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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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Winter is Coming! Just Kidding…It’s Already Here

Winter is everyone’s favorite time of year. Just kidding! Winter is a rough season for those of us who live in the Midwest. All of that snow, ice, frigid winds, bitterly cold temperatures. Plus all of the fun that accompanies the unpleasant weather. Like; icy windshields, frozen pipes, high heating bills, snow covered driveways, cold and flu season, etc. winter can be a long, miserable three months. Not to mention, expensive! The good news is that there are several things you can do to help cut the costs of staying warm and comfortable this winter.windshield-245281_640The cost of heating your home is by far your biggest expense during the winter months, but there are ways to cut down on your costs.

  • Change your filter at least once a month, to help ensure that your furnace runs as efficiesmall_8121287668ntly as possible.
  • Setting your programmable thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees when you’re not home, can save you up to 15% on your heating bill.
  • To keep the warm air flowing freely, be sure to clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed. Remember to make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
  • Keep your curtains and blinds on your windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home. And close them at night to help keep heat inside and reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  • Leave your oven door open after you’re done cooking (and you’ve turned your oven off). This allows the heat from your oven to help warm your home.
  • Eliminate trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if unsure about how to perform this task, contact a professional.

Keeping the heat inside and the cold outside can be tricky, especially if you have an older home. Here’s a quick checklist to help you keep winter out of your home.

  • Make sure that your home is well insulated! If it’s not, you’re just throwing money away.
  • Place towels, pipe insulation or some other form of thick material at the bottom of your exterior doors. This will help prevent warm air from escaping and cold air from pouring in.
  • Have an Electrician install foam installation behind your electrical plate covers and outlets.
  • Inspect window and door frames for cracks, that can let the winter air in.

Frozen pipes can spell disaster for your home and your wallet! Take the necessary precautions to protect your plumbing.

  • First and ffrozen-pipeoremost, make sure that you have turned off all of your outdoor water supplies.
  • Make sure that you disconnect and put away any outdoor hoses.
  • Insulate your water heater and any pipes on your home’s exterior.

Looking for a more long-term solution to lower your winter energy costs?

  • A new and more energy efficient furnace will provide you with major long term savings on your heating bill each winter.

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A New Furnace Can Reduce Your Heating Costs

Yes, it’s true that a  new furnace can reduce your heating costs. If you have an older furnace, it may seedollar-726884_640m to be working fine, but it’s likely costing you a lot more money to run than you might think. So, from an economic standpoint, it would be wise to replace it.

When compared to a 17-year-old furnace, a new furnace can save the typical family hundreds of dollars per year. Based on the efficiency of your older furnace, a new furnace can cut your utility bills by 40%.

Not only will 102754_image4 copyyou have lower utility bills, but the comfort and quiet operation of a new system will surprise you. You can even have a computerized thermostat installed with your new furnace for even more added efficiency.

Upgrading to a new furnace is no small decision and there are several factors to be considered. Our technical experts can help guide you through the whole process and explain everything in a way that’s simple to understand. To learn more simply give us a call today at 1.888.9TIGER4 or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com.

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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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Don’t Get Chilled to the Bone this Halloween!

Is it just me or does it always seem to get cold (and often rainy) just in time for Trick-or-Treating, Halloween Parades and other fun outdoor Halloween festivities? Let’s be prepared to stay warm as temperatures dip into the low 40’s and as the rain rolls in.

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1. Layers are your friend

Before you and your little trick-or-treaters head out this Halloween, take a few pictures of everyone in their costumes, then add on a coat and/or sweat shirt. Once the sun goes down it will be too cold for your little ones to bare without an extra layer or two.

Pro Tip: If your child absolutely refuses to cover up their super cute costume with a coat, try getting them to put a sweat shirt on underneath their outfit for added warmth. But remember to still bring that coat along with you; you’ll be glad you did!

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The radar might say that you’ll miss the rain while trick-or-treating or at the parade, but is your luck really that good? It’s better to pack a small umbrella for your own peace of mind. And those Halloween parades can get mighty chilly once the sun goes down, so you might want to bring a couple of extra blankets for your comfort.

3. You can’t control the weather outside, but you can have the perfect temperature waiting for you at home!

Coming home to a nice toasty house after being outdoors for long hours this Halloween will be a special treat you give yourself! You’ll want to ensure that your furnace is running properly and ready to keep you and your family warm. That’s why we’re offering you a little Halloween treat of our own!

To have your furnace inspected by a professional to ensure you don’t have to worry about your heating system failing you this Halloween call 1-888-9TIGER4 or visit TrustTiger.com today!

Happy Halloween from everyone at Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services!

