Are you looking to spruce up your house, inside and outside, but can’t afford to spend much money on decorations? Luckily for you, fall and Halloween decorations don’t have to cost much if you’re creative! There are so many ways you can take leftovers from previous projects you’ve done or things lying around the house and make good use out of them for super cute decorations around your house.

Look at this super cute jack o’lantern with mums sprouting out of the top. This is a super cute decoration that can be done easily by going to a local dollar store and buying the trick or treat baskets and planting your own mums or buying some locally at a farm, pumpkin patch, grocery store, or anywhere else that sells mums!

Another cheap but cute little project! Take any bottle that you have laying around your house, could be filled or empty, and buy little googly eyes. Those can also be purchased at a local dollar store and usually come in many different shapes and sizes. This would be a good DIY to make when you’re having friends over, and confuse them when you go to drink out of it!

Fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas? Jack Skellington is super popular around this time of the year into the end of the year, it’s a classic! You can find this specific light again, at a dollar store and you can take a permanent black marker and draw his face on the light yourself! You can buy a couple and make him have multiple facial expressions!

This DIY is easy for everybody to do since it includes everyday necessities. Do not throw away all of your toilet paper or napkins to get to the roll (those things were once scarce because of covid!), instead just wait until it goes empty. You might be able to make a couple of these little cute rolls out of one napkin roll since they’re longer.

This is the perfect DIY if you have pool noodles from owning a pool! Most noodles get gross over the winter, so what better way to make use out of them before tossing! Don’t worry, you can still find these at a dollar store if you don’t own a pool.

Such a cute decoration that can be placed inside or outside! Easy to do, and can be substituted with other materials to make this project work. All you need is some paint and patience to make this cute halloween craft!

Have left over materials from other projects you’ve done? These creepy cool hands can be made out of almost any materials. Wood, cardboard, plastic. If you use wood or cardboard, remember to weather-proof it!

This is so adorable!! This one can be done with fresh sunflowers or fake ones, but just remember the real ones can’t be reused, so fake is probably the best bet! You can find the skulls and fake flowers at a dollar store, and can use hot glue to glue the faces into the center! Perfect for those who love skulls and sunflowers, and can even be used year round.

Halloween is one of the best times of the year, and decorating your house with spooky decorations can make the spooky spirit even better. Most things can be found at your local dollar store, and if not there are always alternatives to materials. Get creative and stay spooky!!!

Guest Contributor: Tiffany Powell

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

Please go to the link below and click on Kevin Szabo Jr Plumbing in Tinley Park to be voted as 2014 Chicago’s Best Plumber



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. 


Suppot Your Local Business

Local Business





 Support Local America!

      As a small business owner I know how important it is to support your local business. It means a great deal to me when I hear customers choose our company because we are locally owned and operated. Originally from Posen, IL, I grew up in the beautiful neighborhoods of Posen and Midlothian. My father, also a local plumber, showed me how important it is to support my local small businesses. Whether it be a shop, a bakery, a restaurant or plumbing store.

      Family owned businesses are the heart of America. Fathers, mothers, siblings, grandchildren, all working together to successfully operate what they are proud of. Walking into a local business, you can’t help but notice how much pride they have for the place, and what they work extremely hard for every day. You can even witness a few good arguments between family members, but nothing like the love they have for each other.

      When you spend your money locally, not only are you helping that business, you are supporting your local economy. Most of the money spent locally, stays locally. You support your family/loved ones with any crazy idea they come up with, might as well support your local businesses since figuratively they are your family. If you already do so, thank you. If you haven’t taken the time to get to know your local businesses, try it out this weekend. You will be very satisfied with the overwhelming of incredible local businesses.



11 Ways to Get Your Home Ready For Winter

1. Clean Your Gutters 

        Clean out the leaves and debris in your gutter 

        (I suggest wearing cleaning gloves if you’re  

        planning on doing it by hand). Clogged gutters  

        can cost you thousands of dollars if not done.  

