When the time comes to replace every inch of water piping in your Toronto home, be it gray poly, copper, or another material, we are your Toronto, Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York plumbers. In this process, every single inch of the previous piping (usually gray poly) is removed from the home and replaced with either CPVC, PEX, or copper (upon request). Every plumbing fixture receives new piping; all faucets, toilets, tubs, showers, hose connections, your water heater, and every other fixture or appurtenance requiring water receives the piping of your choice. Our recommendation? CPVC, also known as chlorinated poly-vinyl chloride. CPVC is similar in composition to PVC, but has been specially treated to handle hot (up to 180 degrees F) water as well as cold. CPVC is not only inexpensive, but also flexible, clean, and fast-installing. CPVC re-pipes can be done in almost half the time as re-pipes done in copper. As we mentioned, we will gladly install copper water piping for you, however the cost is significantly greater due to copper’s high market cost. We will also perform your re-pipe in PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) if you prefer. This type of plastic water pipe is nearly identical to the black poly (more in “Waterlines” section) we use to install all of our new main water services. Similar to CPVC, PEX is formulated to withstand hot water temperatures, is extremely flexible, and if you prefer, comes in red, blue, white and clear colors. We will also, if necessary, install a new pressure regulating valve, or PRV during the process.
No matter which material you choose, our complete home re-pipes are as non-invasive as possible, with minimal access holes and wall and ceiling damage. Some holes, however, are necessary to complete the installation. After all, when you house was built, the water piping was installed when there were no walls yet.
Older homes featuring sewer lines NOT composed of PVC or ABS rarely featured cleanouts for maintenance. A cleanout is a piece of sewer line that juts up vertically in the home’s yard from the main and extends above the surface of the ground. It ties in with the main sewer line with a smooth angle to allow a drain cleaning machine to be run, clearing any blockages. The cleanout is capped with a removable piece to access the main line. Without one of these cleanouts, the only access to the main sewer line was by pulling a toilet and cleaning the main from the bathroom. Sometimes, if room in the crawlspace permits, the drain machine can be operated via a cleanout installed at the end of a mainline under the home. Even so, maintenance on a sewer line is much easier if performed through a yard-located cleanout. But what if none exist?
Mister Plumber can fix that.
Older Toronto homes often featured cast iron sewer lines, and were without any sort of cleanout feature. To install a cleanout in such a case, first the main sewer line must be reached. By digging down to the sewer line and clearing away all the dirt, the line can now be fully accessed to install a cleanout. In order to do this, a section of the old sewer line must first be removed, usually no more than two feet. Then the new PVC cleanout fitting, called a “sweep ‘y’,” can be set in with fittings to adapt from PVC to cast iron. Then the vertical piece that will run above the ground’s surface is installed to whatever height or depth is necessary (anywhere from 2 feet all the way to over twenty feet). All parts are secured, and the hole is filled and graded smooth. Plumbing code now dictates that all new sewer lines be installed with two cleanouts; one near the house, and one near the curb.
Plastic Water Pipe Repair
Many Toronto homes are outfitted entirely with plastic water piping, starting at the water meter and continuing throughout the house. Whether you have pvc, cpvc, PEX, or gray polybutylene, we can locate and repair your leaks, problem-free. Be it behind your sheetrock walls, above your ceilings, under your floors, in your yard…we will find the leak and eliminate it, once again leaving you with a full warranty in the process (exception: gray polybutylene repairs).
Gray polybutylene is nearly identical in composition to blue polybutylene, differing only in that gray poly was used solely inside your home rather than outside in the ground. It does, however, display all of the faults and risks associated with blue poly. Pinholes, breaks, and splits are everyday occurrences for homeowners unfortunate enough to live in a home still equipped with the material, and the damage caused by the faulty piping has reached into the millions of dollars. Although we heavily advise against it, we will make repairs to your gray poly piping, albeit with no warranty. This is due to the almost certain chance of another leak occurring very close to the previous one, and in a relatively short amount of time. Because of this fact, we nearly always recommend fully replacing all of the gray poly in your Toronto home with cpvc, copper, or PEX.
Copper Pipe Repair
A large percentage of Toronto’s homes have interior copper water piping, servicing all of the home’s plumbing fixtures. Toilets, faucets, water heaters, hose connections…all are often fed by copper piping. Copper is an excellent material to have in your home. It’s clean, sturdy, and handles temperature and pressure changes well. But let’s face it, even the highest quality products fail from time to time. Copper is no exception. Sometimes, small leaks will form on the joints connecting the copper piping together, dripping, unbeknownst to you, inside your walls or into your ceilings. Transition joints (copper joining plastic pipe) are also common locations for leaks. These small leaks can cause big problems, damaging sheetrock, hardwood floors, and carpeting. We will locate and access these leaks with minimal invasiveness or damage to walls or flooring, make the necessary repairs, and thoroughly test the system before we leave.
Copper piping often services the connections to your water heater. Water heater inlets often leak due to age and to the corrosion of the galvanized stubs that connect the water lines to the top of the heater. We will remove these faulty fittings and replace them with dielectric (corrosion-eliminating) fittings to remove any chance of future corrosion.
Copper was once the most popular material for main water lines, servicing your home from the street. Unfortunately, copper has weak areas that will often oxidize underground, causing severe leaks. It is not ALWAYS necessary to replace the entire waterline when this occurs. As such, we will dig and expose the leak, make any necessary repairs, cover everything back up, restore your water service and leave you with a full warranty. If the leak happens to be located at the penetration point (where the waterline enters the home), we can remove the faulty section and replace it, encasing it within a sleeve to ensure no future corrosion issues.
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