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Spring Maintenance & Repair for your Irrigation System

Spring Maintenance & Repair for your Irrigation System

By on May 17, 2019 in Plumbing Blog |

In-ground sprinkler systems have become increasingly popular in our Okanagan climate, affording homeowners beautiful, lush lawns through the convenience of regularly scheduled irrigation intervals. Irrigation systems are a great solution for otherwise drier areas where rain accumulation is unpredictable, and temperatures can occasionally soar beyond 40c. Regular maintenance and inspection of your irrigation system components, such as distribution lines, valve boxes, sprinkler heads and the operational settings of your system control panel, can help avoid costly repairs. Defective underground lines or sprinkler heads can lead to potentially more severe problems if left unchecked. Look for early symptoms such as: Dry or rotted lawns and landscaping caused by a lack of water or excess water Sudden increases in water usage bills Obvious moisture damage to exterior areas of buildings Professional Inspection and Repair Problems with your irrigation system could be as simple as a clogged sprinkler head, or in more severe cases, broken underground distribution lines; therefore it’s beneficial to have any potential problem areas inspected by a professional. If you’re noticing signs of wear & tear on your sprinkler system, avoid costly repairs to your property with a maintenance and repair visit by the pros at Rite Tech. We have the skills and tools to expertly assess your irrigation lines from start to finish, and to complete any repairs before further damage can be done. 24/7 Service For All of Your Plumbing Needs Many homeowners discover potential problems when their irrigation system is first activated for the spring season. Leaky valves and broken distribution lines are often initial problem signs you may discover at the start of irrigation season. Give the experts at Rite Tech a call – we are happy to provide our customers with prompt, reliable service around the...

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Understanding the Dangers of Flooding

Understanding the Dangers of Flooding

By on Apr 11, 2019 in Plumbing Blog |

No one wants to arrive home to find that they’ve experienced a major flood, but should this soggy nightmare become your reality, it’s important to know how to assess the situation before you begin the daunting task of cleaning up. Electrical Danger The most important thing to remember is that flooding can put you at risk for electrocution.  If you’ve experienced any significant flooding, be sure to call in an electrician or your local hydro authority before you proceed with any clean up. Contamination Risks Once you’ve ensured that you are safe from electrical dangers, you need to assess the type of water you are dealing with.  Depending on its source, and how long the water has been standing, you may need to take additional steps to minimize the health risks to you and your family. Flood water can be classified in three different categories: Clearwater Clearwater is pure, uncontaminated water that is coming from clean sources, such as your water heater, water line, toilet holding tank or melting ice.  This type of water does not pose any threat to your health as long as it is cleaned up right away. Greywater Greywater is water that has leaked out of washing machines, dishwashers, bathtubs or sinks.  It does have some soap and probably a few contaminants, but nothing that is going to cause illness.  This type of flood can safely be cleaned up by the homeowner, as long as they take care of it right away, and of course, wear protective gear like gloves and a face mask. Blackwater Water that has been allowed to stand for several days, or water that contains fecal matter and human waste is considered blackwater.  This may be a result of a sewage pipe break, a toilet leak or even a natural disaster.  Blackwater is extremely toxic, and can cause serious illness if not addressed correctly.  Homeowners should consider calling in a professional to make sure the flood is cleaned safely and thoroughly. The best solution to flooding, however, is to prevent it in the first place!  Be sure to have your plumbing inspected on a regular basis, and call the Rite Tech team at the first sign of any problems with your...

