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5 Home Maintenance Tasks You Won’t Want to Skip this Spring

Home maintenance tasks may not be your favorite thing to do as a homeowner; however, home maintenance is crucial in the upkeep of your home. Plus, proper home maintenance is the best way to save yourself a ton of money on repairs and damages caused by neglected equipment. So do yourself a favor this spring and don’t skip these vital maintenance tasks.

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1. Clean Your Refrigerator Coils. Hey, it’s spring cleaning time anyway, you might as well add the refrigerator coils to your checklist. Regularly cleaning your refrigerator coils will save you money on an expensive repair bill down the road. These coils can be found either at the bottom or in the back of your refrigerator. Over time the coils become clogged with dirt, dust, hair, cobwebs, etc. when this happens your fridge can’t release heat properly, leading to the compressor having to work harder and run for longer periods of time, this waste an excessive amount of energy and can greatly shorten the lifespan of your fridge.

2. Clean Your Dryer Vent. Each year, nearly 16,000 home fires are caused by lint-clogged dryer vents.  According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission,lint cleaning, home maintenance these clothes dryer fires result in 20 deaths, 370 injuries and over $75 million in property damage each year. 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. Cleaning your dryer vent this spring can help protect your family and your home.

3. Remove The Built Up Sediment From Your Water Heater. Drain a quart of water from your water tank every 3 months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater. Follow the manufacturer’s directions or call us at (866) 844-3770 and we’ll take care of your water heater for you!

4. Clean Those Gutters. Removing the leaves and other debris from your gutters this spring will help prevent your gutters from getting clogged. Springtime in the Midwest is known to be a rainy time of year and clogged gutters can lead to expensive roof damage, flooding and damage around the foundation of your home, damage to your downspout or the gutters themselves. It is a lot easier to keep your gutters clean than having to deal with a headache and expense that comes with allowing your gutters to become clogged.

5. Have Your Sump Pump Operation Tested. Spring is the time for rain in our area and that means your sump pump will be working overtime. That’s why you want to make sure having your sump pump tested is at the top of your home maintenance checklist this Spring. If your sump pump fails, you can expect serious basement flooding and the expense that accompanies repairing all of the water damage. Call us at (866) 844-3770 to have a professional plumber come out and ensure your sump pump is working at optimal levels.

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Happy New Year! Here Are Some Resolutions for Your Home

The New Year is upon us and everyone is busy preparing for their New Year resolutions. But don’t forget that your home might need a few resolutions as well. Make your home feel shiny and new again with these remarkable New Year resolutions!

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1. Clean Your Dryer Vent

This is an important New Year resolution for your home because the dryer vent is often overlooked. A dirty dryer vent not only costs you money, due to being inefficient and causing you to run your dryer for longer periods of time, but a dirty dryer vent is also a major fire hazard. There are nearly 16,000 house fires each year caused by lint trapped in dryer vents. So don’t forget to have those dirty dryer vents cleaned periodically.

2. Check Your Sump Pump

A properly functioning sump pump is absolutely essential to preventing a flooded basement.  You want to check your sump pump regularly to ensure that everything is flowing smoothly.

3. Protect Your Home with Motion Detector Lights

Having an Electrician install motion detector lights is an effective way to protect your home from potential theft. Motion detector lights are also extremely helpful when you need a little extra light at night.

4. Remember Surge Protectors are Your Friend

This New Year invest, in some powerful surge protectors. Surge protectors protect your electronics and appliances from power surges. Which means by simply plugging your electronics into surge protectors, you can save thousands of dollars by not needing to replace your devices every time a surge hits.

5. Change Your Filter Monthly

Regularly changing your filter is the best way to prolong the life of your furnace and air conditioning units. Plus, your heating and cooling equipment will run more efficiently, saving you money on your monthly power bill.

If you have any plumbing, heating, cooling or electrical needs, simply call us at (866) 844-3770 or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com.

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Fall is Here! Is Your Home Ready for the Changing Seasons?

autumn-581074_640Fall has finally arrived! Which means winter is not far behind. I know, no one wants to think about winter on the first day of fall, but it’s important that you take advantage of the nice weather while we have it.

