Monthly Archives: April 2016

Do I Really Need A Whole Home Water Filtration System?

The safety of our drinking water has been a major concern lately and you’re likely looking for a way to make sure your water is safer. So, you may be wondering if a whole home water filtration system is right for you and your family.Water Filtration System

Well, the first question you need to answer before deciding whether or not to have a whole home water filtration system installed is… what is in my water?

The types and levels of contaminants in your drinking water will depend on several factors; do you use citwatery tap water or does your water come from a well? Where is your water supplied from, i.e. a lake or a river? How old your water supply pipes are and what they’re made of?

Keep in mind that all water sources contain some level of contaminants. These contaminants can vary from naturally existing minerals to man-made pollutants and chemicals. So it doesn’t really matter if you have tap water or rely on a well, there is some kind of contaminate in your water. What’s important is the type and levels of these contaminants.

Groundwater from wells or public water sources is vulnerable to a variety of different pollutants. Contamination of groundwater can happen when pollutants seep into the soil and find their way to water sources, water sources that we use in our own homes. Major causes of groundwater contamination come from landfills, leaking septic and underground storage tanks, pesticides and fertilizer runoff, road salts, gasoline, oil, toxins from mining sites and man-made chemicals.

Water from lakes and rivers, or surface water, is also vulnerable to pollutanwisconsin-77929_960_720ts, like runoff from agricultural and industrial byproducts. Surface water can also be contaminated by acid rain and precipitation runoff. Additionally, our everyday water usage contributes to the contamination of our water supply. The water we use to bathe, to wash our dishes and clothes, to cook with and the water we flush down our pipes, finds its way back to our water supply.

There are several other factors and pollutants that contribute to the health of your drinking water. Typically, these contaminants are not at a high enough level to make you sick immediately. The concern is the overall, long-term effects of contaminated water on yours and your family’s health. These health issues are typically caused by repeated consumption and use of polluted water, over an extended period of time.

Having a whofiltration systemle house water filtration system installed can solve several issues that affect your drinking water; including taste, appearance, quality, and safety. A water filtration system works by filtering out contaminants with a filter that is connected directly to your water lines. Meaning that all of the water that comes through your pipes will have to flow through the filter system first.

The type of filtration system you’ll need will depend on the type of pollutants that you need to remove from your drinking water. You can choose a filtration system to remove a specific contaminant if you’re having issues with just a singular chemical; like fluoride, iron, bacteria, etc.  However if you’re looking for a more general filtration system that removes several chemicals; like chlorine, benzene, radon and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) such as herbicides, pesticides, and other man-made chemicals. As an added bonus, carbon filtration systems also remove odors and tend to improve the taste of your water.

Other water filtration options include Ultra Violet Filtration Systems and Under the Sink Filtration Systems. A member of our expert plumbing staff can help you decide which water filtration option would best fit you and your family’s needs. Contact us today to learn more.

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Keeping Up with Team Tiger: April 2016

Team Tiger is always on the move! April has been a busy and exciting month for those of us at Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services. Take a sneak peeks behind the scenes and see what Team Tiger is up to.

Our pink plumbing truck was named Truck of the Month by Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine for the month of April. The majority of our fleet is traditional Tiger orange with blaTeam Tigerck stripes. However, we have one plumbing truck and one heating and cooling van that are pink with bright white stripes. These pink vehicles have a special purpose; a portion of the proceeds from the jobs performed out of these vehicles is donated to support cancer awareness in the Metro-East area. You can help support this cause when you schedule a service call with us by requesting one of our pink vehicles for your service call.

In honor of the Cardinals Opening week, we decided to celebrate with one of our famous Tiger potlucks
; this potluck was of course Cardinals themed. Team members brought in dishes that were either baseball or Cardinal themed or a type of food that you could get at a ballpark. Prizes were awarded to the best dishes in each category and Team Tiger members dressed in their favorite Cardinal gear. The potluck spread included a nacho bar, ballpark hot dogs with all of the fixings, peanuts, popcorn, lots of tasty desserts and more!

