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3 Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Plumbing

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3 Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Plumbing

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?

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Are You Prepared For A Plumbing Emergency?

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 valves replaced immediately Ensure all members of the family know where to locate the shut off valves and how to operate...

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Entertaining with Rite Tech?

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Entertaining with Rite Tech?

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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Drain Cleaning Services

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Drain Cleaning Services

At Rite Tech, we are pros at drain cleaning and have the skills and experience to tackle any drain problem, big or small.  Count on us for all of your residential and commercial plumbing needs for service that is fast, reliable and affordable. Sinks, Showers, Tubs and Toilets If you have a nasty blockage in any of your bathroom or kitchen drains, we are here to help.  These clogs can be caused by any number of things, from hair to grease to foreign objects in the drain.  While it may be tempting to try and clear the problem yourself, this often leads to a more expensive repair down the road.   We have the knowledge and equipment to clear the clog without causing damage to your finishes or existing plumbing, and we can get your drains in working order again in no time. Sewer and Main Drain Clogs Back-ups or blockages in sewers and drains can be alarming for homeowners, and can lead to significant property damage.  These problems can build up over time due to tree root damage or broken underground pipes, resulting in a major plumbing issue.  Our team has the professional equipment such as drain snakes and cameras that take the guess work out of underground plumbing, and can avoid unnecessary (and expensive) digging.  Our advanced tools allow us to repair your sewer or drain effectively, with the minimal amount of disruption to your home. 24/7 Emergency Services We are here to help when you need it.  That means that if your toilet is backed up at 10 p.m. or your floor drain is clogged at 2 a.m., we’re up for the job.  Give us a call anytime of the day or night and we will send a trained professional to you immediately.  Trust the expertise and dependability of the Rite Tech team to solve your plumbing emergency quickly and...

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3 Causes for Refrigerator Leaks

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3 Causes for Refrigerator Leaks

If you are noticing water around your fridge, it’s time to sit up and take notice. That’s because water damage from a leaky refrigerator can range from minimal to major – so it’s important to accurately diagnose the issue and get it resolved as quickly as possible. Here are just a couple of possible problems that can cause your fridge to leak: Cracked Drip Pan Underneath your fridge you’ll find a drip pan that collects water that is collected from the defrost drain.  This water generally will evaporate and not cause any problems at all.  If, however, the pan is cracked, you’ll see water accumulating under and around your fridge.  Take out the pan and inspect it.  If you notice a crack, simply replace it and your fridge will be as good as new. Blocked Defrost Drain Your fridge is equipped with a defrost drain which directs water down to your drip pan to evaporate.  If this drain becomes blocked with ice, clogged with food or covered up by refrigerator items, you could see a leak.  Be sure to clean the drain with hot water and a cloth, and if necessary, use a wire brush or scour pad to remove any debris. Water/Ice Dispenser Line Replacing the water line to your fridge is a simple repair, but it can cause catastrophic damage to your home if a broken dispenser hose is left unattended.  To prevent water line issues, be sure to pull out your fridge and inspect for wear and potential cracks developing.  If you see cause for concern, replace the hose immediately.  If you haven’t been so lucky, and your hose has already cracked, be sure to turn off the water supply and either replace the line yourself or call a professional to get the job done right...

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How to spot the signs of a broken sewer line

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How to spot the signs of a broken sewer line

Our sewer line is one of those things that we all take for granted.  They do their job without ever been seen by the naked eye, and we are all grateful for that!  They can, however, wreak havoc when they break, and cause damage both inside and outside your home.  That’s why it’s important to know when a break is a possibility, and when to call in a professional. The nose knows If you are smelling unpleasant odours, either directly from your drains or around your yard, chances are you have an issue that needs to be addressed.  It could be that you have cracks in your sewer line that are allowing gases to leak out, or else you have a break or major clog in your line that is sending those unhealthy gases right into your home.  This is a sign that should never be ignored.  A quick camera inspection is often all you will need to identify the problem and assess the need for urgent repairs. Multiple drain problems Everyone has a clogged sink or bathtub now and again that has to be cleared, but if your toilets and drains are having repeated issues, you may have a bigger problem at hand.  Having repeated back ups in multiple household drains could mean that your sewer line is blocked, cracked or broken.  Left unanswered, this can lead to property damage and costly repairs.  A professional inspection will give you clear answers as to the cause of your situation, and allow you to seek out the necessary repairs before things get worse. Wet spots in your yard If you find yourself stepping in a stagnant puddle on your lawn that isn’t caused by a leaky hose or yesterday’s rain, be aware that there could be a cracked or broken sewer pipe below.  This can be an early sign that repairs are necessary before nasty smells and drain issues occur within your home. Seek professional help Leaky or broken sewer pipes are not to be taken lightly.  If you suspect a problem with your line, be sure to call the pros at Rite Tech for an accurate assessment and prompt repairs today.  We offer 24/7 emergency service so don’t hesitate to call us anytime of the day or...

