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Will Your Holiday Lighting Pass An Electrical Safety Test?

Posted by John Moore

Dec 18, 2014 8:00:00 AM

One of the most popular Christmas movies of all time is “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Who can forget the iconic scene when Clark Griswold plugs in his Christmas lights for the very first time? He had so many lights on his home they could be seen from space. No matter how much this makes us laugh, many of us can relate to that scenario. Because during the holidays, we want to put up as many lights as we can, both inside and outside, in order to get into the Christmas spirit (and maybe to try and impress our neighbors a little).

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Topics: Electrical, energy efficient, electrical fires, holiday lighting

Low Flow Toilets Help With Water Conservation

Posted by John Moore

Dec 17, 2014 8:00:00 AM

toilet_Water conservation is important to all responsible homeowners. Watering the lawn in the evening, running the dishwasher only when it’s full, and turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth – these are a few of many tricks that can be used to conserve water. But what item in your home do you think uses the most water? You might be thinking the shower or washing machine, but you would be incorrect. Flushing a toilet uses 38 percent of your indoor water. Yep, more than a third of the water used in a typical household goes right down the toilet.

Because of their high water usage, the United States ruled in 1992 that all new toilets sold must be low-flow toilets. Before 1992, each toilet flush used at least 3 gallons of water, and in some cases even more than that. But with new toilets you only use 1.28 gallons of water when you flush, which is a significant decrease.

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Topics: water conservation, Plumbing, plumbers, low flow toilets

Keep Bats Away With Pest Control Treatment

Posted by John Moore

Dec 16, 2014 8:00:00 AM

They feed during the night. They sleep upside down. And depending on what show you watch they turn into blood-sucking vampires. Yes, we are talking about bats. And no matter how mythical they might seem, they are real and are all over the Houston area. But contrary to popular belief Houston bats aren’t all that bad. In fact, they even help control our mosquito population, and anything that eats mosquitos is okay with us.

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Topics: Pest Control, Nisus DSV, Mexican free tailed bat, Houston bats

Winter Humidity Will Cause Major Indoor Air Quality Problems

Posted by John Moore

Dec 11, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Humidity is a term that we Houstonians directly relate to summertime. And if you’re not from Houston, all it takes is spending one day of summer in our great city to know what we are talking about. But the thing with excess humidity is that it doesn’t just come around during the summer months, and winter humidity can be just as bad. Not only does it make your living conditions uncomfortable, but it can also cause major health problems.

“Humidity is a measure of the amount of water vapor that is in the air. It is basically the difference between the temperature of the outside air and the air that is inside the home,” said John Moore Services HVAC Coach Lewis Yancey. “The greater the temperature difference is between the outside and inside, the greater amount of humidity a house will have if it isn’t equipped with the right systems. And having too much or too little humidity inside the home will either make the home sweat, or extremely dry. To get optimal living conditions, having the correct percentage of humidity is very important.”

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Topics: air ducts, indoor air quality, AC unit, HVAC

Clogged Drains Can Back Up All Your Plumbing -- Get Help Now!

Posted by John Moore

Dec 10, 2014 8:00:00 AM

If you are a woman, know a woman, are married to a woman or just have even heard of woman, chances are you know what goes down after they wash their hair in the shower (literally!). If you’re a guy, it’s pretty much the same story. Hair accumulates in the drain pipe as more and more goes slipping down the drain, and next thing you know, your feet are sitting in murky water.

It can be a pretty icky situation, since hair can sit in the drain pipe for a long time before it’s cleaned out and accumulate skin particles, soap scum, hard minerals from the water, oils, and other things that use the hair as a base to sit in. It stinks. It looks gross. It clogs your pipes quickly. But it’s not anything that can’t be handled when done right.

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Topics: pipes, Plumbing, Plumbers Formula 5, shower drain stoppages, regular drain maintenance, stoppage

Beneficial Bugs Help With Pest Control Treatment

Posted by John Moore

Dec 9, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Many people are afraid of spiders -- who remembers the movie “Arachnophobia”? It doesn’t matter how big or small they are; something about their eight legs and poisonous reputation is enough to send a lot of folks to the other side of the room. Bugs and insects in general are unpopular with humans, which is why many homeowners sign up for a regular pest control treatment plan.

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Topics: insects, Pest Control, bugs, Pest Control Treatment Plan

Keeping Your Electrical System In Good Shape Will Prevent A Fire

Posted by John Moore

Dec 4, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Chuck Davis was getting ready to leave town and went into his guest bedroom to get a suitcase out of the closet. He walked in the room and turned on the light switch, but nothing happened. He figured the bulb was out and walked over to turn on a lamp, but again, nothing happened. That’s when he knew there was a major problem.

“We don’t use the guest bedroom very often, but I knew the coincidence of both the overhead light and the lamp being burned out wasn’t very probable,” said Davis. “My wife and I were getting ready to leave for a vacation and knew that I needed to figure out what the problem was quickly, so I called John Moore and they came out the next day. The technician looked around and figured out that we had a small electrical fire in the back of our panel which had completely burned up the circuit breakers for that part of the house.”

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Topics: electrical panel, electrical code, faulty electrical panels

Outdated Galvanized Plumbing Will Cause Leaks

Posted by John Moore

Dec 3, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Getting ready to leave her house one Sunday morning to go to church, Ann Hays heard a strange sound coming from upstairs. She went to check it out and saw that her whole upstairs study was flooded. Unfortunately, this was not the first time a thing like this happened, and she immediately went to shut off the water.

“This was the third time a part of my home had flooded, and ironically enough each time it happened on a Sunday,” said Hays. “I knew from the previous two times that I needed to patch up the pipe that was leaking. But when it happened this last time I decided to call in a professional to figure out why my pipes kept on bursting and flooding different parts of my home. I didn’t think this was something that should happen as often as it was happening to me.”

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Topics: Plumbing, piping system, plumbers, PEX piping

Drafts And Air Leaks Lower The Energy Efficiency Of Your Home

Posted by John Moore

Dec 2, 2014 8:00:00 AM

It’s officially down-to-the-bone cold, Houston. Where better to seek sanctuary and guaranteed warmth than your own home, right? Wrong!

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Topics: indoor air quality, HVAC, air leaks

Happy Thanksgiving From John Moore Services

Posted by John Moore

Nov 27, 2014 8:00:00 AM

 

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving! May your holiday be joyful and may happiness surround it, with good things on your table and those you love around it!

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