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Business man and woman confused about Toronto's Backflow Prevention Program.

People tend to take the water supply for granted. You turn on a faucet, and clean, drinkable water comes out. You find no reason to be concerned. Of course, if the water made you sick or had a strange look, smell or taste, then you might want some answers.

The reason that we have this good supply of clean water is because the City of Toronto goes to great lengths to ensure that the water is clean and safe. In guaranteeing this supply of clean water, the city has to protect the water supply from contaminants. In its efforts to protect the water supply, the local government has to ensure that the water supply is protected from backflow.

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backflow prevention device in the desert

Plumbing inside our homes is complicated and convoluted, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Once you start looking at how a private residence’s water supply is connected to the public water supply, things start to get very complicated. The movement of water between homes and public supplies must be carefully regulated and controlled for a number of reasons, chief among them being the quality of the water entering homes. Read more


pex plumbing piping

While most people think of the world of plumbing as relatively unchanged, it’s actually constantly featuring new upgrades and materials that make plumbers’ jobs easier and people’s plumbing systems better. Read more


large pipe with extensive water leaks

Leak detection is one of the more fascinating aspects of plumbing that uses all sorts of technological innovations to detect and locate leaky pipes. These methods are diverse and come with their own pros and cons, so we’re offering a two-part guide to the general types of leak detection methods out there (see part one). Read more


time for a water supply upgrade in Toronto area

Many of us are either living in older homes or living on older water supply lines, meaning we may have to upgrade water supply lines at some point, maybe even in the near future. There are many indicators that you need water supply line upgrades, but here are just 2 indicators that you need to upgrade your water supply line. Surprisingly, they can be solved with the exact same solution: copper pipes. Read more


many types of plumbing pipes

Pipes are at the very heart of the plumbing trade, and as a result there are a lot of different materials we use when installing plumbing systems. Today’s post is going to explain the different materials used, and what their applications are, as well as advantages and disadvantages. We will also discuss some older materials no longer used or being phased out (see National Plumbing Code of Canada for more info). So without, further ado, we’ll start with copper, as it is the most common.

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cool new plumbing technology

There are a lot of facets to plumbing. Not every job is for tub repairs or leaky faucets, and there are some things that may surprise you in plumbing. We are going to uncover some of the lesser-known plumbing tactics and technology in this post. Have you heard of pipe bursting? How about no-dig drain liners? Do you know what a water cop is? Read on to discover these, and more cool and unusual plumbing devices and techniques. Read more


conserve water by fixing a leaking faucet

At the end of last week’s post, we talked briefly about water conservation, and some good habits that you can develop in your home to promote more efficient water usage. This week, we’d like to expound upon that, and cover the other two of the three basic rules of water conservation: reduce, repair, and retrofit. We covered “reduce” in our last post, so now we want to talk about the other two – repair and retrofit. Read more


Canadian flag

Welcome back to another installment of your favorite plumbing blog. Lately, we’ve been talking a lot about local issues, but in today’s post I’d like to take a step back from Toronto and discuss a broader topic. Did you know that Canada houses more than 7% of the world’s renewable freshwater supply? That is a lot of water to maintain, and it means that our government is involved in one of the world’s largest clean water projects. Read more


Toronto plumbing repairs

It’s pretty common that we have home owners contacting us to repair their plumbing, trust me; we repair a lot of plumbing in any given month. Our plumbing services in Toronto include quite a number of plumbing repairs, but there are a few common issues that people face we’d like to address and provide some further information on, some people aren’t always sure what aspects of their home plumbing system need the most care or when to call a plumber. Read more