Root Barriers: How they Work, and How We Install Them

By Mark Jacobs on July 13, 2020

A BioBarrier System should be installed if you are worried about your tree roots expanding and damaging your house. Tree root damage is more common than you think, damaging not just the foundation, but also plumbing and the landscape of the home. This usually only happens when a tree is planted too close to a house. If the tree has aggressive roots, then they will reach out for water wherever they can. Although trees can add beauty and shade to your home, they can also cause some problems.

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PEX or Copper? Which is More Sustainable?

By Jon on July 7, 2020

Not too long ago, professionals were challenged to create a structure, other than copper, that is sustainable, cost-effective, and high performing. Environmental building designs had shifted and the industry needed something new that could do the job. However, the new technology we have helps find the happy medium of being environmentally safe as well as still making money. 

Topics: Pipes PEX
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Hurricane Season in Houston: Everything You Should Know

By Mark Jacobs on June 29, 2020

The Atlantic hurricane season has officially begun! Although the historical peak of the season is from mid-August through mid-October, it’s never too soon to start preparing for a hurricane. The best way to protect yourself, your family, and your property is to get ready for extreme weather events well in advance. Here is a succinct guide on how to prepare for a tropical storm that may escalate into a hurricane.

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Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

By Mark Jacobs on June 18, 2020

Although many people believe that summer home maintenance is mostly about cleaning, it’s actually aimed at checking and repairing various structures and systems within the home. While you might already be aware of the most important summer maintenance chores, overlooking some tasks may result in more expensive and time-consuming repairs later on. To ensure that nothing gets left behind, here is a list of summer maintenance tasks that will help you get your Houston home ready for the season.

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Flooding in Houston: What You Should Know Before, During, and After

By Jon on June 10, 2020

If you live in a flood-prone area, you most probably know that the effects of failing to prepare for a flood in Houston can range from slight discomfort to devastation. Thanks to the National Weather Service, which issues flood watches and warnings when flooding is possible or imminent, floods no longer take us by surprise. But just being aware of a potential flooding event cannot help you prevent water damage to your home. The following guidelines are designed to help you properly prepare for a flood and protect yourself, your family, and your home during and after one. 

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Improving the Look of the Brick on Your Older Home

By Mark Jacobs on June 5, 2020

The new homes that are built nowadays include higher-quality materials, better insulation, and state-of-the-art technologies that make them more energy-efficient than older homes. However, we all love the old Houston homes, with their complex architectural structures and decorative details, which create a sense of history and permanence.

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Top 10 Maintenance-Free Flowers and Plants

By Jon on May 27, 2020

During the summer, many homeowners love spending time outdoors and tending to their flower beds. On the downside, maintaining a beautiful flower bed can take a lot of time and effort, especially during the hot summer months. Luckily, there’s a much easier way to work more efficiently, so you can spend more time enjoying your flower bed than tending to it. And it all starts with choosing the right flowers, plants, and trees.

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Landscaping to Improve Your Home’s Drainage

By Jon on May 22, 2020

Poor drainage and uncontrolled water runoff are two factors that could cause water to collect near your home. Water pooling around your foundation can lead to various issues, including pest infestations, wood rot, mold growth, and extensive damage to your home and additional structures like walkways, driveways, porches, and patios. All these can significantly lower the value of your property. 

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Preparing Your Lawn for Houston’s Summer

By Jon on May 13, 2020

With the summer fast approaching, commercial property owners, facility managers, and homeowners alike should consider the most effective ways to protect the structural integrity of their properties before the hot weather sets in. To help, we’ve put together a succinct guide that explains how you can prepare and maintain your lawn in order to prevent foundation damage during the hottest summer months.    

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Signs Your Home Needs Repiping

By Mark Jacobs on May 8, 2020

Piping materials and plumbing systems are designed to last for decades. However, all pipes will eventually wear out and require repairs or replacements. While replacing an entire plumbing system is one of the scariest projects for most homeowners, repiping your home as soon as you observe the first signs of a major plumbing problem can save you money, give you peace of mind, and even improve your overall comfort. Here are a few telltale signs that can help you determine when you should upgrade your plumbing system. 

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