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Spring Rain and Your Plumbing: How April Showers Can Damage Your Pipes

Spring is here! Goodbye, yucky winter weather and short days. Say hello to budding leaves, blooming flowers and rain, lots and lots of rain. While spring brings the excitement of warming weather, it also brings hazards like heavy April rain showers, basement flooding and damaged pipes.pipes

Here are some ways your pipes can be affected by April rain showers:

1. Moving water can erode soil where a pipe is buried; exposing it.

Heavy rain can create rushing water that becomes a powerful force. This force can erode the soil around buried pipes, exposing them to damage. This is particularly concerning for the plumbing lines coming to your house from the city’s system.

Make sure you know where your pipes are buried and take extra care during and after flooding to avoid those areas. Once the rainwater has subsided, do a thorough check to make sure they are still buried. If the soil has been eroded, inspect the pipes for damage or have one of our plumbing experts come out and inspect them for you.

2. Pipes can burst. 

Flooding brings debris as well as lots of water. This debris can easily gather in a storm/drain pipes causing them to back up. If the pressure is high enough from the water draining, this can lead to bursting. You can minimize the risk of bursting by keeping your yard clean so there is less debris to back up your drainage system.

3. Pipes can corrode faster.

Depending on the material of your piping, exposure to flood waters and any changes in water chemistry can cause it to rust faster. This most often happens over a number of seasons of flooding and heavy rains. Inspect any visible piping for signs of rust, particularly if you have old cast iron piping in your home. Copper also corrodes and gets pinhole leaks so you still have to inspect those pipes as well.

4. Dirt and debris in the water supply can erode pipes internally.

Erosion is another way pipes can be damaged. Floodwaters carry sediment that destroys the
internal wall of drainpipes. While you cannot inspect the inside of pipes, you can call in one of our plumbing experts if you are concerned that you might be at risk for damaged piping from dirt and sediment erosion.


5. Prevention and cure.

Let us inspect your home’s plumbing to make sure it can withstand this April’s showers. When the floodwaters subside, we can help you find and repair any damage you may have incurred. Give us a call and we will keep your piping in shape for many more years of spring weather!

 

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What is the Number One Reason People Call a Plumber?

What is the number one reason people call a plumber? If you guessed a clogged drain, congratulations, you are correct! Whether it is in your bathroom, kitchen or drain pipes, a clogged drain can ruin anyone’s day. Check out these items that you should never put down your drain!

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Common Drain Cloggers that Require a Plumber

You will want to avoid flushing the following items or pouring them down your drains unless sewage backup is something you enjoy.

  • Disposable diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • “Flushable” wipes
  • Grease
  • Hair
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Wax
  • Paper products (besides toilet paper)
  • Toothpaste
  • Food particles
  • Oil (cooking)
  • Dirt
  • Soap

You will also want to avoid pouring hazardous waste and chemicals down your drains. These include gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze, pesticides, fertilizers, paint, etc.

Common Clogs By Room

Bathroom Clogs:

The most common clog found in bathrooms are caused by hair buildup. Try to remove clumps of hair from drains whenever you notice them. A buildup of soap and toothpaste can also cause clogs in bathrooms. The regular use of a safe enzyme-based drain cleaner product such as BioClean can help prevent slow drains and stoppages, call (866) 844-3770 to schedule an appointment, to learn more! 

Kitchen Clogs:

Clogged drains occur in the kitchen more than any other room in your home. These clogs can be caused by a number of different factors, but most often happen because people pour the wrong items down the drain. Liquid fats are one of the main culprits and should never be poured down your drains. Additionally, avoid putting things like egg shells, coffee grounds, bones, pasta, celery or other stringy foods in your garbage disposal. 

If you should encounter a serious clog, simply call (866) 844-3770 and one of our expert plumbers will come to the rescue! 

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Superbowl 51 and Your Plumbing; Keep Things Running Smoothly

Superbowl 51 is going to be one of the biggest sporting events of 2017 and it is coming at us quickly. Right now you’re probably making plans for the big day. If you’re planning on hosting your own party, you probably have your hands full with planning this and that, but don’t forget about your pipes during your Superbowl preparations. There are a few steps you can take to ensure that everything runs smoothly, plumbing wise, during your big Superbowl party.

