Monthly Archives: February 2016

What to do When the Power Goes Out During a Snowstorm

Some of us woke up without power in the middle of this random midweek snowstorm. Since we are still in the middle of a snowstorm warning, who knows how long the power may remain out. And not to mention, in the Midwest, we’re never really sure when winter will truly bsnowstorme done with us. We could experience a few more snowstorms, which means power outages are always a concern. Don’t panic, losing power during a snowstorm is a little scary and super inconvenient, but there are a few things you can do to ride out the storm and wait for the power to come back on.

1. Dressing warm and adding layers will help you stay warm until the heat comes back on.

2. If you’re worried about your pipes freezing, turn on your faucets just enough to allow water to slowly drip out of the tap.

3. Try not to open your refrigerator or freezer if at all possible. The food inside can last longer if you leave to doors shut.

4. In order to avoid a power surge when the power does come back on, turn off/unplug your desktop computers, televisions, lights (you may want to leave one on, sofireplace-535281_640 you know when the power is back on) and any other electronic devices that aren’t necessary.

5. If your home has a fireplace or a wood stove, go ahead and use it for warmth. (Do Not Use any outdoor heating devices like grills, kerosene heaters or BBQs inside your home. These devices pose a major carbon monoxide risk when used indoors).

6. If you have neighbors who are elderly or have medical conditions, check on them. Especially, if these neighbors use medical equipment that requires electricity. Ensure they are dressed warmly and call 911 if they are in need of medical assistance.

7. If you happen to own a portable generator, do not turn it on if you haven’t had it installed or inspected by a certified electrician. Generators are extremely dangerous when not properly installed and maintained. Better safe than sorry!haze-1064119_960_720

8. You can use your smartphone to check on the status of the power outage, by logging onto your service providers website for the latest updates. Minor power outages during a winter snowstorm can be manageable. However, if the power will be out for an extended period, you’ll want to stay up to date on the status of the power outage.

Be safe, stay warm and dream of the warm summer days ahead!

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Benefits of Hiring a Certified Electrician

Whether you’re doing a complex home upgrade/remodel or just need a simple electrical repair, hiring a Certified Electrician is extremely beneficial. Electrical work is complex and should never be attempted by someone who isn’t trained. Even the smallest mistake can be costly or even dangerous. Plus, Certified Electricians come with skills and knowledge that can’t be learned from a Google search.

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Other Benefits of Hiring a Certified Electrician Include:

  • Worked is backed by a professional guarantee. The work preformed by our Certified Electricians comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Plus our guarantee states that if a repair fails in the first year, we will repair it again absolutely free. Compare our guarantee with the limitations, fine print and exclusions of other companies tend to use to back their work today. Others will typically guarantee only the functionality of the equipment
    –not your satisfaction with the process or that the finished job lives up to your expectations.
  • You don’t have to worry about safety issues. Electricity is extremely dangerous and the risks of injuries are high for those who don’t know what they’re doing. Plus, if the work isn’t done correctly, long term safety issues are a concern. Electrical fires, shocks or worse can occur when electrical jobs are not completed by a professional.
  • The job gets done right, the first time. With a Certified Electrician, you can trust in the quality of work and know that it’s done correctly. Saving you a lot of time, money and headache in the long run.
  • If there is a problem, a Certified Electrician will know how to handle it. If the worst does happen or something goes horribly wrong, a skilled and trained Electrician will have the knowhow to expertly deal with the situation.
  • Protects your property. Improperly placed or damaged circuits can harm the electronic gears and appliance motors that are plugged into them. A Certified Electrician can ensure your circuits are installed and running properly, preventing damage to your circuits.

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Do I Really Need too Have My Furnace Inspected This Late in the Season?

Winter is coming to an end, hopefully, and you’re looking forward to warmer days. So, furnace is it really worth having your furnace inspected and tuned up this late in the season? The answer is yes, there are several important benefits to having your furnace inspected late in the season. This is especially true if you haven’t had any maintenance performed on your heating system this year.

One important thing to remember is that your furnace and air conditioning units work together, in a way. Your cooling and heating systems are combined and share the same ductwork. Additionally, these systems have other shared indoor air handler components, like; air circulating blower fan, the refrigerant expansion valve, and refrigerant lines, evaporator coil, air filter, etc. So, when you’re properly maintaining your heating system, your air conditioning unit is benefiting as well.

142614_image1Another benefit of a tune up late in the season is that it keeps your furnace running efficiently. The weather in the mid-west is extremely misleading. One day it seems spring has sprung and the next day a foot of snow falls. The fluctuation in temperatures has you constantly adjusting your thermostat, which can put a lot of strain on your heating system. An inspection/ tune-up will ensure that your furnace is running efficiently, saving you money on your heating bill. Additionally, a tune up now will also help prevent your furnace from failing when you need it most.

