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 two journeyman plumbers, Matt and 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.

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/

 

 

The fall and winter months can be hard on your drain system, with debris like dirt and leaves potentially building up and clogging your drain. It is important to plan for maintaining your drain tiles by properly cleaning them every 12 to 18 months. Doing this can lead to significant cost savings down the road, as your plumbing equals an average of 15% of the value of your home. So… your drainage system should be one of the first priorities!

Here are 3 drain cleaning facts that will set you up for success:

  1. Start with a drain camera inspection. Inspecting your sewer and drainage system allows us to see the state of the drain tile and extends the life of your system. It also saves you money by discovering potential problems and fixing them before they occur.
  2. Have your drains cleaned with a Hydro Flushing machine. If the camera inspection shows that your pipes are not fully blocked, a Hydro Flushing machine will be used to restore the drain line back to full health.
  3. Use a power auger or cable machine if drains are clogged. If the camera inspection determines that your pipes are blocked, a power auger or cable machine will be used first (i.e. snaking a clogged drain), followed by the Hydro Flushing machine.

Keep your home a healthy and safe place, and get in touch with JJ’s Plumbing about drain tile maintenance.

Drain cleaning is on special until April 30, 2019. Email us at service@jjs.plumbing, or call us at 604-479-2232 to book today.

See our specials: http://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.

It’s just about Spring, which means a season with a mixture of sun and still lots of rain. The good news is, we can expect—and already are—having some warmer weather! Spring is a perfect and important time to prep your home for the summer, including cleaning up your drain tiles. The fall and winter seasons lead to more debris like leaves and dirt potentially clogging your drains.

Starting with a drain camera inspection is a great idea. Your plumbing equals an average of 15% of the value of your home, so your drainage system should be one of the first priorities.

5 reasons for having a drain camera inspection:

  1. It prevents small issues that could be forming, from becoming large problems.
  2. Inspecting your sewer and drainage system allows us to see the state of the drain tile.
  3. It extends the life of your system.
  4. It saves you money by knowing about potential problems and fixing them before they occur.

Cleaning your drainage system:

It is crucial to maintain your drain tiles by properly cleaning them every 12 to 18 months. If you have had a camera inspection and your plumber has informed you that your drains should be cleaned, there are two ways this can be done.

If the camera inspection shows that your pipes are not fully blocked, a Hydro Flushing machine will be used to restore the drain line back to full health.

If the inspection shows that your pipes are fully blocked, a power auger or cable machine is used first (i.e. snaking a clogged drain). This is followed with the Hydro Flushing machine.

So… what are you waiting for this spring? With the theme of Spring Cleaning, it’s the perfect time to take care of your drainage system, and keep your house in a healthy state.

Until May 31, drain cleaning is on special for $30 off the service!

Contact JJ’s Plumbing for a camera inspection or drain cleaning at 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing.

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.

June 20th rolled around and BOOM — summer arrived! After a cold, snowy winter season like no other, the heat has officially been turned on and the sun is shining. With the rising temperature however, this leads to increased water usage.

We understand the obsession with green, grassy lawns and long, cool showers to help chill out, but the excess water consumption isn’t worth it, doesn’t help our environment and can contribute to drought in our cities. And guess what? Water conservation actually saves you time and money.

So without further ado, here are 5 tips to save water—and keep your Hydro bill low—in summer 2017.

  1. Water your yard in the evening or early morning. Water evaporates the fastest when the sun is high.
  2. Take quicker showers! Try to shred two minutes off of your shower time.
  3. Use the dishwasher and run it only when it’s to capacity. Hand washing your dishes actually can waste more water than using the dishwasher (plus, it saves you time and is easier on your hands). Refrain from running the dishwasher if it isn’t completely full.
  4. Set your laundry machine to wash with only cold water.
  5. Turn down your water heater temperature while away on summer vacations to save energy.

JJ’s Plumbing wishes you a fantastic summer season. For any questions or plumbing concerns, call us anytime at 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing.

 

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.

Learn more about Poly-B Replacement on our website.

The risks associated with Poly­B waterlines are flooding, increased insurance premiums, cancelled insurance coverage and costly deductibles, as well as mold infestations caused by undetected pinhole leaks within waterlines covered by drywall.

The more we talk to our customers, we learn that there are common mistakes or misconceptions about Poly-B. So, we’ve compiled this list to set the record straight.

  1. Replacing Poly-B is super expensive and hard to afford.

This is a common myth people have about Poly-B replacement. Replacing Poly-B is actually quite affordable, and definitely costs less than if you have a flood in your home to worry about! We know that it’s unfortunate to have to replace your pipes, but JJ’s Plumbing Experts will come up with an affordable solution for you: whether it’s replacing your pipes altogether, or repairing your existing pipes to prolong the lifespan of your Poly-B pipes until you can afford to replace them. Bottom line: there are affordable options and we can come up with one that works for you.

