Alan's Blog

The blog by Alan O’Neill is meant to be helpful, valuable, interesting and educational in nature. Always check with a licensed plumber or air conditioning and heating contractor such as Abacus Plumbing & Air Conditioning in Houston prior to any work on your home.

Get Smart: 6 Tips to Upgrade to a Smarter Home or Apartment

There’s a lot of talk about smart devices, smart apps and smart homes, and these new innovations can allow you to control many of your home’s functions remotely. Let’s look at some of the best places to start: Lighting First, it’s important to understand incandescent and fluorescent lighting systems have an excellent alternative: light emitting […]

Abacus Earns 2018 Angies List Super Service Award

ABACUS Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electrical Earns 2018 Esteemed Angie’s List Super Service Award HOUSTON, Friday, February 8, 2019 — ABACUS Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electrical (Abacus) is excited to announce for the seventh time that we have been awarded Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner. This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional […]

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

Houston, did you know that January 10th was National Cut Your Energy Costs Day? Well. It was. There are many, many ways to cut your utility bills. National Day Calendar has a few suggestions. NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY – January 10 NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY Scheduling an appointment to get your […]

Thank you, Houston. Our JuCan Toy Drive Was a HUGE Success.

The JuCan Foundation toy drive is was a great success. Abacus Plumbing, Air Conditioning and Electrical wants to thank everyone who donated and promoted our JuCan toy drive in our community for this success. Abacus employees competed internally to see which department would give more toys. And several employees volunteered by picking up other participating […]

Water Isn’t Always Good For You

Like many homeowners, we assume that because we have a municipal water source for our homes that the water is perfectly safe. But, sometimes, it isn’t. Many things can occur to contaminate the water between the water treatment plant and our kitchen sink. Pipes are susceptible to damage, which allows contaminants and pesticides to our […]

Hire Veterans Job Fair And Abacus Plumbing

The Redneck Country Club hosts 2-day ‘Hire Veterans Job Fair’ Tuesday, August 21, 2018. STAFFORD, Texas (KTRK) Print out your resumes, because a two-day job fair is planned for this week. The “Hire 100 Veterans Job Fair” will be held on Wednesday and Thursday at the Redneck Country Club in Stafford. There is a focus […]

Make Your Own Natural Spider Repellent

Texas has lots of different types of bugs, spiders and other insects. Some of these bugs are completely harmless to us, others are a real nuisance, especially when you find the unexpectedly in your home. Most of the time, finding one spider on the house plants doesn’t mean you have to immediately call the pest […]

Tips on protecting pipes and sprinklers. Featured on ABC13 KTRK Houston

Winterizing your outdoor pipes shouldn’t just be a winter chore. It really is important to protect your exposed pipes, faucets and sprinkler systems from freezing damage. KRTK recently reported on exactly how to properly winterize your outdoor pipes and provides some suggestions like: First, make sure you have located all outdoor pipes, faucets, sprinkler system […]

Fire Place Safety

In Texas, we expect hot, humid summers. But, we may also have cold, icy winter weather, too. Severe snow and ice storms may be rare, but they arrive quickly. When the cold arrives, a fireplace becomes more than an attractive aesthetic feature of our homes. Fireplaces become the center of our holiday atmosphere and a […]

Get Ready For The Next Hurricane

The weather along the gulf coast in Texas right now is beautiful. But, yet more rain is predicted for Houston. While our weather is good right now, further east there is a hurricane pounding Florida. And hurricane season isn’t over. The 2018 season was predicted to be a bit milder that most initially, but predictions […]