The plumber: everyone knows what they do. They’re the ones we call when something goes wrong with our toilet. But what do they really do? I wanted to find out more about what goes on when you call your friendly toilet professional.

First, let’s start with the basics. According to the DIY network, to understand what a plumber do, you need an understanding of drains, traps, and vents. If you live in an urban or suburban area, your water probably drains to your municipality’s sewage system. One component of your toilet’s drain is the trap, which literally traps the water inside, allowing the yucky stuff to go to the sewage system, and allowing nothing back into your home, such as sewage gases. The trap is tightly sealed with a ferrule screwed down by a nut. Finally, the vent allows water to pass out of your drain. Your vent must have a pitch to allow gravity to flow the water out of your home, such as through a drainpipe.

Now that we understand these basic concepts of plumbing, we can start to understand what a plumber does. To excel in his job, your plumber must have a complete understanding of the drains, traps, and vents and how to optimize their performance. He has to know how to both install and repair these parts, as well as keep them clean and running well. He also has to study up on health and safety laws, and in most cases, take a licensing exam so you know you’re hiring a trained professional.

According to wisegeek.com, a plumber was part of the construction crew putting your home together no matter what type of building it is. A plumber determined the best place to put pipes, and installed them correctly. He also connected these pipes to your sinks, showers, and washing machine. He could have even put in your gas lines or heating and cooling systems, working along with an electrician.

Later down the line from the construction of your house, you know that the plumber is the one to call when your toilet breaks or your pipes are blocked. But did you know that your plumber is also the one to call if your water heater stops working, if you have a gas leak, or if your basement floods? Plumbers are highly skilled and trained in all these areas. Basically, if anything in your home has to do with pipes or water, your plumber is the one to call.

Most of us probably don’t want to think about all the yucky stuff a plumber has to deal with every day. It’s easy to call them when we have a problem and not have to think about it any more. But to be a smarter customer, here’s some things you should be aware of in your home: know where the source of your water supply is and how to shut it off, so that your house doesn’t flood while waiting for the plumber to arrive. Know about your water meter and your water bill so you don’t get overcharged. Know how to shut the water supply off for individual plumbing appliances so you don’t damage them. Most of all, know a little bit about what your plumber does for you so you can appreciate a job well done.

No one wants to have to think about hazardous everyday items, but you have to do that in order to protect your children and the rest of your family in some cases. Adults are usually going to know to avoid certain items. However, kids are not going to have that kind of experience, and it becomes that much more important to make sure that your kids are not going to run into any problems. Home hazard items can seem insidious, because people interact with them all the time. I wouldn’t want to give up some of these items, and it isn’t going to be necessary to give them all up entirely. You might want to just take precautions when you use them, or you might just want to get versions of the products that are going to be safer.

Drain Cleaner

It’s a good idea to buy this in small amounts and to use most of it each time. Drain cleaner is so toxic that consuming small amounts of it can kill you, and this is going to happen even faster when it comes to children. Their bodies are small and they are not going to be able to absorb the toxins or recover from the poisons anywhere near as effectively. You can still use drain cleaner, but you are better off just making sure that you keep it out of sight for a little while and that you take the necessary precautions when you use it.

Furniture Polish and Stain

The people who do refinishing and furniture polishing for a living are usually going to develop truly severe health problems as a result. Some of them develop cancer, and many of them suffer from permanent brain damage. While the people who limit their use of furniture polish are not going to get effects on that level, it is still important for people to remember that moderate exposure to these very toxic chemicals can still have a huge effect on a person’s system. There are safer brands of furniture polish that you can use, but otherwise, there is something to be said for furniture that has a shabby-chic vibe.

Mothballs

The consequences of using mothballs are going to seem too high, especially because of their fairly pedestrian purpose. They are dangerous to humans just like they are dangerous to moths. Chances are, they are going to hurt the human inhabitants of a household more than they are going to hurt the moths anyway. Most households do not have a severe problem with moths, which are fairly benign pests at the best of times, and which typically do not infest homes in large numbers. There are safer ways to get rid of moths that do not involve something as toxic as mothballs.

