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

Whether you’re looking to upgrade an existing plumbing system, or install a brand new one, there are a number of ways you can save time and energy around your home. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite products that will help reduce your bills and your morning rush.


Faucets are continually becoming more inventive and efficient, with stunning designs to match. A well-crafted faucet can be the perfect finishing touch in a kitchen or bathroom, and can also save you money and time.

The ultimate in convenience, the Moen Motion Sensor Faucet intuitively follows your lead, resulting in hands-free control. Two sensors set water in motion, deliver water where and when you need it.

A truly innovative design, the Touch Faucet responds to taps to start and stop the flow of water. No more struggling with heavy items, or unsanitary faucets.

Low Flow Toilets

Conventional toilets can use large amounts of water per flush, wreaking havoc on the environment and energy costs. Low flow toilets provide environmentally friendly alternatives.

Toto is a leading manufacturer of low flow toilets. Their products lead the pack with environmentally conscious innovative design, providing a large range of toilets to suit any needs.

Energy Saving Showerheads

Much like toilets, showers can be a source of unnecessarily high water consumptions. By switching to an energy-saving showerhead, you can reduce the amount of water used without compromising on flow or comfort.

Hans Grohe manufactures stunning energy saving showerheads, from Raindance models to compact overhead and hand showers.

Much like their faucets, Moen has a large line of energy efficient showerheads that are expertly designed to use up to 30% less water.

Hot Water On Demand 

Tankless systems, or hot water on demand, use less space and less energy than traditional hot water tanks.

We’re happy to help you save time and money in your own home. Call or email us today to speak to a representative about your best options for energy efficient plumbing installs.

JJ’s Custom Plumbing is proud to announce that we were a finalist for the 2013 “Entrepreneur of the Year” awards for the construction category from Douglas College.

Our dedicated team has been working harder than ever to deliver the service our customers have come to trust, and we couldn’t be more thankful for their dedication to providing the best. This nomination joins our previous recognition as a finalist for the 2009 “Entrepreneur of the Year” awards for customer service, and as the winner of the 2010 “Best of” awards for the plumbing category.

Thank you to all our loyal customers and our hardworking team for your continued support!

5 reasons jj's Since 2008, we’ve had the opportunity to meet outstanding and loyal customers while building our company to be one of the most reputable plumbing companies in Vancouver. During this time, we’ve stuck to the same principles and guidelines to bring you the best service possible. We treat our customers like family and offer high quality services at affordable prices. But there are a few other ways we strive go above and beyond, too.

  • Customer service. We pride ourselves on outstanding customer service. Our team is award winning, and a large part of our success.
  • Experience. Our staff has over 30 years experience combined, bringing you the best.
  • Passion. We love what we do, and it shows through our high quality work and loyal customer base.
  • Family Owned and Operated: We’re a Canadian company owned and operated by a close-knit family. This eliminates bureaucracy, and other issues that can happen with corporations. We treat our customers like members of the family!
  • Competitive Quotes Delivered On time: Our quotes are always honored and delivered on time. If we quote one price and the completed project cost less, we will take the difference off the price. Any work that is expected to go over budget or timeline will be discussed and approved by you first.

We know there are a lot of companies you can go to for your plumbing needs, and would love to show you first hand why we’re the right choice. Call us today to discuss your project needs.


Eventually the day that everyone dreads comes: it’s time to install a new water heater. You might need to replace yours for a few reasons. Maybe it’s old, leaky, inefficient, or a hazard. Maybe you’ve become more energy conscious, or are tired of having cold showers. But with tankless and traditional models available, how do you decide which is best? We’ve broken down the benefits and savings for different types to help make your decision easier.

What are Hot Water on Demand Systems?

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.

When you turn on your shower, washing machine, or kitchen faucet, water starts to flow inside the pump. A sensor within the tankless system detects the flow and gets to work. The incoming water passes through a series of burners, quickly heating on its way to you. Once the tap is turned off, the system shuts down again. No water is stored inside the system, unless a buffer is installed to reduce wait times.

Savings to Expect   

Although they cost more initially, there are rebates available in some provinces that can help offset the price of a tankless system. Additionally, the energy savings offsets the higher cost. With a tankless system, there’s no hot water sitting in the tank waiting to be used, which means over 50% in energy savings passed on to you. This can mean a considerably lower bill!

Hot Water System Comparison

As with any system, there are a few pros and cons when tankless models are compared to traditional hot water tanks. Tankless systems are not the most efficient in cold weather, where incoming water is very cold. They can also take a few minutes to heat up. It’s hot water on demand, but not instantly!

But tankless systems also take up less space, since they’re about the size of a suitcase instead of a large tank in your basement. They last longer, and also provide cleaner water. Have you ever looked at the inside of a hot water tank? Enough said.

We would love to help you decide which system is best for your home and individual needs. Call us:



or email us today to speak with a qualified technician.

Kathleen and Daniella Black Cornerstone Home Team Project

At JJ’s, we don’t just treat our customers like family. We treat our whole community as family. Always happy to give back and help, we are proud to have worked with the Cornerstone Home Team for a 3rd year on their recent project to improve a home for a family in the Tri-Cities. We Try to do at least one community involvement project every year and this is usually one of them.

The Cornerstone Home Team is a non-profit outreach program of the Cornerstone Seventh Day Adventist Church in Coquitlam. They work effortlessly to improve the lives of families in need in the community through a wide variety of hands-on projects.

