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Thanks to our December sponsor, Murray Newman

Posted by Eric Berger at 10:15 AM

For the month of December, Space City Weather has been sponsored by The Law Office of Murray Newman. This means the site was provided for free, without advertising, for the entire month thanks to Murray. 

Here’s a bit more about him, and the legal services he provides:

I’m a former Felony Chief Prosecutor who practices Criminal Defense in Harris County and the surrounding areas. I’m an 1995 graduate of Texas A&M and a 1999 graduate from the University of Houston Law School. I represent people accused of crimes, both misdemeanor and felony. I’m a trial lawyer who doesn’t back down on even the toughest of cases.

Thank you to Murray for supporting the site this month!

The holidays are upon us. For some, this means travel away from homes for an extended period. For most of us, this means the delivery of packages and the potential for theft. In this sponsored post from Reliant, we discuss a security system that offers peace of mind for homeowners whether you’re traveling, at work, running holiday errands, or otherwise on the go.

Total Home Protection

With Security by Reliant, customers can get around-the-clock security that can be controlled from anywhere so your family and home are always protected. (One need not be a Reliant electricity customer to sign up for security services with the company, the program is open to everyone). Reliant offers a variety of packages and services to fit your unique security needs—Essential, Advanced or Premium plans—each of which offer 24/7 monitoring, access via an app, professional installation and more.

The Perfect Power Partner: Speak and Save 12 plan

Want to bring some tech to your thermostat? The new Nest Thermostat E lets you control your home’s temperature, plan for sudden weather changes and adjust settings while you’re away. This smart thermostat learns your schedule and adjusts automatically based on whether you’re home or away, letting you save energy without lifting a finger. And now, you can control it with a Google Home Mini, simply by saying, “Ok Google, make it cooler.”


When you sign up for the Reliant Speak & Save 12 plan, you’ll get a Google Home Mini and Nest Thermostat E on Reliant. Additionally, with this plan, you’ll also enjoy 12 months of price security on your electricity.

As a homeowner, I just want things that are supposed to work, to work. I’m not particularly handy, so when something breaks it always frustrates me. Even worse, if there’s a plumbing problem, it can damage a home. Or if the AC breaks down in August, heaven help us all. Frankly, there’s never a convenient time for a major system in your home to break down. In today’s sponsored post from Reliant, we discuss one option to address this.

Reliant has created a package to help protect your home from potential AC, heater and plumbing issues. The idea behind the Reliant Home Maintenance Package is to alleviate the stress of the homeowner who relies on their major home systems to perform all year long.
For $249 a year, a homeowner can enjoy the benefits of a full plumbing inspection once a year, two seasonal air conditioner or heater tune-ups per year.

The details of each inspection are as follows:

Heating Tune-up (October – November)

  • Inspect and test the gas valve
  • Inspect and test the pilot light (manual or electronic)
  • Visually inspect the heat exchanger
  • Check flue for proper ventilation and clearance
  • Inspect and test the electrical disconnect
  • Check amperage readings on heat strips
  • Verify proper wiring size on heat strips
  • Inspect and test the electrical power switch
  • Inspect blower motor for proper ventilation
  • Check the evaporator drain line
  • Check the overflow pan drain line
  • Inspect all air filters
  • Inspect and test thermostat

Plumbing Inspection (January – February)

  • Check the water pressure
  • Visual inspection of faucets for leaks
  • Visual inspection of toilets and tanks for leaks
  • Check the drain speed in bathtubs and sinks
  • Visual inspection of shower pan
  • Inspect flexible hoses/water supply lines to: Toilets, sinks, washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator, water heater
  • Drain and sewer line inspection (if accessible)
  • Water heater: Check temperature, inspect venting system, ccheck water and gas connection, inspect drain and pan piping

AC Tune-up (March – April)

  • Inspect condenser coil
  • Clean and clear debris
  • Inspect all electrical connections
  • Adjust the system for optimal cooling
  • Check for refrigerant and oil leaks
  • Check the expansion valve and coil temperatures
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Check condensation drain
  • Run the cooling cycle
  • Inspect and test the thermostat
  • Inspect all air filters
  • Perform a wash-down of the condenser coil

Although such a service cannot fully guarantee there will be no unexpected problems with your home, it can often find problems before they happen. There is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night to rain showers falling onto your bed. Which has happened to me. When the water heater burst about a decade ago in the attic.

A few words on water filtration and plumbing

Posted by Eric Berger at 10:00 AM

For thousands of Houston area residents, the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey remains a day-to-day grind as repairs continue on damaged homes. For others, memories of the storm are receding as fall finally descends upon Houston. As a reminder for those still recovering from the storm, our sponsor, Reliant, offers home repair services, backup generators and even home security. This month’s post about Reliant, however, will discuss the area of water filtration and plumbing.

Water Filtration

Water filtration service.

You drink water, bathe in it, and use it to wash your clothes and dishes. You deserve water that’s clean, safe and refreshing. Although the city of Houston, and other regional providers, offer safe, clean water there are additional options for further water purification. Reliant typically recommends and offers a whole home filtration with a salt-free water softening system.

Why consider this? These systems are eco-friendly, don’t waste water, don’t use electricity and don’t discharge anything into the environment. Water filtration systems can normally be installed in one day, either indoors or outdoors.

System options can include:

  • Water softening: part of a whole-home filtration system, water softening can extend the life of appliances, like your water heater or dish washer, by preventing scale, corrosion, excess chlorine and other harmful agents
  • Compact filtration systems: if whole-home filtration isn’t right for your residence, you can still enjoy clean, healthy drinking water with a compact system that filters water at the point-of-entry to the home
  • Advanced options: Water-heater shields, UV and reverse osmosis systems, salt- and maintenance-free

All water purification systems installed by Reliant are backed by manufacturer warranties and maintained by Reliant’s trained professional team.

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