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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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Are You Prepared For A Plumbing Emergency?

Are You Prepared For A Plumbing Emergency?

By on Nov 16, 2018 in Plumbing Blog |

Most people don’t think too much about their plumbing system until it becomes a problem.  The truth is, however, that everyone should know what steps to take in the event of a major issue in order to prevent damage to your belongings and your home.  Water that is allowed to flow freely can cause serious destruction in a matter of minutes, so it pays to know how to turn it off yourself before calling in your plumber to complete any repairs. Shut Off Valves To The Rescue If you have an overflowing toilet or a burst water pipe, there is a shut off valve that allows you to turn off the water to that source.  Toilet valves are usually located behind the base at the floor level, while shut off valves for the sink are most often found inside the cabinetry.  Appliances like dishwashers and washing machines also have their own shut off valves as well.  This means that in the event of a serious malfunction or water leak, you are able to disconnect the water and prevent further leaks. When All Else Fails – Use Your Main Shut Off Valve In the event that you can’t find the individual shut off valve, or if it doesn’t work for one reason or another, you should locate the main shut off valve that allows city water to flow into your house.  This valve can usually be found where the water supply enters your home, often on the lowest level.  Turning off this valve means you will not have any water at all until repairs have been made and the water is turned on again, but it can be a life saver in the event of an emergency. Know Your Plumbing It can be easy to take your plumbing for granted, but figuring out where the emergency shut offs are in the midst of disaster isn’t necessarily the best solution.  In order to prepare for the worst, make sure you: Take the time to locate the shut off valves for all of your fixtures and appliances Identify your main water shut off Test your shut off valves periodically to ensure they are in good working order Have any rusty or faulty...

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Entertaining with Rite Tech?

Entertaining with Rite Tech?

By on Oct 11, 2018 in Plumbing Blog |

It’s hard to imagine, but the holiday season is fast approaching, and before you know it, there will be plenty of hosting and entertaining to be done with family and friends.  So, what does that have to do with your plumber?  You’d be surprised to know how often we are called into action after a large gathering or party to fix slow drains and clogged toilets.  Having a large number of guests over can be taxing on your plumbing system, so we’ve put together a few simple tips to help keep your drains flowing. Check your toilets and sinks before your big event. If you notice that drains are moving slowly, take steps ahead of time to clear the blockage so you don’t end up with a bigger problem when guests are present. Ensure that there are plenty of garbage and compost containers available for guests, and that they know where to dispose of food and dishes. Plastic cutlery, candles, food and paper products often get discarded in the sink during a party and can easily fall into the drain and cause major clogs! Likewise, make sure garbage containers in the bathrooms are available for guests. Otherwise people may be tempted to toss their trash in the toilet instead. In the kitchen, make sure anyone who is helping with food prep or clean up knows that pouring grease, fat or food scraps down the drain is a big no-no at your house. Of course, if you do end up with a kid’s toy in the toilet or risotto in your kitchen drain, we are here to help.  We offer 24/7 emergency service – so we are always available when you need us.  Our friendly and reliable team will have you back to your party in no...

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