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/

 

 

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions this year? This month, we’re sharing some plumbing resolutions that are easy to achieve in 2019.

JJ’s Plumbing’s 4 home improvement resolutions:

  1. Renovate or update your bathroom or kitchen! It’s easy with our support.

What are you waiting for? You’ve been wanting to upgrade your kitchen and/or bathroom for years. Give us a call, and let’s talk about remodelling to improve your house and finally enjoy socializing in your kitchen with family and friends. Or get that gorgeous bath tub you’ve always dreamed about soaking in! See more of our projects: https://jjs.plumbing/plumbing-work/

  1. Do-it-yourself preventative drain cleaning!

Make it a routine to clean your drains! How? It’s simple. All you need is: ¼ cup of baking soda; ¾ cup of vinegar; and boiling water. Pour the baking soda and vinegar down your kitchen sink drain. It will form a chemical reaction, and break down any soap scum, food, and other substances that stick inside your pipes. Now, boil your water. This will give the baking soda and vinegar some time to break down the substances. After about 10-15 minutes, pour the water down the drain! This will help melt all the grease, and send it along the way. Check out the D-I-Y video if you want to see for yourself: www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=66&v=M9qQu7VvYrA

  1. Replace your Poly-B pipes!

Polybutylene, otherwise known as ‘Poly­B’, is most common in homes from the late 70s to mid 90s and was used because it was inexpensive to buy and install. As time goes on, Poly-B deteriorates and can leak and cause flooding in the home if not replaced. JJ’s Plumbing has you covered! Learn more about replacing Poly-B: https://jjs.plumbing/residential-plumbing/#toggle-id-4

  1. Clean your drainage system

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. Read more blog articles about drain cleaning: https://jjs.plumbing/category/drain-cleaning/

Now for more good news! These services are on special until April 30, 2019. So don’t hold back. Email us at service@jjs.plumbing, or call us at 604-479-2232 to get started.

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

We’ve definitely started to notice the temperature shift this season (though, it might not quite look like this snowy photo yet)! Before it gets too cold with freezing temperatures, it’s a good idea to take action and prepare your plumbing for the winter months. When water freezes and becomes ice, it expands. This causes pressure within pipes which may lead to significant damage, and therefore, increased and unexpected cost to repair, which could have been avoided.

Here are some ways to prepare your plumbing this winter:

Hose bibs:

  • Check all hose bibs and other fixtures for leaks.
  • If you find any drips or leaks, replace fixture. You may want to purchase a freeze-proof hose bib, as they are made to keep the water well back 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.

Check out more tips on keeping your drains clear, as well as the signs to look for in regards to frozen pipes: https://jjs.plumbing/winterizing-your-plumbing-system-and-signs-of-frozen-pipes.

Do you have any further questions? Find out more at jjs.plumbing, or send us an email at service@jjs.plumbing. You can also call 604-479-2232.

As the colder months of the season are upon us, it’s good to take action with some do-it-yourself techniques to winterize your plumbing system. Winterizing your plumbing is a nearly cost-free alternative to frozen pipes. Further to that, we’d like to share with you the signs of frozen pipes and what to look for.

First, here are some steps on winterizing your plumbing:

Hose bibs:

  • Check all hose bibs and other fixtures for leaks.
  • If you find any drips or leaks, replace fixture. You may want to purchase a freeze-proof hose bib, as they are made to keep the water well back 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.

Indoor Drains:

If you notice that an indoor drain is clogged, first check that the tub’s pop-up stopper is opening fully and is free of hair and debris. If the stopper isn’t the problem, then the drainpipe is likely clogged. First, try a plunger.

If this does not work, then you’ll need to clear the trap with a snake.

If you are confident in taking care of this on your own and have done so before, then great — but if you try it, and it still isn’t cleared, or if you aren’t comfortable snaking a drain, then this is what we’re here for! Give us a call, and we’ll come give you a hand to get your drain unclogged.

