homes throughout the late 1970s to mid-90s.
  • The danger is simply that your pipes are most likely at some point going to fail, and you could be facing an emergency plumbing situation.
  • It is best to replace your Poly B pipes over simply repairing them.

Drain Cleaning

  • 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.

Trenchless Water Main Pull

  • Have you seen some signs that your property may need a water main replacement, such as a damp basement, soggy lawn, or even water seeping through cracks in the foundation surrounding your house?
  • A trenchless water main pull requires zero—NO—digging in your yard.
  • Your front lawn will remain in-tact, no mess.

Did you know all of the services in this article are currently on special? Visit our Coupons web page to learn more.

Contact JJ’s Plumbing by emailing us at service@jjs.plumbing or calling 604-479-2232.

 

 

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.

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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/