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.

 

 

This month on the blog, we thought it would be nice to share more about JJ’s Plumbing, your local plumber. We pride ourselves on our commitment to meeting our clients’ needs. We stand by our feelings that no job is ever too big or too small. Whether you are building or renovating a home, are looking for plumbing property management support, or simply needing someone to repair a leaky faucet, the team will deliver personalized, professional, and quality work quickly—and most importantly—with a smile.

To learn more about us, this article shares a brief Q&A with Lisa Johnson, Officer Manager of JJ’s Plumbing (and sister of owner, Justin Johnson!).

Q: Please share how you got involved with JJ’s Plumbing and your experience working there.

I became involved with JJ’s Plumbing in 2015. At the time, I was working as an office manager at a medical clinic, and after discussing more with Justin, I felt that he needed support with rebranding himself and his company. I started helping him part time with his network meetings and spent time trying to get a feel of what people really wanted out of a plumbing company. I knew how passionate Justin was about his job and his customers, and knew that he could use some support to spread that message to the public and local communities. I eventually decided to leave my medical office job to join Justin full time at JJ’s Plumbing. I knew no one else would be invested in his success more than his own sister!

Q: As a family owned and operated company, explain the history of the business.

Justin started JJ’s Plumbing back in 2008, where he took on the great task of creating a company that works towards quality work with excellent customer service and not quantity or up sales. He wanted to own a company that he could be proud of, and have is family be a part of its success. I joined Justin in 2015. I have always enjoyed taking a company to the top of its game—and we have done that with JJ’s Plumbing. We believe the foundation of a great company is reliability, honesty and being knowledgeable.

Q: Currently, who makes up the staff at JJ’s Plumbing?

Owner, Justin Johnson, myself as officer manager, our journeyman plumber, Rob, our apprentice and nephew, Austin, and another apprentice, Jordan. We are also currently expanding our team and will have a new addition to announce in the not-so-distant future!

Q: What 3 words would you say defines the team at JJ’s Plumbing?

That’s easy! Honesty. Integrity. Reliable.

Q: What does good customer service mean to JJ’s Plumbing staff?

Making sure our customer needs are met. We believe in open communication and never compromising quality of service and getting the job done right the first time. We are always available to our clients even after a job is complete, and we make sure our clients know we will always be there to make sure everything is in working order.

Q: What are you most proud of the company for?

All of our staff care about our clients. If we can see a way to save you money, our staff will suggest and discuss this with you. And we have completed numerous projects to help out and support our community—whether it is with home teams to help families with their houses, or local sport teams raising money.

Q: In summary, what would you want your customers to know most about the company?

We would like our customers to know that when you work with us, we have your best interest at heart, from the moment we answer your call to years after the job is complete.

What more could you look for in a plumbing company? We hope you feel even more confident and ready to contact JJ’s Plumbing, for all of your plumbing needs—big or small. Reach out to us at service@jjs.plumbing or 604-479-2232.

The holiday season is upon us. And while there may not be enough time to completely renovate or remodel your kitchen or bathroom before having guests over for Christmas, it’s the perfect time to set a goal for tackling the project this new year.

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.

The kitchen is a place where guests always ‘hang out’ in, no matter how inviting you make your living room or dining room. Company likes to spend time in the kitchen, so why not make your kitchen something to be proud of and enjoy spending time in with friends and family.

Like it or not, the bathroom is space that you also spend a great deal of time in. It’s also a room that homeowners want to look clean and modern for guests to use.

Having a remodeled kitchen and/or bathroom is something you won’t regret doing. And if you’re also thinking about selling your house in the near future, a renovated bathroom and kitchen can be argued to automatically add value to your home.

Check out examples of renovation projects we have been involved with from our photo gallery: https://jjs.plumbing/plumbing-work.

It’s time to reach out and start planning for the kitchen or bathroom you’ve always dreamed of. Learn more at jjs.plumbing, send us an email at service@jjs.plumbing, or call us directly at 604-479-2232.

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.

This month on the blog, we’ve decided to share with our readers more “about us!” Part of the process in finding the right plumbing company to take care of your plumbing needs should be knowing more about the business: the awards, reviews and testimonials they’ve received, and who the people are that make up the organization.

Learn more about how to choose the best plumbing company for the job.

JJ’s Plumbing is a family owned and operated local plumbing company situated in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Justin Johnson is the proud owner. One of JJ’s Plumbing’s priorities is to be known as your “go-to and most reputable plumbing company” in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and the Tri-Cities. Our customers can take comfort in knowing that they’ve selected a professional team who are serious about providing expert knowledge — not only that, but we enjoy the work we do! We are committed to completing the job on time, correctly, and on budget and stand behind the quality of our work. Our work ethic and honest, efficient service has contributed to being recognized as a top plumbing company in the Vancouver area and we work hard to uphold that honour.

