Springtime Plumbing Services You Should Consider

 

With the warm weather approaching the Maple Ridge and Coquitlam areas, now is a good time to catch up on some maintenance on your home’s plumbing systems. Here are a few tips to help you get ahead of any major problems that might arise. For some of these tips, getting a plumbing contractor to provide expert service now can help you avoid high repair costs in the future.

 

Check Your Drains

Floor drains and any other drains that get used infrequently may require some attention. To avoid any unpleasant odours from occurring in the drain, pour a gallon (4L) of water down the drain to fill the trap. This will also help prevent any sewer gases from getting into your home.

 

Inspect Your Water Heater

The first and most obvious thing to check is the bottom of the tank for any leaks. Even a slow leak can lead to an increase in your water bill. Next, you may want to check the serial number on your water heater to see how old it is. The first four numbers represent the month and year it was manufactured. If it’s over 15 years, consider replacing it. Finally, to increase the lifespan and efficiency of your water heater, flush some water out of the tank to get rid of any sediment that can build up and cause corrosion.

 

Fix Any Running Toilets

Just like a leaking water heater, even a slow running toilet can lead to an increase in your water bill. While in most cases a running toilet can be repaired with replacement parts you find at your local hardware store, if you are unsure of what is causing the leak you may want to contact your local plumber for assistance.

 

Exterior Plumbing Maintenance

You can visually inspect any outdoor pipes or faucets for leaks or erosion that may have been caused by changing temperatures and ice buildup over the winter. With the rain and storms on their way it is also important to make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear and intact. While you’re up checking the gutters, it is also a good idea to make sure your roof vents are clear of debris.

 

Test Your Sump Pump

To make sure your sump pump is draining properly, pour a few buckets of water into it. If your sump pump does not begin to drain the water right away, you should contact a plumbing contractor to inspect and replace a damaged unit.

 

Have Your Pipes Inspected

Most of the tips listed here are things you can do on your own. For peace of mind and to avoid bigger costs down the road however, it is a good idea to have the pipes and plumbing systems in your home checked by a professional plumber once a year.

Following these tips will keep the water in and outside of your home flowing properly, and will prevent any plumbing systems in your home from causing inconvenience in the future. Call JJ’s Plumbing experts before you run into any problems!

Picture Quotes are the newest time and hassle saver for our customers!

Have you ever tried explaining a drainage problem or plumbing issue over the phone?

Is it safe to say you were even more irritated and frustrated when you hung up than when you started?

Did you hang up with any idea how what it would cost to get the problem solved?

At JJ’s Plumbing, we know precisely how maddening that process can be… or used to be and we’ve built our business on making it as easy as possible for Vancouver home and business owners to deal with plumbing issues.

That’s why we’ve created a brand new way to get your issues fixed FAST.

With our new Picture Quoting service, all you have to do is snap a pic of what’s going on, send it to us, and we’ll put together an estimate ASAP.

We’re bringing plumbing into the 21st century… and we’re taking Vancouver along for the ride.

It’s all part of our commitment to offering the highest quality service in Vancouver. It really can be as simple as…

1. Snap a picture.

2. Send it to the experts at JJ’s Plumbing.

3. Get an estimate, right over the phone.

Once we’ve seen for ourselves what you’re dealing with, we’ll give you a cost estimate and set up the most convenient time for one of our trusted plumbing professionals to come out to your home or office and take a closer look.

Keep in mind, the number we give you over the phone is an estimate. We need to see the problem in person before we can give you a quote, but you can rest assured it’ll be the most competitive price in Vancouver.

At JJ’s Plumbing, we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality maintenance and customer service in Vancouver. We want to make it easy to deal with your heating, plumbing, furnace repair, and polyb repairs.

As easy as 1, 2, 3.

That’s our guarantee.

JJ’s Plumbing is offering $40 off of drain cleaning services until April 3rd, 2015.

 

Drainage is a very important aspect of owning your home, doing proper maintenance and repairs can save you costly plumbing bills in the future.

 

Our services range from cleaning and repair, to replacement of broken or clogged pipes, as well as sewer connections/replacements and perimeter drain installation. While JJ’s Plumbing can you help you with in-home or outdoor drain cleaning, you should keep in mind that your outdoor drain tiles should be cleaned every 12-18 months. We will do everything we can to help you avoid seeing ‘Phil The Flood’!

Call JJ’s Plumbing before you have a monster problem!

When there’s something strange in your Coquitlam home or business…

Who you gonna call?

Call JJ’s Plumbing!

Monsters are on the loose in Coquitlam!

Phil the Flood, Hairball Hannah, and Chillin’ Chad are wreaking havoc and terrifying Coquitlam residents far and wide!

But never fear, Coquitlam, the expert monster hunters at JJ’s Plumbing are here!