Finally, this month we were voted one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois. This honor was bestowed on us due to a combination of the benefits we offer, our amazing work environment and anonymous surveys provided to our team members. Click here to learn more about this award and how you can join one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois.

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Be on the lookout for future information about what Team Tiger is up to!

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Home Inspection Pitfalls That Spell Disaster When Selling Your Home

Many home buyers will require a home inspection before they decide to close on a new house. If you are trying to sell your home or thinking about selling your home in the near future, it might be good idea to be aware of the most common home inspection pitfalls that could sabotage your sale.

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  • Home buyers will likely require that your replace broken window seals and windows with signs of condensation or water damage.
  • Leaks in your plumbing, even if they appear to be minor, can be a major red flag on your home inspection. Leaks around your toilet’s seal are especially troublesome, since they can cause serious damage to the floor around the toilet’s base.
  • Signs of mold during a home inspection can send home buyers running for the hills! Mold loves moisture making bathrooms, basements, areas around your windows and other damp places in your home vulnerable. It is best to remove the source of a mold infestation and then clean up the evidence that there was a mold problem, prior to a home inspection.
  • Electrical and wiring issues. If wiring is not up to code or has been damaged, it can cause a huge headache when selling your home. Be on the lookout for light switches that are not working properly, outlets that do not reset or spark, circuit breakers that tend to trip, flickering lights, etc.
  • Damage and issues with your roof. Repairing or replacing a roof is a monumental expense for any home owner, so it is unlikely that a home buyer will be interested in purchasing your home if the roof needs work. Hail damage, missing tiles, leaky issues or even cosmetic repairs may cost you the sale.
  • Heating and cooling equipment that is out of date, not up to code or that is not functioning properly will be an issue during a home inspection. Cracks in your furnace, leaky ductwork, Freon leaking from your air conditioning are just some of the issues to be on the lookout for.
  • Curb appeal issues. Damaged and worn out asphalt, concrete or pavement can be a major concern for home buyers since it can be very expensive to repair these issues. Additionally, it can be extremely beneficial for you to keep up with your landscaping when trying to sell your home. Keep in mind that the first thing a potential buyer sees is the outside of your home, so making sure it is as visually appealing as possible is vital in the home selling process.

Good luck selling your home!

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How You Can Save Big on Your Utility Bills

Utility bills, they’re pretty much the worst! Being an adult means that each month you have to give a portion of your hard earned money to the water company, the electrical company, the gas company, etc. it’s an overall unpleasant experience. Take some of the pain out of paying your utility bills with this comprehensive money-saving checklist.

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Water Bills:

1. Try to only run your dishwasher or your washing machines when you have a full load. If you absolutely have to wash a smaller load, make sure you’re using the correct water settings

2. Upgrade to a low-flow shower head and watch the savings add up.

3. Have a running/leaking toilet fixed right away, to prevent water waste and increased a water bill.

4. If you add an aerator to your faucets, you’ll use about half as much water and save big on your monthly water bill.

5. Have a high-efficiency toilet installed, for long-term savings.

6. Use a broom to sweep away leaves and dirt on your porch, instead of using a hose to wash away debris.

7. Have any leaks repaired right away. A small leak or a dripping faucet may not seem like a huge deal, and it can be tempting to ignore the leak and save money on faucet-989515_960_720a costly repair. However, ignoring a leak is a major mistake that will cause a significant increase in your monthly water bill. If you notice a leak, contact us right away to have it fixed.

Keep in mind that not all leaks are easy to spot. You could have a leak in your pipes, where you wouldn’t be able to see it. There are a couple of signs to look out for, to help you determine if you have a hidden leak.

-You can start to see an increase in your monthly water bill.

-Your meter readings can be higher than usual.

-Depending on where the leaky pipe is located, you might start to notice some water damage.

If you suspect you may have a hidden leak somewhere, or if you just want some peace of mind, contact us today and we’ll send out one of our professional plumbers to inspect and correct the problem.

8. Opt to thaw foods in the fridge instead of running them under hot water in the sink.

9. You’ve heard this one a hundred times before, but turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth or lathering up your hands.