JJ’s Plumbing has received numerous recognition and awards over the years. Such as:

  • Finalist, 2009 “Entrepreneur of the year” awards (customer service)
  • Winner, 2010 homestars.com “Best of” awards (plumbing category)
  • Finalist, 2011 “Entrepreneur of the year” awards (construction category)
  • Finalist, 2013 “Entrepreneur of the Year” awards (construction category).

JJ’s Plumbing believes in being transparent with our customers and the public/future clients. Our website provides online visitors with a testimonials page to showcase the feedback we’ve received from past clientele.

We encourage our customers to write reviews on channels such as Facebook, Google, HomeStars and Yelp.

We hope this article has provided you with more information about JJ’s Plumbing so that you feel confident to select us as your go-to plumbing company.

Learn more about us on jjs.plumbing, and get in touch by emailing service@jjs.plumbing or calling 604-479-2232.

Polybutylene piping, otherwise known as “Poly B”, is becoming an issue for homeowners in the lower mainland, and really, across North America. It was installed in homes throughout the late 1970s to mid-90s, and is now causing some headaches for home owners, as unexpected issues are surfacing.

If your home has Poly B pipes, do you know what the danger is? 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’s best to replace your Poly B pipes over simply repairing them.

What are the repercussions of keeping Poly B in your home?

  • Leaks
  • Hairline cracks
  • Poor installment by plumbers: loose fittings
  • Water quality: irregular water pressures & chemical sensitivities (chlorine and mineral levels)
  • Mold issues
  • In-home flooding
  • Age of the pipe and fittings: degeneration of pipe fittings.

So do not let Poly B failures cost you thousands of dollars in property damage, or worse, destroy your items with sentimental value that can not be replaced. Be proactive and save yourself the headache!

Currently, Poly B replacement is on special for $100 off the service with JJ’s Plumbing. Learn more on our coupons page.

Reach out to us about your Poly B replacement, by emailing service@jjs.plumbing or call 604-479-2232.

Here’s the situation: you’re looking for a local plumbing company, and decide to do some research on how much things are going to cost. For example, let’s say you want to renovate your bathroom, so you aim to find a reliable plumbing company that partners with a reputable contractor. You decide to do some research online to see what companies are out there. You notice that the price varies from place to place. So how do you choose who to go with? Do you go with the least expensive option? Or do you assume the most expensive one, means the best company for the job?

Let us help you figure this out!

Best price, should not be the ultimate deciding factor for you. But, neither should the most expensive — don’t assume that because a company charges the most, you’ll get the best service either!

Below are 5 steps to take, in order to make a solid decision on what plumbing company to hire:

  1. Don’t decide on the first plumber you call, even if the company sounds great. It is always good to speak to different companies to compare and make an informed decision.
  2. Take a look at the plumbing company’s online reviews. While every person has a different opinion, reviews are a good way to get the ‘proof-points’ you need to decide if the company has a good reputation — or not.
  3. Ask if they have references, and/or if they have any visual examples of work they have complete.
  4. Find out how long they have been in business, and if their work is guaranteed.
  5. Ask your friends or family if they have had experience with a reliable plumber — word of mouth from people you trust is a great way to find a reliable contact.


Check out what services are currently on special with JJ’s Plumbing by visiting
our website. Or get in touch by calling 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing.

Are you tired of your current bathroom? You feel like it looks dated, is anything but modern and stylish, and the word “dingy” has crossed your mind way too many times. Get inspired to renovate your bathroom this new year!

JJ’s Plumbing specializes in bathroom (and kitchen) renovations. Did you know that bathroom and kitchen renos are some of the most common household renos in the Greater Vancouver area? These rooms get a lot of use, not to mention, the bathroom is likely the first spot you start your day – this is an important detail. From updating your fixtures, bathroom, and shower, to choosing preferred paint colours and new tile, these changes would make a significant difference to how you feel when you begin and end each day.

A reno of any size can feel overwhelming and like a big undertaking. Cost, disruption of schedule, and design decisions will be factors in how, when, and to what shape your renovation will take.

JJ’s Plumbing has worked with many great clients to help them create beautiful bathrooms and kitchens, while keeping their wallets happy!

See photos of just some of the projects we’ve taken on.

Our team of experts will work with you, in order to map out each step, schedule, fees, as well as anticipate challenges that may arise so you can approach the project with a sense of excitement as opposed to being stressed.

We treat your home like we would treat our own. From start to finish, you can trust our team to take care of you like family.

Renovating your bathroom or kitchen is currently on special for $50 off the service! Get in touch to discuss your renovation at 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing and schedule an appointment with us today.

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.