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Answers Courtesy of Our Bergen County Plumbers

At J&C Plumbing and Sewer Service, Inc., we understand our job is not only to serve as your professional plumber but also to educate you on how to care for your plumbing system. Whether you’ve just purchased a home, or you operate a business, your plumbing serves a vital role in ensuring everything runs smoothly. Foul odors, strange noises, or slow-releasing drains are symptoms of plumbing issues you should address right away.

Our professional technicians can guide you through the basics of plumbing and provide easy-to-understand answers to your most common plumbing questions. From letting you know the importance of hiring a professional plumber to helping you understand the benefits of trenchless sewer line repair, the J&C Plumbing and Sewer Service, Inc. team is here for you.

If you have other questions than the ones below, feel free to reach out to us at (201) 514-5725!

It can be tempting to just go the DIY route and use store-bought drain cleaners for your clogged drains. However, these commercial cleaners often contain lye, which is a chemical that can cause corrosion and damage to your pipes. Calling a professional plumber not only protects your pipes from damage but also ensures excellent and lasting results. The technicians from J&C Plumbing and Sewer Service, Inc. are your go-to drain experts in Bergen County. Rely on us to provide you with safe, reliable drain cleaning services using either a plumbing snake or hydro-jetting equipment for your slow or blocked drains.

Plumbing issues are a fact of life that you will have to face eventually as a homeowner. They can range from simple to more complex issues.

The most common include:

  • Slow or clogged drains
  • Running toilets
  • Faulty water heater
  • Leaky faucets and pipes
  • Low water pressure
  • Sewage odor in the house
  • Sewage backup
  • Burst or cracked pipes

Save yourself the headache of finding a reliable plumber when one of these plumbing issues suddenly pop up. We are a top-rated plumbing company in the local community, having served since 2010. Read our reviews here to learn more about our professional plumbers.

Finding clogs requires the expertise of a licensed and equipped plumber. At J&C Plumbing and Sewer Service, Inc., we can locate the clog within your pipes using video camera inspection. Our plumbing team will feed a camera down your pipeline, so we see exactly what’s going on inside your pipes. The images from the camera are in real time, so finding the clog is fast and efficient.
When your pipes are thoroughly cleaned, clogs and other issues are kept at bay. Our Bergen County plumbers use hydro-jetting to clean and scour the inside of your pipes. The high-pressure water from hydro-jetting is effective in eliminating even the toughest clogs from sediment and scale buildup to tree roots.

Hydro-jetting is a method for sewer cleaning where we use high-pressure water to clean the inside of the pipes. The hydro-jetting machine includes a special nozzle that blasts water from different directions. Your plumber will then insert and run this special nozzle into your drain or pipe to eliminate blockages and buildup. For more information about hydro-jetting, click here.

Plumbing emergencies are issues that endanger your health and property. Some of the most common emergencies include burst pipes, sewage backups, failed water heaters, and gas leaks.

To help you determine whether the plumbing issue you are facing is an emergency, refer to the following guidelines:

  • Clogged drains – If you are dealing with multiple clogged drains, call a plumber right away. This is a sign of sewer damage and needs immediate attention.
  • Water leaks – If you can shut off your main water valve to make the leak stop, you can likely wait until the next day to call a plumber.
  • Water supply – If you’ve suddenly lost access to water and you’ve confirmed with your utility provider that there is no problem from their end, it’s time to call a plumber to the scene.
  • Pipe burst and flooding – If you have a flooded basement as a result of a burst pipe or sump pump malfunction, you are dealing with a plumbing emergency. Call a professional plumber to mitigate water damage right away.
  • Raw sewage – When you see raw sewage pooling in your yard or seeping through your drains, call a plumber at once. Exposure to raw sewage can cause serious health conditions.
If you want to deal with your clogged toilet on your own, we recommend you use a toilet plunger. A plunger can safely and effectively release the clog from your toilet. You may also use a plumbing auger or plumbing snake to take out the clog. However, if both methods did not work, it’s time to call our Bergen County plumbers.

Not all plumbing leaks are easy to spot like a dripping faucet or leaky pipes under the sink. Sometimes, the broken pipe is hidden behind a wall or under the slab foundation. If this leak goes undetected, you could be looking at exorbitant water bills and costly water damage repairs.

Fortunately, there are signs that can help tell you when you have a leak. These include:

  • An increase in your water bills
  • Water stains on the ceiling and walls
  • Bubbling wall paint
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Damp carpet or flooring
  • The sound of trickling water when all faucets are off
  • A moving water meter even with the main water off

Once you’ve noticed any of the signs above, don’t wait—call J&C Plumbing and Sewer Service, Inc. for fast, accurate leak detection and repair.