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Mistakes That Will Have You Running To A Plumber

Hey, no one is perfect and mistakes can get costly. This is especially true when it comes to plumbing mistakes. But the good news is that you can learn from others mistakes and avoid needing to call a plumber. Check out the most common plumbing mistakes and learn how you can avoid them.

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Mistake Number One: Treating Your Toilet Like a Trash Can.

If you ask any plumber, they’ll have dozens of stories of items they retrieve from a clogged toilet. Save yourself the headache and avoid flushing any of the following items:

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  • toys
  • paper towels
  • cigarette-butts
  • plastic items
  • band-aids
  • dental floss
  • diapers
  • facial tissue
  • etc.

Bottom line, if it’s not toilet paper, you shouldn’t try to flush it. This goes double for the so-called “flushable” wipes (which are horrible for your plumbing system).

Mistake Number Two: Misusing the Garbage Disposal.

When using the garbage disposal it is important not to overload it with too much food at one time. And most importantly, do not, I repeat do not put any of the following items down your disposal.

  • Potato peels, celery, artichokes, asparagus, lettuce, corn husks, carrots or onion skins. These items tend to wrap around the disposal blades.
  • spaghetti-781795_960_720Pasta, beans, potatoes or rice. These foods absorb water and turn into a paste like substance in your drain, which can cause a clog.
  • Chicken or turkey bones, large seed pits, fatty or greasy foods, coffee grounds or seeds.

Mistake Number Three: Ignoring Tiny Leaks.

Okay, this is one issue that will likely require a plumber in order to avoid a major plumbing mistake You definitely want to have a professional plumber repair leaky faucets promptly. Even a small leak wastes gallons of water in a short period of time. Plus, that leak will continue to grow larger and more expensive to fix the longer you ignore it.

Mistake Number Four: Weighing Down Your Plumbing Fixtures.

Plumbing fixtures are only designed to support so much weight at one time. Using your bathtub spout as a handle to pull yourself out of the tub or overloading a shower caddy can cause serious damage to the fixture. You’ll also risking your own safety!

Mistake Number Five: Being to Forceful When Turning a Faucet On and Offtap-943297_960_720.

Being overly aggressive when using a faucet can cause some serious damage to the fixture. Additionally, pressing down really hard on a leaky faucet will not stop the water from dripping and will make the issue much worse.

Mistake Number Six: Failing to Properly Maintain Your Water Heater.

Your water heater requires yearly maintenance to ensure it’s functioning properly. Waking up on a cold morning without hot water for a shower is not anyone’s idea of a fun way to start the day. You can help avoid this by ensuring your water heater is well maintained.

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How You Can Heat Up Your Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up and it could be a chilly one. However, the cold weather outside doesn’t mean you can’t heat things up inside! Here are a few ideas to share the love and stay warm in every room of your home this Valentine’s Day.

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Heat Up Your Kitchen.

The best way to warm up someone’s heart is through their stomach. If any of your Valentine’s Day plans involve staying home and preparing a romantic dinner, you’ll want to include these tips for a little extra heat.

  • Start dinnervalentines-day-1182252_960_720 with a steaming bowl of soup. The long-simmering cooking process will help heat up your kitchen. Plus the warm soup will help raise your core body temperature.
  • Don’t skip your carbs. Your body turns carbs into energy, which will provide your body with some added warmth. Just don’t overdo it on the carbs, since it is Valentine’s Day. Try sticking to complex carbs, so you can avoid the sleepy, full feeling and the sugar crash. And remember not to stuff yourself!
  • Spice things up! Flavor your dinner with a little chipotle, ancho, cayenne pepper, masala, chili powder, etc.
  • Don’t trap the heat. After you’re done preparing your romantic dinner, leave the oven door propped open a little. This allows the heat from your oven to flow through your kitchen for added warmth. Just remember to make sure the oven is turned off the moment you’re done cooking. You should never use your oven to heat your home!

Don’t Freeze in the Living Room.

Cuddling with your loved one on the sofa and watching a movie is a simple and romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day. But include a few of these ideas to take things to the next level and create more heat between the two of you.

  • Opt for more romantic lighting. Placing a few candles around the room is not only a way to set the right Valentine’s Day mood, but they help produce extra heat. Just never leave candles unattended. For added romance choose scented candles.
  • Snuggle up. Cuddling together under a warm blanket while watching television is a great way to stay warm. Plus it’s super romantic and extremely affordable.
  • Don’t forget the hot chocolate. When snuggling on the sofa, use a warm cup of hot cocoa for added warmth and romance.hot-chocolate-1058197_960_720
  • Build a cozy fort. That’s right! Grab your blankets and pillows and build yourselves a little fort in the living room. Not only will you be warm, but a fort adds a real level of fun to your Valentine’s Day! Grab a few board games and your tablet to make your fort even better.
  • If you have a fireplace, use it. Nothing says romance and warmth more than a roaring fire.

