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6 Reasons Why Your Hot Water is Unexpectedly Cold

Waking up early and hopping into a cold shower is not a fun way to start your day. So what is causing your hot water to run cold? One of these six reasons is likely to blame for your icy wake-up call.

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Reasons Your Hot Water is Cold

1. Leaking hot water pipe

If a pipe is leaking in your basement, for example, it won’t reach your bathroom, especially if your shower is on the second floor. As long as the pipe isn’t hidden in a wall, you should be able to find the problem easily. However, a leak in a hidden pipe could be more of a challenge to detect. Call us right away at (866)844-3770 if you suspect that you might have a leaking pipe.

2. The pilot light is out

This is a potential issue if you have a gas-fired water heater. If you don’t know how to check your heater for the pilot light, look in your owner’s manual. Follow the instructions to relight it and if it doesn’t work, you likely have a bigger problem that needs special attention.

3. The burner isn’t working

Electric heaters have an element (sometimes two) that heats the water. If you do not have hot water and there is no leak, your element might not be working. These water heaters typically have a lifespan of about 7-10 years so if your heater is around this age, it’s possible that the element has failed and needs replacement.

4. The thermostat is set wrong or not working.

Water heaters have a thermostat set at a specific temperature. It might be set too low and not giving you hot enough water to have your shower. Follow the instructions to change the thermostat setting. If it still doesn’t work, you may need to change your thermostat.

5. The Breaker Tripped

Your water heater might have tripped the breaker. Check your panel and reset the breaker. If it happens again, that signals an electrical problem and you should give us a call right away. You may have to replace your heater, depending on the severity of the problem.

6. The tank is too small

If everything is working well but you constantly face a cold shower if you’re the last one in, your heater might be undersized. You can either race to the bathroom before everyone else, wait for the water to heat up again, or replace your heater with one that has a larger capacity.

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How to Keep Your Pipes from Freezing this Winter

As the temperatures drop below freezing it is important to protect your plumbing from the frigid winter weather that comes with living in the Midwest. Freezing pipes are one of the biggest concerns when it comes to your plumbing during the winter months. Frozen pipes can be an expensive headache and it is best to take steps to avoid them.

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How to Keep Your Pipes from Freezing:

Steps to Take Before the Cold Hits:

1.  If you have pipes that run through attics, crawl spaces or other under heated locations, it is important to ensure that these pipes are well insulated. It is also important to have these pipes inspected regularly, to ensure that the insulation is holding up.

2. Make sure that you have drained all water from hoses, outdoor water supply lines, sprinklers and other outdoor plumbing fixtures. 

3. Consider having some of your pipes rerouted. If you do have pipes that are constantly exposed to the frigid winter air, it may be a good idea to have one of our professional plumbers reroute them. By having these pipes rerouted to the interior of your home, you will gain peace of mind each winter that your pipes are safe from freezing. You will also save money in the long run by avoiding expensive water damage and repairs.

Steps To Take After The Cold Hits: 

1. Open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach your pipes. A frozen pipe in your kitchen or bathroom can be a nightmare to deal with and expensive to fix. When the temperatures dip, open the cabinet doors underneath your kitchen and bathroom sinks so the heat can flow freely.

2. Let your faucets drip. Pipes are less likely to freeze if the water is running. So, when dealing with extremely cold temperatures, turn on both the cold and hot water taps and allow the water to slowly drip out of the faucet. 

3. When you are planning on leaving your home for more than a few days, it may be wise to temporarily shut off your water supply and drain all of the water from your pipes. If you are unsure how to complete either of these tasks, simply call (866)844-3770 and a member of our plumbing team will be happy to assist you. 

Remember: That if your pipes do freeze or you have another plumbing emergency that we are here for you 24/7.  Call us anytime and a real person will answer the phone to assist you with your emergency. 

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

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

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The Most Expensive Mistakes You Are Making As A Homeowner:

1. Ignoring That Dripping Faucet.

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

2. Allowing Leaky Doors and Windows.

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

3. You Are Still Using Incandescent Light Bulbs.

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

4. Treating Your Air Filter like an After Thought.

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

5. Failing to Properly Adjust Your Thermostat.

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

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

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

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

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How to Avoid Halloween Plumbing Nightmares This Year

Halloween season is in full swing and today will be loaded with fun and festive activities. The last thing you need is a major plumbing disaster to put a damper on your plans. Keep the good times rolling by avoiding these Halloween plumbing nightmares.

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Don’t Let These Halloween Plumbing Disasters Happen to You!

1. Pumpkin goo goes in the trash, not in the sink!

If carving pumpkins are part of your Halloween plans then it is important to beHalloween mindful of where you dispose of those pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds and goo will clog your sink and become tangled in your garbage disposal. Choosing to flush your pumpkin goo down your toilet will also land you in the middle of a plumbing nightmare. It is best to simply toss all of your pumpkin parts in the trash, where they cannot do any damage to your plumbing.

