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Keep Your Home and Loved One’s Safe This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a busy time for a lot of us. All of that cooking, cleaning, eating and catching up with friends and family members. Sometimes it’s easy to get distracted, leaving you or your home at risk for a potential accident. An emergency on Thanksgiving is the last thing you want to deal with.kitchen-670247_640

Fortunately, there are some fairly simple things you can do to avoid a Thanksgiving disaster! Follow this Thanksgiving safety checklist designed to save your holiday!

Fire Hazards:

  1. Never fry a turkey indoors, this includes sheds or garages. Make sure that your frying in a wide open space away from your home.
  2. Never fry a turkey on a wood surface.
  3. Make sure that all of your smoke detectors have fresh batteries and are working properly.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand, the average number of cooking fircook-7070_640es nearly doubles on Thanksgiving day.
  5. Don’t leave the kitchen unattended when the stove and/or oven is on.
  6. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dried before you attempt to fry it. If ice or water hits the oil, it could cause a large splash which could cause a fire or even an explosion.
  7. Don’t wear loose fitting clothing when cooking.
  8. Keep your stove top clear of all flammable materials.
  9. Keep a heavy duty lid handy to smother any small flames that might flare up on your stove.
  10. Never pour water on a grease fire.

Food and Health Safety Tips:

  1. Continually cleaning-532411_640clean all cooking surfaces.
  2. Use separate utensils and cookware when preparing meat and/or poultry.
  3. Never thaw a turkey on the counter.
  4. Wash your hands frequently.
  5. Keep raw meat and poultry away from all other food.
  6. When thawing a turkey, place it in a pan to prevent the juices from contaminating other foods or surfaces.
  7. Wash all fruits and vegetables before using them.

Turkey Thawing Tips:

There are only three ways to safely thaw a turkey: refrigerator, the cold water method, and the microwave.turkey-218742_640

-The amount of time it takes to thaw a turkey in the fridge depends on its size. It’s suggested that you need one day to thaw a turkey for every 4 to 5 pounds. For example, a 12-pound turkey will need about three days to thaw.

– If you didn’t allow yourself enough time to thaw your turkey in the fridge, you can use the cold water method. Place your turkey in a leak-proof bag and submerge the whole thing in water. Estimate that you’ll need 30 minutes or so for every pound. Remember safety first, change the water every half hour.

-If you happen to have a smaller turkey, you can use the microwave as your thawing method. The label on the turkey should tell you if a microwave will work.

Travel Safety 101:

  1. Do not post your travel plans on any social media platforms.
  2. Make sure that all of your windows and doors are securely locked before leaving town.
  3. Do not leave your washer or dryer running while you’re gone.

Have a Safe and Fun Thanksgiving!

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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!

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Tips for Child Safety and Protection Month: Home Edition

November is Child Safety and Protection Month and your home can be very dangerous for your kiddos. You want to keep your kids and family safe and you think you’ve child proofed your home well enough, but maybe there are a few safety issues you’re overlooking.

Check out these simple home safety tips, design to protect your children.

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1. Water Heater 101

Most wate64830r heaters allow you to set the temperature but have a manufacture default water heating setting. It is best to set the temperature yourself and ensure that it’s not hotter than 115-120 degrees F. By lowering the water temperature settings, you’ll reduce the risk  of scalding water burns. If you’re not sure how to set your water heater temperature settings our professional plumbers will be happy to help! And be sure to ask about an Anti-Scald Device for added safety!

2. Invest in a good welcome mat

You don’t know what toxins, debris, pesticides and other harmful elements maybe on your or your guests shoes. Having a good welcome mat that you and your guests can use to wipe a way dirt and debris is extremely helpful.

3. Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) and electrical safety

To help prevent shocks, electrical burns and possible electrocution, GFCIs should always be used in all kitchens, bathrooms and anywhere water might come in contact with an electrical outlet. GFCIs are designed to shut off when they come into contact with water. So if you drop something in a sink full of water, the appliance should power off before it can cause a shock. (But you still should keep electrical appliances a way from water, just to be safe).