Beware of the monsters! Here’s what to look for…

  • Phil the Flood comes on strong. He can appear out of nowhere! Just when you think your hot water heater is safe… Phil the Flood brings a plumbing nightmare, filling up your home, business, or basement with his terrible tide!
  • Hairball Hannah takes a while to invade your home, but when she does she definitely makes up for lost time. You may think you don’t need a top-quality drain cleaning… until Hannah the Hairball takes root and begins to grow, clogging up your drainage system.
  • Chillin’ Chad may sound like a cool dude, but he’s really no fun to be around. In fact, he can suck the warmth out of just about any Coquitlam home or business before you know it. He’s a cool customer, but he’s certainly hard to like and only an expert heating contractor can shoo him off for good.

Is your Coquitlam home or business under attack from these gruesome ghouls? If so, don’t wait to call the trusted team at JJ’s Plumbing. We’re ready to believe you and kick those unwelcome monsters to the curb.

We’ve even re-branded so that Coquitlam home and business owners know exactly who to call when they need service with a smile.

And, with our new Picture Quoting service, all you have to do is snap a pic of the monster plaguing your home. We’re not afraid to take a look and give you an estimate on what sort of evasive maneuvers are needed to give Phil the Flood, Hairball Hannah, and Chillin’ Chad the fright of their misbegotten lives.

When you have a monster, don’t delay. Call JJ’s Plumbing that very day!

What is the importance of Perimeter Drainage?

The purpose of perimeter drainage is to protect the integrity of your foundation by moving water away from your home. It is also referred to as a French drain system, weeping tile, or drain tile. Since the ground in Vancouver is generally damp, your perimeter drainage system is crucial in keeping your foundation and walls dry. It directs the water away from your home, alleviating the pressure that a buildup of water can exert on your retaining walls.

 

Water Damage

When water finds its way into your basement, it can create a lot of problems, including:

.   Structural problems with the walls and floor

.   Damage to any possessions you store in the basement

.   Erosion to the lawn

.   Mold and mildew growth

.   Excessive humidity

.   Dampness in your home

 

As time passes, each of these problems can become expensive to fix as they get worse. However, if you obtain regular maintenance on your drainage system, you can hire a professional plumber to take care of any problems with your drain tiles while they are still small and affordable.

 

Perimeter Drainage Services in Vancouver and Coquitlam

In many cases, homeowners do not notice a problem with their perimeter drainage system until a lot of damage has occurred. By that time, the trouble that you are experiencing (minor flooding, cracked walls, mold, and mildew) is just the tip of the iceberg, and you should expect a lot more problems to follow. Not only do you need to find the source of the trouble, but you must also resolve the issue with repairs and replacements.

A professional plumber handles the task of maintaining drain tiles, using each of the following strategies when required:

.   Cleaning of perimeter drains

.   Clearing of clogged sewer pipes

.   Clearing of tree roots

.   Replacement of weeping tiles

.   Replacement of trenchless pipes

.   Sewer connection repairs

 

Troubleshooting Problems with Drain Tiles

If water is leaking into your basement, it is possible that your drain tiles have become clogged or dislodged. Our plumbing specialist will inspect your system in an attempt to figure out what is wrong, using the following strategies:

.   Deployment of a sewer camera to search for blockages

.   Clearing of tree roots, dirt, stones, mud, and other blockages using a power snake

.   Flushing of the drain using a hose and a powerful flow of water

.   Replacement of damaged tiles

.   Realignment of dislodged tiles

.   Digging up the old system and replacing it with a new one

 

If the damage has spread to your home’s foundation or walls, you’ll need to hire someone to repair them. New drain tile installation is also available for new properties and additions, ensuring that water is properly diverted away from these structures.

 

Please contact us if you would like maintenance, repairs, or replacements for your French drain system. An estimate of the total cost can be provided along with an approximation of the time needed to complete this plumbing task. We are the experts in installation of perimeter drainage in the Coquitlam and Vancouver areas. Our servicemen work quickly and responsibly, completing the work successfully, allowing you to get back to daily tasks without further interruption in your schedule.

 

If you live in the Vancouver, Coquitlam, or Port Moody regions and require drain tile installation or maintenance and repair, JJ’s Custom Plumbing is a leading regional plumbing service that specializes in these essential components of your home’s drainage system. Having a knowledgeable and affordable plumbing service in your area allows you to quickly and conveniently get the plumbing service you need when you need it.

What Are Drain Tiles and Drain Tile Systems?

Foundation drain tiles lay buried which makes them difficult to service. For this reason, careful installation of these tiles is essential. Drain tiles help drain ground water away from the home so that it cannot seep into or flood the basement. Drain tile systems are ideal for serving this purpose. Depending on the season, your drain tile system may be worth its weight in gold, especially in the spring when the rains increase. The water table rises and falls with the amount of rainfall. If the drain tiles aren’t properly maintained and become blocked or collapsed and the water table rises to ground level, the hydrostatic water pressure can crack the foundation causing 10’s of thousands of dollars in damage. Once a crack in the foundation is formed, it is typically its route of choice for ground water to take as it is the path of least resistance.

Drain tile systems are made up of the drain pipe, gravel, gravel cover, and a water outlet, (City connection or rock pit.). These features must be prepared and installed with expertise so that the system functions as it should with reliability. The functionality of the system depends upon gravity to achieve its end. JJ’s Custom Plumbing is a leader in the installation of these essential home features.