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1. The first and most important step you can take to prevent a Superbowl plumbing disaster is to have a local plumber run a quick maintenance check on your plumbing system. Having your plumbing inspected before the big game is the best way to ensure that everything is working properly and give you some added peace of mind. After all, nothing ruins a Superbowl party like a clogged toilet at half-time.

2. Your toilet will be used heavily during your party and if it tends to give you trouble you might want to switch to thinner toilet paper. 1-ply works best and your guest won’t likely notice or mind the difference for one day.

3. In order to prevent your guests from flushing items like paper towels, “flushable” wipes (which are horrible for your toilet) and other paper products, you should remove all of these items from your bathroom. Additionally, you may want to remove any smaller objects that are around your toilet, to prevent any accidents.

4. Be wary of what goes in your garbage disposal. Let’s face it, what’s a football party without a ton of delicious and greasy foods? The problem is that your garbage disposal can only handle so much. It is extremely importachicken-wings-466556_960_720nt not to overload it with too much food at one time and always avoid pouring grease down your drain.  Wings are a popular Superbowl tradition, but you’ll want to avoid putting chicken bones in your disposal. Additionally, do not put any of the following food items down your garbage disposal at any time; potato peels, celery, artichokes, asparagus, lettuce, corn husks, carrots, onion skins, pasta, beans or rice.

5. Better safe than sorry. Keep a plunger next to your toilet just in case. And if you experience a really big clog or some other kind of plumbing disaster during your Superbowl party, don’t panic! We’ll still be open for emergency repairs. Call us at (866) 844-3770 or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com and we’ll get your Superbowl party back on track!

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

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

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Eight Steps to Winterize Your Home:

Step One: Have Your Heating System Inspected.

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

Step Two: Tend to Your Outdoor Faucets and Plumbing.

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

Step Three: Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.

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

Step Four: Seal Up Those Doors and Windows.

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

Step Five: Have Your Ductwork Cleaned and Inspected.

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

Step Six: Remember That Insulation is Your Friend.

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

Step Seven: Get Your Winter Equipment Ready. 

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

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

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

Have A Safe Winter!

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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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How to Help Prevent Expensive Water Damage in Your Home

Water damage can spell disaster for any homeowner. Clean up and repairs can be expensive and time consuming. The best strategy is to take preventative measures and protect your home from water damage.

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Take a peek at these helpful tips to reduce your risk of water damage in your home:

1. Inspect your basement:

Take some time to head down to your basement and have a look around. Check out your walls for any cracks where water may seep in and have them repaired right away.crack-230676_960_720

While you are looking around for cracks, check for signs of existing water damage. See if you notice any leaks or water stains on the walls or floor. You will want to have this damage and its source fixed as soon as possible in order to avoid more costly repairs down the road.

2. Do not over work your water heater:

Traditional water heaters are equipped with large storage tanks. These tanks hold gallons and gallons of water, meaning even a small leak can cause a huge mess in your home. If you are still using a tanked water heater be sure to have a member of our plumbing team out to your home yearly, to inspect your system for signs of damage.

It is also recommended that you replace your water heater every 10 years or so. Since traditional water heaters only have a life expectancy of around 10 to 13 years.

3. Look up:

A leaky roof is a major cause for concern, especially when it comes to your risk of water damage. Be on the lookout for signs of damage to your roof. Loose, curling or worn out shingles are great early warning signs that your home may be at risk.

Additionally, look for cracks or signs of leaking on your ceiling. Even a small leak can lead to some major water damage to your home.

4. Do not ignore your plumbing systems:

All too often plumplumbing-840835_640bing systems get the out of sight, out of mind treatment. However, it is vital to stay up to date with plumbing maintenance. Over time, plumbing fixtures weaken or wear out, which can lead to leaks. Have your plumbing systems inspected annually to avoid unpleasant surprises and periodically check underneath your kitchen and bathroom sinks for signs of leakage.

You will also want to ensure that you have water pans under your appliances that may leak; water heaters, washing machines, air conditioners, etc.

