Monthly Archives: November 2015

Keep Your Home and Loved One’s Safe This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a busy time for a lot of us. All of that cooking, cleaning, eating and catching up with friends and family members. Sometimes it’s easy to get distracted, leaving you or your home at risk for a potential accident. An emergency on Thanksgiving is the last thing you want to deal with.kitchen-670247_640

Fortunately, there are some fairly simple things you can do to avoid a Thanksgiving disaster! Follow this Thanksgiving safety checklist designed to save your holiday!

Fire Hazards:

  1. Never fry a turkey indoors, this includes sheds or garages. Make sure that your frying in a wide open space away from your home.
  2. Never fry a turkey on a wood surface.
  3. Make sure that all of your smoke detectors have fresh batteries and are working properly.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand, the average number of cooking fircook-7070_640es nearly doubles on Thanksgiving day.
  5. Don’t leave the kitchen unattended when the stove and/or oven is on.
  6. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dried before you attempt to fry it. If ice or water hits the oil, it could cause a large splash which could cause a fire or even an explosion.
  7. Don’t wear loose fitting clothing when cooking.
  8. Keep your stove top clear of all flammable materials.
  9. Keep a heavy duty lid handy to smother any small flames that might flare up on your stove.
  10. Never pour water on a grease fire.

Food and Health Safety Tips:

  1. Continually cleaning-532411_640clean all cooking surfaces.
  2. Use separate utensils and cookware when preparing meat and/or poultry.
  3. Never thaw a turkey on the counter.
  4. Wash your hands frequently.
  5. Keep raw meat and poultry away from all other food.
  6. When thawing a turkey, place it in a pan to prevent the juices from contaminating other foods or surfaces.
  7. Wash all fruits and vegetables before using them.

Turkey Thawing Tips:

There are only three ways to safely thaw a turkey: refrigerator, the cold water method, and the microwave.turkey-218742_640

-The amount of time it takes to thaw a turkey in the fridge depends on its size. It’s suggested that you need one day to thaw a turkey for every 4 to 5 pounds. For example, a 12-pound turkey will need about three days to thaw.

– If you didn’t allow yourself enough time to thaw your turkey in the fridge, you can use the cold water method. Place your turkey in a leak-proof bag and submerge the whole thing in water. Estimate that you’ll need 30 minutes or so for every pound. Remember safety first, change the water every half hour.

-If you happen to have a smaller turkey, you can use the microwave as your thawing method. The label on the turkey should tell you if a microwave will work.

Travel Safety 101:

  1. Do not post your travel plans on any social media platforms.
  2. Make sure that all of your windows and doors are securely locked before leaving town.
  3. Do not leave your washer or dryer running while you’re gone.

Have a Safe and Fun Thanksgiving!

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How You Can Avoid a Plumbing Disaster this Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is this Thursday and that means lots of great food and a horde of family members running amuck all over your home. And all of that extra traffic in your kitchen and bathroom puts a lot of stress on your pipes. So much stress in fact, that the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.

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You’d probably like to avoid a major plumbing disaster this Thanksgiving. The good news is that if you follow these simple tips, you can!

Garbage Disposal 101:

Do not, I repeat Do Not put any of the following items down your disposathanksgiving-696164_640l.

  • potato peels
  • celery
  • artichokes
  • asparagus
  • lettuce
  • corn husks
  • carrots
  • onion skins

(These items tend to wrap around the disposal blades)

  • pasta
  • beans
  • potatoes
  • rice

(These absorb water and turn into a paste like substance in your drain, with can cause a clog)

  • bones (turkey or otherwise)
  • large seed pits
  • fatty or greasy foods
  • coffee grounds
  • seeds

Also, when using the garbage disposal it is important not to overload it with too much food at one time.

Protect your dishwasher

Make sure that all of the dishes are rinsed well before going into your dishwasher. Excess food can cause clogs and other plumbing problems.

Invest in a showbath-2192_640er drain hair catcher

If you are having overnight guests this Thanksgiving, having a drain hair catcher for the shower will be handy, if you want to help prevent clogs.

Have any “small” plumbing issues fixed before the holiday

Even the smallest plumbing issue can turn into a huge disaster on Thanksgiving. Save yourself a major headache by having one of our plumbing experts address all of your plumbing concerns before your guests arrive!

Don’t leave your toilets unprotected this Thanksgiving

Small children just seem to love flushing anything they can down the toilet. Additionally, it’s easy for kiddos to slip past distracted adults at Thanksgiving dinner. Keeping a closer eye on them or simply keeping the bathroom door shut will spare you from a mon5654.prd.s.020ster clog.

Additionally, don’t allow guests to flush any of the following items:

  • cotton balls
  • disposable wipes (which are horrible for your plumbing)
  • paper towels
  • cigarette-butts
  • Band-Aids
  • dental floss
  • diapers

Basically, anything that’s not toilet paper, shouldn’t be flushed.

