plumb·er  [pluhm-er] 
1. a person who installs and repairs piping, fixtures, appliances, and appurtenances in connection with the water supply, drainage systems, etc., both in and out of buildings.
2. Slang. an undercover operative or spy hired to detect or stop leaks of news or secret information, often using questionable or illegal methods, as illegal entry or wiretapping.
3. Obsolete . a worker in lead or similar metals.

What is a plumber?

A trades person who specializes in installing and maintaining systems used for potable (drinking) water, sewage, and drainage in plumbing systems.

When ever someone thinks of a plumber they generally think of Super Mario. Big mustache, overalls, and a pipe in hand on their way to fix a toilet. People think of  a plumber as someone who you call when your toilet is not working. They tend to forget that plumbers cover so much in their  home or business.

Things you probably didn’t know they work on…

  • Hot Water Heaters
  • Sewer Lines
  • Gas Lines
  • Water Softeners
  • Flooding

Rule of thumb, if it has a pipe, call a plumber

  •       build and repair water supply lines
  •       build and repair sewerage to all types of buildings
  •       work on main line stoppages 
  •       repair or replace valves
  •       work on and install water heaters
  •       install tubs and showers

Some needed skills, interests, and values that plumbers need

  • Reading drawings, and specifications to determine layout of water supply, waste, and venting systems
  • Detecting faults in plumbing appliances and systems, and correctly diagnosing their causes
  • Installing, repairing and maintaining domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing fixtures and systems
  • Locating and marking positions for pipe connections, passage holes, and fixtures in walls and floors
  • Measuring, cutting, bending, and threading pipes using hand and power tools or machines
  •         Joining pipes and fittings together using soldering techniques, compression fittings, threaded fittings, and push-on fittings.
  • Testing pipes for leaks using air and water pressure gauges
  • Awareness of legal regulations and safety issues
  • Ensuring safety standards and build regulations are met.

Kevin Szabo Jr.



Times are hard, but we are all trying to make due. Some of us have a little extra money here and there that we have been saving up to remodel our bathroom. Two important places that you should invest on is your kitchen and your bathroom. It increases the value of your home and it feels good to have a nice bathroom.

It is important to know the budget before remodeling your bathroom, what is your budget? How much money can you afford for yourbathroom remodel? Once you figure out your budget going down your list will be easier.

Ask around for bathroom ideas. Ask friends, family, or coworkers. Look through home magazines. Go online and search whats new and hip. You might have a theme in mind, but it won’t hurt to look around. They always have new looks and as you get older your taste changes. Make sure you look at everything before you choose what style you want to go with.

  • Do you want to keep the same bathroom layout? Or can you afford to change/move things around?
  • Do you want a shower, tub, or both? Is your bathroom big enough to fit both? If you are getting a tub, make sure you sit in the tub before you buy it. Who cares if people are looking, get in that tub and make sure you are happy sitting inside of it. Is it deep enough? Is it comfortable? Are you going to have someone else join you in this tub?
  • What kind of vanity do you want? This goes with what style or theme you are going with. Traditional, modern, luxurious, crisp & clean, elegant, romantic, etc. 
  • After you figure out the vanity, the sink is easier to pick out. 
  • Pick out a bathroom floor, remember you have to clean it, make sure it’s something easy to clean. Pick something that works with your look, price, durability, and cleaning. 
  • Toilet is a must have. Do you want something with gadgets, fancy, or something comfortable that you’ll enjoy reading the paper in the morning. We spend lots of time sitting on the toilet, make sure you like what you pick. 
  • Wall colors, what kind of colors do you have in mind? Painting is a must. It will liven up your bathroom. 
  • Lighting. Depending on your budget, you should spend on lighting. If your budget is limited, you should make it a point to work on the lighting. 
  • Plumbing fixtures. Don’t be cheap on your plumbing fixtures. Do your research, and spend some money on your fixtures. Cheap fixtures don’t last as long. 
  • If you are getting a curtain rod for your shower or tub, make sure you get a nice shower curtain. Depending on the size of the bathroom, it is one of the first things you notice when you walk it. 
Everyone’s bathroom is different. Some bathrooms have not been updated in a long time, others have horrible plumbing, and the lucky ones only need a few touch ups to update the look. Whether you are planning on doing it yourself, have your friends help you, or call a professional, remember it doesn’t hurt to call a plumber to give you an estimate. A plumbercan walk you through what the bathroom needs or even give you new ideas that you didn’t think could fit in there. They can always work with your budget. Good luck and happy remodeling. 

Things Every Woman Should Know How To Repair Around Their Home

It’s 2014, men should still be gentlemen and fix whatever needs to be fixed and handle any other home repair that needs to be done. In general, women can handle most home repair tasks without asking their husbands, or significant others to do it for them. I know for a fact that they can do a lot more than we ever give them credit for. Some women  know how to fix stuff better than we do, but leave the home repair up to us just because they know they can.  My significant other always tackles any home repair issue without asking for help because she enjoys the feeling and knows how to do it.  It honestly makes me proud. We always want to be there, but in case we aren’t we want our women to know how to do these things.

