Monthly Archives: May 2014

Almost 16,000 Residential Fires Each Year Involve Lint-Clogged Dryer Vents

ugly ventPeriodic cleaning of your dryer vent helps eliminate this risk to your home and family.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, these clothes dryer fires result in 20 deaths, 370 injuries and over $75 million in property damage each year. The main culprit? Dryer lint.

The steady, silent accumulation of fabric particles that get beyond your lint screen will not only decrease your dryer’s performance, it creates a fire hazard. Cleaning your lint trap after every load will slow this process, but cannot prevent it. As your vent gradually becomes caked with lint, your dryer’s airflow decreases. This not only prevents your dryer from drying as it should, it can cause it to overheat and ignite the highly flammable lint.

Tiger Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Services has invested in the proper tools to clean your dryer vent quickly and without the mess.

If you haven’t cleaned or checked your vent in the last four years, you should do it now. Call us today 1-866-TIGER70 so we can come out and make sure your home is not at risk, or visit www.TrustTiger.com for more information.

Saving Energy on your Home’s Hot Water Needs

Danger-Hot-Water_2The next time you pay your utility bill, try one simple calculation. Divide the total amount by seven. The result is the amount you spend to heat your water. (If you receive separate utility bills for gas and electricity, use the gas bill for this calculation if you have a gas water heater; use the electric bill if you have an electric water heater.) Of course, you may think this cost is a small price to pay for the convenience of a hot shower. But during the course of a year, this cost adds up. And when you consider that 95 million households in this country pay the same percentage, it is easy to see how much money–and energy–is used to heat water.

Several measures can help you decrease water-heating costs in your home. Some specific actions include reducing the amount of hot water used, making your water-heating system more energy efficient, and using off-peak power to heat water.

1. Reducing the amount of hot water used
Generally, four destination points in the home are recognized as end uses for hot water: faucets, showers, dishwashers, and washing machines. Now, you do not have to take cold showers, dine on dirty dishes, or wear dirty clothes to reduce your hot-water consumption. Less radical measures are available that will be virtually unnoticeable once you apply them.

2. Faucets and Showers
Simply repairing leaks in faucets and showers can save hot water. A leak of one drip per second can cost $1 per month, yet could be repaired in a few minutes for less than that. And some apparently insignificant steps, when practiced routinely at your household, could have significant results. For example, turning the hot-water faucet off while shaving or brushing your teeth, as opposed to letting the water run, can also reduce water-heating costs. Another option is limiting the amount of time you spend in the shower.

3. Washing Machines
Much of the cost–up to 90%–of operating washing machines is associated with the energy needed to heat the water. Either cold or warm water can be used for washing most laundry loads; cold water is always sufficient for rinsing. Make sure you follow the cold-water washing instructions for your particular laundry detergent. Washing only full loads is another good rule of thumb for reducing hot-water consumption in clothes washers.

4. Lower Your Water Heater Thermostat
One simple step for reducing water-heating energy costs is lowering the thermostat setting on your water heater. Although some manufacturers set water heaters at 140 degrees F (60 degrees C), 120 degrees F (48.9 degrees C) is satisfactory for most household needs. Furthermore, when heated to 140 degrees F, water can pose a safety hazard (i.e., scalding). For each 10 degrees F (5.6 degrees C) reduction in water temperature, water-heating energy consumption can be reduced 3% to 5%.

When you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time (at least 3 days), turning the water heater thermostat down to the lowest setting, or even turning the heater off completely, can help you achieve additional savings. Be sure you know how to relight the pilot light on your gas heater, though, before you turn it off.

5. Using Off-Peak Power to Heat Water
Most consumers use more hot water in the evenings and mornings than at other times of the day. For those who have an electric water heater, this usage contributes to the electric utility company’s “peak load,” or the largest amount of power demand that they have to meet on a daily basis. Some utilities are required to offer their customers “time of use” rates that vary according to the demand on their system. Lower rates may be charged at “off-peak” times and higher rates at “on-peak” times. You may be able to lower your electric bills if you can take advantage of these rate schedules. Check with your local electric utility to find out if it offers time-of-use rates for residential customers, and if so, what the rate schedules are. Some utilities even offer incentives for customers who allow their utility to install control devices that shut off electric water heaters during peak demand periods.

