Meeting your Plumbing and Piping NeedsReady to make plumbing work for you? Great, time to get started! Wait, how do you do that and how do you get started? Never fear, here are some plumbing tips! This collection of advice should provide you with just the right amount of knowledge and inspiration to do your own plumbing. Cost Effective Pipe MaintenanceTo avoid clogs, pay attention to what you flush. Sanitary napkins, thick toilet paper and baby wipes should never be flushed. These items can expand and cause a clog, or get caught on a pipe. Instead, dispose of them in a sanitary way that does not involve flushing them down the toilet.Routinely check your appliance connections and faucets around the house for any kind of obvious leaks or nearby signs of moisture. Not only do even the smallest leaks lead to a large waste of water and money, they also can lead to damage to your home or even the development of harmful molds.Schedule your plumbing work simultaneously. You might be tempted to call the plumber every time you need something fixed, but if you wait and hire the plumber for a single visit, you can save up money for repairs. You will also save because plumbers usually charge hourly rates, so hours they can charge you are reduced if there is only one trip made.Always keep your garbage disposal clean. You can do this in many ways. Pour some dish soap in and let the disposal run for a few minutes with some cold water. Be sure to run it regularly, if not, it can cause rust. To eliminate foul odors, grind lemon or other citrus peels. You can clean the walls of the disposal by grinding small fruit pits or egg shells.Don’t shrug off that trickle coming from your toilet as a small problem. Even the tiniest leak can be quite expensive in the long run as you end up wasting potentially hundreds of gallons of water. See if you can find the root of the leak, or seek out professional advice, and keep your toilet running efficiently. How to Extend the life of your Heater and Improve your Shower HeadOne way to prevent water heater problems is to turn down the heat. As long as the water is still as hot as needed for showers and washing dishes, turning it down won’t hurt anything, and will extend the life of the heater. Holding very hot water can corrode the inside.One of the ways that you can improve the functionality of your shower head is to clean the mineral deposits from the surface. Unscrew your shower head and soak it in vinegar overnight. In the morning, brush off the deposits with a toothbrush to help the flow of water for your showers. Emergency Temporary Fix for Damaged PipesIt is not always necessary to call in a plumber when you have a damaged section of pipe in your plumbing. There are repair kits you can buy in your local hardware store which are excellent in repairing leaks. If you have a small leak, you can rub a compound stick over the hole or crack in the pipe to seal it shut. Epoxy paste is also an excellent remedy for a leaking pipes. Make sure you turn off the water and completely dry the pipe before applying the epoxy.Have you tried patching your pipe with the store-bought patching kits only to have that section of your plumbing continue leaking? Replacing the damaged pipe is a more permanent solution than patching. First, you must shut off the main water valve, and drain the water from the damaged section. Cut out the damaged section of the copper pipe, leaving about an inch of extra pipe on both sides of the damaged area. Remove corrosion from inside the pipes with a wire brush. Apply flux to the replacement pipe and the remaining pipe. Slide the piece of replacement pipe into place with couplings. Apply solder all around the joint, and use a propane torch to solder the replacement section into place. Tips on Ensuring you Pipes Survive the WinterKeep your plumbing flowing by maintaining a temperature above 32 degrees and wrapping up any exposed pipe works. If the temperature surrounding the pipes is anywhere below freezing, this can cause the pipes to freeze. If they do freeze, you are looking at some time before they can thaw out, thus you will have to wait for running water. The worst case scenario is a busted pipe and a costly repair.Use a hairdryer to thaw frozen pipes, after you shut off the water to the Toronto house. A hairdryer will gently heat the pipe and thaw the ice without causing significant damage to the pipe. Shutting off the water first means that if the pipe is broken, there will be no rush of water into the house.You need to winter-proof (waterproof) your Toronto house. You have to make sure you switch of the master circuit breaker or the shut-off valve before you leave your house. Since one small hole or congested water can quickly freeze and cause pipes to break and expand, you need to drain and open all outdoor and household water lines.Now is the perfect chance to make plumbing work for you! Don’t worry; it can be personally tailored for just your home. After reading these previous tips, you should have seen that techniques and equipment are numerous and that anyone can can apply them to their plumbing jobs. It just takes research and experimentation.