Toronto Water Service Upgrades By DrainWorks Plumbing

Toronto Water Service Upgrades By DrainWorks Plumbing

100% city-approved to upgrade your water lines in Toronto & GTA

Toronto Water Service Upgrade

Water Line Replacements:
 
As you may have heard, the City of Toronto often requests that people replace their water lines from galvanized and/or lead pipes to copper pipes as they replace the water meters across the city. We are experts at water service replacements/upgrades, and will be happy to assist you in this sort of installation.
 
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.

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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.

DrainWorks Plumbing: The 'Go-To' Plumbers For Main Water Service 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.
 
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 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.
 
1. Main Water Service Pipe Replacement via manual excavation.
 
2. Main Water Service Pipe Replacement via Torpedoing.

What Is Torpedoing?

Despite an intimidating name, torpedoing is a method of water main 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.