        The water will find a way to get into your wall  

        and ceiling. Nobody is a fan of cleaning gutters, 

        but we all have to do it. Get rid of leaves, twigs,  

        and whatever else decided to land up there.  

        Once clean run water down the gutters. Check for leaks  

        and make sure that the water is running through 

        the downspouts. The water is supposed to flow 

        away from the house’s foundation, so it doesn’t         

        cause flooding and damage.  

2. Block Air Leaks 

        Air Leaks are also known as “Drafts”. Walk around the  

        house and try to feel where the cold air is coming from. 

        You’ll be able to feel it around windows and doors.  

        The most significant air leaks will be in your 

        basement and attic(since most people forget about them). 

        Common Air Leaks 

        *Behind Knee Walls 

        *Attic Hatch 

        *Wiring Holes 

        *Plumbing Vent 

        *Open Soffit 

        *Recessed Light 

        *Furnace Flue or Duct Chaseways, the hollow box or wall 

        feature that hides ducts 

        *Basement Rim Joists, where the foundation meets the 

        wood framing 

        *Windows and Doors 

        Make sure you block all of these and your home 

        will be easier to keep warm. Your gas bill should 

        also drop. 

3. Insulate 

        Yes it will cost a little bit, but it will save you 

        money in the long run. Adding insulation will pay 

        for itself when it reduces utility bills. 


4. Check The Furnace 

        Don’t wait till it’s really cold outside to turn on your 

        furnace. Check it now, make sure it’s working.  

        It’s natural for it to smell when you fire it up 

        for the first time this season. Open your windows  

        and let the house breath. If the smell lasts a long time 

        turn off the furnace and call a professional. 

        -Change your furnace filters regularly throughout Winter 

5. Check Your Ducts 

        Check for loose connections and joints that have come 

        apart. Look for rips or tears, or crushed ducts. 

        Make sure to also clean and inspect your vents around  

        the area it enters the room.  

6. Storm Windows 

        Take down your Screen Window, or side it to the side  

        depending on what type of windows you have. Then put in  

        or slide your Storm Windows. Simple, it should only 

        take a few minutes per window. 

7. Check Chimney 

        Use a flashlight, check for leaves, sticks, debris, or 

        dead animals. If it seems extremely dirty call a  

        professional. Chimney caps with screens keep animals, 

        and debris from falling in, I suggest you invest in one.         

8. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans 

        Appreciate your ceiling fan. Your fan has a reverse  

        button right by the blades. In Summer time your fan 

        should rotate Counterclockwise, which produces a cool  

        breeze. In Winter time, rotate Clockwise, it will  

        bring down the warm air that naturally rises to the top. 

9. Wrap Outside Pipes 

        Wrap outside pipes with tubular sleeves or fiberglass  

        insulation. Make sure you cover the sillcock. Turn off  

        the water, then remove your hose(put it away). Then  

        cover it with a towel, tie it around. Or purchase a  

        sillcock cover for the Winter. 

10. Turn Off Valves To Sillcocks 

        Even though you’ve already wrapped it for Winter,  

        you should still shut off the valve.  

11. Check Alarms 

        Change the batteries in your smoke alarms, make 

        sure it’s working properly

When Does Your Water Heater Need To Be Replaced?



Your Water Heater Might Need To Be Replaced

Residential and commercial water heaters were invented in 1889. Since then, we have been blessed with hot water in our homes. Living in Chicago, water heaters are one of the most important things we need on a freezing Winter morning. The average residential water heater is 40 gallons. Which is perfect for a household.

Water heaters, depending on which brand you have, last around 6 years. If you take care of your water heater you can make it last longer. Read the instructions manual that comes with your water heater. A couple important factors for making your water heater last longer are: 
  • Keeping your thermostat set at 120ºF (if you overheat your water heater it will wear down faster)
  • Having copper piping
  • Installing your water heater in a warm area, this way it doesn’t have to work harder to maintain it’s temperature. 