Installing a Drain Tile System

Anyone looking for a Vancouver plumber who specializes in drain tile installation will find that JJ’s Custom Plumbing offers excellent rates and reliable expertise. They also service and install drain tile systems in the Port Coquitlam and Port Moody areas. When contemplating this type of system, it’s important to note that an adequate drainage system can add value to the home and also protect the overall health of the home. Water seepage and damp basements are not beneficial for the house or the people who live in it.

As JJ’s Custom Plumbing professionals can tell you, their installation is necessarily tailored to the home itself. They’re various methods can be adapted to the structure as well as the immediate landscape that surrounds it. As this type of system is an important investment for homeowners, JJ’s Custom Plumbing will work with the homeowner to help them understand the nature and functionality of their drain tile system.

Getting to Know JJ’s Custom Plumbing

JJ’s Custom Plumbing is a trusted Vancouver area plumbing company staffed by a highly motivated team of plumbing professionals. Their know-how is trusted by homeowners throughout the region. While they specialize in drain pipe installation and service, they also provide a multitude of other important household services like heat pump installation and repair, furnace replacement and repair, air conditioning and so much more. Spring is a great time to schedule a consultation to begin a brand new household project or to have proactive maintenance performed by a JJ’s Custom Plumbing professional.

JJ’s Plumbing is now offering commercial plumbing services!

Our new commercial plumbing services are ideal for realtors, property managers, restaurants, and any other corporate or commercial property.

You can trust JJ’s certified team for all designs, installations, and maintenance of your heating and plumbing needs, with little to no interruption to your business. We guarantee fast and reliable service, performed by experienced technicians who use state-of-the-art equipment and tools. Plus, for a limited time you’ll receive $100 for any referrals!

Our commercial services include:

  • Commercial water heaters (tankless and traditional)
  • Pipe insulation
  • Poly B refits and replacements
  • Kitchen and bathrooms
  • Drainage systems
  • Boilers and furnaces

We’ve had several incredible years building relationships with loyal costumers, becoming known as a reliable and affordable plumbing company who puts customers first. Let us show you the difference we can make with our commercial services, too.

 

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Did you know there are a number of programs available through FortisBC to help you save on your energy costs? Whether it’s a rebate or a loan, we’ve broken down some of the best ways you can make your home more energy efficient while keeping cash in your pocket.

FortisBC Rebate Programs

Water Heater Program

If your water heater is ready to be replaced, look for a qualifying natural gas ENERGY STAR model. Not only will you save on energy costs, you’ll be eligible for a rebate of up to $500.

Switch ‘n Shrink

You could qualify for a $1,000 rebate when you install a natural gas ENERGY STAR® high-efficiency heating system. Add an ENERGY STAR water heater and you could receive up to an additional $1,000 rebate.

Energy Star Clothes Washer Rebate

Ready to replace your aging washing machine? Buy a qualifying ENERGY STAR® washing machine and you’ll receive a $75 rebate—on top of the savings you’ll get for using a more efficient model.

LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive Program

The Efficiency Incentive Program is continuing until March 31, 2014. Rebates up to $1,200 are available for air sealing, ventilation, insulation, and more. Contact FortisBC or BC Hydro to see if you qualify!

FortisBC Loans

Do you want to make your home more energy efficient, but need a little help to take the extra steps? FortisBC is offering up to a $10,000 loan to make your home more energy efficient. This program can help defer the initial costs of upgrading your furnace or baseboard heaters, adding insulation or replacing your hot water tank.

FortisBC also has a number of other programs available to help new and existing homeowners. Check them out here, or give us a call to help you learn how you can save!

(778) 285-0606

You can also visit our Vancouver Plumbing Deals Page to see what deals we have.

Should You Switch To A Tankless Hot Water Heater?

Tankless Hot Water Heaters, or hot water on demand, are gaining popularity in Vancouver thanks to their compact size and energy efficient systems.

But is hot water on demand right for your home? Here’s what the newer systems have to offer:

  • Unlimited hot water: Tankless systems provide hot water on demand, which means no more toilet flushes interrupting your shower, or running out of hot water during the morning rush or when guests are over.
  • Cost and energy efficient: With a tankless system, there’s no hot water sitting in the tank waiting to be used, which means over 50% in energy savings are passed on to you.
  • Space-saving units: Tankless systems are smaller and less bulky than their traditional counterparts.

In a nutshell, going tankless can save energy and cash, while keeping your home’s hot water flowing without interruption.

Save More with Rebates

To make the transition to a tankless system easier, FortisBC offers a rebate of up to $500 when you replace your aging water heater with a qualifying natural gas ENERGY STAR model

According to Fortis, “ENERGY STAR tankless models have an EF between 0.82 and 0.99, making them much more efficient than standard natural gas storage tanks typically found in homes today. They also take up much less space, freeing up valuable square footage.”

We can help you decide if a tankless system is right for your home. Contact us to speak with a technician today!

Time Saving Holiday Plumbing Tips

Some of you may be having guests over for the holiday season, here are some tips for you! To save you money and a lot of grief! 5 Holiday Plumbing Tips