WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU RUN OUT OF TOILET PAPER IN A PUBLIC RESTROOM?

What do you do if you run out of toilet paper in a public restroom?

It’s not your day. Nothing seems to go right. Your boss is on your butt about God knows what. You couldn’t get any sleep last night, because your spouse’s snoring is so bad that you’re considering committing murder, something simple not too messy. So, you decide to run to Dunkin Donuts, because coffee just makes everything better, after catching your breath you ask the nice lady for a large coffee. She looks at you, she can tell this isn’t your day.

“Sir, we are making a fresh batch as we speak. Unfortunately, two of our machines are down”.

“Oh no, how could this happen? How does Dunkin Donuts actually run out of coffee?”

As I originally said, it’s not your day. You go on to work and get nothing done because you can’t function correctly. As you’re trying to wrap up your day you run into the bathroom and do your duty. You are in such a rush that you aren’t paying attention. Disastrously, there isn’t any toilet paper. Ouch! You start to panic.

What are you supposed to do? Look around, what would Macgyver do?

1.     Neighbor- if there’s someone in the stall next to you, ask them to spare some toilet paper. If there’s anybody in the bathroom, hopefully washing their hands, asked them to grab you a roll from the other stall.

2.     Empty Bathroom- if the restroom is empty, get up, and hurry over to the next stall before someone sees you with your pants down.

3.     Phone a Friend- if you’re at a work/restaurant/bar, more than likely you’re with someone. Use your life line, they might give you crap about it, but who cares. You need that toilet paper.

4.     Call the Establishment- If you’re at work, someone must be around to help. If you’re out at a restaurant, call the host and tell them what’s going on. They will come save the day. They might even feel bad for you and offer you a beer on the house.

5.     Purse/Wallet- look inside your purse or wallet for napkins, tissues, receipts, business cards, if you’re desperate use some singles.

6.     Socks- use one sock to wipe and the other one to wrap and toss away. Don’t you dare flush it.

7.     Underwear- would you rather have underwear on or a clean bum?

8.     Scarf/Gloves/Hat- this is a hit or miss. Depending on weather, if you’re wearing any of it.

9.     Extra Shirt- depending on the season, you might have an extra shirt on. Cut your losses and use it.

10.  Toilet Paper Cardboard- this will hurt, but it seems like you have no other option. I don’t even think this will work, but you’re obviously somewhere were you’re not wearing socks, underwear, or have an extra shirt. For the first time in your life, you’re using the bathroom without your phone. You don’t have any friends and nothing is going your way.

If you’re a guest at someone’s house, please just swallow your pride and ask for toilet paper. If they don’t have any, ask for newspaper. No matter what, your day can’t get any worse.

 

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13 Plumbing Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Plumbing Facts

  1. The average person spends three whole years of their life sitting on the toilet.
  2. King George II of Great Britain died falling off a toilet on the 25th of October 1760.
  3. Over $100,000 were spent on a study to determine whether most people put their paper on the holder with the flap in front or behind. Three out of four people have the flap in the front.
  4. Albert Einstein was made an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union after he had announcement that he would be a plumber if he had to live his life all over again.
  5. The most famous plumbers ever are Mario and Luigi.
  6. The toilet is flushed more times during the super bowl halftime than at any time during the year.
  7. The word “plumber” comes from the latin word “plumbum”, which means “lead”.
  8. Manhole covers are circular because if they’re turned sideways, they can’t fall through their own opening.
  9. Standardized plumbing can be traced back to around 3,000 BC.
  10. If you have a leaky faucet that drips twice per minute, you’ll waste over a gallon of water in a week.
  11. Have you ever heard the myth about water flowing in the opposite direction in the Southern Hemisphere? It’s not true. It’s possible for water to flow either direction in either Hemisphere.
  12. In 1939, Al Moen invented the single handle faucet that can control hot and cold water in just one turn.
  13. The average person visits the toilet six to eight times per day.

-Kevin Szabo Jr

Kevinszabojrplumbing@yahoo.com
(708)845-7922

Having a Water Filtration System in Your Home  

Purified Water At Your Convenience

Water is the number one natural resource in the world. We use it in our daily lives. We drink it, cook with it, bathe with it, and use it in our everyday function. We can’t live without water. Americans are fortunate enough to have potable water in our homes. The water purification plants do everything possible to bring clean water to our homes. They add chlorine to try to clean it up, but as much as they try to clean it, they could only do so much. Tap water is full of chlorine, lead, bacteria, hormones, and drug-by-products.The average person shouldn’t be consuming tap water without a filter.