Most homes should already have GFCIs installed, but if your home is older or if additional outlets have been installed, you’ll want to ensure that they are GFCIs. If you aren’t sure if your outlets are GFCIs one of our Electricians will happily check for you! Just click here to make an appointment.

4. Choose nontoxic decorkitchen-sink-212854_640

House plants are often used to liven up a home. Just make sure that you do your research before selecting a new house plant. Some children cannot resist munching on colorful plants, so make sure the plants in your home are nontoxic!

5. Natural Gas Safety 101

General Safety Rules When Dealing With Natural Gas

  • 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 appliances.
  • Keep gas ranges clean, make sure burner bowls are free of 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 the 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.
  • 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 immediately!
  • 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.

6. Be careful where you place your furniturebooks-535352_640

Blocking vents and/or heaters with furniture of any kind is a potential fire hazard. Make sure that you anchor all bookcases and larger furniture pieces to the wall, to prevent them from falling on top of children. Securely mount large televisions to the wall or place them on top of low to the ground, secure furniture pieces.

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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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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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The Silent Killer: Carbon Monoxide 101

Carbon monoxide(CO) kills an estimated 660 Americans each year. What makes carbon monoxide so dangerous is its lack of warning signs. Smoke typically precedes fire; gas leaks often produce strong odors. Carbon monoxide, on the other hand, is an odorless and colorless gas; you may not know you’re breathing until it’s too late.gas-stove-138885_640

CO is created by the incomplete burning of gasoline, wood, charcoal, natural gas, propane, oil or methane. Vehicles running inside an attached garage, furnaces, gas ovens, poorly vented stoves or fireplaces, are some of the most common sources of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The effects and dangers of carbon monoxide vary depending on several factors:

  • Infants, small children, pregnant women and those in poor health, are more at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • CO poisoning can be a long, slow process if a person’s exposure is limited or the carbon monoxide leak is small.
  • However, carbon monoxide poisoning can happen much faster, if the leak is larger. Carbon monoxide can kill within minutes if a person is exposed to enough CO.

The  symptoms of CO poisoning are often mistaken for other common illnesses. People often believe they are suffering from food poisoning, the flu, viral infections or exhaustion. So, many people never even consider there might be a carbon monoxide leak.

Keep an eye out for these warning signs:

  • Dizziness

  • Headaches

  • Nausea

  • Breathlessness

  • Collapsing

  • Loss of consciousness

How to tell if these symptoms are from a common illness or warning signs of CO poisoning:

  • The symptoms you’re experiencing, only occur when you are at home

  • Your symptoms seemed to improve when you leave your home.

  • The other members of your family are experiencing similar symptoms.

  • Your pets also seem to be suffering from CO poisoning symptoms.

Strategies to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure:

  • Have youreal-estate-475875_640r heating system, water heater and any other gas-, oil- or coal-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Install a battery-operated CO detector and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall.
  • Do not use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement, garage or near a window.
  • Do not run a vehicle inside a garage attached to your home, even if you leave the garage door open.
  • Do not burn anything on a stove or in a fireplace that is not vented.
  • Do not heat your house with a gas oven.
  • Interconnected CO alarms offer the best protection; when one sounds, they all do. One of our Certified Electricians can install hard-wired interconnected CO alarms throughout your home.
  • Or you can install wireless alarms, plug-in alarms or battery operated alarms.

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Electrical 101. What You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe.

Electrical issues are no joke, serious injuries or death can occur if handled improperly. The safety of your family and home are at the top of your priority list and you may not be aware of the electrical safety mistakes you’re making every day.

With the goal of keeping your loved ones as safe as possible. Here is a list of important electrical information, every homeowner should know.

