John Moore Services Blog

You’ll Need Pest Control Because Mosquitos Are Coming!

Posted by John Moore

Apr 17, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Don’t you love a good rainstorm? We do. It’s relaxing to listen to, helps keep our yard green and luscious, and clears the air of allergens (that have been SO bad lately!). But along with the rain comes something each and every one of us could live without: mosquitos.

Lets face it -- mosquitos are a nuisance. They hang around outside biting us and make lounging in the backyard or having a picnic nearly impossible during certain times of the year. And with the harsh winter and all the rain we have had recently, we can expect this year to be to be filled with mosquitos. Now is a good time to start thinking about mosquito prevention as part of your pest control program. While John Moore Services offers regular mosquito treatment, there are also several things you can do yourself in terms of prevention. Read on to learn all about mosquitos and some tricks to keep these pesky insects away from your home.

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Topics: summer pest control, insects, Pest Control, mosquitoes

Old Electrical Panels Can Increase Your Risk of Fire

Posted by John Moore

Apr 16, 2014 8:00:00 AM

However important they are, electrical panels are often forgotten by homeowners simply because they are hidden away in the garage or backyard, and just like the old saying goes, out of sight out of mind. It is important to know at least a few key facts about your breaker box, like when they need to be replaced and how to maintain them, to ensure the safety of your home. Read on to get the full scoop on breaker panels so you can add them to your yearly home maintenance check-list.

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Topics: electrical inspection, electrical panel, electrical problem houston, electric repair houston, electrical problem, breaker box

Make Sure Your Plumber is Licensed and Trained

Posted by John Moore

Apr 15, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Have you every stopped and thought how educated a good plumber really is? Keep reading to learn facts about the process that a responsible plumber will go through to get to where they are in their careers (and eventually into your home!):

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Topics: hiring a plumber, houston plumber, plumbing services in houston, Plumbing, plumbing service

Scam Home Security Salesmen Are Out There

Posted by John Moore

Apr 9, 2014 8:00:00 AM

It’s late afternoon and you hear the doorbell ring. As you open the door, you see a man with a home security company logo on his work shirt. He quickly explains that he is with the alarm company and needs to do some security checks on your alarm system to make sure it is functioning correctly. Then, he asks you for your alarm code so he can get started. What would you do?

Scams concerning your home’s security system are on the rise throughout Houston. Homeowners are being approached by unlicensed door-to-door salesmen and asked to either change alarm companies, or to give up their personal alarm information so their systems can be “fixed.” Read on to learn all about these scams so you do not fall victim to their dangerous tactics.

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Topics: security alarms, home security alarms, Home automation, Home security measures, home safety

New AC Systems are Better than New – Technology Advances That Will Save You Money

Posted by John Moore

Apr 8, 2014 8:09:26 AM

For the past few years we have seen a spike in all things environmentally friendly. Terms like organic, going green and energy efficient have been added to our vocabulary and many of us have tried in some way to alter our daily lives in order to live better and healthier. Small changes like the food we put into our bodies to larger changes like the appliances and systems we have in our home can make huge impacts on our carbon footprint and help us live more efficiently.

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Topics: air conditioners, air conditioning tips, A/C maintenance, air conditioning, AC Repair Houston, A/C Compressors

Garbage Disposals and When You Need a Plumber to Fix Them

Posted by John Moore

Apr 3, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Don’t you wish good things could last forever? You’ve been there. We have, too. But the reality is that things don’t usually go the way we plan. When you least expect it, life throws a curve ball your way. The way kitchen appliances work is no different, and that especially means the ones we use every day. Garbage disposals are an essential kitchen convenience for most homeowners that are used pretty much every day.  Prepping food and cooking becomes much easier when peels and other scraps can just be tossed into the sink and straight down the drain, but over time, all that will take its toll.

We apologize in advanced for stating the obvious, but… garbage disposals absolutely do not last forever! No matter how well it’s made or how much money you spend, any appliance that is exposed to thousands of gallons of running water, dish soap, scraps of food, bones, and the rare (we hope) spoon or lime wedge that accidentally gets dropped into the drain is going to wear out in due time. A unit that’s working well should be able to handle a few scraps of veggies or apple slices in a matter of a couple of seconds. If your garbage disposal seems to take forever to accomplish a simple grinding job, makes a strange noise or emits a nasty smell, it may be time to install a new one.

