Water Service Upgardes

Water Service Upgrades

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.

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 Lead from an outdated lead water line can seep into your potable water if it’s deteriorated, potentially causing serious health concerns.

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.

We are experts at water service replacements/upgrades, and will be happy to assist you in this sort of installation. For Toronto water service upgrades, rely on the expertise of DrainWorks Plumbing to help you manage the process and take the stress and worry out of the situation.

Water Service Replacement Methods

For replacing your main water service line, there are essentially two options which are possible, and which the DrainWorks Plumbing team of drain technicians are skilled and experienced in performing.

  1. Manual excavation
  2. 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.