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6 Home Improvement Projects to Complete Before Labor Day (Or Soon After)

Labor Day is coming at us fast and you may be looking at the Home Improvement To-Do List you planned to get done by the end of summer. No need to stress! You still have time to knock a few, if not all, of these home improvement projects off your list and get your home ready for the cooler months to come!

 6 Home Improvement Projects to Complete Before Labor Day:

1. Get Your Deck in Order

Whether you are planning on entertaining this Labor Day or not, your deck will beHome Improvement nefit from a little TLC. Your deck spends each day battling the elements: rain, snow, ice, the sun, extreme hot and cold temperatures, there isn’t much relief for your deck. Grab an approved deck cleaner and give your deck a quick scrub to remove dirt, debris, mildew, etc. Stain or paint your deck if needed. To protect your deck from water damage and the winter months ahead apply sealant. Then all you will have to do is sit back and relax on your newly refreshed deck.

2. Clean the Grill

Maybe you have been using your grill almost every weekend this summer or maybe you haven’t fired it up since last Labor Day, either way, your grill would probably benefit from a good cleaning! 

3. Clean Out Your Garage 

You will likely want to park your vehicles in your garage this winter since doing so will help prevent ice and snow from building up on your windshields. Waiting until the winter temperatures drop to start cleaning your garage may mean that you are less likely to complete the task.  No one wants to be out in the cold, doing an unpleasant chore. It is best to check off ‘clean the garage’ from your to-do list now. Then your garage will be ready for you when you want to use it.

4. Schedule Your Annual Furnace Safety Inspection and Super Tune-Up

The weather isFurnace Repair unpredictable in the Midwest and it can be hard to know when the temperatures will drop enough to run your furnace. However, when the time comes that you do want to use your furnace, you will want it to be in proper working order. The first hard freeze is not the time to discover that your furnace isn’t up to the challenge. Call (866)844-3770 to schedule your Annual Furnace Safety Inspection and Super Tune-Up today and beat the fall rush! 

5. Seal Up Any Cracks

Colder days are coming and you don’t want to worry about a drafty home this winter. Take some time to caulk the seal around your windows. If there is a gap at the bottom of your front or back door, now might be a great time to address this issue as well, by replacing old worn out door trims or adding some fresh weather stripping. A well-sealed home will help save you money on your power bill down the road.

6. Change the Batteries 

It can be easy to forget about your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors but they play a major role in keeping your home and family safe. If it’s been awhile since you have changed out the batteries in these devices, now is the time to do so. Especially since there tends to be a greater risk of house fires and issues with carbon monoxide during the colder months.  

Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day Everyone!

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How You Can Heat Up Your Valentine’s Day

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

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Heat Up Your Kitchen.

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

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

Don’t Freeze in the Living Room.

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

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

Keep A Toasty Bathroom.

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

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

Heating Up The Bedroom

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

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

Other Ideas For Staying Warm This Valentine’s Day

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

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

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Hosting this Holiday Season? Here’s Some Tips to Get You Through

Hosting friends and family during the holidays can be a lot of fun. But hosting can also cause a lot of stress. All of that running around and those last minute preparations can really suck a lot of the joy out of the hosting experience. The good news is that hosting doesn’t have to be a major headache. Here are some simple tips to help make this holiday season a  little less stressful.christmas-present-83119_960_720

1. Don’t pass your stress onto your oven

If you’re doing a lot of baking/cooking for the holidays, it’s already too late for you to run your oven’s self-cleaning mode. The self-cleaning mode puts a lot of stress on your oven. So if you follow a self-cleaning cycle with heavy oven usage; it’s very likely that your oven won’t perform at its peak levels. Even worse, your oven might flat out fail you, right when you need it the most.

2. Make sure there’s plenty of room in your fridge

Before you get started in the kitchen, clean out your fridge and make sure you have enough room for everything. There’s nothing that adds more stress than coming home from the store with all of your cooking supplies and having nowhere to put them.

