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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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Maintenance Tips for Your Hot Water Heater

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Maintenance Tips for Your Hot Water Heater

As homeowners, we often take our hot water heater for granted.  We rarely stop to think about how much we rely on it for bathing, cleaning, running dishwashers and doing laundry.  The moment something goes wrong, however, we realize just how important this frequently overlooked appliance is to our comfort and well-being.  To make sure your hot water heater continues to work its best, we’ve put together a few simple tips to keep it operating seamlessly. Check Regularly for Leaks in and Around Your Water Heater.  Make sure that there is no standing water and there are no signs of water damage.  If you do suspect a leak, call a plumbing professional to come and repair the problem. Drain Your Tank.  A couple of times a year, hook up a garden hose to your hot water heater and drain some water out.  This is an easy way to remove any debris that has collected in your tank and helps to maintain its efficiency. Reduce the Temperature.  If your hot water ever comes out too hot to touch, you’ve got the temperature set way too high.  Set your thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure that you are not needlessly overheating water – and of course to make sure that no one in your home gets accidentally scalded! Check for Water Quality. Take a look at the water coming out of your tank.  Does it look rusty or have bits of sediment in it?  If so, it’s time to call in a plumber to assess the situation. Test your Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve.  This important component ensures that neither the pressure nor the temperature in your tank exceeds safety requirements.  Make sure it’s working by opening the valve and making sure that water comes out easily and stops as soon as you close the...

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Plumber’s Tips for Buying a New Home

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Plumber’s Tips for Buying a New Home

House hunting can be a fun and exciting venture, whether as a first time home buyer or a well-seasoned purchaser. While making sure that the home fits your needs for size, comfort and location, consider adding some basic plumbing checks to your inspection list as well. Plumbing problems are often overlooked in the process of selecting a new home, but can result in property damage and costly repairs if they go undetected. To help you make an informed decision on this large capital expenditure, we’ve put together a few tips to help make sure your new move doesn’t come with any plumbing surprises. Check the flow of your drains: Don’t be shy to go around the house and try out every faucet and toilet. • Make sure toilets flush easily and drain completely, and that there’s no water or signs of leakage around the base of the toilet as well. • Fill each sink with water and then allow it to drain. Watch for slow moving drains that could be a sign of a blockage somewhere down the line. Inspect pipes: If you see old lead pipes, be aware that these must be replaced and that there is a great possibility for leaks somewhere in or around your home. Take a look at your water heater: Make sure there are no signs of corrosion, that the unit isn’t too old and that there is no obvious damage or leakage. Inspect your sewer drain: If you see signs of previous water issues around your drain, or there is standing water in your sewer, be sure to hire a professional for a camera inspection to rule out cracked pipes or other potentially expensive repairs. Look for signs of water damage: Check for water damage under or around any existing plumbing. A damaged dining room ceiling could indicate prior flooding in the upstairs bathroom. Don’t hesitate to call in a pro: Your house is one of the biggest investments of your life. Don’t leave it to chance. Hiring a qualified plumber to inspect your home will help you to make a sound home buying...

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Finding and Preventing Leaks

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Finding and Preventing Leaks

Everyone dreads the thought of a burst water pipe or a blocked drain pipe, but few people consider the smaller, less dramatic leaks that can cause costly damage and even serious health concerns.  So, without the obvious rush of water and ensuing panic of a major water issue, how do you know what lurks behind the walls and under your floors?  We’ve got a few tips to help you catch a leak before it causes big problems. Keep an eye on your water bill. Have you seen a jump in your water bill with no explanation?  This can be indicative of a slow leak somewhere in your home.  Don’t let this spike in fees go unanswered. Look for discolouration in your walls or flooring. This can be a sign of water pooling in a specific area. Bubbling of paint is a solid indicator of excess water inside your walls. This is a sign that is not to be ignored! Sagging ceilings or floorboards can also mean you have a water problem that needs addressing. Mold and mildew as well, whether in the basement or anywhere else inside the house often means you have an issue with water, and could be evidence of a leak inside your walls or under the floor. This problem needs to be addressed immediately for the health and safety of your family. If you do find signs of water damage inside your home, be sure to call a professional as soon as possible.  Not only will it be more cost efficient to repair the problem sooner rather than later, but it will also avoid or limit the exposure your family will have to unpleasant odours and harmful mold and mildew spores.  Modern technology allows us to look at your pipes without taking your plumbing apart and helps us take an exact approach with no wasted time or expense.  Trust the experience of our Rite Tech team to fix your leaky pipes and make your house safe and dry...

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Still Using Chemical Drain Cleaners? Here’s Why You Should Stop

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Still Using Chemical Drain Cleaners? Here’s Why You Should Stop

Uh-oh! The drain in the kitchen sink is clogged. Do you: a) Grab a plunger and go to town b) Call your friendly, neighbourhood Kelowna plumbing expert c) Reach for the bottle of chemical drain cleaner under the sink If your answer was C, we have some bad news for you! Chemical drain cleaners are terrible for your plumbing system and even worse for the environment. If that’s not enough for you, here are a few more reasons why you should stop using them. Chemical Skin Burns If you have used a chemical drain cleaner, and the clog is not completely removed, the toxic material will stick to the source of the clog. When that clog is finally removed, it will be coated with a fine layer of material that is corrosive. That means it can cause chemical burns to the skin, and if you think that’s bad for your hand, imagine what it could do to your eyes! They Cause Lasting Damage to Pipes Were you under the impression that the source of the clog was the only thing chemical drain cleaners would eat away at and dissolve? Nope! Chemical drain cleaners can also eat away at PVC piping creating a far more serious problem than a little clog. What’s worse, if the source of your drainage issue is a damaged pipe, the toxic substance you just poured down the drain could now be leaking into other parts of your home. They Don’t Really Work Most of the Time When it comes to clearing drain clogs, there is no substitute for good, old-fashioned elbow grease. Chemical drain cleaners are most effective for clogs that originate from organic matter (hair, grease, soft food, etc.) For other solid materials, which more often the cause of clogged pipes, chemical drain cleaners are ineffective, and they’ll leave you with a sink full of toxic sludge to clean up on top of a clogged drain. Rite Tech Plumbing is interested in more than just providing emergency plumbing in Kelowna. We want to help you understand how the plumbing systems in your home work so that you can avoid that emergency call in the first place. Browse our blog posts for plumbing information and advice, and feel free to contact us at any time at (250) 681-0089 for the expert service and advice to keep your plumbing problem...

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