Jin Lee is a veteran of the plumbing industry and owner of Smart Plumbers, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2005. He can be reached at (408) 247-2288 or by email.


Video: Locating Your Water Shut-Off Valve

With Jin Lee of Smart Plumbers, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA CLARA – Host, Sarah Rutan: In the event of a major water leak, knowing the location of your home’s water shut-off valve can help you minimize the resulting damage. Today we’re in Santa Clara with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jin Lee of Smart Plumbers, Inc. to learn more.

Locating Your Water Shut-Off Valve

By Jin Lee of Smart Plumbers, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA CLARA – One thing every homeowner should know is the location of their water shut-off valve. Since this valve controls the flow of water to the entire house, knowing where it is and how to use it can minimize water…Read More

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Jin Lee: Plumbing Smarts

  • Jin Lee is owner of Smart Plumbers, Inc.

"As a child, I was fascinated with how things worked..."

SANTA CLARA – Jin Lee has always possessed a mechanical mind, so it only made sense for him to enter a field where he could utilize its full potential. “As a child, I was fascinated with how things worked and was always taking things apart and putting them back together,” he remembers. “Not surprisingly, plumbing was something that really interested me. Later, while working in furniture manufacturing, I did plumbing on the side as a hobby. When I came to the United States in 1995, I finally got a chance to pursue plumbing as a career, and in 2002, I started my own business.”

Today, as owner of Smart Plumbers, Inc., Jin says his favorite part of his job is bailing customers out of bad situations. “When someone is without water or can’t use their toilet, it’s not just an inconvenience—it’s an emergency. When I’m able to fix the problem and restore their plumbing system, they tend to be extra appreciative, which is very rewarding.”

Originally from South Korea, Jin now resides in Santa Clara with his wife, Sylvia. Outside of work, his favorite hobby is playing golf. “I try to golf at least once a week” he affirms. “Sometimes I don’t have time, but I do my best to make it happen.” Jin also enjoys following professional sports like football and soccer, as well as spending time with his children and grandchildren.

In regard to his professional career, Jin emphasizes the foundational importance of sanitation. “Modern plumbing originated because of a need for sanitation, and that’s still one of its most important aspects,” he explains. “Unfortunately, some plumbers and handymen neglect this, which can lead to unsanitary conditions and consequent health hazards. As far as my company is concerned, sanitation is a top priority—we always make sure our customers’ plumbing is clean, safe and secure.”

When asked what his life might look like if he retired tomorrow, Jin says he would spend more time doing the things he currently enjoys. “I would definitely play more golf—I’d probably go from playing once a week to playing every other day. And, of course, I’d spend more time with my wife, kids and grandkids.”

Ask me anything!
Q: What’s your favorite sports team?

A: The San Francisco 49ers.

Q: Coffee or tea?

A: Coffee.

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant?

A: Sizzler.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?

A: A night owl.

Q: Music or talk radio?

A: Music.

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