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Vacation Planning For Your Plumbing

Vacation Planning For Your Plumbing

By on Feb 11, 2019 in Plumbing Blog |

Has the cold weather got you dreaming of a trip to the sunny south?  If so, you’re in good company.  Many Canadians flock to warmer climates for a reprieve from our harsh winters.  Many of those people, however, will return home to a plumbing disaster that will take the trip from fab to drab in a hurry.  Here’s how you can avoid that miserable fate and protect your home while you are away. Keep the Heat On It can be tempting to turn the heat off since you won’t be home to use it, but that could turn out to be a costly mistake.  If the temperature drops below freezing outside, your pipes could burst.  This is a major problem at any time, but is most especially concerning while no one is at home. Turn the Water Heater Off One appliance you can turn off is your water heater.  There’s no need to keep your water at shower temperature when there’s no one there to use it!  This is also helpful in protecting your element in the unlikely event that your water heater leaks or your pipes burst. Close the Main Water Valve If you plan to be away for any length of time, this is the one step that should not be missed.  Turning off the water coming into your home can help mitigate any damage from plumbing leaks or problems anywhere in your house.  Draining your lines after you turn off the valve will mean less water damage if there are any issues while you are on vacation. Have a Neighbour Check In It’s a good idea to have a friend or neighbour come in to check on your home during extended absences.  This ensures that even if there is a problem – plumbing or otherwise – it does not go undetected for days or weeks on end.  Cleaning up leaks and floods as soon as possible helps to prevent further damage to your...

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4 Reasons to Hire A Professional Gas Fitter

4 Reasons to Hire A Professional Gas Fitter

By on Jan 14, 2019 in Plumbing Blog |

Natural gas is a highly efficient source of energy, and can power everything from furnaces to water heaters, stove tops and fireplaces.  Most of us can count at least a few appliances in our homes that are fueled by gas.  Many people think that connecting and disconnecting gas lines can be a DIY project, but the truth is, only a professional gas fitter can ensure that the job is done safely and accurately. If you’re thinking about moving gas lines or connecting to appliances on your own, here are a just a few reasons you should consider calling a pro instead: Risk of Fire. Natural gas is extremely combustible – which is what makes it such a great source of energy.  That also means that gas that is leaking from a poor connection, even in small amounts, can ignite easily and cause a fire or even an explosion. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Natural gas that does not completely burn up creates carbon monoxide. This can happen as a result of improper installation of lines or appliances, or inadequate venting.  Carbon monoxide can lead to severe illness or even death if left undetected. Insurance. Damage to your home as a result of faulty work that was not completed by a professional will often be disputed by your insurance company.  This means that costs for repairs could end up being out of pocket if something does go wrong. Resale. If you plan to sell your home, or just want to retain its value, being able to certify that all of your gas fitting work was completed by a professional will help to demonstrate your investment in the safety of your house. It’s clear the rewards are not worth the risk with DIY gas fitting.  Call the friendly pros at Rite Tech for all of your gas fitting...

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3 Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Plumbing

3 Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Plumbing

By on Dec 6, 2018 in Plumbing Blog |

Not many people spend time thinking about their plumbing unless there is an urgent issue.  We turn the tap and expect the water to come on, and when it does, we are more than satisfied with the result.  The truth is, however, that the plumbing in your home can’t last forever.  It’s important to know when to call in a professional before you have an emergency on your hands. Poor Water Pressure If you find the water pressure in your home leaves something to be desired, there’s a good chance the pipes old and may now be corroded.  This could turn into problem for you as the plumbing continues to deteriorate.  Modern plumbing materials are made from PVC which is a superior product that won’t rust or degrade like the old copper or lead options of the past. Check Your Water Meter Not all water leaks produce litres of water or tell-tale damage.  Some of them are hidden from view, slowly dripping into your walls and potentially causing costly repairs down the road to both your plumbing and your home.  The trick to spotting these hidden problems is simple.  Turn off every single water source in your home, and watch your water meter for a while.  If there are no leaks at all, your meter should stay static.  If it moves, it’s time to call in a pro. Test Your Water Obtain a water quality test through the city’s water department to see if there is any lead or other contaminants in your water.  Even without a professional sample kit, you can run water into a clear glass first thing in the morning before any water sources have been used.  Check your sample for colour, smell and taste.  If it seems off in any way, chances are you have some sediment in your pipes. If you suspect that it’s time to replace some or all of your plumbing system, or if you’d like to book an inspection to make sure everything is running as it should, call the friendly plumbers at Rite-Tech for a...

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