1. Don’t Cover Power Cords

Power cords can be real eyesores and tripping hazards. Like a lot of people, you might place furniture on top of your cords or run your cords under a rug to hide them. This is a big fire hazard! The visual appeal is not worth the risk.

2. Blown Fuses and Tripped Breakers, Shouldn’t Be Ignored

IMG_0008 2Whether you have an older home with a fuse box or a newer home with circuit breakers, if they are consistently malfunctioning, it’s a sign of a much bigger problem. Fuses and breakers are sized to protect and handle the wiring of your home. So there is no reason you should be tripping breakers or blowing fuses. If you’re having this issue, it’s time to call a Licensed Electrician to assess your situation.

3. Frayed Wires Can Cause More Issues Than You Think

You may think that some minor fraying or damage to power cords or wiring is no big deal. Well, think again! Not only are fraying wires a fire hazard, but they also pose a huge safety risk. Small children and pets like to explore and if they get a hold of a frayed cord, they risk being shocked, electrical burns or worse. If you have concerns about faulty wiring a Licensed Electrician can replace any damage and dangerous wires.

4. Being Grounded is A Good Thing

You want to be sure that all of your circuits are grounded properly. Improperly grounded circuits put you and your family at risk for being shocked. Additionally, any outlet or circuit in your bathroom, kitchen, basement, laundry room or other damp locations, need to be ground fault type. If they’re not or you’re not sure, you need to have an Electrician inspect your grounding as soon as possible.

5. Know the Warning Signs of Electrical Fires

Electrical fires are extremely dangerous and can slowly burn in the wiring of your walls for days before you notice. Be on the lookout for these signs that might indicate the beginning stages of an electrical fire. Flickering or dimming lights, sizzling sounds or a burning odor you can’t locate the source of if you notice any of these have someone come inspect your wiring intimidatingly.

Bonus Tip: Never, ever use water to put out an electrical fire! Call the fire department right away!

6. Extension Cords Aren’t Permanent Solutions

Most exten10411_image6 copysion cords aren’t designed for ongoing use and should be unplugged when you’re not using them. And they’re not meant to support large appliances; dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, furnaces, air conditioners, etc. should never use an extension cord.

7. Generators Are More Complicated Than You Might Think

You shouldn’t just plug a generator into your electrical system. Often times this can cause damage to your appliances and create a fire risk. If you wish to have a generator, make sure that you have an Electrician installs it for you.

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  • Electrical issues are always a concern for homeowners and the best way to prevent these issues is to have your electrical work receive an annual system check up by a Certified Electrician.

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Your Sinus Headaches May Not Be Caused By Allergies…

Did you know that headaches can be caused by poor indoor air quality?

When we get headaches, that we often contribute to seasonal allergies, we don’t think that they could be caused by our own homes or the buildings in which we work; however, more often than not, environmental causes may be 4867472163_422821ed85the culprit for our achy heads – including poor indoor air quality. Having good indoor air quality is vital for the maintenance of proper health. According to the statistics presented by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the pollutant level inside the home is often two to five times higher than what is outside. These pollutants include different types of airborne particles as well as particulate matters such as gases, lung irritants, allergens, toxic chemicals and VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

If you get headaches often, take time to notice if it only happens when you are in a particular room or building.  If so, there are two likely causes: Mold or Clogged Air Ducts. The presence of mold in your home or building may lead to several health issues.  In addition to headaches, recurring mold exposure may produce the following symptoms: decreased attention span, fatigue, respiratory distress, asthma, irritations of eye, nose, throat, and lungs, and redness and rashes, among others.

Young children are particularly vulnerable to the various health risks associated with polluted indoor air, as their lungs are still developing and are smaller in size. They also need to take more breaths in throughout each day, which becomes difficult if the air quality is bad. If a person is experiencing asthma attacks or allergy symptoms, then bad indoor air quality in his or her home might be a probable cause for such symptoms. Poor indoor air quality can be caused by a variety of factors, such as lingering odors, poor ventilation, water damage, new furniture, a new pet or environmental changes such as a recent construction.