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What’s the Scariest Thing You’ll Face this Halloween: Ghosts? Vampires? Zombies? No…

The scariest thing waiting for you this Halloween is your power bill. Fortunately, scary Halloween creatures like ghosts, vampires and zombies are make-believe but your overpriced power bill is all too real. This Halloween let’s take some of the scary out of your monthly power bill with these great money saving tips!

1. Scary movies keeping you up late this Halloween?

Horror movies are great, but let’s face it, it’s not the scary monsters that are haunting your dreams. No, it’s the added cost from all of those extra TV hours will add to your electric bill. If you know you might ghosts-982975_640fall asleep in the middle of a movie, set your TV’s timer to shut off for you. That way you won’t waste hours of extra electricity while you’re sleeping.

2. Is the thought of heating your home scaring you to death?

An inefficient running heating or cooling system is a huge expense to any homeowner. If your heating system is constantly requiring service or if it’s over 17 years old, it’s probably time to start thinking about replacing it, before winter weather sets in. A new furnace is a great way to save money and make your power bill seem a lot less scary. To have a professional explain how you can save real money on a new furnace call 1-888-9TIGER4 or visit us online today!

3. Keep the heat inside your home this Halloween

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During the long winter months ahead, when the weather is just so miserably cold and gross, you can help keep the cost of heating down by keeping the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day. This will allow the sunlight to enter and help warm your home. Then you should keep your drapes closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

4.  Let it go!

Remove trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if unsure about how to perform this task, contact a professional.

5. Don’t be afraid of the dark this Halloween

Turn off lights when you leave a room or when you don’t really need them. This is a simple way to save some money on your power bill.

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Furnace Season Has Arrived! But Wait…What is That Smell?

It looks like fall weather has finally arrived in the Midwest and most of us will be giving in to the cold weather and will be turning on our furnaces.8667c17f2d092fcf468de1a802fc0769

And what’s the first thing you will likely notice when that furnace kicks on? A strong odor that lets you know winter is on the way. But what causes this odor and should you be concerned?

That odor you’re noticing, when you first start-up your furnace could indicate a health risk!

The odor is often caused by airborne dust and household chemicals that have settled on the furnace. These are “burnt” off as the furnace heats up. The main source of this problem is from unclean or poorly filtered ductwork where dust, pet hair and debris have settled and decayed over the years.

This debris build-up not only creates that unpleasant smell, but it can also be a fire risk. For your safety and to improve your indoor air quality you should have your ductwork expertly cleaned by a trained professional.


142715_image2 copyAnother potential cause of your furnace’s odor is an old, dirty air filter. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your air filter, you need to do that right away!

There are also products and air filters designed to not only improve your indoor air quality and health, but they also run more efficiently, are designed to save you money and require less maintenance.


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Money Saving Energy Tips in Time for Energy Awareness Month

October is Energy Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to learn a few
amazing money saving energy tips for your home!

  1. When to Turn Off Your Personal Computer
  • Yes, there is a small surge in energy when your computer first starts up, but this small amount of energy is considerably less than the energy used when your computer is running for long periods of time.
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    • The monitor if you aren’t going to use your PC for more than 20 minutes
    • Both the CPU and monitor if you’re not going to use your PC for more than 2 hours.
    • Make sure your monitors, printers and other accessories are on a power strip/surge protector.
      • When this equipment is not in use for extended periods, turn off the switch on the power strip to prevent them from drawing power even when shut off.
    • If you don’t use a power strip, unplug extra equipment when it’s not in use.
  • Most PCs reach the end of their “useful” life due to advances in technology long before the effects of being switched on and off multiple times have a negative impact on their service life.
  • The less time a PC is on, the longer it will “last.”
  • PCs also produce heat, so turning them off reduces building cooling loads.
  • Note: Screen savers are not energy savers.
    • Using a screen saver may in fact use more energy than not using one.

2. Laundry Tips

  • Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenever possible.
  • Wash and dry full loads.
  • Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
  • Don’t over-dry your clothes.
    • If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it.
  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.
  • Use the cool-down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the residual heat in the dryer.
  • Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked.
    • This will save energy and may prevent a fire.
  • Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks.

3. Air Leaks and Your Wallet

  • One of the quickest energy– and money-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal and weather strip all seams, cracks and openings to the outside.
  • Tips for Sealing Air Leaks
    • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.
    • Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, ceilings and officiants over cabinets.
    • Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on walls.
    • Look for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet, which may indicate air leaks at interior wall/ceiling joints and wall/floor joists and caulk them.
    • Cover single-pane windows with storm windows or replace them with more efficient double-pane low- emissivity windows.
    • Use foam sealant on larger gaps around windows, baseboards, and other places where air may leak out.
    • Cover your kitchen exhaust fan to stop air leaks when not in use.
    • Keep the fireplace flue damper tightly closed when not in use.
    • Seal air leaks around fireplace chimneys, furnaces and gas-fired water heater vents with fire-resistant materials such as sheet metal or sheetrock and furnace cement caulk.