American families have grown accustomed to drinking bottled water at home. It’s healthier, cleaner, taste better and not full of chemicals, which is the reason why nobody wants to drink tap water. But bottled water ends up costing a fortune and is harmful to the environment. Plastic bottles are polluting our planet. We have recycling centers all over, but unfortunately, not everyone recycles. Plastic bottles, end up every where. Most plastic bottles take 450 years to decompose. And not all plastic bottles are recyclable. Which makes you think!

Clean purified water at your convenience should be something to look into. Water purification systems will save your health, the environment, and of course money in the long run. Here at Kevin Szabo Jr Plumbing, we suggest a whole house water purification system. This way your entire house has clean, purified water. You will notice the difference right away. It’s understandable if you can’t make that purchase right now. At least invest in a under sink water filter. This way, your family has clean drinking and cooking water.

If you have any questions about water filtration systems for your home, please email or call me.

-Kevin Szabo Jr
(708)845-7922
kevinszabojrplumbing@yahoo.com

Have A Plumber Do Your Home Inspection

Not the right way to start in your new house

Plumbing Home Inspection

When purchasing a home, we are excited about finally owning our own house/townhouse/condo. A significant amount of people overlook the must do inspections. They are too busy celebrating the approval for their mortgage. Well, you need to plan ahead. You have to make sure your new home doesn’t cost you thousands down the line.

After months of looking for your perfect house and having your bid accepted, you need to have professionals inspect your plumbing. Having a licensed plumber come do an inspection on your house should be a number one priority. They can detect leaks and bad plumbing. Having a leak in your plumbing will cost you a large sum, that you shouldn’t have to pay.

When homes are built, they usually have a couple different companies working on the house. Most of the time, the plumbing will be installed by a few different plumbers. One will do the rough plumbing, another will install the toilets, sinks, and lastly after everything is built in the house, you will have a different plumber/plumbing company come installing the kitchen appliances, washer and dryer. After a few years of wear and tear, your plumbing needs to be checked to make sure everything is functioning correctly. One of the most common leaks come from the connection of the new appliances to the water supply line.

I don’t know how happy you would be with this set up!

Don’t be a fool, don’t rush into purchasing your new home without having a licensed plumber inspect your future home. Have one of our licensed plumbers inspect your home. It will save you a head ache and lot’s of money in the future. You can also have the plumber explain and show you a few things that you didn’t notice about your plumbing. It always helps to know a little more.

If you have any questions or concerns please call or email us. We are always here to help.

Kevin Szabo Jr
(708)845-7922
Kevinszabojrplumbing@yahoo.com

Maintenance Tasks For The Fall  

Getting Ready For The Colder Months

We had a great Summer, now it’s over. We are use to our horrible Winter weather, as long as we don’t get the Winter we had last year. That was unbearable. Pipes freezing, pipes bursting, heaters not working properly, and skyrocket electric/gas bills. I honestly think nobody was really prepared for that. Let’s make sure everyone is ready for the cold. Having your home ready, is a great way to start this Fall.

Insulate Your Pipes
-Exposed Pipes- any pipes that carry water in/out of your house should be wrapped up.
*wrap with electrical heating tape, then wrap in foam pipe insulation.
Shut off all faucets on the exterior of your house
-Hoses, sprinklers, should be drained and put away.
Check Your Roof
-Check your roof for damage, curled shingles, and leaky vents.
Look into proper drainage
-Water is your enemy. It can cause lot’s of damage. Don’t let it happen.
Clean Your Gutters
-Clean them. Don’t let anything sit there. Leaves, debris, and anything else that made it’s way in
your gutter.
Check Your Furnace
-Make sure it’s working correctly. Change the filter. When you are using the Heater, make sure
you change the filter every month.
Water Heater
-Drain your water heater. Assess the condition of the tank. Clean out the debris.
-If your water heater is located somewhere where it’s not heated:wrap your heater tank in a
insulating blanket.
Look For Drafts
-Windows, doors, and any other openings.
-If you have a A/C unit, take it down for the Winter, and store it. Or cover it with a water proof
cover, plus tape off all around it.
Fireplace
-Have your chimney cleaned before you use it this Fall

It’s the little things that will make a difference. Don’t slack, and wait for the last second. Do it now before it’s too cold. If you need a professional plumber to come winterize your house, give us a call and we’ll come out.
If you have any questions call or email
-Kevin Szabo Jr
(708)845-7922
Kevinszabojrplumbing@yahoo.com

When Does Your Water Heater Need To Be Replaced?

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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