Friday, August 20, 2021

Is Marriage Counseling For Me?

 It's an easy thought process to consider marriage counseling when times get a little rough. General health issues, depression, death in the family, just normal things that human beings have to go through during a lifetime can lead to things going south for you and yours.

Marriage counseling can definitely help, it's always one of the main reasons to help sustain or fix rocky times between you and your spouse. But again the rocky times can come from all types of directions, especially those that have kids have to be very careful with out it is dealt with.

Drug and alcohol abuse, finances, emotional and sexual difficulties are just several of the other main issues that can cause a rift between a family. There are so many different reasons why one would need couples therapy, the length of time and effort to resolve issues can be different. The average amount of sessions that a couple can go through normally range from 8-12. Each session can focus and assist on certain issues, as well as help prepare yourself for when the sessions end.

Marriage Counseling is also one of the avenues that has a high success rate among professional therapists. In some cases, a relationship may not be salvageable. Unfortunately, sometimes divorce can be the best and only answer for a couple.

There are a lot of times where marriage counseling Flower Mound TX therapists recommend counseling before marriage, and afterwards. There doesn't have to be anything wrong to see a couples therapist. Some find it enjoyable and even relaxing to be able to spend time with their significant other in a warm and inviting environment. The sessions don't have to necessarily be "working sessions" or even preventative measures. The best professional therapists will be able to openly communicate with their clients, providing guidance in wisdom.

Regardless of where you are with your spouse or future spouse, considering researching the therapists in your area that specialize in marriage counseling!

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Simple DIY Plumbing Tips

As a fellow DIYer, we all love the idea of working on projects at home. Maybe just attempt to save money, or even just to have some self pride that you can take care of things on your own. Plumbing is of course the forefront of potential DIY issues that you work on. We need and use plumbing items constantly, so it's only natural that they would have to be maintained and/or repaired.  

Step one, always know where the main water shutoff is. Seems pretty self explanatory, but it's essential to know the location in case there is an emergency and your house is flooding. Locate the individual cutt-off valves as well. This will help when you're doing small repairs to toilets or sinks. And make sure you have an emergency number always ready.

Keep your toilets free of "other" debris. Sure, if you're a parent...this can be a difficult task to avoid Barbie taking a swim. The point is to try to keep larger items such as paper towels, hygiene products, food and other things from being flushed. If you can reach it from the bottom of your toilet, you could be in for a bad issue. This goes for your other drains as well. If it's not intended to go down a pipe...keep it that way for good.

Another common practice, is just checking for a normal but hidden leak. A small leak overtime will cause damage to the surrounding structure, and potentially worse if not found and fixed. Our Nacogdoches plumber friends have mentioned they occasionally see big time structural damage that came from small leaks. Especially in two-story homes where a leak may come from an upstairs bathroom or even from the attic where the water is building and running down.

Know your water heater, know if it electric or gas, and know how to shut it off. Check all pipes associated with the water heater on a regular basis. There should be some sort of drip pan already available, and if there isn't, get one. 10 years is about the average life span of a water heater, so keep that in mind depending on when you moved or built your home.

It's also worth considering having additional parts on hand. Even things that you can go ahead and reinstall like a toilet seat, sink stopper, or a shower head.

For those that don't want to attempt the project, or maybe you just moved into a new home, the first good piece of advice would be to just schedule a professional plumbing inspection. You may not have any current issues, but an inspection will give you an idea of what may be coming. 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Custom Home Building

Not everyone, but a lot of people have that dream of finding a piece of land they can call their own and build their dream home. Everything from flooring, paint colors, technology additions, everything that they get to choose themselves. 

There is land for sale in Nacogdoches TX  and other parts of the region that are perfect for the family that wants to get away from the city and start a life with their first ever custom built home. And finding the perfect piece of land is normally step 1. 

Location is extremely important, not only the land itself, but think about how close or far away you are from the grocery store, gas station, school, office, etc. Make a list of things that are important to you, and mark off how far away each is from our options.

