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.

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 […]

New At the Houston Zoo

Looking for a new adventure in Houston? Love animals? You can learn all about our Houston Zoo animals and be a zoo kepper, according to the Houston Chronicle. Here’s how you can become a zookeeper for a day at the Houston Zoo Patrons can bathe elephants and feed gators as part of the zoo’s behind-the-scenes […]

Abacus Founder Alan O’Neill Talks to PCHPPros Podcast

Abacus Founder and President Alan O’Neill recently spoke with PCHPPros on their Podcast “Behind The Wall”. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Alan O’Neill started his journey in the home services industry more than 40 years ago as an apprentice plumber. Now the CEO and Founder of Abacus Plumbing and the Regional CEO-Central for Wrench Group, Alan […]

Tips For A Healthy Garden

Your September to-do list for a healthy garden Use an organic fertilizer to help control winter weeds. Bed preparation is essential for successful food crops.(Howard Garrett / Special Contributor) By Howard Garrett 4:19 PM on Aug 23, 2021 CDT   Since there is so much to do in September, let’s jump the gun by a few […]

Get Ready For The Next Storm, Houston

Every year, Houston faces a big hurricane taking aim at the Texas Gulf Coast. This year is not different. Which storm is going to hit the area? How bad will it get? Should we stay or go? We can prepare for most of it, if we start early. In the wake of the last big […]

Useful tip for your Houston Summer

Most of us love living on the Texas Gulf Coast. We love being near so many beaches and outdoor adventures. But, one thing we don’t love is the sticky, extreme heat. Getting into your car at the end of the day can be brutal. But, here’s a hint too help you out this summer.  Most […]

It’s All Child’s Play In Houston

During the summer, parents have been trying to get creative while trying to entertain ourselves and our kids at home. We’ve watched movies and played games. We’ve gone to the beach and to the park. And, some of us pulled out the big box of Legos from the attic. While most of us just play […]

Shhh! Houston Has A Secret

There are a lot of hidden gems in Texas. Hidden swimming holes in the hill country. Local artists and musicians. THE best spot to visit at the beach, Tiny corner coffee shops that only the neighborhood frequents and cherishes. Well, the Houston Chronicle is letting us in on another little secret hidden in plain sight. […]