Keep A Toasty Bathroom.

Remember that when you’re getting ready for your Valentine’s Day date that you can still stay warm.

  • bathtub-902361_640Don’t waste that hot water. After you’re done taking a bath, don’t drain the water. Let the warm water stay in the tub until it is at least warm temperature. The heat from the water will help warm your bathroom. Plus, the warm water will add extra humidity to your home.

Heating Up The Bedroom

Staying warm in the bedroom this Valentine’s Day is easier than you might think!

  • Toss on an extra blanket. Layers are a great way to stay warm and your bed is not an exception. So make sure you have enough comfy blankets before trying tocat-1127194_960_720 go to sleep.
  • Plan ahead. Grab a rubber water bottle or two, fill them with hot water and place them between your sheets a few hours before you go to bed. Doing this will help ensure that your bed is warm and toasty when you go to turn in.
  • Indoor camping? If the cold really bothers you, toss a sleeping bag on your bed. Sleeping bags are typically better insulated than most blankets. So, you and your partner can snuggle up together in perfect comfort.

Other Ideas For Staying Warm This Valentine’s Day

In case your Valentine’s Day isn’t warm enough for you, here are a few more ideas to help you out.

  • Get ablogctive. Getting up and moving around is one of the best ways to warm yourself up. Try taking your date dancing, go bowling or go rollerblading.
  • Make sure your home is always at the perfect temperature. A properly maintained and functioning furnace is the key to ensuring your home is always toasty and comfy. Call us at (866) 844-3770 or check us out online at TrustTiger.com, to schedule your furnace check up today.
  • Lock it up. Locking your windows and doors helps create a tighter seal, helping to prevent heat from escaping your home.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Burn Awareness, Prevention and Your Family’s Safety

The first week of February is Burn Awareness Week and the gflame-580342_640oal is to educate people on how they can protect themselves and their family from burns and scalds. A burn can occur just about anywhere, at any time. the dangers are everywhere but by being aware of them, you can take the steps necessary to protect yourself and your loved ones. Here is a good place to start in the fight against burns and scalds.

First and foremost it isburn important to know that electricity is dangerous. Electrical burns can result when a person touches electrical wiring or equipment that is used or maintained improperly. Typically, such burns occur on the hands. Electrical burns are one of the most serious injuries you can receive. They need to be given immediate attention. Additionally, clothing may catch fire and a thermal burn may result from the heat of the fire. Electrical burns do not always show on the skin and when they do they often appear minor. However, damage can extend deep into the tissues and organs beneath your skin. Other more severe injuries can also occur from electricity and should be treated immediately.

Scalds are another major concern when it comes to burn awareness. In the home, s216740calds are more likely to occur in the kitchen or bathroom. But there are a few precautions you can take to help prevent scalds. The first step is to ensure that your water heater is set at a safe level. Most water 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 our professional plumbers will be happy to help! And be sure to ask about an Anti-Scald Device for added safety!

There are other stepkitchen-345707_640s you can take to protect yourself from scalds in the kitchen. Allow food and beverages time to cool before consuming. Use caution when removing items from the microwave. Also use oven mitts when removing items from the stove or oven. And avoid putting your face or other body parts over a steaming pot.

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The Groundhog Says Spring Is On Its Way, Is Your Home Ready?

Great news, the groundhog did not see his shadow this morning and according to folklore, spring will come early this year. But since spring is scheduled to be here earlier this year, you’ll need to ensure that your home is ready earlier as well. Not to worry, simply follow this easy checklist to make sure your home is prepared for an early spring.

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1. Be prepared to switch to lighter bedding. You never know when the temperatures will heat up unexpectedly and when they do you won’t want to sleep under a big heavy comforter.

2. Have your air conditioner inspected by a professional to ensure you don’t experience any unpleasant surprises when you go to use it for the first time this spring.

3. Let the light in! With the gloom of winter soon to be behind us, you’ll want to let the beautiful spring sunlight into your home. Clean your windows thoroughly and open those blinds and curtains and let the sunshine in!

4. Be ready for tulips-945826_960_720spring time gardening by ensuring that your water supplies are ready to go! Inspect and test your hoses and sprinklers to be sure they’re free of holes, clogs and the water can flow through freely. Have a plumbing expert come out and inspect all of your outdoor plumbing, to ensure your pipes made it through the winter free of damage.

5.With the changing of the seasons, you should also change out the batteries in your smoke and co detectors.

6. Clean your gutters, to remove all of the leaves and other debris from the fall and winter seasons.

7. Replace the light bulbslantern-1023184_960_720 in your porch lights, flood lights, security lights and other outdoor lighting fixtures. Have an Electrician inspect your outdoor wiring for damage. These preemptive steps will mean that you won’t have to worry about finding yourself left out in the dark this spring.

8. Finally, cross your fingers and hope the groundhog got it right this year!

Happy Groundhog Day!

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