Gas Space Heaters

The number of household fires caused by space heaters in general is fairly staggering. Gas space heaters are particularly bad. These are the sorts of items that are going to create more fire hazards, even as they are fire hazards themselves. Heating individual spaces has never been the best idea, since it tends to localize the heat too much, causing one area to become too warm. Gas space heaters can be particularly dangerous fire hazards, since the gas fuel itself could ignite. Gas space heaters can cause the sort of household fires that will truly destroy a person’s home. There are better ways of warming up in a tight space.

Flea and Tick Products

If you have a dog, you are probably looking for ways to get rid of the fleas and ticks. You are better off preventing the infestations in the first place or dealing with them when they do happen. The poisons in the flea collars that they used to give to dogs are also toxic to the dogs and to humans. People are going to raise the indoor air pollution in their homes by giving these flea collars to their dogs, and many of the other flea and tick products are not much better. You are usually just better off finding other ways to get rid of fleas and ticks on your dog, especially if you also have kids that might be exposed to these flea and tick products.

Some homes just need a new makeover to help give them an uplift in their appearance. Enhancing the appearance of your home will help you to increase its value in case you decide to sell it on the real estate market. Your home and property is one so when you decide to give one an uplift, then you should also decide to do the other. You can do some of the repairs and makeovers yourself so you can save time and money. If you are not skilled in making certain repairs, then it would be wise to contact a professional home repair service to ensure they are completed correctly.

Here are just a few signs to show yo your home and property is ready for a makeover:

* When you begin to notice a lot of clutter, then this is surely a sign that you need some organization done to make things look neater. You can pick up trash and get ri of items you no longer need by calling a service and making a donation to needy charities. This is something I take advantage of every year and it is greatly appreciated by the needy people in my community. I also built more shelves in my home to help organize things in the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms.

* When the paint on the exterior or interior surface of the home begins to peel, then is is another sign your home needs a makeover. Peeling paint should be scraped off first and the surface should be sanded and primed before he painting begins. If you have no experience in painting homes, then you will need to call a professional painting service to ensure the painting is done right or else you will be out of a whole lot of money. Painting professionals are licensed and give guarantees too so you will have nothing to worry about.

* When you begin using things you are not suppose to use for storing things like clothing, then this is a sign you need some new furniture or added shelves in bedroom closets or even underbed storage. Under bed storage can be useful for clothes or shoes. New dresser drawers can offer more space for placing clothes, and another rod placed in a closet can offer an extra space for hanging clothes. I tried the underbed storage for my home because it is a real space saver and it is neat.

* When you begin to feel too crowded, then this is a sign you will need renovations for additional space. In my home, I chose to take down a wall that separated my kitchen from dining area and it made it appear more spacious and open. You can try this too. There may be a wall that can be taken down to give you more room where it is needed in your home. There are affordable home remodeling companies that can make this possible for you. You should make sure that you only hire licensed and insured remodeling companies.

* When you start complaining that you cannot see things or find things in the home, then this is a sure sign that you will need more lighting. You can place a few corner lamps like I did to brighten things up a bit. Outside along walkways can be placed small solar lights that are quite simple to stick in the ground are are inexpensive and can even be purchased at dollar stores. Lighting around the deck porch can add some brightness during evening entertainment on the porch.

* If you start feeling too hot or too cold, then this s a sign that your home needs heating and cooling adjustments. Ceiling fans can help circulate cool air from the air units during the summer season, I placed a few small electric heaters in my home during the cold winter months and these helped to cut on the costs of running the big central heating unit, plus they provided more warmth in my home. You can try this too and these small electric heaters are also inexpensive.

* When guests arrive and you have no place for them to camp out, then this s a sign that you need an additional room. attic space is the perfect way to accomplish this. I renovated my attic and turned it into a nice and comfortable guest room. Now when my guest arrive to stay over, they have a very comfortable place to sleep and enjoy spending time with me and my family.

Some home renovation projects can be quite expensive, but there are ways to accomplish home makeovers even i you live on a tight budget. You can do many things yourself to save money. You can shop for bargains, shop online for discounted home materials and have them delivered right to your home. You can choose to design the interior yourself, just like me, or you may prefer to hire professional interior designer. If you pay close attention to these signs before they get out of control, then you can prevent further damage from occurring to your home. I perform an inspection to my home every six months to avoid costly repairs in he future. By keeping your home in good shape, it will offer yo and your family long lasting use, beauty and a comfortable place to live for many years to come.