5. Prevent basement flooding:

Life in the Midwest means wild and often unpredictable weather and heavy rainfall is common during the spring and summer months. Large amounts of rainfall can often led to basement flooding, especially if your sump pump cannot keep up. Making yearly maintenance and system checks crucial in your battle against water damage. A simple test you can perform to check the function of your sump pump is to pour five gallons of water in your sump hole. Call us right away if you notice any signs that your sump pump is not functioning properly.

You may also consider having a  backup battery added to your sump pump. Having a backup battery system will help ensure that your sump pump keeps working, even if a strong storm knocks out the power.

6. Perform simple maintenance tasks:

Make sure that your plumbing fixtures are properly caulked and sealed. Caulking is a simple task that you can perform periodically to help prevent leaks and water damage.

Do not forget to inspect and caulk around your windows as well. Improperly sealed windows will allow water and moisture to seep in and damage your home.

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The foundation and exterior of your home can also be at risk for water damage. Keep your gutters cleaned and make sure that your downspouts are always flowing away from your home’s foundation. Make sure any exterior drains on your property are clear from debris.

When landscaping, make sure that any top soil next to your home slopes down and away. Keep all shrubbery at least 18 inches away from your home. These steps will help keep water from damaging your homes foundation.

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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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Do I Really Need A Whole Home Water Filtration System?

The safety of our drinking water has been a major concern lately and you’re likely looking for a way to make sure your water is safer. So, you may be wondering if a whole home water filtration system is right for you and your family.Water Filtration System

Well, the first question you need to answer before deciding whether or not to have a whole home water filtration system installed is… what is in my water?

The types and levels of contaminants in your drinking water will depend on several factors; do you use citwatery tap water or does your water come from a well? Where is your water supplied from, i.e. a lake or a river? How old your water supply pipes are and what they’re made of?

Keep in mind that all water sources contain some level of contaminants. These contaminants can vary from naturally existing minerals to man-made pollutants and chemicals. So it doesn’t really matter if you have tap water or rely on a well, there is some kind of contaminate in your water. What’s important is the type and levels of these contaminants.

Groundwater from wells or public water sources is vulnerable to a variety of different pollutants. Contamination of groundwater can happen when pollutants seep into the soil and find their way to water sources, water sources that we use in our own homes. Major causes of groundwater contamination come from landfills, leaking septic and underground storage tanks, pesticides and fertilizer runoff, road salts, gasoline, oil, toxins from mining sites and man-made chemicals.

Water from lakes and rivers, or surface water, is also vulnerable to pollutanwisconsin-77929_960_720ts, like runoff from agricultural and industrial byproducts. Surface water can also be contaminated by acid rain and precipitation runoff. Additionally, our everyday water usage contributes to the contamination of our water supply. The water we use to bathe, to wash our dishes and clothes, to cook with and the water we flush down our pipes, finds its way back to our water supply.

There are several other factors and pollutants that contribute to the health of your drinking water. Typically, these contaminants are not at a high enough level to make you sick immediately. The concern is the overall, long-term effects of contaminated water on yours and your family’s health. These health issues are typically caused by repeated consumption and use of polluted water, over an extended period of time.

Having a whofiltration systemle house water filtration system installed can solve several issues that affect your drinking water; including taste, appearance, quality, and safety. A water filtration system works by filtering out contaminants with a filter that is connected directly to your water lines. Meaning that all of the water that comes through your pipes will have to flow through the filter system first.

The type of filtration system you’ll need will depend on the type of pollutants that you need to remove from your drinking water. You can choose a filtration system to remove a specific contaminant if you’re having issues with just a singular chemical; like fluoride, iron, bacteria, etc.  However if you’re looking for a more general filtration system that removes several chemicals; like chlorine, benzene, radon and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) such as herbicides, pesticides, and other man-made chemicals. As an added bonus, carbon filtration systems also remove odors and tend to improve the taste of your water.

Other water filtration options include Ultra Violet Filtration Systems and Under the Sink Filtration Systems. A member of our expert plumbing staff can help you decide which water filtration option would best fit you and your family’s needs. Contact us today to learn more.

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