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.

It’s Swimming Time!

When it’s summer in Texas, it’s time to spend your spare time i the pool or lake or river. Anywhere there’s a cool spot to relax. But, that also means you and your family need to be extra cautious when you are around the water. It’s easy to slip and fall or jit your head […]

6 Things to Remember When Preparing Your Home for a Summer Sale

Selling your house is much different than selling your car or anything else that you own. When you sell your car you can usually get a quick quote and move on with your life. On the other hand, real estate agents will tell you that while each locale has its own peak selling season, the […]

Spring Cleaning Time, Houston

It’s that time of year again and we need to get ready for the warmer weather. We should open the windows, get busy with ridding our homes of the dusty musty winter air and start our spring cleaning. Some things may seem obvious – like carpet cleaning and wiping the base boards. But, according to […]

Abacus Wins Back to Back Pinnacle Awards From Houston Better Business Bureau

This Is Abacus’ 11th Houston BBB Award of Distinction and 5th Pinnacle Award Since 2006 HOUSTON (May 15, 2019) – Continuing its dynasty of quality work, customer care and elite recognition, Abacus Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electrical has received the Houston Better Business Bureau’s highest honor – the coveted “Pinnacle Award” – for the second […]

Houston, Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires

Did you know, May 4th Is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day? Most people don’t. Just like they don’t know that wildfires can affect their homes in our Houston communities. Most people think that wildfires only happen out on the prairie on a ranch somewhere. They happen in our communities, too. Often enough for the City of […]

Exploring Houston This Weekend

The sun is shining on the Gulf Coast this weekend. But, that may change in the coming days. It’s a great time to get out and explore Houston this weekend. Exploring the city you may think you know an make living here muck more interesting. For new and exciting things to do in Houston, 365 […]

5 Tips for Downsizing When Moving to a Smaller Place After Retirement

Many of us have accumulated impressive quantities of what we adoringly call “stuff,” and we probably have a story that surrounds each item. We like our things and don’t want to part with them, but when downsizing and retirement approach and the move to a smaller residence is imminent, we have no choice but to […]

Companies Unite For Better Products

Before You Remodel, Know Your Options When you start to consider remodeling your kitchen or bathroom. most of us go to our home improvement stores or go online to check out the options for our plumbing fixtures. But the search should not end there. Every manufacturer is looking to the future to develop products their […]

Thanks For Your Help, Abacus!

Go ABACUS ARBORS! 100 trees planted in 1 hour and 14 minutes! A team from Abacus braved the cold weather on Saturday to take part in the Houston Area Urban Forestry Council tree planting competition. The Houston Area Urban Forestry Council (HAUFC) was formed in 1986 with the mission of developing programs for an enhanced […]

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 […]