These are just a few of the many ways you can save on your hot water heating bills. Call us today to learn more!

Breathe Easier in Your Home

Dclean homeirt, mold, bugs, mites, and other “stuff” are all living in your duct system. Gross, right?  Tiger Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can get rid of it all with our Total Source Removal cleaning process. You will be able to see for yourself all of the dirt and debris that we remove from your duct system. More importantly, through the use of remote video inspection cameras, you will also be able to see how clean your duct system is when we finish cleaning.

If you’d like to take your air purification a step further, consider using Ultraviolet (U.V) lights. Tiger has found that the most successful way to handle system mold is through U.V. germicidal lights. These U.V. systems are a recent breakthrough in protecting the health of a home. 

Ultraviolet light in the “C” band (UVC) has been used for more than 65 years to kill microorganisms in hospitals, barber shops, laboratories, pharmaceutical plants, and at the nation’s Center for Disease Control. Residential ultraviolet units have been independently tested and proved to be effective in the constantly moving air environments of heating and cooling systems, killing mold and bacteria quickly and effectively. The UVC energy attacks the organism’s DNA and either destroys it immediately or prevents it from reproducing. 

For most people, the original motivation for installing the lights is to abate IAQ complaints and/or allergies. However, they are also pleased to learn that many hidden odors are also eliminated with U.V. technology.

Call Tiger today so we can help you clean the air in your home!

Top 3 Plumbing Problems and When It’s Time To Call Tiger

Tiger TrucksAll houses have plumbing problems, no matter how new or old. There’s no reason to wait until you’re knee deep in mucky water to make the call. Some handymen (and handywomen) figure that they can do it themselves… AND save a little cash by not calling a pro. But, without professional help, plumbing problems get worse, not better. Calling Tiger Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning before little problems get bigger is a great way to save money in the long run. Here are a few things to watch out for.

1. Septic Tank Maintenance
Ever wonder where the stuff you flush down the toilet goes? No? Well, fair enough… flush it and say goodbye! Unfortunately, many of us do have to think about it. Nearly half of all Americans live in a house with a septic tank. We won’t go into details, but this is the place where all your “wastewater” (okay, it’s sewage) goes. We all flush and forget, but your septic tank needs ordinary maintenance.

Your septic tank has to be emptied sometimes, and there’s no easy answer to when it should be done. It depends on the size of the tank and the (sorry to mention it) consistency of the stuff going into it. Basically, if the septic tank isn’t pumped out regularly, it will cause you thousands of dollars worth of problems. Ask your local plumber for advice on your septic tank maintenance.

2. Low Water Pressure
What happens when you turn on the faucet and, instead of a torrent of water to wash your dishes with, you’ve got a tiny trickle dribbling out? Probably, you’ve got a water pressure problem. You can check the water pressure gauge on your water pump. This is an easy problem that you can fix yourself.

However, if your water pressure is okay, you’ve got a bigger problem. Probably, it’s a clogged drain. This is easy for a plumbing service, like Tiger to tackle. We bring along a giant, heavy apparatus called a “snake” and it’ll suck out any blockages in your pipes. In some houses that have refinished basements, clogged drains are a recurring problem because the pipes used are too small. If this is the case, get an estimate from the plumber on how much this will cost. It’s well worth fixing.

3. Leaks, Drips, Funny Noises And Shaking Pipes
No matter how old or new your house is, or what condition it’s in, always keep an eye on your pipes. Look out for leaks, listen for funny noises and watch for standing water. If you’ve got a drippy faucet or leak, you can tighten the pipes yourself. Sometimes, even in new homes, the sealant wears thin and you’ll need to wrap the pipe with plumbers tape. Overflowing toilets are common and easy to fix yourself, but if a particular toilet keeps doing it, you might want to make the call.

Any plumbing problem that involves working with main water lines or gas lines needs to be done by a professional. It takes special gear to turn off city water, and messing with gas lines can be extremely dangerous. Anything else that’s a little tricky to do yourself, call a professional plumbing services. You’ll have to pay now, but it’ll save money – and potentially major repairs for your house – later on.

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