The beautiful weather of the fall is the perfect time of year for maintenance. Plus, no one wants to worry about their furnace going out or their pipes freezing in the dead of winter. Take a look at our fall home maintenance checklist, so when old man winter comes knocking, you’ll be ready for him!

1. Caulk Your Windows

If your windows aren’t properly caulked and ready for the cold weather, you’ll have a long winter to look forward to. Cold air will creep into your home, warm air will seep out and you’ll watch your power bill climb higher and higher as your furnace works to keep up!

2. Clean Yicicles-431975_640our Gutters

Everyone’s favorite job right? Of course not, but it’s important to clear away all of those fallen leaves, to avoid ice damage down the road.

3. Give Your Roof a Quick Inspection

While you’re on that ladder cleaning your gutters, you might as well hop onto your roof and check for any signs of damage. The condition of your roof is something that you need to stay on top of. Repairs are expensive and the damage done to your home by a leaky roof will be even more costly!

4. Insulation, Insulation, Insulation

Heating and cooling your home accounts for at least 47% of your total energy costs each year. This percent increases if your home is improperly insulated.

5. Battery Check

Fall maintenance is the best time to check and replace the batteries in your smoke alarms  and carbon monoxide detectors. Don’t forget to test your alarms to ensure they’re in proper working order!

P.S. Remember that Carbon Monoxide risks increase greatly during the colder months.

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Late September and early October are the best times to have a professional technician inspect and clean your heating systems. Annual maintenance is your best defense against your furnace failing you in the middle of winter. And having your system checked each fall will ensure your furnace will be ready the first time you turn it on!

7. Get Your Humidifiers Ready

Winter brings dry air and dry air means dry, cracked, itchy skin! Which is what makes humidifiers so important. Make sure that your humidifier is cleaned and ready to go, to avoid itchy consequences.

P.S. Make sure that you clean your humidifier every two to three weeks to prevent bacteria building up in your system and distributing throughout your air.

8. Prepare To Give Your Air Conditioner A Much Needed Vacation

The heat will soon be gone, hopefully, and your air conditioner will no longer be needed. Fall is a great time to dry vac the outer parts of your unit, so it’ll be ready to be turned back on next spring.

9. Ensure Your Winter Equipment Is In Working Order

The middle of a snow storm is not the time to discover that your brother-in-law never returned the snow shovel he borrowed, you’re out of salt or your snow blower won’t start. This fall, take the time to ensure that you have all of your snow removal equipment is in working order, stocked and in its proper place.

10. Don’t Let Your Pipes Freeze Up On You!

Frozen pipes are one the worst things that can happen to any home owner, but luckily there are a few steps you can take, to help prevent this type of disaster.broken-frozen-pipe

  • Turn off the water valves to your exterior pipes.
  • Ensure that any opening in which pipes enter your home are well sealed, insulated and caulked.
  • Have your pipes checked by a licensed plumber each fall, to ensure there are’nt any cracks or weak points that might freeze.

11. Have Your Portable Generator Inspected

Portable generators can be life savers if the power goes out during a strong snow storm. However, they can be very dangerous and need to be inspected by an electrician on a regular bases to ensure they are functioning properly.

12. Do You Feel A Draft?

Check your basement windows for cracks, loose frames and other sources for cold air to enter your home. Caulk where needed.

13. Change Up Your Air Flow

Since heat rises, it is to your benefit to redirect the air flow away from your ceiling,  back down toward the floor. You can do this if you change the direction your ceiling fan spins, so that it creates an upwards draft and sends the warm air back down.

14. Call 1-888-9TIGER1 or visit TrustTiger.com to have a Licensed Plumber, HVAC Technician and/or Electrician come out to your home and address any fall or winterizing issues or concerns you may have.

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Stop Ignoring Your Air Ducts

Unfortunately, in a lot of homes, air ducts get the out of sight, out of mind treatment. However; if you’re in the habit of running your air conditioning unit to cool your home in the summer and your furnace to keep yourself from freezing to death in the winter, then regularly cleaning your ducts is vital.