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Topics: houston plumber, clogged sink, Plumbing, emergency drain cleaning, kitchen sink

Common Problems in AC Systems

Posted by John Moore

Apr 2, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Who can think about air conditioning with such a nasty winter barely behind us? It sure seemed like a cold season, but with an average temperature of 43.2, this past winter wasn’t even in the Top 10 Worst in Texas. We’re all enjoying the warmer weather of spring, but just wait until the hot and humid Houston summer starts to set in (give it a week, you think?).

As Houstonians, we are all well aware that our summer starts a little earlier and lasts a little longer than summers in other places. The first real heat wave could happen in a few short weeks, and now is the time to make sure our best defense for the heat, our AC unit, is running in optimal condition. If you haven’t had an annual AC inspection (link to website) or tune-up, you should know what the symptoms are for real problems with your air condition. Read on to learn about the most common AC problems, what causes them, and what you can do to fix them yourself.

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Topics: air conditioning systems, air conditioners, air conditioning equipment, air conditioning tips, A/C maintenance, air conditioning service Houston, air conditioning, AC Repair Houston

Summer Pest Control – Get Ready for a LOT of Bugs!

Posted by John Moore

Apr 1, 2014 8:00:00 AM

It seems like spring just got here but summer is just around the corner, and things are about to heat up. Although summertime brings plenty of fun – vacations, days spent at the pool -- it also brings some unwanted guests: bugs. Bugs and insects thrive on heat and humidity which makes Houston the perfect breeding ground for bugs of all kinds.

“From all the reports that I’ve seen, this summer is going to be really bad for insects and bugs now that it’s finally starting to warm up,” said John Moore Services Pest Control Manager Brian Menn. “The winter lasted so long so now bugs have a shortened time frame to nest and reproduce, and they are going to start doing it quickly. They stayed dormant a lot longer than usual and once it gets to a temperature they like, they will go crazy.”

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Topics: summer pest control, flea control, wasp control, Pest Control, bugs

Kitchen Sink Styles – So Many Choices!

Posted by John Moore

Mar 27, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Improving the style and function of your kitchen doesn’t have to mean a complete and costly renovation; upgrading your kitchen sink can do wonders. Yesterday we wrote about different materials for your kitchen sink – options galore! So now that you know what you want your sink to be made of, it’s time to consider what bowl configuration makes sense for you. If you use large stock pots or roasting pans regularly, you probably already know how hard it can be to clean them up in a shallow, narrow, builder-grade double bowl sink; a large single bowl may make life easier. On the other hand, some people really like two sinks to keep dirty and clean items separate. There are so many variations available today; read on to find the perfect sink for your kitchen.

 Choosing the Style

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Topics: kitchen, kitchen sink

With a New Kitchen Sink, You Can Upgrade Your Kitchen Without a Complete Remodel

Posted by John Moore

Mar 26, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Your kitchen sink is one of the most vital elements of your kitchen – have you ever thought about how much time you spend there? Most houses that aren’t custom-built usually come with thin, shallow stainless steel sinks that are not very functional (and not so attractive, either). Today, functionality and style go hand-in-hand when choosing your kitchen sink.  Changing your kitchen sink can be a quick and cost-effective upgrade that will make your time in front of the sink more fun and more functional. Even if you’re on a tight budget, there are wallet-friendly options for you. If you haven’t shopped kitchen sinks for a while, you will be amazed at the options available.

Stainless steel, granite, marble, and copper are just a few of the materials being used to make kitchen sinks these days. If you’re considering remodeling or you are just moving in, it’s important that you do your research beforehand to avoid buying a sink that may have some maintenance or aesthetic issues that can easily be overlooked.  The great thing about purchasing a new sink is that doing so makes it possible to make a major upgrade without having to remodel your entire kitchen, which saves both time and money.

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Topics: kitchen, kitchen sink

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