4. Air Conditioning Tips

  • Set your th10411_image6 copyermostat to 78° F or as high as comfort permits.
  • Close your blinds and curtains during the hottest part of the day.
  • Close cooling vents in unused rooms and keep doors to unused rooms closed.
  • Check, clean or replace air filters every month.
  • Clean the outside condenser coil once a year.
  • Insulate your house.
  • Schedule periodic maintenance of cooling equipment by a licensed service representative.
  • Attics must be ventilated to relieve heat buildup caused by the sun. If necessary, improve attic airflow by adding or enlarging vents.

5. Energy Saving Lightning Tips

  • Indoor Lighting Tips
    • By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year.
    • When replacing incandescent bulbs from recessed light fixtures, use energy-efficient bulbs that are rated for that purpose.
    • Consider purchasing ENERGY STAR-qualified fixtures.
      • They are available in many styles, distribute light more efficiently and evenly than standard fixtures, and some offer convenient features such as dimming.
    • 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.bulbs-932838_640
    • Keep your curtains or shades open to use day-lighting instead of turning on lights.
  • Outdoor Lighting Tips
    • Because outdoor lights are usually left on a long time, using CFLs or LEDs in these fixtures will save a lot of energy.
    • CFLs and LEDs are available as flood lights.
      • These models have been tested to withstand the rain and snow so they can be used in exposed fixtures.

6. Water Heating

  • Set the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F to get comfortable hot water.
  • Insulate your electric hot-water storage tank but be careful not to cover the thermostat.
  • Insulate your natural gas or oil hot-water storage tank but be careful not to cover the water heater’s top, bottom, thermostat or burner compartment.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations; when in doubt, get professional help.
  • Insulate the first six feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.
  • If you are in the market for a new dishwasher or clothes washer, consider buying an efficient, water-saving ENERGY STAR® model to reduce hot water use.
  • Drain a quart of water from your water tank every three months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater.

7. Heating

  • Set your thermost102754_image4 copyat as low as is comfortable in the winter.
  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed.
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Release trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if in doubt about how to perform this task, call a professional.
  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
  • During the heating season, 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.

8. Ducts

  • Check your ducts for air leaks.
    • First, look for sections that should be joined but have separated and then look for obvious holes.
  • If you use tape to seal your ducts, avoid cloth-backed, rubber adhesive duct tape, which tends to fail quickly.
  • Remember that insulating ducts in the basement will make the basement colder.
  • If your basement has been converted to a living area, hire a professional to install both supply and return registers in the basement rooms.
  • Be sure a well-sealed vapor barrier exists on the outside of the insulation on cooling ducts to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Long-Term Savings Tip: You can lose up to 60% of your heated air before it reaches the register if your ducts aren’t insulated and they travel through unheated spaces such as the attic or crawlspace.
  • Get a qualified professional to help you insulate and repair ducts.

9. Kitchen Tips

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Energy
    • 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 have a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at 0°F.
    • Regularly defrost manual-defrost refrigerators and freezers; frost buildup decreases the energy efficiency of the unit.
      • Don’t allow frost to build up more than one-quarter of an inch.
    • 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.
    • Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
  • Other Energy-Saving Kitchen Tips
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • In natural gas appliances, look for blue flames; yellow flames indicate theflame-871136_640 gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment needs to be made.
    • Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean; they will reflect the heat better, and you will save energy.
    • Use a covered kettle or pan to boil water; it’s faster and it uses less energy.
    • Match the size of the pan to the heating element.
    • 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.
    • Use pressure cookers and microwave ovens whenever it is convenient to do so.
      • They will save energy by significantly reducing cooking time.
  • Dishwasher
    • Check the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer’s recommendations on water temperature; many have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater in your home to a lower temperature (120°F).
    • Scrape, don’t rinse, off large food pieces and bones.
    • Soaking or pre-washing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-on or dried-on food.
    • Be sure your dishwasher is full, but not overloaded, when you run it.
    • Don’t use the “rinse hold” on your machine for just a few soiled dishes. It uses 3 to 7 gallons of hot water each time you use it.
    • Let your dishes air dry; if you don’t have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open a little so the dishes will dry faster.

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Fire Prevention Day: Home Safety Checklist

It’s Fire Prevention Day and you may not be aware of all of the potential fire hazards that are in your home. Fire prevention is no joke and ensuring that your home is up to date and that  the risks of home fires are minimal is essential for any homeowner.

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Here are some simple fire prevention facts and tips to keep your home and family safe!