3. Don’t give your in-laws added ammunition

When cleaning your home, don’t forget about the following areas:

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  • Shower heads and faucets
  • Medicine cabinets
  • Drains (one of the most overlooked places in a bathroom when it comes to cleaning)
  • Your garbage disposal, so you can avoid unpleasant odors
  • Your porch
  • The base of your toilet
  • Your burners

4. Have your pipes fixed, before it’s too late

Even the smallest plumbing issue can turn into a huge disaster once your home is overrun with visitors. Save yourself a major headache by having one of our plumbing experts address all of your plumbing concerns before your guests arrive!

5. Be a hosting superstar by having extras on hand

If you’re having guests over, there’s a decent chance that someone will forget something fairly important. Keep extra of the following on hand, to avoid a mad dtoothbrush-674650_640ash to store.

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant (a cheap spray can, one for men and one for women, will do the trick)
  • Shampoo and body wash
  • Floss
  • Etc.

6. Make sure outlets are easily accessible

You can pretty much count on all of your guests bringing smartphones, tablets, portable video games, laptops, etc. And they will all need places to charge those electronics. So, makes sure that your outlets aren’t blocked by furniture or decorations.

7. Make a list of things you don’t want to run out of and make sure you stotoilet-paper-671937_640ck up!

  • Toilet paper (you don’t want to run out on a day when most of the stores are closed)
  • Tissues (we are entering cold and flu season)
  • Aspirin/Ibuprofen
  • Snacks/food
  • Anything else you think you might need

8. Don’t underestimate the power of keeping it simple

It’s tempting to see a ton of fun holiday ideas on Pinterest and want to do them all. But trying to over do it when hosting is the biggest cause of stress. Don’t be afraid to trim a few things off of your to-do list. You’ll be more relaxed and able to enjoy the festivities you helped create.

9. You won’t win any hosting awards if you buy the cheapest toilet paper you can find

 Toilet paper is something your guests will barely notice unless you select super cheap, thin and overall unpleasant feeling TP.

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Holiday Decorations: Tips to Make Decorating Safer

The holiday season has arrived and many of us are in decoration mode. All of these fun holiday decorations really do brighten our homes and neighborhoods. However, it is important to decorate with some caution, in order to protect your home and family from a potential holiday accident. Here are a few tips to make decorating your home for holidays saferchristmas-315661_960_720 1. Inspect your holiday lights before going through the process of hanging them

Everyone loves holiday lights! They’re festive, bright and available in so many different fun colors, but it’s important to inspect each strand you use for frayed wires or loosened bulbs that could pose a fire hazard.

2. Remember to turn off your lights overnight

It’s tempting to leave those cheery lights on all night long but it’s best to let those lights rest. Plus, leaving that many lights on around the clock will leave you with an unpleasant surprise in January when you open your power bill.light-562557_960_720

3. Ensure that your lights are secure

Loose lights are a serious tripping hazard. Especially for small children or pets.

4. Use ribbon not wire hooks

If you have small children in your home, those wire hooks on your ornaments can be really dangerous. Instead, swap those hooks out for some festive ribbon or string.

5. Spring for the shatterproof ornaments

This is another tip for homes with children and/or pets (or clumsy adults). Glass ornaments are fragile and will likely break if they fall from the tree. And the last thing you want is broken glass everywhere.

6. Bells are a great defense

 Holiday bells on your tree not only make great decorations but they’re also a brilliant warning system if little hands or paws get too close to the tree.

7. Little mouths require larger ornaments

Pets and small kids sometimes can’t resist grabbing a hold of colorful objects and popping them in their mouths. That’s why it’s wise to spring for larger ornaments.

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Candles unquestionably add a little extra holiday flare. Just remember to be smart and never leave them unattended.

9. Don’t use a ladder by yourself

Ladders can be dangerous and you never want to use them to hang decorations unless someone is with you, just in case.

10. Choose your tree wisely

If you’re opting for a real tree this year, you’ll want to ensure to pick one that’s not a dried out fire hazard. Look for a tree with green, healthy needles are that harder to remove. Check the trunk and make sure it’s sticky to the touch. Give the tree a good shake or bounce on the ground, if a lot of needles fall, the tree is dried out.

11. Use caution when decorating around the fireplace

Don’t place the tree or other decorations too close to the fireplace. And when decorating the fireplace, make sure that your stockings, garland and other decorations are hanging high and away from the flames.

