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Are You Ready for the Cold? Eight Steps to Winterize Your Home

Having to winterize your home may not sound like a fun way to spend your weekend. However, you will be happy that you took the time to winterize and complete these eight tasks when old man winter finally rolls in.

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Eight Steps to Winterize Your Home:

Step One: Have Your Heating System Inspected.

-Midwest winters can be brutally cold and the last thing you want to deal with is a broken furnace. Keep your home toasty and comfortable this winter by having your filters, fan/motor, burners, heat exchanger, electrical components, etc. inspected by one of our expert HVAC technicians.  

Step Two: Tend to Your Outdoor Faucets and Plumbing.

-Frozen outdoor faucets, busted hoses and valves are a nightmare to deal with and can be expensive to fix. That is why you will want to drain your outdoor faucets and hoses. It is also a good idea to disconnect your hoses if possible. Make sure to close any shutoff valves to your outdoor faucets and switch on the tap, in order to drain the built up water from the pipes.

Step Three: Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.

-If you have not checked the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, now is the perfect time to do so. Winter comes with an increased number of house fires and cases of carbon monoxide poisoning and you will want to do everything you can to protect your home and family. So, take a few minutes to put fresh batteries in your detectors and check them to ensure they are functioning properly. 

Step Four: Seal Up Those Doors and Windows.

-Keep the cold outside and the warm air inside. Make sure that your window and door seals are properly caulked and ready for the harsh winter weather. 

Step Five: Have Your Ductwork Cleaned and Inspected.

-Maintaining your ductwork is vital for the health of your home and family during the colder months. Wintertime means that you will be spending more time indoorsCustomer (14), so you will want the air in your home to be as safe and clean as possible. Having your ductwork cleaned is a great way to improve yours and your family’s health and quality of living. Additionally, you will want to have your ductwork sealed to prevent warm air from seeping into unheated areas in your home. Well sealed and insulated ductwork can save you a ton of money down the road.

Step Six: Remember That Insulation is Your Friend.

-Making sure that your home has adequate insulation will help save you money and keep your home nice and comfy! 

Step Seven: Get Your Winter Equipment Ready. 

-Grab your snow shovel and stock up on rock salt now. You do not want to wait until the first heavy snowfall and find that the stores are all sold out! Also, if you have a snow blower or winter weather equipment, now is a great time to dig them out of the garage and make sure they are working properly. 

Step Eight: Take Steps to Avoid Losing Power This Winter.

-A power outage during a blizzard is a major hassle and can be dangerous if it lasts long enough. Investing in a whole home generator will ensure that the power will stay on, even when the weather is at its worst. Call us at (866) 844-3770 today, to learn more about your generator options. 

Have A Safe Winter!

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Some of the Most Expensive Mistakes You Can Make as a Homeowner

Being a homeowner comes with a lot of responsibilities and tough choices. Unfortunately, some of the decisions you may be making in your home can actually be costing you quite a bit of money. No worries, we are here to help you identify some of the most expensive mistakes made by homeowners and how to correct them. 

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The Most Expensive Mistakes You Are Making As A Homeowner:

1. Ignoring That Dripping Faucet.

How much dplumbing 62234amage could a small drip or leak really do? A lot more than you might think! You can waste up to 265 gallons of water per day, depending on how fast the faucet is dripping. This much water waste can really add up on your monthly water bill. Have dripping faucets and other leaks fixed right away to prevent your hard earned money from going down the drain! 

2. Allowing Leaky Doors and Windows.

Doorways and windows require regular maintenance to help ensure that you are not wasting extra money on heating and cooling. To save money on your heating bill, it is important to make sure that your doorways and windows are properly sealed and caulked around the edges.

3. You Are Still Using Incandescent Light Bulbs.

Traditional incandescent bulbs require a greater amount of energy than more efficient models. You can see real savings on your power bill each month by switching to LED and energy efficient CFL bulbs.

4. Treating Your Air Filter like an After Thought.

Using the wrong size air filter or forgetting to change it regularly will force your hefilter-2ating and air conditioning system to work much harder, increasing the amount of money you are spending on your power bill. Additionally, failing to properly maintain your air filter will damage your heating and air conditioning system over time, causing costly repairs and shorten the system’s lifespan.

