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.

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. […]

Is Solar An Option For Houston Homes?

After the recent power grid problems in Texas and future winter storm outages, Many Texas homeowners are searching for answers. Is the power gris going to be repaired? Improved? Or is it going to continue to be unreliable when Texans need power the most in extreme temperatures? Is there another answer? Well, there just might […]

Houston Shelters Need Your Help!

Are you looking for a quiet, laid-back cat or a “ready-to-play” dog? A snuggly little kitten or a jogging buddy?  Do you need a fuzzy buddy to keep you company while working at home? The animals at the Houston animal shelter need your help, The shelters have so many pets and need homes for them, […]

Don’t wait to service your A/C or decide on backup power, experts say

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — There’s a chance if you want to service your air conditioning unit, you might find yourself out of luck. Experts with Abacus told Eyewitness News there’s a shortage looming of parts needed to service equipment. The COVID-19 pandemic caused issues with the supply and there’s been a backup in orders. “Have […]

Houston, We Have Good News About The Weather (Apps)!

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be more active than usual with an increase in the number of storms expected. This 2021 season forecast is above the 30-year average (1991 to 2020) of 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes. But, Houston now has a new tool to prepare us for […]