  1. Poly-B problems/leaks happen because of poor installation.

While it’s true that you want a good pipe installer (like us!), it isn’t typically the case that it’s the installation of Poly-B pipes that causes the leaks. Installation quality could contribute to leaks, but in most cases installation does not appear to be the primary cause. The most common reasons leaks occur are: the age of the pipes, water quality/chlorine levels and degeneration of piping.

  1. The Poly-B pipes in my home have lasted for nearly a decade, so they are just fine.

Thinking this way is just waiting for disaster to occur. Most of the time, it takes many years for Poly-B piping systems to leak or fail. Many leaks start to happen in 10-15 years from installation of the piping system, so if you’ve had them installed for a decade or longer, it’s time to start thinking about a replacement.

 

Do you have Poly-B piping and would like to know if you should have a replacement soon? Call us at 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing and we’ll help you find out.

 

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping is used for a variety of household plumbing tasks. Normally, people think of this material as a practical resource, but just for the fun of it, we’re sharing how PVC piping can also be a perfect supply for do it yourself (DIY) projects made for you or your kids!

Here are 5 DIY projects with PVC Piping (though the many options are truly endless).

  1. Fun for the kids this spring and summer!

How about something new for the kids this spring or summer? Turn PVC pipes into a special misting sprinkler for them to run through in the yard! Or master the art of water balloon fights with the creation of giant slingshots. Two easy DIY projects that will keep them smiling (and out of your hair)!

  1. Custom made towel drying rack

Here’s a simple and cheap way to create a practical towel rack for beside the pool or in the backyard. Make it as tall as you wish, with as many racks as you’d like! Plus it’s nice and sturdy.

  1. Bracelets for you or your kids

You can make numerous PVC bangle bracelets for literally pennies! Plan a wine & craft night with your friends. Or this is a great art project for your daughter and her friends. All you need is paint for a stylish and unique finish.

  1. PVC mirror frame

This is an easy and inexpensive way to create a fun starburst frame for a plain circular mirror. Just cut the PVC pipe, paint the pieces to your liking and glue together.

  1. Last, but not least, a modern wine rack

Our personal favourite—because it’s super easy and involves wine—a modern wine rack, all made from PVC pipe! How could you say no to this project?

Enjoyed this fun and creative article, but have some specific plumbing inquiries? Give us a call at 604-479-2232 or email service@jjs.plumbing.

Guess what? JJ’s Plumbing will be exhibiting at the Ridge Meadows Home Show from May 5-7, 2017 at Planet Ice, Maple Ridge Fairgrounds. It is one of Western Canada’s largest home shows, with nearly 400 exhibitors showcasing renovations, construction, decor, furnishings, electronics, landscaping, wellness, housewares and more. Tickets are only $4. We hope to see you there!

Let’s face it – you’re a guy, and guys like to fix things on their own. JJ’s Plumbing gets that. We know that you’d prefer to try things yourself before spending money or having to call an external source for help.

This is why we’re sharing the following 3 do-it-yourself tips to help keep the drains in your home clear – what many plumbers don’t want to share with you!

  1. Do-it-yourself preventative method: baking soda, vinegar and boiling water. That’s it! Put about ¼ cup of baking soda and ¾ cup of vinegar down your drain. This forms a natural chemical reaction that will break up soap scum that has formed and traps food, hair and other substances in your pipes. Boil some water and allow about 10-15 minutes for the baking soda and vinegar to do their job. Once boiled, pour the water down the drain. This melts any grease build up, and sends it along the way. Need to see it for yourself? Watch this video.
  2. Put strainers in your drains. Use tea strainers, or any kind of strainer, to help your drains stay unclogged. 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). Be sure to clean the strainers regularly (or ask the lady in your home very nicely to lend a helping hand).
  3. What NOT to put down your garburator, kitchen drain and toilet: coffee grounds, grease, fats & oils, hair, egg shells, and fibrous foods (celery, corn husks, potato peels) are some everyday items/foods that can clog your drain. Coffee grounds are as good as cement in pipes! And here’s a tip: Don’t put any other kind of paper other than toilet paper down the toilet. Toilet paper is specially made to break down when wet. Other kinds of paper, like paper towels and Kleenex are not! Sure, they’ll flush, but instead of disintegrating they can leave your drains clogged.

If you end up in a jam and need to get in touch, don’t hesitate. Our website has an online form, or email us at service@jjs.plumbing.

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