  • Check the age of your tank, it it’s beyond your warranty date you might need to have it looked at
  • Feel the water, if it’s cold when you turn on your “Hot”
  • Turning your water in the shower and it’s freezing 
  • Time how long your hot water lasts in the shower, if it’s a lot shorter than you’re use to
  • Check the floor around your water heater tank, look for puddles, streams of water, leaks around the base of the tank
  • Inspect the fittings and plumbing connections, look for water, sludge or corrosion
  • Listen to your tank for frequent noises

Five Things Every Home Owner Needs To Know And Have In Their Home



Keeping Up With Your Home

It is a second job keeping up with your home and making sure everything always functions correctly. Five things that every household needs to have and know how to do in your house. Hopefully most of you already have these things in your home. If not, get on it already. Trust me, better safe than sorry.



1. Flashlights, not just one. You need a few throughout your home, especially if you have several people in your home. Remember to have extra batteries.
2. You need to know where the circuit breaker is and how it works. Also if and when you lose power in certain parts of the house while you are using more than one appliance for example the coffee maker, and the blow drier you need to know why. Call an electrician.
4. Check for drafts in your house, fix them. It will save you money.
5. Disposing your burnt fire ashes. Place them in a old tin can.

How To Handle a Plumbing Emergency




Plumbing Emergency


Plumbing emergencies always happen when you least expect it. For some odd reason they happen at weird hours, when it’s usually harder to get a hold of someone to come save you.
You need to be prepared. Planning and knowing how to handle a plumbing emergency situation ahead of time will save you time and money. We all love to save time and money, so this includes everyone.


1. You need to know where the main water shut off is located
     -water meter is located in your basement or bottom floor of any building


2. A big water leak
     – turn off water at the shut off, which is located at the meter

3. Water heater is leaking
     – turn valve off on top of the heater
     – turn off gas valve, it should be located down by the control(usually red nob)


4. Sewage Problem
     – call the village, make sure that the city main is not backing up
     – make sure that it’s not the city’s sewage problem before you call a problem(you are a tax payer you have rights)
5. Sump Pump
    – if the sump pump goes out, it might be the switch, try to by pass the piggy back plug to turn motor on for temporary relief


6. Frozen Pipes
   – water expands when it freezes, to give it a relief let your faucet drip

If you have any plumbing emergency questions don’t hesitate to call or email.
Kevinszabojrplumbing@yahoo.com or (708)845-7922

Plunger For Your Toilet, Sink and Tub

Which Plunger Do I Use?

Almost every American household has one in their bathroom, right next to the toilet, others under the sink cabinet, and the rest in the bathroom closet. Now a days they make plastic, metal, or decorative plunger covers so you aren’t ashamed.

Plungers have come a long way from the first plunger invented in 1777. The modern day toilet plunger it is said to have been invented in 1932 by Jeffrey Gunderson.

Gunderson gets credit for the invention but it is believed that it was actually invented sometime between  1850 and 1900. The reason for this theory is because the S-trap drainage system was invented in 1852 and the use of wood and rubber were becoming common practice.


I know your main concern is knowing which plunger to use for the job.



-Make sure that you don’t have too much water in the toilet so you don’t make a mess.

-Place flange plumber in the toilet bowl to completely cover the opening.

-Push down with force. 

-Thrust the flange plunger several times until the water flows down.

-The flange plunger should do the job the first time around. 

-If whatever is blocking your pipes is not flowing down, try putting dish soap to loosen out what ever is blocking your pipes. 

-Let the dish soap sit there for 10-15 minutes, before you try again.



-Place cup plunger over sink opening.

-Make sure the cup plunger is completely covering the opening.

-Push down and hard to get a good suction.

-Thrust the cup plunger until the water starts to flow down.


What if the plunger doesn’t work? Can I use chemicals to pour down the sink or tub?

They have several chemicals to pour down your sink or tub. They say it works like magic, but pouring chemicals to unclog your drain is not a good idea. They damage your pipes, your skin, your surface and whatever else it touches. 

Your best bet is to call a professional plumber to help out with your problem. 


Funny Ways To Use A Plunger 





**If the above pictures are offensive I apologize, they are meant for humor