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Plumbing Tips for Summer

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Plumbing Tips for Summer

Summer is finally upon us, and most people are more than happy to do away with the snow and ice, and trade it in for warm weather and sunshine.  It’s the time of year where we entertain our family friends, take vacations and simply enjoy the great outdoors. It’s a good time, too, to take a look at your plumbing and ensure that you prevent any unforeseen issues that can put a damper on the summer festivities. Here are a few easy tips to make sure your plumbing is in good shape for the summer season: Check taps and hoses: Taps and hoses can crack or corrode over the cold winter months.  Make sure to check all of your lines from beginning to end to make sure that you aren’t damaging your plants and wasting water from unidentified leaks.  Replacing taps and hoses is relatively simple and inexpensive, and will save you money in the long run. Sprinkler Systems: Check your sprinkler systems to make sure the water pressure is adequate and the sprinkler heads are free from damage and debris.  If you suspect a problem in the underground lines, be sure to have a professional plumber come in to address the issue before your landscaping and building foundation show the effects of water damage. Clear your toilet drains: Having company over the summer months is a lot of fun, but it puts added pressure on your plumbing for sure.  With more people using your bathroom, it’s important to make sure everything is running smoothly so that you don’t end up with back ups and clogs later on. Avoid drain problems: Make sure that guests are aware of garbage and compost receptacles to avoid unwanted items going down sinks or toilets.  If an alternative is readily available, people are more likely to use them. If you do discover a bigger problem, or encounter an emergency issue, we’re always here to help.  Give us a call anytime for any of your plumbing concerns....

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Shower and Tub Drain Maintenance

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Shower and Tub Drain Maintenance

No one is ever surprised when the kitchen sink backs up or the toilet gets clogged, but for some reason, we all expect our tub and shower trains to function without fail.  Keeping in mind the hair, cleaning products and soap that go down those drains every day, it shouldn’t be entirely unexpected to see the water start to back up in your tub or shower now and again. Here are a few tips to keep your bathroom drains clear, and avoid unnecessary plumbing repairs: Keep it Clear With Hot Water: It sounds simple, but it’s true – every now and again you should either run your water at its hottest, or pour boiling water down the drain.  This is an easy way to clear any build up and debris from the pipes, with very little cost and effort. Baking Soda and Vinegar: Your third grade science project taught you about this great combination, and it is still just as effective today.  The reaction of these two components provides an effective cleaning solution that can help to remove clogs and get your drains flowing again. Use Your Plunger: Plungers aren’t just for toilets.  They can be used to clear any drain in your home, and the shower is no exception.  If your drains are backing up, your plunger can be a handy tool to fix the problem with nothing more than a little elbow grease. Call A Plumber: If you have tried all of these solutions and you are still dealing with drain blockage, it may be time to call your plumber.  Commercial products are not all created equal, and may cause damage to your pipes and the environment.  Trust a professional to assess the situation and choose the best solution for your home.  A quick visit might be all you need to get your tub or shower in working order...

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How To Identify and Repair Tree Root Damage in Your Pipes

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How To Identify and Repair Tree Root Damage in Your Pipes

If your sewers or drains are backing up and your basement has become soggy, your favourite oak tree could very well be the culprit.  Tree roots naturally seek out water underground, and if your pipes happen to be the closest source of moisture, you could be in trouble.  Damage from tree roots can be very significant, especially in older neighbourhoods where pipes are often made of clay or concrete.  Roots can cause breakage, blockages and leaks – both inside your house and out – so it’s important to identify this problem and address it as soon as possible. Camera Inspection If you suspect that tree roots are causing a blockage in your pipes or drains, have an experienced plumber come in for a camera inspection.  We can investigate your lines and identify your problem quickly and easily with our state of the art equipment.  We will give you a comprehensive assessment and help you decide on next steps. Chemical Solutions You may find that a chemical solution is the right option for you.  Keep in mind there are several options available now that will clear your drains without damaging the trees.   Use these as an immediate solution for more minor issues, or as a regular maintenance routine a few times a year.  We would be happy to help you choose the product that is best for you. Snake The Drain If your root invasion is significant, professional plumbers have the right tools for clearing your pipes of debris.  This high powered “snake” is outfitted with rotating blades that cut through wood and leaves, and draw them back up the drain, without damage to your water and sewer lines. Tree roots in drains are never fun, but addressing them as early as possible can save a bundle when compared to complete pipe replacements.  If you’re worried that your local maple or cedar may have invaded your plumbing, give us a call to set up an appointment right...

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Plumbing Tips for Kitchen Renovations

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Plumbing Tips for Kitchen Renovations

Renovating your kitchen can be fun and exciting, but it can be costly and frustrating too. It’s important to plan where your fixtures and appliances will be, and to budget accordingly to avoid any unexpected surprises. Here are a few things to think about when planning your kitchen reno: Placement of sink and dishwasher. It makes sense to have your sink and dishwasher beside each other in the kitchen design.  Not only is it easier and more cost effective to get access to hot and cold water, but this is the most sensible solution for drainage purposes as well. Water line for fridge. More often than not, we are seeing that new refrigerators come with ice and water dispensers.  If the convenience of free flowing ice and filtered water appeal to you, be sure to allow for the installation and connection of a dedicated water line in your design plan and budget. Moving sinks and appliances. In some kitchen redesigns, homeowners are simply upgrading their finishes and appliances.  In these cases, the plumbing costs are fairly minimal.  If you are changing your floor plan, however, and moving appliances around, the costs can really add up.  Moving water lines and drain pipes is a massive undertaking and requires significant plumbing work, so keep this in mind when developing your design. Adding additional sinks or taps. It’s trendy right now to install an extra sink in a kitchen island, or a pasta pot tap above your stove.  These are all great options to help you enjoy your space, but remember that these items require brand new plumbing to be installed to make them functional, so it’s worth pricing out ahead of time to decide if it’s worth your while. Switching to gas. If you are making the switch from electric to a gas stove, you’ll need to install new gas lines to your home.  Make sure your contractors are aware of this change well in advance so your reno can be planned and budgeted accordingly. If you are thinking of a major renovation, and want to have a better idea of your plumbing costs, give us a call for a consultation. We would be happy to provide an estimate as well as advice on any cost saving measures that may help your bottom...

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