Be prepared for an unforeseen plumbing disaster this Thanksgiving

Our plumbing experts, along with our heating and cooling experts and electricians will be on call for any emergencies this Thanksgiving and the day after. Just call us 1.888.9TIGER4 or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com if the worst should happen this holiday!

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Service!

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Winter is Coming! Here Are Some Quick Winterizing Tips

Winter in the Midwest can be brutal and unfortunately your home tends to be vulnerable to the extreme cold and winter weather. Winterizing your home now is the best way to help ensure that you’re not left out in the cold this winter!

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Check out this simple home winterizing checklist:

  • Odds are you’re about done watering your lawn or hand washing your car for the season. To prevent freezing this winter make sure that you disconnect and drain all of your outdoor hoses.
  • Remember to lock your windows tight! Locking your windows makes their seals tighter.
  • Have your pipes checked by a professional. Before the real winter weather gets here, you’ll want to have a plumber inspect your pipes for holes, cracks, insulation problems and other issues that could cause your pipes to freeze.
  •  To prevent serious plumbing issues this winter call us at 1.888.9TIGER4 to have frozen-ice-189996_640your pipes professionally insulated.
  • Clear your gutters of leaves a debris. Cleaning gutters is no ones favorite chore. However if your gutters become clogged then water will run over the sides and straight down around the foundation of your home. This may lead to erosion around your foundation and moisture can get inside your house.
  • Insulate older basement windows during winter months. Doing so will help keep warm air from escaping through your basement. Saving you some real money on your heating bill.
  • Hanging heavy curtains over your windows is another great way to cut the cost of your energy bill this winter.
  • Replace your furnace filter! A new clean furnace filter will ensure that your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard to warm your home, saving you even more money on your power bill this season.
  • Stock up on salt, ice melts, shovels and other winter items now. These items have a bad habit of selling out when you need them most!

To have any of your winterizing concerns addressed by one of our Plumbing Experts, Heating and Cooling Technicians and/or Electricians call 1.888.9TIGER4 today or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com.

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Help Us Support Toys for Tots this Holiday Season

This holiday season Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services will be collecting NEW unwrapped toys for our local Toys for Tots chapter. The toys we collect will be donated to needy children in the Metro East St. Louis area.

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We will be collecting donations from Monday, Nov. 9th to Sunday, Dec. 18th and you can donate two ways:
1. For your convenience you can hand your donations directly to our technicians during your service call
2. Or you can drop toys off at our location in Collinsville:
1902 Vandaila St. Suite 100
Collinsville, IL 62234
 
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1. Brand NEW unwrapped toys for kids of all ages.
2. Sporting Equipment.
3. Books for Kids of All Ages.
4. Board Games.
5. Bath Gift Sets.
6. Radio Controlled Cars/Trucks.
Items Toys for Tots Can NOT Accept:
1. Clothes Items.
2. Stuffed Animals.
3. Food Items
For more information please visit the Toys for Tots Website.
With your help, we can work together to make the holidays a little brighter for the children in our area.
For more information on how to donate or to have any other questions answered please call 1.888.9TIGER4 or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com.
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Remodeling Tips for the Bathroom to Make Your Life Easier

Remodeling your bathroom can be a lot of fun and a great way to improve the value of your home. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make the remodeling process a little easier.

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1. Don’t Forget to Upgrade the Wiring

When remodeling your bathroom, you’ll likely be replacing your electrical outlets and fixtures. But don’t just upgrade your electrical fixtures appearance, you’ll also want to replace and upgrade the wiring. This is especially true if your home is older. Years of high-powered hair dryers, curling irons, hair straighteners, space heaters, electric shavers, radios, etc. have taken their toll on your outdated wiring. So when it comes to remodeling your bathroom, consider having a professional replace and upgrade your electrical wiring as well.

2. No Wall Paper!

Wallpaper may come in a variety of fun patterns and colors, but it simply won’t last long in your bathroom. Even with an exhaust fan, your shower will produce too much humidity to keep your wallpaper in good condition for long. Instead, choose tile or wainscoting for a long lasting solution to your remodeling needs.

3. Choose a Counter Top that Fits Your Needs, Not Just One That Looks Nice

When it comes to picking out a countertop for your bathroom sink, you’ll wanbathroom-809820_640t to choose materials that work for your lifestyle.  Natural stone and marble are beautiful, but they also cost more and require more long-term maintenance. Natural material countertops must be sealed several times a year. Plus, limestone and marble will likely become stained if chemicals and toiletries spill and are not cleaned immediately. Laminate counter tops are much easier to maintain and will save you some major bucks on your remodel.

4. Don’t Let Selecting a New Toilet Become an Afterthought

When remodeling your bathroom, a new toilet may not be the most exciting decision you’ll make, but it’s certainly an important one! Think about it, where do you spend the most time in the bathroom? That’s why you’ll want to make sure that you spend a little more time when it comes to choosing a new toilet. There are many different options out there, especially when it comes to size, color and features. Then there is the extremely important task of picking the right toilet seat! So weigh this decision carefully and once you do pick the perfect potty, make sure you have a professional install it for you.