Things Every Woman Should Know How To Repair

Tools you should always have at home

  • Power drill
  • Hammer
  • Screw driver set
  • Wrench
  • Channel locks
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Level
  • Measuring Tape
  • Flash light
  • Staple gun
  • Wood saw

Foot Note: There is a lot of men out there that don’t know how to do any home repair and have to have a woman show them. This post isn’t meant as an insult towards women in any way shape or form.

Please visit our website www.kevinszabojrplumbing.net

If you have any issues or concerns call or email

Kevin Szabo Jr 



We all clean our homes on a regular bases. After having all our windows closed through out most of Fall and Winter we have to go the extra mile to clean and maintain everything. All that dust that builds up from having everything closed. Certain stuff not being used over Winter, we have to make sure it’s working properly.

The first thing you have to do, is open every single window. Let that fresh air in. Now turn some music on and let’s go down the list.

  • Clean or replace your furnace filters
  • Test your air conditioning system(don’t wait till it gets too hot to see if it’s working). 
  • Check caulking around all windows and doors. Improper caulking allows for moisture to get inside your walls and can cause mold. 
  • Replace screens on your windows if they are torn or broken.
  • Clean your windows, inside and outside.
  • Test your smoke and fire detector, replace batteries if needed. Dust the inside and outside. 
  • Check your fire extinguisher.
  • Clean your ceiling fan with a wet rag.
  • Rotate your ceiling fan so it’s spinning counter clock wise for Summer. 
  • Clean out your fridge and freezer. Place a new box of baking soda in the back to maintain freshness. 
  • Check for pest problems, you might look into calling someone to spray before the warmer months. 
  • Organize your closets, put away Winter clothes and bring out the Spring and Summer clothes. 
  • Clean your walls, sponge and water, or a wet rag. Dust builds up on your walls, especially during Fall and Winter. 
  • Dust and reorganize your book shelves. Move your books around, place some vertically, and some horizontally.
  • Wipe down all your lightbulbs. 
  • Wash your shower curtain. Replace the inside liner. You can buy the inside liner for a buck or two. They tent to get moldy quickly. 
  • Clean your bathroom walls, having your fan on during and after showers isn’t enough. Mold grows, you have to prevent it.
  • Soak your shower head in vinegar and lemon for half an hour or longer if you please. Minerals tend to build up in it. 
  • Vacuum mattress and box spring.
  • Dust off all vents.
  • Clean out the dryer ducts.
If it seems like your in need of a Plumber, Electrician, Heating and AC Repairman, or a General Handyman give them a call. Don’t wait to the last second. Trust us, you’ll be glad that you took care of things before they got bad. 
If you have any questions or concerns, email or call me.


Plumbing Fixtures Should Be Installed By A Professional







Plumbing Fixtures

You need to be a licensed plumber to install plumbing fixtures. I know some fixtures are easy and seem pretty simple to install. You honestly should leave it to the professionals to install your plumbing fixtures. Not only do they know exactly what they are doing, they also have all the plumbing tools they need for the job. You might have to run back and forth to the hardware store to pick up certain things that you might need to install your faucet or to change/ install a toilet. Plumbers carry all they need for the job on their work vans. Fully stocked vans.

I’m all for people knowing how to do certain things in their house, but you should be careful. You need to take into consideration all the things that you have to do when changing a plumbing fixture. Making sure that your fixtures and or hardware isn’t mismatched. Purchasing plumbing fixtures for your bathroom only considering the price. Cheap faucets look cheat and will eventually leak. Plumbers will advice you on what fixtures work best for your budget. Forgetting to replace the shut off valves for hot and cold under the vanity or for the toilet. Plumbers know that the washer inside the valves deteriorates, and it wont shut off anymore or it will start to leak. Last, licensed plumbers know how to install it right and up to code.

Instead of spending your whole Saturday afternoon figuring out what goes where and why in the world isn’t this functioning correctly, just call the plumber. He will be there in no time while you sit back and watch the ball game. In an hour, or less, depending on what you are having installed you will have your plumbing fixtures installed. No head ache, no hassles.

If you have any questions or comments email or call me.

Kevin Szabo Jr

Have Your Sump Pump Ready For Flood Season


All we did this Winter was complain about how cold it was and how much it snowed. Those sub zero days were killing us along with snow that wouldn’t stop. We haven’t had this much snow in years. All that snow is just sitting there. Now as the temperature rises, it’s melting. Melting snow along with rain falls causes flooding. 
Nobody wants unwanted water in or near their home. Backup water puts pressure on your waste pipes. Yuck, you don’t want sewage water backing into your home.
If your home has previous flooded or the neighborhood is known for flooding, you need to prepare. Sump pumps, remove accumulated water in a collecting sump base. You need to get one, if you don’t already have one. If you have one, make sure it works. Monthly or quarterly fill it up with water to make sure the pump is working and draining properly. Clean around it, keep all the clutter around it to a minimal. You should also invest in a battery backup sump pump system(Zoeller Aquanet). Trust me you will be thankful. The average pump should last you around 8-10 years. Check with your home insurance, some home insurances will cover it if you are lucky.
I recommend you get a generator,  and have annual check ups on your pump. If you have any questions about your pump, or need advice you should check with a plumber
Living in Chicago or Chicago suburbs we are use to this weather. One day it’s beautiful, the next it’s a snow storm, the following it’s crazy rainfalls. We all, or most of us say that we will move. We never do. We do enjoy having our eventful seasons. It keeps us entertained. Just be prepared and everything will turn out alright. If not, that’s what insurance is for. Check with your insurance agent that everything is up to date. 
Please visit our website www.kevinszabojrplumbing.net
If you have any questions, email me or call me. I will be glad to help.

