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Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC -- Remodeling Tips From The Experts!

Posted by John Moore

Sep 16, 2014 8:00:00 AM

After moving into an older house and completely remodeling it into their dream home, Jim and Sherry Preston got an offer they couldn’t refuse. Although selling their dream home was something they thought they would never do, the idea of a fresh start excited them, and they began their search for their next “fixer upper.”

“We found a house right down the street and even though it needed a lot of work we knew it was the right fit for us,” said Preston. “The house has been a labor of love for over two years. We have had many problems with the remodeling process, so much so that we jokingly call it the money pit.”

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Topics: Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC, Remodeling tips

Live In An Older Home? Expect Electrical Problems!

Posted by John Moore

Sep 11, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Moving into an older home in order to “fix it up” is a dream for a lot of people. With an older home, you are getting the benefit of old world construction. Some houses in Houston have stood for decades and were even built by hand, and that’s something you can’t put a price on. But no matter how beautiful the house looks on the outside, it is going to need a complete makeover on the inside.

Electrical work is very complex. Did you know that the code for electrical work is updated every three years? Every time the code is updated, something in your electrical system no longer meets the latest standard. And, if your house was built in the 1980’s or before and it’s electrical system has not been upgraded, you are probably experiencing your fair share of problems. Read on to learn about common electrical problems that older houses face so you will know what to do if they happen to you.

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Topics: electrical wiring system, electrical system, electrical problems

Keep Your Yard In Top Shape With A Lawn Care Maintenance Program

Posted by John Moore

Sep 10, 2014 8:00:00 AM

A home’s lawn is the entrance to everything. It leads you into the home, it welcomes wandering eyes from neighbors and passersby who stop to admire, and it makes you feel pretty darn good when you look at it. Not to mention that a good lawn increases property value. All it takes is a good dose of fall lawn maintenance to help it survive during winter and get that perfect lawn in the spring. The absolute best time of the year to prep your lawn for the winter is NOW. Don’t know where to begin? Let’s get started!

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Topics: lawn care, lawn care maintenance program, fall lawn maintenance

Common Plumbing Problems Found In Older Homes

Posted by John Moore

Sep 9, 2014 8:00:00 AM

For first-time homeowners, homeowners looking for a change of residence, or those looking to make Houston their new home, the buying process can feel a bit overwhelming. Because we are the 4th largest city in the United States, there are many different neighborhoods to choose from. Whether you are looking to live in suburban areas like Pearland, or prefer a more historic part of town like The Heights, there are hundreds of options available to suit the needs of each individual.

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Topics: Plumbing, plumbers, galvanized pipes, low water pressure

Home Security Improves With New Low Frequency Tone Requirement

Posted by John Moore

Sep 4, 2014 8:00:00 AM

It’s the middle of the night when suddenly you wake up to the shrieking sound of the smoke detector. As you step out of bed you immediately smell smoke, and that’s when you realize that your house is on fire. What do you do next? Most of us would get our family and pets and run out of the house as quickly as possible. But what happens if you never heard the alarm?

For the hearing impaired, those with partial hearing loss, or even deep sleepers, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors might not be helpful. They might work, but if you can’t hear them in your time of need, what good do they actually provide? As of early 2014, new requirements have been made for all smoke and CO detectors to add low frequency tones, which can work for heavy sleepers and those with hearing loss.

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Topics: home security, carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detector

Time To Replace Your AC Unit? John Moore Can Help With That!

Posted by John Moore

Sep 3, 2014 8:00:00 AM

No matter how high the temperatures get outside, it’s nice to know that you can take shelter in your cool, air conditioned home. Or is it? It’s sure been hot lately, and maybe your AC unit isn’t cooling the way it once did, or maybe some rooms are cooling while others are not. Either way, after your unit reaches a certain age it won’t work like you want it to. Read on to get the scoop on air conditioning repair and replacement so you can figure out if now is the right time to replace yours.

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Topics: AC unit, AC system, AC equipment

A Pest Control Plan Will Keep Squirrels Out Of Your Home

Posted by John Moore

Sep 2, 2014 8:00:00 AM

With fall right around the corner there are several things that you, as a homeowner, should be thinking about. Because as you probably know (because we keep saying it!), it’s always better to take care of potential problems before they become larger and more expensive to fix. Things like having your heater inspected and making sure all aspects of your plumbing and electrical system are in top shape ensure that your home will operate smoothly without a major failure. But an important item on the list that not many people think about is having their home inspected for rodents.

Squirrels, although cute to look at, can cause extensive damage. During the warmer months they stay outside and nest in trees, but as soon as the first cold front hits they start searching for shelter, which usually means an attic.

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Topics: rodents, Pest Control, rodent infestation

Keep Up With Routine Maintenance -- Call Your Man John Moore!

Posted by John Moore

Aug 28, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Cooking has been a huge part of Yolanda Ebb’s life since childhood. She has many family recipes that have been passed down through generations that are among her favorite dishes to make. She woke one morning excited to make a delicious breakfast, but when she walked over to her sink, she realized there was a problem.

“I had fried a bunch of chicken the night before and when I went to dispose of the grease, I poured it all down the sink,” said Ebbs. “And the next day, I realized my sink and pipes didn’t take to the grease too well, and my sink was backed up.”

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Topics: Air filters, HVAC system, tankless water heater, routine maintenance

Stay Healthy And Hydrated In The Heat With A Water Filtration System

Posted by John Moore

Aug 27, 2014 8:00:00 AM

As much as we hate to state the obvious, this time we just can’t help ourselves. It’s hot. For the past few months temperatures have been in the mid to high 90’s, but once humidity is factored in, it feels like it’s well over 100 degrees. And when it’s constantly this hot outside making sure to stay hydrated should be a top priority, especially when the heat index is over 105 degrees. Limiting your water intake during the extreme heat is directly related to having heat stroke, which is the number one weather related cause of death in the United States. You may think you get enough water, but the truth is that most people don’t drink as much as they should.

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Topics: John Moore Services, Water filtration system, drinking water

Pest Control Treatment Plans Offer Free Re-Treat Services

Posted by John Moore

Aug 26, 2014 8:00:00 AM

There are a lot of benefits to a regular pest control program. It not only consistently removes bugs, insects, and rodents from your home, but it keeps them out. And as Houstonians, we are not strangers to the variety of bugs and insects that our warm climate brings. But sometimes, especially during the hotter months of the year, having your home sprayed once a month isn’t enough to keep certain critters out.

At John Moore Services, we understand the importance of maintaining a bug-free home, which is why we offer a free re-treat for all customers who find bugs inside their home after their quarterly treatment. With most bugs and insects, spraying your home once a quarter is sufficient to keep them away, but with others, you might need a little more help which is why we also offer bi-monthly and monthly services.

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Control Program, bug infestations, pest control services

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