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PolyB Is the Smaller Grey Pipe to the Left

If you own a home that was built between the 70s and 90s, you’ve probably heard about PolyB, or Polybutylene piping, and the leaking and insurance nightmares that go along with it. Poly-B is a type of grey pipe used in home plumbing and water heating systems in North America that rose to popularity as an alternative to copper piping. It took decades — and millions of dollars in lawsuits — before the pipes went out of use in the 90s over safety and performance concerns.

Although all pipes can and will fail and leak eventually, PolyB pipes are believed to leak at abnormal rates, and can cause nightmares for homeowners when it comes to mould, mildew, and insurance. Not all pipes will leak, however, and risk factors for PolyB pipes include connection failures, chlorine levels, poor installation, and proximity to heat sources. Many US failures have to do with piping being in attics, where it is heated excessively in the Southern sun. Far fewer incidents have been reported in Canada, although coverage by CBC Marketplace hints that the problem might be bigger than many think.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do if you face problems with the pipes in your home, or wish to have them replaced before they become an issue. Contact us, your Vancouver and Naniamo Poly B Replacement Experts, to get a quote on the best way to safeguard or replace your PolyB pipes before they become a headache!

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

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Heat Pumps or Air Conditioning?

Summer is here, and with little to no rain in the forecast we’re all looking at ways to cool down in the heat. While installing a pool or constructing a fortress of fans isn’t really much of an option for the majority of us, finding a reliable and safe air conditioning system for your home is. But which option is best for your house? We’ve broken down the pros and cons of both Heat Pumps and AC Units to make choosing the right one a breeze.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are a heating and cooling system that can be ideal for our Vancouver, BC climate. They work by removing heat from inside the home during stifling summer months, and absorbing heat from outside during colder seasons.

Although the initial costs can be higher than an AC unit, heat pumps are reliable and efficient in locations that get mild winters and warm summers. A properly installed heat pump can save you up to 40% on your home’s heating and cooling costs. Rebates for heat pumps are available through Fortis BC, and we recommend contacting them to see if you qualify. We also offer deals as well, check out our Deals page for more info.

For More Information Be Sure to read our Heat Pump Savings Infographic.

AC Units

Unlike heat pumps, AC units can only cool down a home. Air conditioning units were first unit invented in 1902, but they’ve come a long way since then. Today you can find a range of units available, from split systems to window, wall, or portable systems, and many units are energy efficient. An AC unit will cool your room, home, or office with less upfront costs compared to a heat pump. They are also more compact, fitting comfortably into smaller spaces or apartments.

If you aren’t sure which system is best for your home, we’d be happy to help! Call JJ’s Custom Plumbing today, your Coquitlam Plumbing and Heating Experts.

Ever wished you could just touch your faucet, while your hands are dirty, and it turn on for you? Now you can! Save water and stop the spread of bacteria with the Delta Pilar Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet. The sleek, easy-to-use chrome faucet features Touch 2.0 Technology, which means the faucet is responsive to gentle pressure. You can turn it on and off with a simple touch, even when your hands are full or messy. The faucet’s pull-down wand provides flexibility for cleaning and fits snugly into its magnetic dock when not in use. Designed for durability and safety, the Pilar features an electronic valve with a tough diamond coating.

For more details please refer to delta’s website here

JJ’s can supply and install this faucet for $589.95

JJ’s has received a discount on Chelini Marabella dual flush toilets and is passing on our savings to our valued customers. JJ’s is offering the 3/6L dual flush toilets for $424 installed! This includes the cost of toilet and labor.

Some cities still have grants for customers looking to replace their old 13L (liter) flush toilets to 6L or 4.8L. Depending on the city, some grants are up to $150/toilet replaced.

For further information please contact JJ’s at 778-285-0606

JJ’s is happy to provide our customers with a Delta Addison kitchen faucet for $425.13 installed. This includes the faucet and labor of install. The delta addison has been our customers most popular choice for 2011, and because of this we are able to pass on our savings from our wholesaler! For further information please contact us at 778-285-0606

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