10. You can reuse the water you cook with to water your plants or in the garden.

11. Plan ahead when you purchase new appliances. Investing in energy efficient dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters, etc. is a great way to ensure that you’ll see long-term savings on your water and your power utility bills.

Electrical and Gas Bills:

1. Change y142715_image2 copyour air filters regularly. By changing your air filters as recommended you will help ensure that your furnace and your air conditioner are running properly and efficiently, saving you money on your monthly power bills.

2. Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.

3. Turn off kitchen, bath and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing; when replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.

4. During winter, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows. Then during summer, keep the window coverings closed during the day to block the sun’s heat.

5. For real long-term savings on your utility bills, choose energy-efficient products when you’re buying new heating and cooling equipment.

6. Set your programmable thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer, and depending on the season raise or lower the set point when you’re sleeping or away from home.

7. Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenevwashing-machine-1078918_960_720er possible. About 90% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water. There are two ways to reduce the amount of energy used for washing clothes use less water and use cooler water. Unless you’re dealing with oily stains, the warm or cold water setting on your machine will generally do a good job of cleaning your clothes. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load’s energy use in half.

8. Repair and weatherize your current storm windows, if necessary.

9. Install white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house.

10. One of the quickest energy and money-saving tasks you can do is to caulk, seal and weather strip all seams, cracks, and openings to the outside.

11. Close cooling vents in unused rooms and keep doors to unused rooms closed.

12. Have the outside condenser coil cleaned once a year.

13. Schedule yearly maintenance of your heating and cooling equipment with one of our heating and cooling technicians.

14. Attics must be ventilated to relieve heat buildup caused by the sun. If necessary, improve attic airflow by adding or enlarging vents.

15. Save money on lighting your home with controls such as timers and photocells save electricity by turning lights off when not in use. Dimmers save electricity when used to lower light levels. Our Certified Electricians can help you select and install the products that are compatible with the energy-efficient bulbs you want to use.

16. Select a refrigerator with automatic moisture control. Models with this feature have been engineered to prevent moisture accumulation on the cabinet exterior without the addition of a heater. This is not the same thing as an “anti-sweat” heater. Models with an anti-sweat heater will consume 5% to 10% more energy than models without this feature.

17. Don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37° to 40°F for the fresh food compartment of the refrigerator and 5°F for the freezer section. If you haverefrigerator-1129919_960_720 a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at 0°F.

18. Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight. Test them by closing the door over a piece of paper or a dollar bill so it is half in and half out of the refrigerator. If you can pull the paper or bill out easily, the latch may need adjustment, the seal may need replacing, or you might consider buying a new unit.

19. Be sure to place the faucet lever on the kitchen sink in the cold position when using small amounts of water; placing the lever in the hot position uses energy to heat the water even though it may never reach the faucet. By keeping your faucet in the cold position, you’ll save money on both your water and energy utility bills.

20. If you need to purchase a natural gas oven or range, look for one with an automatic, electric ignition system. An electric ignition saves natural gas because a pilot light is not burning continuously.

21. In natural gas appliances, look for blue flames; yellow flames indicate the gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment may be needed. Consult the manufacturer or your local utility company.

22. Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean; they will reflect the heat better, and you will save energy.

23. Use a covered kettle or pan to boil water; it’s faster and it uses less energy.

24. Use small electric pans or toaster ovens for small meals rather than your large stove or oven. A toaster oven uses a third to half as much energy as a full-sized oven.

25. Use pressure cookers and microwave ovens whenever it is convenient to do so. They will save energy by significantly reducing cooking time.

26. Unplug your electronics when you’re not using them. Even if you turn these items off, they will still draw power, wasting energy and your money.

27. If you aren’t going to use your PC for more than 20 minutes turn off the monitor and turn off the CPU and monitor if you’re not going to use your PC for more than 2 hours.

28. Switch to energy efficient light-bulbs.

29. Don’t put hot foods in the fridge. Allow food to cool a little before placing them in the refrigerator for storage. Placing hot foods in the fridge will raise the temperature of your fridge, causing it to work twice as hard to cool the unit back down, costing you more money on your power bill.