If it's an existing neighborhood then you'll want to evaluate the HOA (Homeowner's Association). There are sometimes (really always) different rules and regulations about custom built homes that may or may not coincide with your needs. They should have documents ahead of time for you to review. Walk the area ahead of time as well.

Just as important, is making sure you contact the best contractor and home builder. They will all have their own styles, but it's important to understand how they work, the materials they use, and how reputable they are. Ask for a tour of a current project that they are completing to get a better feel of who they are as possibility for you to hire.

Planning to build a new home also comes with things you may not think of. Permits are of course needed, are you in a flood plain? If you choose your contractor like home builders Lufkin TX correctly, then they should be able to not only provide the details, but also manage all of this to take the stress away from you in what is supposed to be a fun time.

From their, it's starting with the basics and more of the "fun" stuff of what you want to include. But the best advice anyone can get is to take your time upfront. Do the research on the steps we mentioned above to make sure you are doing everything correctly and to the best of your ability to ensure that you are set up for success in building your dream home!

DIY Plumbing. Step 1...Know What You Are Doing

 Obviously it goes without saying when it comes to any type of physical labor, or DIY project, that you should hopefully know what you are getting into before attempting anything that could dangerous. Or, cause issues to your home.

And the same goes for plumbing.

Plumbing might be one of the most common DIY aspects when it comes to the average home owner. Because honestly there are more than a few common plumbing issues that aren't that difficult to fix. The leaking toilet, the running faucet. Even the freezer that has a cracked drip line and has caused it to freeze up and leak water everywhere.

And especially in this day and age of endless technology, you can find a YouTube video for pretty much any type of household DIY issue.

The most common is probably the leaky faucet. Sometimes these go unnoticed, or when they do, the owner may not think it's a big deal. But, your water bill can and will think it's a big deal. And so will you shortly after. A leaky faucet can normally be fixed in an hour, maybe less depending on the issue. You'll need a screwdriver, allen wrench, and a good set of pliers and possibly a slip join pair. Depending on the job you may need some more advanced tools.

To go along with your supplies, you'll more than likely need an O-ring seal. The most common aspect of a leaky faucet.

Faucets and their handles actually come apart quite easily, but it's important to know they are small parts and can be sometimes difficult to put back together. Before starting even a small project like this, do the research. And also contact a local plumber for advice. Our friends at plumber allen tx have told us that at least 25% of their jobs recently have been due to DIY projects gone wrong.

With it being winter time as well, with extreme conditions in some parts of the country, it is important to be prepared for anything when it comes to the plumbing of your home.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

On-Site and Off-Site SEO

 There are more than just a few components when it comes to getting your site ranked on Google. Some good tactics...some bad that can get you in trouble.

There are several aspects that we all know when it comes to ranking a site, but the majority of the world can't fully grasp all of the fine details to truly rank a site. Which is where a pro team such as Plano SEO can come in and help. That could be simple consulting to help, or a full monthly SEO service that they do for a living.

Sure, adding the keywords that you want your customers to find you is very important. But that's just a small aspect. You need Google to realize they NEED to find you first. 

Depending on the platform you or your agency using there are of course built in SEO aspects to make it easy on yourself when creating a site. But that still isn't proper work to get you moving up the rankings. 

The keywords built into your sites content is one component of "on-site" SEO. We of course can spend hours and hours going over the tactics and how to properly optimize your site, contact a local agency to discuss their on-site SEO capabilities to see if it's good to have them do it for you...or if it's something you can take charge of yourself.

Off-site SEO is of course the other aspect, and very vital to being picked up quicker by Google and other search engines.

But you have to be careful here. Too many times small and local business hire "agencies" that claim they operate with best practices, when in fact they are overseas and do not follow the proper SEO tactics. And end the end you lose out on money and potentially having your site blacklisted or at least fall in the rankings.

Is Marriage Counseling For Me?

 It's an easy thought process to consider marriage counseling when times get a little rough. General health issues, depression, death in...