J&C Plumbing and Sewer Service, Inc. uses trenchless methods on all our sewer services. This latest plumbing innovation allows us to repair or replace your pipes without excavating your yard or landscape. Trenchless sewer services not only reduce the time it takes to complete any sewer line job but also cut the repair cost in half because there is no need for any rehabilitation or restoration work after.

When tree roots find their way into your pipes, they can grow and block the flow of water and waste to and from your home. If left untreated for a long time, the roots can cause significant damage to your pipes.

Here are some steps you can take to avoid tree root invasion:

  • If you have a tree or plants near your sewer lines, consider relocating or removing them to avoid root blockage.
  • If removing the tree is not an option, you may want to look into installing a root barrier around the tree.
  • Have your sewer lines inspected at least once a year, especially during fall when tree roots are actively seeking sources of water and nutrients.
  • Call our Bergen County plumbers to clean your pipes using hydro-jetting. Thoroughly cleaning your pipes every one or two years can help keep tree roots at bay.

Insurance companies will cover the restoration expenses caused by burst pipes or leaking pipes as long as the pipe damage was unpreventable. This means as a homeowner, you must prove that you did your due diligence to prevent the pipe from getting damaged.

Here are some ways to prevent broken or burst pipe:

  • Insulate your pipes prior to the cold months
  • Visually inspect exposed pipes at least twice a year
  • Schedule regular maintenance for all plumbing appliances and fixtures
  • Inspect and replace dishwasher or washing machine hoses as needed
  • Seal tubs and showers properly

New Jersey winters can cause your pipes to freeze and potentially break or burst. If you want to prevent this from happening, make sure to winterize your plumbing before the cold months roll in.

Things you can do to prevent frozen pipes include:

  • Drain excess water from all outdoor faucets and cover with an insulated dome
  • Shut off your water valves
  • Store all water hoses in an insulated room
  • Line your pipes with heating cable and cover them with insulation
  • When the temperature is near freezing, open the doors of your sink cabinets and laundry areas to let in the warm air from your furnace
  • Let water trickle down the drain overnight to prevent the pipes from freezing

Pipes can crack or break due to a number of reasons, including:

  • The ground shifting
  • Landscaping or renovation accidents
  • Tree root invasion
  • Heavy corrosion
  • Extremely cold temperature
  • Large clogs

There is no way to guarantee the prevention of cracked pipes. However, regular plumbing inspection from our Bergen County plumbers can help you catch and fix potential issues before they cause further damage to your pipes.

The average lifespan of conventional tank water heaters is 7 to 10 years. If your water heater is around this age and needing frequent repairs, it’s time to consider a replacement. J&C Plumbing and Sewer Service, Inc. can help you select a new water heater and install this properly into your home. We are also knowledgeable about tankless water heaters should you decide to switch to this energy-efficient hot water equipment.