5. Failing to Properly Adjust Your Thermostat.

A benefit of being a homeowner is that you get to control the temperature of your home to fit
your specific comfort desires. However, there is no need for you to be wasting money on keeping your home at the perfect comfortable temperature when you are not there to enjoy it. You can see real savings by simply adjusting your thermostat 10 degrees before leaving for work. 

Not to worry if you are not a fan of the idea of coming home to an uncomfortable house or you do not want to have to worry about adjusting your thermostat each morning. Wifi and programmable thermostats are great options if you want the power to control your temperature settings when you are not at home. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of upgrading your thermostat.

6. Your Water Heater Settings Are Higher Than They Should Be.

Traditional water heaters, versus tankless water heaters, store and heat water around the clock.  Which means your water heater is almost constantly using energy to keep a large tank of water heated and ready for use. So, if your temperature is set higher than it needs to be, you are wasting money needlessly. We recommend a water heater setting between 110-115 degrees to save you money on your power bill. You may also want to consider upgrading to a tankless water heater to save even more money.

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Common Household Electricity Hazards That Need to be Addressed

characters-696951_960_720Electricity is a valuable resource that is interwoven within just about every aspect of our daily lives. It is easy to take the electricity in our lives for granted. When we flip a switch, we just naturally assume that the lights will come on and work safely. Thanks to modern electrical advances and skilled Electricians, like ours, electricity is generally safe to use. However, electricity is still dangerous if not used properly or when electrical concerns go unaddressed. Be on the lookout for these all too common household electricity issues that could be dangerous for you or your family.

5 Common Household Electricity Issues:

1.  Using the wrong light bulbs.

It is important to check the wattage rating on your lamps and light fixtures. Make sure that you never use higher wattage light bulbs than your lamp fixture is designed to handle. The heat put Electricity off by higher wattage light bulbs can melt through and/or scorch your fixture’s socket and wiring. This is a leading cause of electrical fires in residential homes. Keep in mind that using the wrong light bulb may not cause a fire right away, it typically takes time, but it is best to avoid that risk altogether and use the right wattage light bulbs.

2. You do not have enough electrical outlets.

If you find yourself using extension cords and power strips throughout your home, you may want to consider having a few more electrical outlets installed. Using a few heavy-duty extension cords in your home is usually perfectly safe. Just remember to avoid overloading the circuits and that these cords are free from damage or obstruction. However, the best option is to have more outlets installed, especially in rooms that use the most electrical devices.

3. Your home is lacking Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs).

Properly installed and maintained GFCIs play a vital role in protecting your ho355560me. GFCIs are designed to shut down an electrical current when there is moisture present or a circuit becomes overloaded. This protects you and your family from dangerous and possibly deadly shocks. Once the GFCIs shut down the current you are required to push a button next to the receptacle to get the current flowing again. GFCIs should always be used in locations where water maybe present, kitchens and bathrooms are particularly vulnerable. GFCIs are required in all new homes, but if you do live in an older home it is possible that you are missing GFCIs in key locations. You will want to upgrade to GFCIs to make your home safer.

4. Frayed or damaged outdoor wiring.

Outdoor electricity is a major convenience, but since it is exposed to the elements, wiring is vulnerable to damage. If you notice your outdoor electrical fixtures behaving oddly, it is time to call in the experts. For example, if your outdoor lights tend to flicker, this is a sign that your wiring could be frayed or damaged and in need of repairs, to avoid a potential fire hazard.

 5. Your outlets are damaged.

Have you noticed a plug-in that is loose or a little wobbly in an outlet? If so, it is time to replace that outlet. Loose connections can often lead to sparks which create a fire hazard. This makes it a much safer option for you to have all of the damaged or loose outlets in your home replaced by one of our expert Electricians.

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Electrical Safety Tips to Help Protect Your Home and Family this Season

Fall has finally arrived and as the cooler temperatures begin to roll in it is important to keep the following electrical safety tips in mind to help protect your home and family.

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Electrical Safety Tips for the Fall

  1. Be sure to only use weatherproof electrical devices and lights outdoors.
  2. Clear away all debris and leaves from outdoor power cords and outlets.
  3. Test all smoke and CO detectors and change batteries as needed.
  4. Replace all damaged or frayed electrical cords inside and outside of yoElectrical Safety Tipsur home.
  5. If you use electric blankets, make sure they are working properly and the power cords are not damaged or frayed.
  6. Replace loose plugs to prevent overheating or electrical fires.
  7. Have your circuit breakers inspected if you are having to reset them constantly.
  8. With the holidays coming up, remember not to overload your outlets with too many plug ins.
  9. Be careful where you place extension cords and remember to never run cords underneath rugs or furniture.
  10. Remember to have one of our Electricians perform an electrical tuneup and safety inspection to ensure all of your electrical components are functioning properly.