Here are some do-it-yourself tips for keeping your drains unclogged this winter:

  • The holiday season means lots of cooking, but be sure not to put the following items down your drain/garburator as they can clog your drain: coffee grounds, grease, fats & oils, hair, egg shells, and fibrous foods (celery, corn husks, potato peels).
  • The easy, preventative method: baking soda, vinegar and boiling water down your drains. Learn more!
  • Use tea strainers! 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).

Lastly, here are some signs to look for with frozen pipes:

  • When the temperature is 0 degree Celsius or lower – this is when pipes can freeze and you should be taking the necessary precautions, as listed above.
  • Lack of running water – you notice that there is limited to no water running from your faucet.
  • You notice some frost on pipes that are visible.
  • Smelly! You notice that something smells bad coming from your faucet. This could mean a frozen pipe, because the only way the odor can escape is back up through your drain/faucet.

Drain cleaning is currently on special for $30 off the service! Give us a call at 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing and schedule and appointment today.

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.

A damaged or broken water main is a problem that you have heard about. Your house is older, and you wonder if your property could be at risk. Perhaps you’ve noticed that your lawn is more wet and mushy than normal, your basement seems to be damper, or you’ve noticed water seeping through cracks in the concrete/foundation surrounding your home. These are all signs that may be telling you that your water main is damaged, and it’s time for a replacement before things get much worse, and therefore, more expensive and challenging to fix.

If you think you’re in need of a water main replacement, but are concerned about the time it takes, the mess it makes, and how much it’s going to cost, then the JJ’s Plumbing experts are who you should get in touch with.

We provide and recommend trenchless water main pulls. Our plumbers are licensed and fully certified, not to mention our customer service is second to none. We’re here to talk through the situation together and answer any questions you have about the process before getting started.

A trenchless water main pull requires zero—NO—digging, which means your front lawn will remain in-tact. This is a huge bonus for going trenchless, and also saves you money. Not to mention, for a limited time we are offering $100 off the service.

The benefits of a trenchless water main pull are:

  • No digging required – your front yard will stay in-tact.
  • Cost savings – less expensive compared to digging to replace the water main.
  • Time savings – JJ’s Plumbing experts not only do the job right, but remain on schedule and aim to get your property back to normal as quickly as possible.

Still not quite sure about the process? See our diagram on how a trenchless water main pull works.

We have a special on now for $100 off a trenchless water main pull. Get your coupon and book today!

JJ’s Plumbing realizes that finding a reliable, knowledgeable, and cost efficient plumber can be hard to come by, especially being a property manager and wanting to go through the same plumbing company for your needs. JJ’s Plumbing offers reduced rates to property management companies to help successfully maintain your properties. Not only that, but we back all of our work with a one-year warranty on all workmanship.

Our team can assist with the plumbing, drain cleaning and Poly B replacement needs of one rental property or multiple properties anywhere in Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Here are four main reasons (in no particular order, because they’re all important!) why you should choose JJ’s Plumbing as your go-to plumber:

  1. CERTIFIED We only have certified field technicians that keep up with the latest trends and project management techniques with ongoing training. You can trust that we have the expert knowledge you require.
  2. COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE — We are committed to producing results that can be depended on. We strive for excellence and are committed to making property managers’ jobs (and therefore, lives) easier.
  3. UP TO DATE WITH TECHNOLOGY — JJ’s Plumbing is current with the most recent plumbing technologies. We provide efficient services at a great price.
  4. GREEN INITIATIVES — We provide paperless billing, water conservation tips, and we ensure that all waste from projects get recycled.

As a property manager, you have enough work on your plate, and many unforeseen issues that pop up on a day-to-day basis. Working with JJ’s Plumbing as your go-to plumber, you’ll have the peace of mind you need to trust that problems will be tended to in an urgent and professional manner. We won’t let you down and we strive to be counted on by you.

We look forward to connecting with you. Call us now at 604-479-2232, email service@jjs.plumbing or fill out our online form and we’ll prove to be your go-to plumber.

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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