What Our Clients Are Saying

I had used J&C's services for inspection in the property I was buying and root cleaning in the main sewer line. Steve's professionalism and accurate detection of the underlying cause is top notch. I can attest that they provide the best possible solution at a very reasonable price. I am going to use Steve's services for any and all of our plumbing/utilities maintenance needs.
Arunava Roy
Arunava Roy
12:46 10 Aug 20
I called J & C to replace my 11 year old hot water tank. Steve was at my house the same day and clearly explained what needed to be done. (It wasn't a simple swap out because new tanks are bigger and where my old tank is located it would be a very tight fit.) The very next day he came with everything to make it work and a short time later we were all set. Quick, clean, and very, very fairly priced. I will never hesitate to call J & C for any of my plumbing question, needs or problems.
Khadafy Khan
Khadafy Khan
18:33 03 Aug 20
Highly recommended J&C Plumbing! They provided amazing and fast service. I had called them on several occasions and every time they responded immediately and resolved the issues same day. The owner is very professional and extremely knowledgeable. I not only used them for my plumbing issues but also for my bathroom renovation. I can not say enough great things about J&C. Highly recommend!
Dana Pierro
Dana Pierro
01:21 24 Jul 20
J&C Plumbing were professional and great to work with. They fixed two piping issues I had in a timely manner. I will certainly use them again. Thanks J&C
Ian Hutson
Ian Hutson
22:07 10 Jul 20
Amazing!!!! Steve fixed our issue without a problem, cleaned up and even helped me change my toilet seat!!!! He was so kind, professional and did an amazing job. Nora was so communicative about timing and so professional. Highly recommend!!
Stacey Stetson
Stacey Stetson
19:27 30 Jun 20
The team at the office got me on the schedule right away, and Steve showed up right on time. He did a great job and was done quickly. All the work was done at a fair price. I will definitely work with this company again if a need arises. I will also recommend.
Scott Book
Scott Book
17:59 10 Jun 20
Our water heater started leaking the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend - Steve showed up within a couple of hours, and we had a new water heater installed by 11:00 am on Saturday. Happy to have found J&C on the internet, and now they will have a spot on my speed dial.... Great Experience!
Bill Harvey
Bill Harvey
14:34 01 Jun 20
J&C Plumbing came through for us in a clutch situation when a sewer line was backing up in our basement. They were both responsive in a timely manner, and provided a professional service when time was of the essence. Had we had to wait the situation would have been much more severe. I would definitely call again, and highly recommend their services!!
Robert Castaldo
Robert Castaldo
19:41 20 May 20
These guys are the real deal. I had a problem with my kitchen sink and bathtub flooding and the plumber they sent was quick to notice the problem. Fixed them both in less than an hour and now they work like new again. I recommend J&C to anyone who wants a service that excels both in quality and speed. Five stars deserved.
Zig Adam
Zig Adam
13:36 05 May 20
J&C were great! We had a sewage back up in our basement. I found them on the internet and called for an emergency service call. They were here within an hour. Stephen did a great job fixing our back up. He also pointed out an underlying problem which will cause us more backups in the future. He was very professional and very good at explaining the problem. He fixed it in a relatively fast time and the cost was reasonable. I Highly recommend J&C.
Howard Greenberg
Howard Greenberg
22:44 28 Apr 20
Love their service.!Jennifer who takes care of the phone call is really kind and nice. I had couple questions before the appointment and she got back to me fast with the answers. Stephen who fixed the issues that I had, he is very nice and quick on fixing stuff, and it seems like he knows what he does..I like how they are so honest with pricing too ..!def. will call J&C plumbing again if I have another plumbing issue..!
Sung Hee Kim
Sung Hee Kim
18:52 24 Apr 20
I love being able to support local business in town. The responded quickly to my request, submitted all the permits timely and got the job done with no issue. So thankful to find great services when needed.
Veronica Santiago
Veronica Santiago
17:38 17 Mar 20
I had a major emergency and was getting sewage backing up into my home. The response time was incredible as they told me it would be an hour and they showed up in less than 30 minutes. I have used many plumbers in the past and I never seen one so well equipped. He ran a camera through the pipes and was able to locate a blockage which was then removed. He went on and checked out the line all the way down and to the street to ensure I did not have any other issues. Hands down best plumber I have ever had.
Gianni Romano
Gianni Romano
12:27 06 Mar 20
Absolutely amazing. I contacted them and they were able to come and give me an estimate on the same day. Steve showed up on time, was extremely professional and honest and got the job done in short time. I watched him do it and he explained every step as he was performing the fix. Now I have a brand new regulator pressure valve and an expansion tank for the water heater. He even explained to me how to check the expansion tank to make sure it is good, and how to replace it if it ever goes bad. Very good experience and will definitely look to use them in the future.
Sohaib
Sohaib
21:25 21 Feb 20
I first called them for a plumbing emergency. They came quickly and there was not much for them to do so the plumber helped fix it and didn't charge me. I then hired them the next to change some valves. They scheduled it quickly and took care of it. They also followed up the day after to make sure everything was OK. Overall, I was impressed with the work and the service.
michael akerman
michael akerman
21:07 21 Feb 20
I used J&C for installing a water filter system for my kitchen. They send a plumber to give me a free estimate. And then he performed the work smoothly and got it done right. The people in the company are very kind and return your phone calls if they miss you.I highly recommend them!
Shlomit Oren
Shlomit Oren
15:32 07 Feb 20
I used J&C for installing a water filter system for my kitchen. They send a plumber to give me a free estimate. And then he performed the work smoothly and got it done right. The people in the company are very kind and return your phone calls if they miss you.I highly recommend them!
Shlomit Oren
Shlomit Oren
15:32 07 Feb 20
Was having issues with my toilet called J&C they came at the earliest available appointment. Cleaned out the lines for the sewerage.Had great machinery to view the lines with a camera. Replaced the old Toilet with a new Toilet sealed it properly. Clean work. I'm extremely satisfied with the service. Great Job J&C will definitely recommend them. Honest and great price.
Alfonso Correa
Alfonso Correa
21:51 03 Jan 20

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