One of the ways they help is by providing home repairs to improve the living conditions, accessibility, and lifestyle of those who need it most. We are proud to have helped be a part of this life-changing process with a recent renovation.

The project included:

  • Gutting three bathrooms and the kitchen
  • Installing plumbing for the powder room, master bathroom, and installing a soaker tub and stand alone shower stall
  • Installing a double vanity and moving the toilet to improve access
  • Improving basement bathroom with a rough in, corner shower stall, toilet and vanity
  • Installing new hot water tank
  • Replacing kitchen sink and dishwasher
  • Installing all water lines
  • Redoing all the plumbing in the house

We hope the family enjoys their freshly renovated home, and we look forward to working with Cornerstone again in the near future!


We know that being a homeowner can be expensive. Repairs, heating, and general maintenance can take up time and patience, and even cause stress and strains in our relationships. Often we know what needs to be done around the house to make it more energy efficient and cost less in the long run, but taking that leap is just a little out of our reach.

Fortunately, Fortis BC aims to make household improvements a little more attainable with a series of rebates. Here’s a breakdown of three of the ways Fortis BC can help you improve your home’s energy consumption and reduce your monthly bill when you purchase and install ENERGY STAR® products.

$800 Furnace Rebate: When you replace your old furnace with a new ENERGY STAR® model, you’ll receive an $800 credit. You have to pre-qualify though, and this program is closing soon, so only those with a pre-qualification code can get the rebate. Learn more about the Furnace Rebate.

$500 Water Heater Rebate: As Fortis BC says, heating water uses up to 35% of your home’s energy use, and by installing a more efficient water heater, you can eliminate wasted energy and money. When you switch to an energy efficient hot water heater, you can qualify for a $500 rebate. Fortis BC breaks down the different types of tanks (and tankless systems) you can get. If you go with the Tankless Hot Water Heater, we will give you $500 Off too!

$1000 Natural Gas Rebate: Dubbed the “Switch ‘n’ Shrink” program, Fortis BC offers a $1000 rebate when you switch from an oil or propane heating system to an ENERGY STAR® natural gas heating system. Not only will you save money, you’ll be using one of the cleanest fuels and shrinking your impact on the environment, too.

These are just some of the ways you can earn money and save in the long run by switching to ENERGY STAR® products. To learn about more Fortis BC rebates for around your home, visit their website or give us a call, Your Vancouver Plumbing Contractor; and we can answer any questions you may have.

Lower Mainland: 778-285-0606
Vancouver Island: 1-250-586-7524

How Can You Beat Allergies With A UV Furnace?

UV Furnace Plumbing Vancouver

Did you know that mold and bacteria in our homes makes allergies worse and exposes you and your family to harmful diseases? When springtime allergies or wintertime cold and flu outbreaks start, we often blame circumstances outside our home for our itchy, watery eyes, or shaking chills and fever. But indoor air can be just as full of allergens, bacteria, and pollution as the great outdoors.

Mold, dust, and other irritants can hang out in carpets, furniture, clothes, and can even get stirred up when we try to clean by dusting and vacuuming. Even our air filters can be a breeding ground for fungi and bacteria!

One of the best ways to combat indoor air irritants is with an air filter, and there are quite a few options available to suit any need. One of the newest, and arguably best, options is a UV light installed directly into the heating and cooling system in your home or workplace.

Used by hospitals and government buildings, UV lights kill mold, germs, viruses, bacteria, and eliminate other allergens and irritants without using any chemicals. Easy to install, low cost, efficient, and quiet, the UV light plugs directly into a wall outlet and begins working immediately. They’ve even been proven to kill Influenza and Strep strains, leaving your home safe from dangerous, infectious illnesses.

To have an allergy and flu-busting UV light installed in your Home Furnace, contact us your Vancouver Plumbing Contractor, JJ’s Custom Plumbing, today for more information.

Lower Mainland: 778-285-0606
Vancouver Island: 1-250-586-7524

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Starting Today, JJ’s Custom Plumbing is also available in:

  • Parksville
  • Lantzville
  • Fanny Bay
  • Union Bay
  • Royston
  • Cumberland
  • Courtney
  • Comox
  • Nanoose Bay
  • Naniamo
  • Qualicum Beach

We will be offering a full range of Plumbing Services for both Commercial and Residential needs.

At our new locations you can expect the same great service that has earned us top customer service ratings on Homestars, and a family of loyal clients in Vancouver and Port Coquitlam.

Our Island Locations will provide:

  • Property Management: We offer reduced rates to property management companies and can provide plumbing, drain cleaning, heating  & air conditioning services to properties of all sizes.
  • Plumbing: Whether you need commercial or residential plumbing services, our expert staff are available 24 hours a day to install or repair plumbing systems.
  • Drain Cleaning: We can unclog, clean, repair, and replace any drainage system, including stubborn kitchen sink clogs, slow draining showers & bathtubs or backed-up sewage lines.
  • Renovations: Our experienced plumbers are experts at kitchen and bathroom renovations, and we can gladly provide a quote for your next project.
  • Heating, Cooling and Gas: When the weather heats up or cools down, we can help. We install, maintain and repair all furnaces, heat pumps, and boilers.

No matter the need, we have trained and experienced plumbers who can help. We look forward to serving you in our new locations! Call your Nanaimo Plumbing Contractor Today, JJ’s Custom Plumbing.