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Steve’s Spotlight: Cedar Park

“Austin” has become a catch-all phrase for not only the city itself but for the general area, including surrounding cities. But the residents of Cedar Park are proud of their town, while still enjoying all the nearby benefits Austin has to offer. Cedar Park is both a young city and a historic one, founded way […]

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What’s That Water on Your Floor?

Did you go swimming for spring break? I don’t mean a trip to Padre Island — I’m talking about that unexpected water hole in your own home. Standing water on your floor is more than just a sign of a plumbing emergency; it’s a surefire way to experience structural damage, termites and toxic mold. Here […]

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New Business Site? Get That Plumbing Inspected!

Opening a new business site is exciting, but it can also introduce some new problems of the plumbing variety. Make sure these items get checked out: Grease traps – Make sure your new restaurant’s grease traps, mop sinks, kitchen drains, dishwashers, and other industrial plumbing fixtures are up to the task. These items see really […]

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Interviewing Plumbers? Make Sure You Ask These Questions!

If you haven’t actually chosen your family plumber yet, the last thing you want to do is call a random phone book listing. Here are some critical questions you should ask any prospective plumber: “How long have you been in business?” As with any other service you would engage for pretty much anything, you want […]

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Ring Around the Toilet: Wax Ring Leakage and Replacement

Do you have water pooling on your bathroom floor, or mysterious water rings on the ceiling where an upstairs toilet sits? Then you may have a leaky wax ring — the protective seal that fits between the base of the toilet and the drain. And if you don’t fix it, you’ll have a lake where […]

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Springtime, and the Tree Roots Are in Bloom!

Everybody loves the spring, and not just because of school vacations or South By Southwest. Those few cold days we have to endure here (don’t you love living in Texas?) start to fade away, leaves start to appear on the trees, flowers bloom. New life is everywhere. But this isn’t always a good thing — […]

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A Brief History of Home Water Heaters

Every time you turn your tap and hot water comes out, or that first blast of shower water hits you in the face with freezing you to death, you should be grateful that you didn’t live in the Bad Old Days. For most of human history, you had two choices — accept a cold-water bath, […]

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Steve’s Spotlight: Barton Hills

If you want to live in a place with history, you could do a lot worse than one of Austin’s most well-known neighborhoods, Barton Hills. This stretch of town, which starts at Zilker Park and hugs Barton creek down to Gus Frith District Park, welcomed its first resident when William Barton set up house by […]

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Plumbing: The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift

Ah, Valentine’s Day. It’s a time for romantic feelings and loving gestures — a time when you can show your loved one just how you feel. And nothing says “I love you” better than — new plumbing? Hang on, hear me out; I promise I haven’t lost my marbles. I’m not suggesting you forget about […]

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Steve’s Spotlight: Forest North

Let’s turn the old spotlight north this time — onto a nice little chunk of Northwest Austin known as Forest North. The homes here are what we call “established” (as opposed to “brand spanking new”), and typically sell in the $150,000 to $270,000 range. One of the features that makes this area more affordable is […]

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