Follow these electrical safety tips this fall and have a safe and fun season!

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Tiger Goes Pink in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month has arrived and once again Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services is supporting awareness efforts. If you live in the St. Louis Metro-East area you’ve undoubtedly seen Tiger’s amazing pink and white trucks (and our orange and black trucks are pretty awesome as well).

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These fun pink trucks are designed to help support cancer awareness efforts. A portion of the profits earned from these trucks are donated by Tiger to help support these efforts. Our pink trucks are out on the road every day, earning money for this great cause. Plus, customers can even request to have a pink truck be used when they make a service appointment.

Since it’s October, we here at Tiger have decided to do something a little extra special, to help show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to having our pink trucks out and about, working overtime, our technicians have traded in their orange shoe covers for bright pink ones. Our techs are going to be rocking these pink shoe covers all month long!

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And remember to request a pink truck!

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Warning Signs it is Time to Replace Your Electrical Outlets

Think fast, how many electrical outlets do you have in your home? You probably cannot count all of them off the top of your head. However, these helpful little plugs make our lives easier and allows us to enjoy all of the conveniences that accompany our many electrical devices.

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Outlets are one of those items in our homes that we take for granted. We continually plug our electronics in and out without much thought. It is easy to just assume that these power sources will always work when we need them. Unfortunately, outlets do sometimes fail us when we need them most. The key to preventing an unexpected, unpleasant surprise is to be able to tell ahead of time when your outlets are starting wear out and have them replaced.

Warning Signs it is Time to Replace Your Electrical Outlets:

1. You notice sparking when you plug and unplug items.*

2. Outlets are not properly grounded.outlets

3. The prongs on your plugs are no longer fitting correctly in the outlet.

4. An outlet produces smoke or burning smells.*

5. You hear unusual sounds coming from an outlet.*

6. The outlet appears worn out or damaged.

7. Outlet or wiring was installed incorrectly.

* Can be an indication an electrical fire or other serious issue that requires immediate attention.

When to Consider Upgrades:

You may find that upgrading and/ or having more outlets installed to be extremely beneficial in your home. For example; by having one of our Certified Electricians install more outlets  you can greatly reduce the number of power strips and extension cords throughout your home. Your home will be safer and there will less unsightly cords laying around everywhere. Call us at (866)844-3770 to have your electrical needs evaluated today!

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Did Your Power Go Out? Don’t Be Left in the Dark Again!

This past week many of us found ourselves without power due to severe thunderstorms that have been hitting the area. Those of us who grew up in the Midwest have come to expect wild weather that can leave us without power for hours or even days. Strong winds and violent storms during the spring and summer months, blizzards in the winter months, and not to mention the extreme hot and cold temperatures that can cause issues and lead to power outages. Fortunately, you do not have to be at the mercy of Mother Nature any longer. Investing in a standby generator can keep the lights on when the weather starts to act up.

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Reasons to Consider a Standby Generator:

1. When the Power Goes Out, the Generator Kicks On:

Standby generators connect right into your electrical system and are constantly monitoring for power outages. So when the power goes out, your standby generator will kick on. It’s that simple!

2. Prevent a Flooded Basement:

thunderstorm-549663_960_720Sump pumps are vital in the battle against the nightmare that is a flooded basement. Unfortunately, most sump pumps require electricity in order to operate and when the power stops flowing, your sump pump stops working. This leaves your basement vulnerable, especially during stormy weather.

3. Save Money By Saving Your Groceries:

A standby generator can keep your major appliances running when severe weather comes raging through. This means that your refrigerator will keep your food cold and fresh. Your AC and/or furnace will keep your family comfortable and your other vital electronics will stay with you until the power comes back on.

4. You Won’t Lose Access to Your Entertainment and Communication Devices:

Power outages tend to mean that you’re left sitting in the dark without a TV, home phone or any other way to communicate with the outside world, or entertain yourself or your kids. Sure, you may have your Smartphone, but what happens when the battery dies and you can’t charge it? The correctly sized standby generator can help prevent you from becoming disconnected during extreme weather.