If the ductwork in your home or building is clogged, clean air cannot reach the room or rooms it is vented into. When this happens, only stale air and carbon dioxide re-circulates and the lack of 4873976130_97338fc1f2oxygen-rich air will cause headaches. The best way to treat poor indoor air quality is to have your air duct system cleaned and disinfected.

Likewise, If you experience allergic reactions more severely when you are in a certain room, space, or building than you do in others, it is likely caused by the presence of unknown allergens. If you are bothered in a certain area with allergic reactions, it is very important to get indoor air quality testing to rule out the possibility of poor indoor air quality being the cause of your allergies.

Using professional duct cleaning experts, such as those at Tiger Heating & Air Conditioning Services, will ensure that the indoor air that you breathe is healthy.  Schedule an appointment online, or call us today at 1-866-TIGER70. Don’t delay, get headache and allergy relief today!

 

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Overloaded By Electrical Concerns? Get Grounded!

A home’s electrical work is something most people rarely give any thought to… until it goes wrong. By keeping up to date with maintenance and repair, a homeowner can save thousands of dollars, and thousands of headaches, by nipping potential hazards in the bud. Not only can updating your home’s wiring, breakers, and appliances improve your home’s safety, but it can increase the value when it comes time to put it on the market – not to mention saving you a fortune on utility bills!

How to Tell if Your Home Needs an Update

There are various indicators that your home may need an electrical update. Common signs include the following:

  • Fuses that blow frequently
  • Tripped breakers
  • Flickering lights
  • Appliances that work inconsistently or not at full power
  • Old, stripped wires

If you notice any of these signs in your home, you have every reason to suspect that your electrical system is outdated and needs attention now. Putting off electrical repairs or updates not only puts your family at risk, but it means you’re using more energy than you need to. Pay close attention to electrical panels that are old and damaged wiring because it is things like these that can easily lead to hazards such as electric shocks and electrocution.

Electrical Panel Concerns

Are you looking for a way to get the most out of your home electricity usage? You may need an Electrical electrical panel upgrade. Older homes may not always have updated electrical panels because of technology changes. Many people think that homes built in the mid-19th century or before are the only homes that need upgrades. As unbelievable as it may seem, even homes built in the early 2000s may not be equipped to handle the amount of electricity the modern-day household generates.

If you’re installing a new home theater system, a state-of-the-art security system, or you’re adding exterior lighting to your home, it’s possible that your current electrical panel will not be sufficient enough. Power overloads present real dangers to households and can lead to electrical fires. Regardless of how old your home is, if you’re adding major electrical components to your home, check with a local electrician to make sure your electrical system is equipped to handle the increased usage.

Don’t Attempt Electrical Repairs on Your Own

The value of a professional electrical contractor should never be dismissed. Qualified electricians understand the intricacies of residential systems and know how to make upgrades that are safe and useful. While not all electrical work is rocket science or unsafe, it is still complicated. If you’re not a licensed electrician, you could hook up the wiring incorrectly or install a plug the wrong way and end up putting your home’s entire electrical system at risk. The end result of this kind of DIY project is a hefty repair bill.

Always consider allowing practiced and insured electricians, such as those at Tiger Electrical Services, to take care of any upgrades or repairs. Sit back and relax. Why put yourself through an exhausting DIY project when you don’t have to?

Electrical Upgrades and Repairs Increase Your Home’s Value

Today’s modern technology requires households to be plugged in 24/7. Suoccupational-safety-and-health-1038550_960_720re, many things like DVR systems, the Internet, and home security systems utilize wireless technology, but you still need a power electrical system to handle the basic electrical components of these various technologies. If you have plans to sell your home in the future, a property that has the ability to keep up with the demands of modern technology will be worth more than a property with an outdated, electrical system.

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