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.

Seven ways climate change is already hitting Texans

Seven ways climate change is already hitting Texans Extreme weather events, water scarcity, risks of illness: Climate change is here, and it’s already affecting Texans. MARÍA MÉNDEZ, ERIN DOUGLAS, The Texas Tribune May 18, 2022Updated: May 18, 2022 8:36 a.m.   Houston residents used boats to evacuate floodwaters from Harvey in 2017.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif For decades, scientists warned […]

Roadtrip! Where To See The Beautiful Texas Bluebonnets This Spring

The best places to find bluebonnets in Houston and Texas Mark Mulligan/Staff photographer DIANE COWEN, MELISSA AGUILAR, STAFF WRITERS April 7, 2022Updated: April 11, 2022 5:43 p.m.   Comments Looking for bluebonnets? Each year, TxDOT plants 30,000 pounds of seeds along Texas highways, a mix of grasses and wildflowers that bring springtime blooms. On the hunt for bluebonnets, you may […]

Once Again, Houston Is A Great Place

The Woodlands ranks as nation’s No. 1 city to live in, for the second straight year Ryan Nickerson, Staff writer March 14, 2022Updated: March 14, 2022 6:24 p.m.   Comments Ava Randazzo, left, and Faith Downing play in the rain before a Fourth of July parade at Market Street, Saturday, July 3, 2021, in The Woodlands. Jason […]

Take Care Of Our Furry Friends, Houston

Houston pet owners: It’s illegal to leave your pet outside in freezing temps Rebecca Hennes, Staff Writer Feb. 1, 2022   Comments A dog sits on a wooden pallet outside a house that SPCA investigators came to check on while doing an animal welfare check Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 in Houston. With frigid temperatures forecast in […]

New Solar Building Codes For Houston

We all remember last winter with the record setting cold temperatures. But what we remember most clearly were the power outages and lack of running water. It was one of the worst winter weather events in history. It impacted our communities with the loss-of-life and economic impacts that will take years to unfold. When disaster […]

Out and About In Houston

It’s that time of year again where we start preparing for the holidays. We are scurrying around, trying to make plans, and get presents. and still take care of all the regular responsibilities we have. And, we are stressing ourselves out. But, taking care of ourselves is important. We all need to take time to […]

Santa Clause Is Coming To Town!

Santa Clause Is Coming To Town! For this weekend only, you can see Santa on board the Texas, according to click2houston.com Santa coming to Battleship Texas: Historical attraction temporarily open this weekend only HOUSTON – APRIL 27: General view of the battleship Texas on April 27, 2003 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images […]

SandFest Returns, Houston!

Not so long ago, one of out favorite outdoor activities was going to see extraordinary artists create gravity defying sculptures on the beaches of Galveston. These amazing creations were amazing and creative. After taking some time off, SandFest has returned to the beach,  according to the Houston Chronicle..  Texas SandFest returns to Port Aransas after COVID […]