Toronto Water Service Upgrades
For Toronto, water service upgrades, rely on the expertise of DrainWorks to help you manage the process and take the stress and worry out of the situation. As many Toronto homeowners likely know, the City of Toronto is regularly upgrading peoples’ water meters, wherein they request that the person also upgrades their water line from lead/galvanized pipes, to copper pipes.
This is to ensure that when a connection is made from the new water meter that there is not a leak from the old lead pipe to the new copper pipe. And of course, lead content in water is a health concern. Furthermore, upgrading your water service can also give you an increase in water pressure.
Upgrades to Improve Water Pressure
In Toronto, just about everyone is on municipal water or “city water.” The water comes into your home from the city side, underground, and then into your home – typically at the inside front wall of the home and then from there it disperses to the fixtures accordingly. Sometimes, you might not be getting as much water pressure as you otherwise could be. One of the main causes is too much friction as the water travels from the City side and into your home. This friction is from having a smaller diameter water line than needed. A lot of people have ½” diameter water lines, whereas ¾” is generally more optimal.
Lead Pipe Replacement in Toronto
Aside from an increase in water pressure, the main reason for a water service upgrade is to move away from lead pipes that can compromise your health. Homes built prior to the 1950s commonly may have lead pipes running into the home. Once the dangers of lead were recognized, its use was prohibited in the mid-1950s by the Ontario Plumbing Code.
Replacing only one section of a lead water system will not fully address the risk of lead in your drinking water. Lead from an outdated lead water line can seep into your potable water if it’s deteriorated, potentially causing serious health concerns.
Water Service Upgrades: Customer Feedback
“After the city replaced water mains, sewers, road and sidewalks I obtained quotes for removing the lead pipes and installing copper water service on my property. Drainworks quote was in line with others. The comparison stops there. Drainworks staff came at the promised time for a quote, to complete the work and a follow up inspection. A reminder call the evening before the workers arrived was a pleasant surprise. Drainworks professional staff, 20 year warranty (written), quality of work were excellent. They even covered my basement bookshelves with plastic sheeting! After digging up the lines, they returned my yard to a better condition than they found it. They are definitely professionals. I recommend them to my friends and neighbours.”
Jan from Toronto East
“We wanted to replace our main water service before doing any more work on the plumbing. Decided to replace the main because if we found out down the road it was a problem, we wouldn’t be able to deal with it later. Called Drainworks, received a tech and a quote the same day. I wasn’t available to be there while they did the work, but was assured if I wasn’t happy they’d fix it. Being my second job with Drainworks I was confident everything would go well. They repaired the basement floor nicely, positioned the meter and incoming line in a good spot, and made a minimal cut in the driveway (which now matches my main sewer replacement patch).”
Michael H., Toronto
“I needed a plumber to quickly assess and upgrade the water line coming into my home. Drainworks was there within a couple hours, giving a reasonable estimate and more importantly, recommending a service (hydro boring) that would be a less intrusive option. Nice touch given that everyone else was ready to plow ahead with torpedoing a line through. Drainworks co-ordinated their work with the city, whose workers were on-site upgrading the city line. And finally, I was pleased that a Drainworks representative came by to walk me through the bill and check the job. In short, they were fabulous.”
PDG in The Annex
Water Service Replacement (Torpedoing)
For the city water pipe to your home
Why Replace Your Water Service?
The water service is the water pipe which delivers water to your home from the City of Toronto. This water pipe can be considered in two sections – the first being the section which runs from the watermain (the main water pipeline) to your, the homeowner’s property line. This section of the pipe is owned and maintained by the city.
The second section of the pipe which falls on your property is your responsibility.
For homes built prior to the 1950s, the water pipe may be constructed of lead, which was a popular plumbing pipe material back then. However, once the dangers of lead were recognized, its use was prohibited in the mid-1950s by the Ontario Plumbing Code.
Even just replacing one section of a lead water system will not fully address the risk of lead in your drinking water.
The City of Toronto encourages you to replace the water line on your property. Full replacement of the pipe is the only way to ensure safer drinking water.
They also encourage homeowners to replace their side of the line first.
Water Service Replacement Methods
For replacing your main water service line, there are essentially two options which are possible, and which the DrainWorks team of drain technicians are skilled and experienced in performing.
- Manual excavation
What is Torpedoing?
Despite an intimidating name, torpedoing is a method of drain replacement which takes part underground by sending a long snake-like device horizontally through the ground.
Advantages of Torpedo Method:
- It’s less disruptive to the homeowner. Your yard isn’t completely dug up, reducing unnecessary damage and disruption to your home’s landscaping and vegetation.
- It’s versatile: using the torpedo method, the pipe can go under existing structures, such as a walkway or driveway.
- It can be more cost-effective. In many cases, the torpedo method is the more financially prudent way to do a water service replacement.
If you are concerned that your water line pipes may be lead, you should act quickly on it to reduce the chance of ill effects.