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12. Use electricity wisely (Bonus holiday lights tips)

On average each year there are 150 House fires caused by holiday lights.

  • Never link more than three strands of lights together
  • If your wires become warm to the touch, unplug them immediately
  • Don’t leave your home with your lights still on
  • Don’t use a cracked or damaged wall socket
  • Do contact a professional electrician to have an electrical audit performed, to ensure that your home is ready for all of your holiday decorating fun!
  • To learn more about holiday electrical safety call us at 1.888.9TIGER4 or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com.

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How You Can Avoid a Plumbing Disaster this Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is this Thursday and that means lots of great food and a horde of family members running amuck all over your home. And all of that extra traffic in your kitchen and bathroom puts a lot of stress on your pipes. So much stress in fact, that the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.

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You’d probably like to avoid a major plumbing disaster this Thanksgiving. The good news is that if you follow these simple tips, you can!

Garbage Disposal 101:

Do not, I repeat Do Not put any of the following items down your disposathanksgiving-696164_640l.

  • potato peels
  • celery
  • artichokes
  • asparagus
  • lettuce
  • corn husks
  • carrots
  • onion skins

(These items tend to wrap around the disposal blades)

  • pasta
  • beans
  • potatoes
  • rice

(These absorb water and turn into a paste like substance in your drain, with can cause a clog)

  • bones (turkey or otherwise)
  • large seed pits
  • fatty or greasy foods
  • coffee grounds
  • seeds

Also, when using the garbage disposal it is important not to overload it with too much food at one time.

Protect your dishwasher

Make sure that all of the dishes are rinsed well before going into your dishwasher. Excess food can cause clogs and other plumbing problems.

Invest in a showbath-2192_640er drain hair catcher

If you are having overnight guests this Thanksgiving, having a drain hair catcher for the shower will be handy, if you want to help prevent clogs.

Have any “small” plumbing issues fixed before the holiday

Even the smallest plumbing issue can turn into a huge disaster on Thanksgiving. Save yourself a major headache by having one of our plumbing experts address all of your plumbing concerns before your guests arrive!

Don’t leave your toilets unprotected this Thanksgiving

Small children just seem to love flushing anything they can down the toilet. Additionally, it’s easy for kiddos to slip past distracted adults at Thanksgiving dinner. Keeping a closer eye on them or simply keeping the bathroom door shut will spare you from a mon5654.prd.s.020ster clog.

Additionally, don’t allow guests to flush any of the following items:

  • cotton balls
  • disposable wipes (which are horrible for your plumbing)
  • paper towels
  • cigarette-butts
  • Band-Aids
  • dental floss
  • diapers

Basically, anything that’s not toilet paper, shouldn’t be flushed.

Be prepared for an unforeseen plumbing disaster this Thanksgiving

Our plumbing experts, along with our heating and cooling experts and electricians will be on call for any emergencies this Thanksgiving and the day after. Just call us 1.888.9TIGER4 or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com if the worst should happen this holiday!

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Service!

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Help Us Support Toys for Tots this Holiday Season

This holiday season Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services will be collecting NEW unwrapped toys for our local Toys for Tots chapter. The toys we collect will be donated to needy children in the Metro East St. Louis area.

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We will be collecting donations from Monday, Nov. 9th to Sunday, Dec. 18th and you can donate two ways:
1. For your convenience you can hand your donations directly to our technicians during your service call
2. Or you can drop toys off at our location in Collinsville:
1902 Vandaila St. Suite 100
Collinsville, IL 62234
 
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1. Brand NEW unwrapped toys for kids of all ages.
2. Sporting Equipment.
3. Books for Kids of All Ages.
4. Board Games.
5. Bath Gift Sets.
6. Radio Controlled Cars/Trucks.
Items Toys for Tots Can NOT Accept:
1. Clothes Items.
2. Stuffed Animals.
3. Food Items
For more information please visit the Toys for Tots Website.
With your help, we can work together to make the holidays a little brighter for the children in our area.
For more information on how to donate or to have any other questions answered please call 1.888.9TIGER4 or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com.
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