2. Put a stop to all of the scary sounds.

Do your pipes make banging, thumping or other strange noises? Have you tried to convince yourself that these haunting sounds are normal or that your house is simply settling? The truth is that when you hear your pipes making these noises it may be a warning sign of something seriously wrong. Your water pressure may be too high or even worse, some of your pipes could be loose! Loose pipes can cause flooding in your home and other issues and you will want to have them fixed right away to avoid a real plumbing nightmare. To find out the cause of those noisy pipes call us at (866) 844-3770 today!

3. Take care of those leaky faucets.

Does the sound of a dripping faucet keep you awake at night? The scariest thing about a leaky faucet is all of the extra money you are wasting on your water bill. Even a small or slow leak will add up. Have your leaky faucet fixed and stop your money from going down the drain.

4. Remember you are not alone.

Finally, keep in mind that if a plumbing nightmare does strike your home, we are here for you. We offer true 24/7 emergency plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical services. So, if the worst should happen this Halloween, simply give us a call at (866) 844-3770 or visit TrustTiger.com.

Happy Halloween!

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Do You Know What’s in Your Drain?

Do you know the number one reason why people need to call a plumber? A clogged drain! Drain clogs are a major hassle for homeowners and they can lead to more expensive repairs. It is always in your best interest to avoid a clogged drain whenever possible.

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Check out these handy tips to avoid a clog drain nightmare!

Never put the following items down your drain. These items can clog pipes and cause sewage backups.toilet-701475_640

  • Disposable Diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Grease
  • Hair
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Hot Wax
  • Paper Products (paper towels, tissues, etc.)
  • Toothpaste
  • Food particles
  • Oil (cooking)
  • Dirt
  • Soap
  • Mineral build-up from hard water

Bathroom Clogs

-Hair is the most common cause of clogs in bathrooms; however, there are other offenders to be on the lookout for!

-Excess toothpaste and soap buildup can also lead to some serious clogs in your bathroom sinks and shower drains.

-Flushing large amounts of toilet paper at one time can cause some serious clogging issues.

-Pro Tip: Never flush anything besides toilet paper! Even “flush-able” wipes can cause clogs or damage your system.

Kitchen Clogs

-The most often clogged drain is the kitchen sink. Grease, fat, soap build-up, food particles, etc. are some of the most common causes of clogs.

-Overloading your garage disposal can also cause a serious clogs.

-Additionally, avoid putting 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

Main Drain Line Clogs

Main drain line clogs are a homeowner’s nightmare. Often caused by tree roots or build-up of debris, these clogs can cause every drain in your home to back up at once. Just imagine that mess! Avoid this hassle by taking advantage of our $69 Drain Clearing Special! This special includes a free camera inspection (a $450 value), so you can be aware of any issues before they turn into an expensive surprise!

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10 Simple Ways You Can Save Both Water and Money!

Everyone loves having extra money to spend on the things they really want. A handy way to save some extra cash is to cut the costs of your utility bills and saving a little water here and there will go a long way in achieving that goal!

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Not sure where to start? We have you covered! Check out this list of simple things you can do to reduce your water usage.

Money Saving Tips:

1. Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan, instead of rinsing them under a running faucet.

2. When you are waiting for your water to heat up, don’t let the cold water go down the drain. Instead let it flow into a pitcher, which you can keep in your fridge and you will have refreshing cold water to drink later!

3. Wait until the sun is setting before watering your garden. Less water will evaporagua-468780_960_720ate this way!

4. You can reduce the amount of water used to fill your toilet tank by filling a 1/2 jug with water and placing it inside the reservoir.

5. You can reuse the water from a dehumidifier to water your plants.

6. Have water saving, efficient shower heads and faucets installed.

7. Rinse your clothes with cold water to save more money on your utility bills.

8. Use rain barrels and buckets to collect water for later use.

9. Consider taking shorter showers. You’ll save money and time!

10. Thaw frozen food in the fridge, instead of using hot water.

Keep these tips in mind and you will start seeing these savings add up!

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Rain, Rain, Go Away, Don’t Ruin Memorial Day

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, but the rainy spring weather isn’t ready to let go just yet. There is a lot of rain in the forecast this week and we are all crossing our fingers, hoping that the weather improves before the big holiday weekend. Unfortunately, along with the heavy rain falls, the temperature and humidity levels are also on the rise this week. One thing is clear as we head into Memorial Day weekend; the weather is not on our side. Don’t panic just yet! Here are some steps you can take to help prevent the extreme weather from ruining your holiday weekend.Memorial Day

1. Avoid a Sump Pump Disaster

Sump pumps are designed to help prevent basement flooding, especially during periods of constant and heavy rainfall. The protection offered by sump pumps is especially important in finished basements with recreation rooms, home offices, bedrooms or rooms storing electronics or valuables. Like all other vital equipment in your home, your sump pump needs regular maintenance to ensure everything is functioning properly and so you can avoid a major disaster.  We’ll be happy to inspect and evaluate your sump pump needs, to give you peace of mind.

2. Battling the Humidity

With the heat rising and the rain falling, dealing with humidity this week is not going to be pleasant. To help you get through this muggy week, try out a few of these easy humidity-busting tricks.

