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Perfect Your Plumbing -- Find Your Ideal Water Temperature

Posted by John Moore

Nov 20, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Anytime you fill up your tub to take a hot bath, what is the first thing you do? You slowly stick your toe into the water to make sure the temperature is perfect, right? Testing the water is important because if you just take the chance and jump right in you run the risk of burning yourself. However, a dial that is connected to your water heater determines the temperature of your hot water. And making sure this dial is set on the correct temperature is something every homeowner should pay attention to because it can end up saving you money and maybe even a third degree burn.

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Topics: Plumbing, Plumber, tankless water heater, water heater

Clogs In The Sewer Line Cause Major Plumbing Problems

Posted by John Moore

Nov 19, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Have you ever flushed the toilet and saw water appear in the shower drain? Or maybe you turned on the faucet at your sink and all of a sudden the water in your toilet started to bubble. If you have, these are signs of serious trouble. And if you have not, consider yourself lucky. Both of these situations are indicators that your main sewer line is backed up, and when this happens professional help is needed immediately.

All drains, toilets, bathtubs, showers, sinks, and the garbage disposal are connected to the main line of your house. And the main line runs all the way to the sewer that is managed by the city. It is the only way to rid your home of waste. It is important to keep your main line running efficiently because even the smallest stoppage can cause major problems.

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Topics: plumbing problems, line clean out, sewer line, Plumbers Formula 5

Protect Your Electrical System With A Whole House Surge Protector

Posted by John Moore

Nov 18, 2014 8:00:00 AM

The average family spends a great deal of time inside their home and also spends a great deal of money filling their home with items to keep them entertained, productive, and comfortable. Computers, televisions, sound systems, refrigerators, washing machines, cable boxes and modems are all high-ticket items that are essential for every household, which is why all homeowners should take the right steps to make sure these items are protected. And how do you keep them protected? It’s simple: surge protection.

Many homeowners believe that plugging their expensive items into a power strip is enough to protect them from unexpected power surges. But the fact is, most of the time a simple power strip doesn’t provide enough protection. And if your home doesn’t have protection, a lightning strike or a sudden surge of power can end up costing you thousands of dollars. By installing a whole house surge protector you are ensuring that your home and all your possessions inside it will remain safe.

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Topics: Electrical, electrical system, whole house surge protector, power surge

Keep Your Yard Bright With Winter Lawn Care

Posted by John Moore

Nov 13, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Hey Houston, it’s finally starting to get a little chilly out there! It isn’t quite the dead of winter yet, but it’s definitely time to start thinking about the other beings you need to keep warm this winter, and no, it’s not your kids!  We’re talking about your lawn, shrubs, and flowers, which are all living things that need your love and attention. Our friends up north might think we’re crazy for piling on a million layers in 50-degree weather, but we Texans know our limits. And plants have limits, too. They don’t adapt very well when they are exposed to very cold weather (sounds like us, right?).  We recommend you treat your plants the way you would want to be treated, and that means giving them enough water to drink, good soil to grow in and get nutrients from, lots of sun, and of course, protecting them from nature’s wrath.

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Topics: irrigation, lawn care, fungal diseases

Make Your Life Easier With A Programmable Thermostat!

Posted by John Moore

Nov 12, 2014 8:00:00 AM

The cold weather has finally arrived. Along with putting on boots, coats, and a scarf you may have turned on your heater for the first time and had a silent moment of thanks for no longer needing the air conditioner and paying those high summer utility bills. But have you ever given any thought to the tiny device that allows you to control the most important systems in your home?

Your thermostat, small as it is, plays a large role in the amount of energy consumed by your heating and air conditioning system. The Department of Energy says that by turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill -- a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is 8 hours long. And that is a HUGE savings! But for a lot of us, remembering to turn the temperature down before we leave for work in the morning happens long after we’ve left the house. A programmable thermostat can help.

“With a programmable thermostat you are able to set up a schedule so at a certain time of the day the temperature goes up, and later on in the day it goes down, and in the evening it goes down even further. You can set the temperature to your lifestyle,” said John Moore Services HVAC Manager Charles Griffith. “It is part of the home automation system, so you are able to control your thermostat through an app on your smart phone or through your computer.”

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Topics: Air conditioner, HVAC, home automation system, programmable thermostat

Continual Pest Control Treatment Will Prevent Sugar Ants

Posted by John Moore

Nov 11, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Imagine this. You walk in your kitchen to get an afternoon snack and you notice little black specks all over your counter. Your first thought is, who spilled the pepper? But then you realize that these tiny pepper flakes are moving around. And that’s when reality sinks in - you have a sugar ant infestation.

The first rule about sugar ants is, there are no sugar ants. Yes, you heard that right. The term “sugar ant” was coined to describe several different species of ants that do not bite or sting but invade your home.

“Pharaoh Ants, Argentine Ants, and Ghost Ants are several species of ants that have come to be known as sugar ants,” said John Moore Services Pest Control Manager Brian Menn. “They are interior feeding ants that people see in their kitchen or bathroom. They don’t do any damage to health or property but they are a nuisance and are very hard to get rid of.”

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Topics: fire ants, Pest Control, sugar ant infestation

Common Plumbing Problems -- Water Pressure Too High?

Posted by John Moore

Nov 6, 2014 8:00:00 AM

When you step in the shower each morning to get ready for the day you expect your water pressure to be just right, right? Too high and it will hurt your eyes when you wash your face, and too low and it will take hours to get the conditioner out of your hair. But sometimes, certain factors happen to our plumbing system that cause the water pressure to get a little out of whack.

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Topics: hot water heater, Plumbing, low water pressure, plumbing system

Burned Wires Will Cause Problems For The Whole Electric System

Posted by John Moore

Nov 5, 2014 8:00:00 AM

According to a study by the National Fire Prevention Association, faulty wiring is the most common cause of house and apartment fires in the United States. Because of this, codes for electrical work are constantly changing to provide a safer living environment. But even if your electric system is current (no pun intended), you can still be vulnerable to burned wires.

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Topics: electrical wiring, electricity, electric system, faulty wiring

Part of Plumbing Maintenance is Checking Your Water Heater's TPR Valve

Posted by John Moore

Nov 4, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Your hot water heater can become a bomb in your home when you least expect it, and only you can prevent that from happening. Have we got your attention?

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Topics: hot water heater, plumbing maintenance, Pressure relief valves

Continual Electrical Maintenance Will Prevent A Sudden Shock

Posted by John Moore

Oct 30, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Have you ever turned on a light switch and felt a tiny jolt of electricity? Or maybe you stepped into the shower this morning but instead of feeling the water, you got shocked. Either way this should not happen and is a warning sign that something is seriously wrong in your home.

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Topics: electrical system, electricity, electrical maintenance

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