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Stormy weather can be scary enough all on its own for small children, pets or even some adults. The situation can become outright terrifying if the lights suddenly go out. Keep the whole family a little calmer during rough weather, by ensuring the lights stay on!

Portable Generators Vs. Standby Generators:

A typical portable generator usually runs on gasoline and has to be manually setup each time the power goes out. A standby generator connects right into your homes electrical system and will turn itself on automatically if the power goes out. Portable generators are extremely loud; whereas standby generators are much quieter.

Plus, standby generators come in a variety of sizes, so you can find one that fits your needs. You can choose a smaller unit and only power your most important appliances and circuits or you can purchase a unit large enough to power your whole home.

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Transform Your Home with Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting offers several great benefits for your home. Everything from increased safety to enhancing your curb appeal, a little outdoor lighting really goes a long way!

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Landscape Lighting Benefits:

-Safety:

Safety is probably the most obvious benefit of landscape lighting. A fewlamp-1304959_960_720 well-placed lights along your walking path can really make a big difference. Not only will you be able to see where you’re walking at night, you’ll also be able to better spot and avoid common nighttime nuisances. For example; spider webs seem to be everywhere during the warmer months and walking into one unexpectedly at night can be a cause for panic! During the winter months, outdoor lighting can help you see slippery, icy spots and avoid a major injury.

-Convenience:

Unloading groceries and finding your keyhole are a whole lot easier in the light. Porch and patio lights, especially the automatic kinds, will light your way and make everyday tasks easier when the sun goes down.

-Security:

Adding security and protection are the biggest advantages that landscape lighting has to offer. A well-lit home is an unappealing target for criminals, making your home safer from break-ins. If your home is surrounded by trees or seems to be particularly dark at night, some outdoor lighting can go a long way in keeping your home safe. After al,l no one wants to break into a home with a bright spotlight on their back. Motion sensor security lights are great options for garages, back doors, patios, sheds or any other vulnerable entrances to your home.

 -Ambiance:

Landscape lighting is alamps-918495_960_720n easy and beautiful way to enhance your outdoor space. The options for outdoor lighting designs are endless and some well-placed lighting will make your home feel more inviting. You can highlight trees and other home features you’re proud of. Create a warm and comfortable outdoor seating area. Use string lights to give your backyard an almost magical feel. And there are at least 101 more possibilities with landscape lighting. Feeling a little overwhelmed?  Don’t! Our Certified Electricians can help you decide on the best outdoor designs that fit your needs and personality.

 Landscape Lighting Upgrades:

Whether you’re looking to increase your home’s safety, convenience, security or ambiance, the Certified Electricians here at Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services have the skills and knowledge to transform your home with landscape lighting. Give us a call today at 866-844-3770 or visit us are TrustTiger.com and learn how we can assist you, with all of your outdoor lighting needs.

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12 Maintenance Tasks to Get Your Home Ready for Summer

Summer is on its way and in the Midwest that means we need to be ready for an abundance of heat, humidity and summertime pests. Is your home ready for the long summer months? If you are not sure, you may need to run through this maintenance checklist designed to help you get through the summer months in comfort.

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1. Screen Check: On cooler days it may be tempting to open your windows and allow the cross breeze to cool your home. But with a mild winter: bugs, mosquitoes and tiny pests will be out in force and you will want to keep them outside where they belong. Take some time to inspect your window screens and storm door screens and make sure they are not damaged or have holes.

2. Replace Your F142614_image1urnace Filter: It may seem odd to be worrying about your furnace ahead of summer time, but keep in mind that your AC system and your furnace work together. Depending on the type of filter you have, you may need to clean and/or replace it monthly to ensure that your heating and cooling equipment are functioning properly.

3. Look for Leaks: Inspect all outdoor hoses for damages and leaks. This task is especially important if your hose was exposed to the winter elements.

4. Venture Up to the Attic: You should inspect your attic at least once or twice a year and before summer hits is a good time to explore this space. You are looking for any signs of damage caused by winter weather or spring time storms. Leaks are your main concern because a little water damage can go a long way in the form of mold and mildew growth in your home. Additionally, leaks in your attic will eventually make their way down and come through your ceiling. First check out your attic when it is raining and see if you can see any signs of leaks. Then when the sun finally comes back out, head back up to your attic and turn off all the lights and see if you can see the light shining through anywhere it is not supposed to. While you are up in your attic be on the lookout for signs of pests or insects turning your home into theirs.

