Water Service Installation & Upgrade
Your home plumbing system is made up of separate water sub-systems including your water system and your drainage system. The water system supplies potable water from your nearest water treatment plant, through the local water mains and into your home. Installation of home water service in Toronto is the responsibility of the homeowner, although the City supplies the water for residential uses. Whether you need new water service installation for a new home, or service upgrading and replacement of old water connections in your existing home, this is a job for a professional plumber.
Removal of Lead Piping
Believe it or not there is still water service infrastructure utilizing lead piping. Replacing this lead pipe is the most effective way to reduce, if not eliminate, lead exposure in your drinking water. How can this be accomplished? Simple, there is piping that runs from the watermain to your property; you must have both the privately owned pipe and the City-owned piping replaced. The property owners section of the water service pipe runs from either inside of the home or the from the water meter to the edge of the property line; the City-owned portion of the pipe runs from the actual City watermain and connects to the privately owned piping at the property line.
Back in 2011 the City of Toronto took it upon themselves to replace 1,500 priority lead water service lines ever year. These priority replacement properties are designated by properties where the owner has either already replaced their portion of the lead pipe, or will do so at the same time as the City does. When a homeowner wishes to notify the City that they are/or will be upgrading their lead pipe they must fill out the application form that can be accessed via the link below.
Here is the priority lead water service replacement form – you must fill out this form to notify the City of your intention to upgrade your Toronto water service.
New Water Service
Building a new home is an investment that most homeowners expect to enjoy for a long time to come. One of the critical features of a residential property in Toronto is an adequate supply of clean water for household use. Toronto bylaws are particularly stringent, with specifications for service installation that include a minimum of a 19 mm diameter water connection. As contractors experienced in the requirements of the bylaws, ADP can help you navigate through the process of applying for your new water service. We have the equipment and training to obtain the necessary permits, connect your property to the main municipal water supply, and install water piping and valves to carry the water from the mains to your home.
Water Meter Installation
Along with your new service, you are required to install water meters in compliance with the City’s bylaws. All new service installations are fitted with a meter connected to the City by a radio communications network, which enables the automated collection, transmission and recording of your water usage for billing purposes. The water meter selected should be the appropriate size for residential use, and it is supplied by the City although you pay the cost of the equipment on application. Owners of properties containing more than one dwelling will need to install water meters for each building. Your brand new water service is activated only once the water meter is installed and has been inspected by the City’s water inspector.
Upgrading Your Service
Many stately Toronto homes that precede 1970 have outdated water services systems and galvanized steel water pipes. The pipes develop internal buildup of minerals and corrosion, causing blockages that result in low water pressure and strange-tasting water. Homeowners typically try to postpone upgrading their water service installation as long as possible. This is unwise, however, as a decayed water supply system can collapse without warning, resulting in expensive flood damage. In addition, when you upgrade your service, this is the ideal time to increase the pressure of your water supply by pipe upsizing, replacing old galvanized pipe with copper, and eliminating any pipe leaks.
For all your water service upgrade or installation requirements, or to install water meters, replacement systems or new water pipes, call your reliable local plumber – ADP Toronto Plumbing.