5. Keep the Hot Water Flowing

A popular trend in bathroom232472 (1) remodeling is adding extra shower heads in bathing areas. Having warm water hitting you at every angle sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? But these multiple shower heads won’t do you much good if your hot water runs out quickly. So, what’s the solution to your hot water problems?

The key to more hot water lies within your water heater. If you desire more hot water it might be time to upgrade your water heater. There are a couple options for choosing a new water heater to increase your hot water supply. If you’re a fan of the traditional tank water heater, you can simply upgrade to a larger tank size. The larger the tank size, the more hot water it will store.

However, if space and long term cost are a concern, you may consider switching to a tankless option. Tankless water heaters are small and fit right onto your wall so they can be placed almost anywhere. Additionally, they only heat water as you need it so you won’t be paying to heat and store hot water.

What’s the best part about tankless water heaters? Unlimited hot water! That’s right, tankless water heaters heat water as you need it. Which means your hot water supply will never run out! Contact us to learn more about how tankless water heaters can keep hot water pouring out of those multiple shower heads!

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Tips for Child Safety and Protection Month: Home Edition

November is Child Safety and Protection Month and your home can be very dangerous for your kiddos. You want to keep your kids and family safe and you think you’ve child proofed your home well enough, but maybe there are a few safety issues you’re overlooking.

Check out these simple home safety tips, design to protect your children.

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1. Water Heater 101

Most wate64830r heaters allow you to set the temperature but have a manufacture default water heating setting. It is best to set the temperature yourself and ensure that it’s not hotter than 115-120 degrees F. By lowering the water temperature settings, you’ll reduce the risk  of scalding water burns. If you’re not sure how to set your water heater temperature settings our professional plumbers will be happy to help! And be sure to ask about an Anti-Scald Device for added safety!

2. Invest in a good welcome mat

You don’t know what toxins, debris, pesticides and other harmful elements maybe on your or your guests shoes. Having a good welcome mat that you and your guests can use to wipe a way dirt and debris is extremely helpful.

3. Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) and electrical safety

To help prevent shocks, electrical burns and possible electrocution, GFCIs should always be used in all kitchens, bathrooms and anywhere water might come in contact with an electrical outlet. GFCIs are designed to shut off when they come into contact with water. So if you drop something in a sink full of water, the appliance should power off before it can cause a shock. (But you still should keep electrical appliances a way from water, just to be safe).

Most homes should already have GFCIs installed, but if your home is older or if additional outlets have been installed, you’ll want to ensure that they are GFCIs. If you aren’t sure if your outlets are GFCIs one of our Electricians will happily check for you! Just click here to make an appointment.

4. Choose nontoxic decorkitchen-sink-212854_640

House plants are often used to liven up a home. Just make sure that you do your research before selecting a new house plant. Some children cannot resist munching on colorful plants, so make sure the plants in your home are nontoxic!

5. Natural Gas Safety 101

General Safety Rules When Dealing With Natural Gas

  • Follow directions from the manufacturer for using and taking care of gas appliances. Seek professional help when necessary.
  • Keep combustibles such as papers, fluids, paints, curtains and rags away appliances.
  • Keep gas ranges clean, make sure burner bowls are free of matches, grease, paper, etc.
  • Have a fire extinguisher near gas appliances at all times. Use a CO2 or dry-chemical extinguisher for the kitchen.
  • Teach children never to light or play with the controls of any gas appliances.
  • Keep the pilot lights of your gas range lit. If you put them out to save energy, a dangerous gas build-up can occur if someone accidentally turns on the range.
  • Never use your gas range to heat your home or apartment. This practice creates a serious fire hazard and puts you and your family at risk from dangerous carbon monoxide fumes.

If You Smell Natural Gas

  • Open windows or doors and leave your home immediately!
  • Do not look for the source of the smell with any open flame (even using a flashlight could be dangerous).
  • If the smell is very strong, or you hear a blowing or hissing noise, leave immediately.
  • Do not use anything that could generate a spark
  • Do not use the telephone
  • Do not turn light switches or equipment using electricity on or off.
  • Do not turn vehicle ignitions on or off.
  • Go to a neighboring phone and call the fire department or 911.

6. Be careful where you place your furniturebooks-535352_640

Blocking vents and/or heaters with furniture of any kind is a potential fire hazard. Make sure that you anchor all bookcases and larger furniture pieces to the wall, to prevent them from falling on top of children. Securely mount large televisions to the wall or place them on top of low to the ground, secure furniture pieces.

Call 1-888-9TIGER4 or visit TrustTiger.com to have a Licensed Plumber, HVAC Technician and/or Electrician come out to your home and address any safety issues or concerns you may have.

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