  • Turn on your exhaust fans when bathing, doing laundry or cooking.
  • Cover pots as much as possible when cooking.
  • Use portable fans to improve airflow in stuffy rooms.
  • Take cooler and shorter showers.
  • Make sure all windows and doors are shut tight and that air isn’t able to leak through them.
  • Turn on your air conditioning to improve air flow and lower your home’s temperature.
  • Use a dehumidifier.

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Many people have been holding off on turning on their air conditioners, but the weather this week may mean it’s finally time to flip on that AC. The temperatures will be in the 80’s and the rain and humidity will mean that your windows will need to be closed. You’ll likely need to turn on your air conditioner for some much-needed relief but will your AC be up for the challenge? Air conditioning units require yearly maintenance and inspections to keep them running properly. Call on our expert technicians here at Team Tiger to make sure that your AC can handle the heat.

4. Keep the Power On

Power outages are always a real concern during stormy weather. Having a Whole-Home Standby Generator installed will help you keep the lights on and your AC running during even the most severe weather. A generator is not only useful during stormy spring and summer weather, but it can also come in handy during the winter months if a blizzard blows in. Like your sump pump and AC, generators require yearly maintenance. So if you already have a generator for your home, make sure to have one of our Certified Electricians come out and ensure everything is running properly and safely this season.

Happy Memorial Day!

 

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Happy World Plumbing Day! Commit to Using Less Water

World Plumbing Day is upon us and while clean water might seem like an abundantwater-158956_960_720 resource, it is actually a lot more precious than we might think. In fact, millions of people across the globe do not have access to the clean drinking water and sanitary facilities we take for granted. World Plumbing Day was created by the World Plumbing Council, to highlight and celebrate all of the work that plumbers do to protect people from the dangers of unclean water. However, World Plumbing Day isn’t only for plumbers and you can help us celebrate by doing your part to help protect and preserve our preciously limited water supply!

Did you know that the average person can use 80-100 gallons of water per day and if you multiply that by the 323,407,024 people living in just the U.S., we can begin to see why clean water is becoming a scarce resource.  A little goes a long way! If all of us did our part and used a little less water each day, we could really make a difference. Plus, by using less water, you can save major money on your monthly water bill. And who doesn’t love saving money?

Try a few of these suggestions below and see the difference.

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1. Fix leaks right away! Leaks are one of the biggest wastes of fresh water and leaks are a huge expense to homeowners. Having a leak fixed is the best way to save both water and money.

2. You can save up to 7.5 gallons of water each minute if you upgrade your old, inefficient showerhead.

3. Don’t waste water by flushing facial tissue, cigarette butts, trash, floss or other random items down the toilet. You’re wasting around seven gallons of water with each flush and these items can be harmful to your plumbing system.

4. Try knocking a few minutes off of your daily shower. You’re using 20-40 gallons of water for every four minutes you spend in the shower.

5. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. You’ve probably heard this all your life, but it really does make a difference.

6. Use a bucket and a sponge to wash your car, instead of a hose.

7. Try to only run your washing machine and dishwasher with full loads.

8. When clearing leaves and debris from your patio, sidewalk or deck, use a broom instead of a hose.

9. When it comes time to upgrade your appliances, choose energy efficient models. You’ll save water and money in the long run.

10. Instead of letting your kitchen faucet run while doing the dishes, fill the sink with water.

Happy World Plumbing Day

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Indoor Plumbing, What Would Life Be Like Without it?

World Plumbing Day is coming up on March 11th and it is easy for us to take for granted the everyday conveniences and health benefits that come with modern indoor plumbing. Maouthouse-231367_640ny of us grew up with indoor plumbing and the ability to bathe whenever we desired. Others may remember a time when they had an outhouse instead of an indoor toilet. In fact, there are still a few older buildings in the area that still have an outhouse in place of a toilet.

Could you imagine having to run outside, late at night, in the middle of winter, just to relieve yourself? While this idea may seem farfetched to many of us, modern day plumbing conveniences are relatively new in American history. Only about 24% of the homes in America had indoor plumbing by the end of the 19th century. Less than a hundred years ago, most people in America would bathe just once a week. And when people did bathe, it would often be in water that was heated on the stove and several family members would share the same water. It wasn’t until the 1930’s before the majority of people living in urban areas finally had access to indoor plumbing; this includes running water and use of an indoor toilet. Many rural homes did not catch up in the plumbing department, until after World War II.toilet-1007132_640

Nowadays, indoor plumbing is a staple in most of our lives. We here in the St. Louis Metro East are lucky enough to have access to clean, safe drinking water and working indoor plumbing. But not everyone is that lucky, according to the World Health Organization there are 2.4 billion people, roughly 32% of the world’s population, do not have access to adequate or acceptable sanitation accommodations and at least 750 million people across the globe do not have access to safe and clean drinking water, some of these people live in the U.S. It is estimated that each year, 3.1 million people die from water-borne diseases, tied to a lack of sanitation facilities.

The World Plumbing Council has dedicated March 11th as World Plumbing Day, with the goal of shining a light on the lack of safe and clean water throughout the world. World Plumbing Day is also designed for people to show their appreciation for plumbers, the plumbing industry and the work they do to help keep the world a healthier place to live. For more information about World Plumbing Day and how you can help visit www.worldplumbingday.org.

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