Electrical Fire Prevention:

  •  Electrical Fire Facts:
    • Home electrical fires claim an average of 485 lives in the U.S. each year and another 2,305 more are injured
    • There are an average 67,800 electrical fires in the U.S. each year
    • Electrical fires cost an estimated $868 million in property losses every year
    • Fire deaths are highefire-175966_640st in winter months with December being the most dangerous month for electrical fires.
      • More indoor activities and increased in usage of lighting, heating and appliance are the main causes for the increased number of electrical fires during the winter months.
    • Most electrical wiring fires start in the bedroom.
  • Causes of Electrical Fire:
    • Most electrical fires result from problems with “fixed wiring” such as faulty electrical outlets and old wiring.
      • In urban areas, faulty wiring accounts for 33% of residential electrical fires.
    • Problems with cords and plugs, such as extension and appliance cords, also cause many home electrical fires.
    • Many avoidable electrical fires can be traced to the misuse of electric cords, such as overloading circuits, poor maintenance and running the cords under rugs or in high traffic areas.
  • Home Appliances to Watch Out For:
    • Electric stoves and ovens
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    • Central heating units
    • Televisions and radios
  • Use These Safety Measure for Your Electrical Fire Prevention Strategy:
    • Routinely check your electrical appliances and wiring.
    • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately.
    • Use electrical extension cords wisely and don’t overload them.
    • Keep electrical appliances away from wet floors and counters; pay special care to electrical appliances in the bathroom and kitchen.
    • When buying electrical appliances look for products which meet the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) standard for safety.
    • Don’t allow children to play with or around electrical appliances like space heaters, irons and hair dryers.
    • Keep clothes, curtains and other potentially combustible items at least three feet from all heaters.
    • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
    • Never overload extension cords or wall sockets.
    • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.
    • Use safety closures to “child-proof” electrical outlets.
    • Check your electrical tools regularly for signs of wear.
      • If the cords are frayed or cracked, replace them.
        • Replace any tool if it causes even small electrical shocks, overheats, shorts out or gives off smoke or sparks.

Heating and Cooling Systems and Fire Prevention 101:

  • Natural Gas Appliances Fire Safety Tips:
    • 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 from all natural gas appliances.
    • Keep gas ranges clean.
      • Make sure burner bowls are free of used 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 flame-580342_640the 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.
    • Look for a certification seal when purchasing a new gas appliance.
      • This ensures that the equipment design meets strict safety standards.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Fire Prevention and Your Heating Systems:
    • Heat pumps and oil-fired furnaces and boilers need a yearly professional tune-up
    • A close inspection will uncover leaks, soot, rust, rot, corroded electrical contacts and frayed wires and other potential fire risks.
  • What You Need to Know About Dryer Vents and Fire Prevention:
    • Almost 16,000 residential fires each year involve lint-clogged dryer vents
    • Cleaning your lint trap after every load will aid in your dryer vent fire prevention plan, but this action is not enough on its own to prevent a clothes dryer fire.
    • According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, these clothes dryer fires result in 20 deaths, 370 injuries and over $75 million in property damage each year.
    • Periodic cleaning of your dryer vent helps eliminate the risk to your home and family.
    • If you haven’t cleaned or checked your vent in the last four years, you should do it now.
    • Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Services has invested in the proper tools to clean your dryer vent quickly and without leaving a mess in your home. Call 1-888-9TIGER4 or visit TrustTiger.com today to have your vents professionally cleaned.

Fire Prevention and Your Water Heater

  • Water heaters are not only fire hazards but a neglected water heater can potentially cause an explosion
  • Water heaters come equipped with temperature and pressure valves
    • These valves are designed to open up and provide ventilation, if your water heater over heats or pressure builds up.
    • If these valves malfunction and fail to open, the pressure and temperature in your water heater can build up, causing an explosion.
    • For your safety, you should have your temperature and pressure valve checked once a year by a professional plumber.
  • Combustion Chamber Hatch in Gas Water Heaters
    • If dust or debris accumulates underneath your water heater it can lead to issues with your combustion chamber hatch, turning your water heater into a fire hazard.
    • For ultimate fire prevention and protection, you should have the area around your combustion chamber hatch inspected and clean by a professional plumber yearly.

When it Comes to Fire Prevention Smoke Alarms are Your Best Friend

  • Smoke alarms are your number one defense against a potential deadly house fire
    • In the event of a fire, properly installed and maintained smoke alarms will provide an early warning that could save your life.
  • Where Should You Put Smoke Alarms in Your Home?smoke-315874_640
    • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement.
    • Many fatal fires begin late at night or in the early morning.
    • So for extra safety, install smoke alarms both inside and outside sleeping areas.
    • Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible.
    • Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions or have an Electrician professional install them for your piece of mind.

Fire prevention is no joke and if you have any concerns about the potential fire hazards of your homes plumbing, heating, cooling or electrical systems call 1-888-9TIGER4 or visit TrustTiger.com to have your systems evaluated for potential fire risks.

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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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