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Spring Maintenance & Repair for your Irrigation System

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Spring Maintenance & Repair for your Irrigation System

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

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Understanding the Dangers of Flooding

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 pipes, water heater or appliance hook...

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Vacation Planning For Your Plumbing

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Vacation Planning For Your Plumbing

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

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4 Reasons to Hire A Professional Gas Fitter

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

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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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