30. Have us come out and perform an Energy Safety Savings Analysis. An Energy Safety Savings Analysis will help discover even more ways for you to save money on your utility bills.

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We Have Been Selected as One of the Best Places to Work in IL!

Announcements Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services was just voted one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois for 2016. This award program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-ThBest Placese Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council, the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.

This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Illinois. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 24% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience; which  was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Illinois and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Illinois awards ceremony coordinated by The Daily Herald Business Ledger on May 26 and will be profiled in a special publication on June 27. The final rankings will be announced at the event and announced on the Business Ledger website (www.dhbusinessledger.com).

And the best part about Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services winning this award is that we are hiring! That is right; you could work for one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois. Just click here to view and apply for one of our opened positions.

Come Join Team Tiger!

 

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April Showers Brings…A Flooded Basement!

April Showers Brings May Flowers is a cute saying; however, April Showers can also do a lot of damage, especially to your basement. As you know, a flooded basement is a nightmare for homeowners. All of that flood damage is a mess to clean up and expensive to repair, plus a wet basement leads to mold in your home. And if your basement is prone to flooding, you’re probably not looking forward to April Showers season. The good news is that there are several preventative measures you can take to help protect your home and your bank account from a flooded basement this April.

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-If this April is anything like what we’re used to, then we can expect heavy and frequent rains that will compromise your sump pump. Sump pumps are designed to help prevent basement flooding. The protection they offer is especially important in finished basements containing recreation rooms, offices and bedrooms. As the water table rises and falls through the seasons, the pump collects excess water and moves it away from your home’s foundation, preventing flooding or other damage. Sump pump failure is one of the main causes of basement flooding but the good news is that it is easily avoidable. A typical sump pump has a lifespan of nearly five to seven years, but as you know, appliances and vital equipment have the tendency to fail when we need them most. That is why it is extremely important to check your sump pump operations regularly. You do this by removing the cover and slowly pouring water into the sump tank. Watch for the “float” to rise and trigger the pump. Once the pump is engaged, the water level will quickly lower and the float will shut off the pump. This is what is called a normal sump cycle and it is how you know your sump pump is functioning properly.

If your pump does not cycle properly or you’re just not sure if your sump pump is up to the numerous April Showers ahead, contact us and we’ll gladly send one of our expert plumbers to your home to make sure your sump pump is up to the challenge of a rainy spring.

-Keep the power on. Keep in mind that your sump pump only works when the power is on. If you tend to experience frequent power outages during strong storms, it might be a good idea to have a backup generator installed or invest in a battery-powered backup sump pump, just in case.

– Make sure your foundation does not fail you. Take some time and inspect the interior walls of your basement and your exterior foundation for cracks or damage that water could seep through. If you find any cracks, they need to be repaired as soon as possible.

– Do a gutter check. Keeping your gutters clear of leaves and other debris April Showers and making sure your downspouts are properly positioned, will help protect your home’s foundation from water damage. You want to ensure that your downspouts are draining water at least three feet away from your home. If your gutters are over flowing or your downspouts are not position correctly, the excess rain water will collect around your home’s foundation, causing it to erode and water will get into your basement.

– Have your sewer lines inspected and cleared if needed. Clogged and neglected sewer lines can lead to a flooded disaster during heavy rains. Our experienced team has the latest hydro-jet cleaning and camera inspection equipment. We can expertly clean your sewer lines from tree roots and debris that can clog your sewer lines before you have a major issue on your hands. Schedule your sewer line inspection appointment today and rest easy knowing that April Showers are no match for your newly cleared sewer lines.

– Invest in window well covers. If you have windows around the foundation of your home, meant to allow natural light into your basement, installing window well covers will go a long way in the fight against basement flooding. You can get clear acrylic covers, so your home is still protected from flooding and the sunlight will still be able to reach your basement. As a bonus, window well covers will also help keep pests and other debris out of your basement.

If you take these preventative measures, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the April Showers this season and dream of all of the beautiful flowers you’ll see this May!

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