Creative and Awesome Toilet Paper Designs

It’s 2014, Have More Fun In The Bathroom

I guess using regular toilet paper is old news. I keep coming across funny toilet paper. Most of it, is a waste of money, others I can’t see how anybody would spend the money on it. Honestly, I buy regular toilet paper. Sam’s Club always has great deals on Charmin. Maybe, I should live on the edge and spend a few bucks on a roll of toilet paper, or maybe I should save my money and put it to good use.

This post is meant to be funny. Please don’t take it to heart. Enjoy the funny rolls I came across.

You can’t go wrong with Chuck Norris
“Chuck Norris once had his own toilet paper brand. It was taken off the market because it wouldn’t take crap from anybody.”

They say you can write on this one without poking through. If it comes with a pen I might buy it.
Woman Nagging Toilet Paper
A lot of things to measure in the bathroom.
Exotic Toilet Paper
Glow In The Dark Toilet Paper
(you can’t tell the difference on here, but I was assured it works)



Cheese Grated Toilet Paper. For Real Men. 


Wiping with money makes someone people feel better
Mind Trainer Toilet Paper. This actually looks cool. I will add this to my Christmas list. 
Every Military and Hunters Dream Toilet Paper
Japanese Toilet Paper with Kuji Suzuki Novels written on it
Origami Toilet Paper, very useful.
Sodoku Toilet Paper
Last but not least, I found the world’s most expensive toilet paper. Why anybody in their right mind would spend $1,300,000 on a roll of 3-ply 22 carat gold toilet paper is and has to be extremely out there! I guess if you have the money to waste and don’t mind splurging go right ahead. While you are at it, make sure to buy the golden pills. They make your poop filled with gold.(http://www.incrediblethings.com/food/this-gold-pill-makes-you-poop-glitter/)
After spending all your money on crazy toilet paper make sure that all your plumbing is working properly. If you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to email. I’m always glad to answer you plumbing questions. Next week we are doing a Q & A about plumbing. Send your questions, so we can get them answered and published on time. 

Being A Plumber Is Not Just A Job, It’s A Career!



What Does A Plumber Do?

I looked up the definition of “Plumber”, it says a plumber is a person whose job is to install or repair sinks, toilets, water pipes. To me, that didn’t sum up the description of a plumber. A plumber protects the health of the nation.
I once read an article that compared plumbers to doctors, and how much more plumbers seem to do but don’t get as much recognition. Plumber are there when ever you have an emergency in your home or work place. They are able to fix 99% of your plumbing problems.
Plumbers supply you with drinking and clean water. They make sure that your sewage system is working properly so you don’t get sick. If your plumbing isn’t draining correctly, it can be very harmful. Water is essential to our lives, but if it’s dirty or full of diseases it can be deadly. Plumbers fix all your drainage, sewage, leakage, blockage, frozen pipes, prevent contamination, flooding problems, and adjust water temperature. A plumber keeps you disease free, healthy, and squeaky clean. Plumbing is the greatest system in the world to rid us of our toxic waste. Without plumbers the system wouldn’t function correctly.
Appreciate plumbers for everything they do. These men and women work extremely hard for us.
Kevin Szabo Jr

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Let a Professional Do the Job

When you are a home owner you gain more responsibilities than you were expecting. Some of us, are excited to take them on. Others, would rather have someone else do it. It is perfectly fine to leave certain home repairs to the professionals.

Don’t over stress yourself, or take on a job that you can’t do. It is better to leave it to a professional that knows what they are doing. Another plus, they have tools that you don’t have. It is fine, don’t spend money on costly tools that are just going to sit there. At the end, it might end up costing you more. Sit back and let someone else do it.

Things That You Could Do Your Self
Taking apart your shower head and cleaning it in vinegar, remember how to put it back together
Checking and fixing your toilet flapper and float
Checking that your water heater isn’t leaking
Inspecting your water heater burner, flame should always appear blue
Checking that your toilet is not running water continuously
Checking that your sinks and toilets are not leaking
Caulking your tub
When you need to repair or replace any drains
Fixing or Replacing pipes
Sewer work
Water Heaters
Gas Lines
Main Water Lines
Fixing or Replacing pumps
Fixing and installing faucets, toilets, and appliances
If you have any questions or need assistance trying to figure out your plumbing give me a call or email. 
Remember, I’m here to help.