5. Explore Your Basement: After you are done inspecting your attic, head downstairs and check for signs of leaks, pests, insects or mold growth. Basements tend to be the darkest, dampest and coolest place in your house, making it the perfect home for mold and insects to invade. Also be on the lookout for cracks and other signs of damage in your basement walls and/or foundation.

6. Battery Tests: This is the perfect time to test the batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Remember safety first!

7.  Make Sure Your AC Can Take the Pressure: Before the temperatures climb much higher, it is best to have one of our Heating and Cooling Experts inspect and tune-up your Air Conditioning equipment. The last thing you want to do on a hot summer day is to turn on your AC for some much needed relief, only to discover it does not work! Beat the rush and call 866-844-3770.

8. Dust Your Fans: Prevent dust from flying off of your fan blades and take a few moments to dust your ceiling fans.

9. Avoid a Shockin262062g Surprise: Turn to one of our Certified Electricians to inspect your outdoor electrical outlets and light fixtures. Having your outlet electrical wiring inspected once a year is vital to your home’s safety. Wires can become frayed or damaged over time by the elements and wildlife.

10. Keep the Air Flowing: Clean and dust the air vents in your home. When vents become dirty and dusty, the air from your air conditioner cannot flow as easily, causing your cooling equipment to work harder, costing you more money on your power bill and shortening the life of your AC Unit. Plus, the dust on vents are blown into the air you breathe when you turn on your air conditioner.

11. Gutter Check: If you skipped cleaning your gutters during your spring cleaning, then it is time to grab a ladder and take care of this unpleasant task ASAP. Clogged gutters can cause a lot of expensive damage to your roof and foundation.

12. Get Your Ducts in a Row: Dirty air ducts lead to several serious issues to your home and health. When you turn on your heating or cooling equipment the air is pushed through your duct work and all of the dirt, dust, allergens, dander and other tiny particles are released into the air you and your family breathe; lowering the air quality in your home and leading to health issues and concerns. Additionally, dirty duct work will damage your AC and furnace equipment, leading to costly repairs and early replacements needed.

Have A Great Summer!

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May is National Electrical Safety Month

May has finally arrived! Meaning two things; one, spring is in full-bloom and two, it is National Electrical Safety Month! Everyone knows that electricity can be dangerous but you can remove some of that danger by following these electrical safety tips!

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Electrical Safety for Both Inside and Outside of Your Home: 

  • Don’t run cords under carpets. They can overheat and you cannot see if a cord has become damaged. Shock or fire can result.
  • Don’t unplug appliances by pulling on the cord. Grip from the plug and pull to prevent damage to and potential exposure of wires.
  • Appliances with damaged cords increase the risk of electrical shock. Cords that are cut, broken or whose insulation has cracked should be replaced before using the appliance.
  • Water and electricity are a deadly combination. Keep electrical wires and appliances away from water. Use GFCI protected outlets when using appliances or tools near water.
  • If you witness someone receiving an electrical shock, call 911. Never touch someone being shocked unless the electricity has been shut off.
  • Always unplug or disconnect power when working on light fixtures or appliances.
  • Never put your finger in a light bulb socket. Disconnect power before attempting to remove a broken bulb.
  • Never use water to put out an electrical fire. Call the fire department. If an electrical appliance is involved, unplug it first if safe to do so. Use a dry chemical fire extinguisher or baking soda to put out the fire.cloud-71366_960_720
  • Head inside a car or building when you see lightning. Avoid wide open spaces and tall trees since lightning is attracted to the tallest object in a given area.
  • Get out of the water if swimming outside when it’s lightning.
  • Choose wide open areas for flying kites, balloons and other toys. And, never intentionally throw objects at or touch power lines or equipment. The voltage they carry can transfer and kill you.
  • Do not attempt to trim tree branches or cut down trees near power lines. Call the power company or a licensed contractor. The voltage carried by overhead wires can travel along objects that come in contact with them and be deadly.
  • Before proceeding with digging deeper than turning the soil in your garden, call your electrical company to ensure no buried cables are in the area. Striking buried lines can cause serious injury or death.
  • Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.
  • In homes with small children, unused wall sockets and extension-cord receptacles should have plastic safety covers.
  • Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
  • If outlets or switches feel warm, shut off the circuit and have them checked by an electrician.
  • When possible, avoid the use of “cube taps” and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle.
  • Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp’s recommended wattage.

 

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