All of the air that circulates through your home, from your heating and cooling systems, runs through your air ducts. Which means all of the dust and particles, floating in the air, will collect and stick inside your ducts. Causing air flow and air quality issues inside you’re home.Before-After

There are several major benefits to keeping your ducts clean and the air flowing freely throughout your home.

1. Prevent Mold Growth

Everyone dreads the possibility of mold growing in their home. Mold can cause some serious health issues and severely lower the value of your home. Now, you already know that basements, bathrooms, kitchens and other potentially moist places  in your home are hot
spots for mold growth.

But many people forget that dirty air ducts, create the perfect environment for mold growth, as well. Air ducts full of mold are particularly dangerous, because the moment you kick on your heating and cooling units, those mold spores shoot directly into the very air your breathing.

2. Save on your Energy Bill

Dirty, clogged air ducts, means that the hot or cold air you’re trying to use to make your home comfortable, isn’t flowing easily through your duct system. Meaning your air conditioner and furnace have to work harder and run more often, to produce enough hot or cold air to keep your home at the desirable temperature.

Cleaning your ducts means that the air from your heating and cooling syst
ems can flow through your vents freely. Which means you’ll spend less money on your energy bill, since it will take less effort from your heating and cooling systems to regulate the temperature of your home.

3. You’ll Breathe Easier

Each time you turn on your air conditioner or furnace, you’re forcing air to pass through your air ducts. This air picks up the dust and other indoor air pollutants, that have collected in your ventilation system, and shoots them right into the air you and your family are breathing.

You may not see these particles floair ductsating around you, but this dust and debris from your air ducts maybe causing you some unpleasant health issues. If you or members of your family battle allergies or respiratory issues, your air ducts are likely causing or increasing these issues.

Ensuring that your air ducts are clean and clear, you will dramatically increase
the air and living quality of your home.  So, clean your ducts to start enjoying cleaner air and a better quality of living.

4. Less System Maintenance

The dust and debris in your air ducts not only flow through the air you’re breathing, but they travel through your heating and cooling systems as well. Overtime, this debris can clog air filters and fans, cause extra wear and tear on your heating and cooling systems and drastically shorten the lifetime of your units.

Proper air duct cleaning is vital to your home maintenance and should be moved to the top of your home improvement priority list. To have your air ducts professionally cleaned and maintained call (866) 844-3770 or visit trusttiger.com, to learn more about the importance of clean, debris free air ducts.

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Tiger Continues to Support Cancer Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

METRO EAST, IL. – Tiger Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning has expanded their fleet of orange tiger-striped trucks and vans with two pink tiger-striped vehicles. The van and the truck will help raise money for cancer awareness in our area.

“We wanted to do something to help out our community, so a portion of the proceeds from each service call that we go to in one of these vehicles is donated to the American Cancer Society,” said Jeff Gamblin, owner of Tiger Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. “To date, we have donated over $8,000 to the organization.”

The eye-catching vehicles are a big hit at local community events as well.

“We like to take the vehicles out to local Relay for Life events, and other cancer-related awareness events,” said Gamblin. “On June 27th, 2015, we will be at the Relay for Life event in Collinsville, Illinois, to show our support.”

“The funds donated from these vehicles are helping the American Cancer Society to create a world with more birthdays,” said Relay for Life Specialist, Amanda Kernan. “Because of Tiger’s commitment to finish the fight against cancer, the American Cancer Society is able to ensure patients have transportation to and from treatment, provide free lodging for both patients and caregivers, fund life changing cancer research, and so much more.”

acstiger2Tiger Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Services, which has been in business since 1993, has a fleet of more than 24 vehicles, and supports more than 7,000 calls in the Metro East each year.

“Everyone knows somebody that has been affected by cancer,” said Gamblin. “This is our way of making a difference in our community.”

To request one of the pink vehicles to come out to your home for service, call 1-866-TIGER70 or visit TrustTiger.com today.