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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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Mistakes That Will Have You Running To A Plumber

Hey, no one is perfect and mistakes can get costly. This is especially true when it comes to plumbing mistakes. But the good news is that you can learn from others mistakes and avoid needing to call a plumber. Check out the most common plumbing mistakes and learn how you can avoid them.

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Mistake Number One: Treating Your Toilet Like a Trash Can.

If you ask any plumber, they’ll have dozens of stories of items they retrieve from a clogged toilet. Save yourself the headache and avoid flushing any of the following items:

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  • toys
  • paper towels
  • cigarette-butts
  • plastic items
  • band-aids
  • dental floss
  • diapers
  • facial tissue
  • etc.

Bottom line, if it’s not toilet paper, you shouldn’t try to flush it. This goes double for the so-called “flushable” wipes (which are horrible for your plumbing system).

Mistake Number Two: Misusing the Garbage Disposal.

When using the garbage disposal it is important not to overload it with too much food at one time. And most importantly, do not, I repeat do not put any of the following items down your disposal.

  • Potato peels, celery, artichokes, asparagus, lettuce, corn husks, carrots or onion skins. These items tend to wrap around the disposal blades.
  • spaghetti-781795_960_720Pasta, beans, potatoes or rice. These foods absorb water and turn into a paste like substance in your drain, which can cause a clog.
  • Chicken or turkey bones, large seed pits, fatty or greasy foods, coffee grounds or seeds.

Mistake Number Three: Ignoring Tiny Leaks.

Okay, this is one issue that will likely require a plumber in order to avoid a major plumbing mistake You definitely want to have a professional plumber repair leaky faucets promptly. Even a small leak wastes gallons of water in a short period of time. Plus, that leak will continue to grow larger and more expensive to fix the longer you ignore it.

Mistake Number Four: Weighing Down Your Plumbing Fixtures.

Plumbing fixtures are only designed to support so much weight at one time. Using your bathtub spout as a handle to pull yourself out of the tub or overloading a shower caddy can cause serious damage to the fixture. You’ll also risking your own safety!

Mistake Number Five: Being to Forceful When Turning a Faucet On and Offtap-943297_960_720.

Being overly aggressive when using a faucet can cause some serious damage to the fixture. Additionally, pressing down really hard on a leaky faucet will not stop the water from dripping and will make the issue much worse.

Mistake Number Six: Failing to Properly Maintain Your Water Heater.

Your water heater requires yearly maintenance to ensure it’s functioning properly. Waking up on a cold morning without hot water for a shower is not anyone’s idea of a fun way to start the day. You can help avoid this by ensuring your water heater is well maintained.

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Winter has Arrived: Learn How You Can Cut Heating Costs

Winter weather and frigid temperatures have come to the St. Louis Metro East area and with it comes an increase in heating costs. But staying warm and comfortable does not have to cost you an arm and a leg! Just follow these simple money saving tips to help get you through the long cold winter months.

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1. Try layering your clothing.

The first and perhaps easiest step to staying warm this winter is layering your clothes. You may not need to set your thermostat has high if you can wear enough layers to help keep you comfortable.

2. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate!

The heat from your furnace just loves to escape your home through poorly insulated walls and ceilings. Ensuring that your ceilings, walls, basement, attic, etc. are well insulated will not only save you money during the winter, but proper insulation will save you money on your heating and cooling bill all year long. Which means choosing high-quality insulation is a worthwhile investment for both your home and your wallet.

3.  Seal up your home.

Use caulk around your windows, especially if you have an older home/ older windows. Nothing wastes money during the winter months like drafty windows!

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Your furnace is working twice as hard to keep up with the plummeting temperatures during the winter months. If your furnace isn’t operating at its optimal level, you’re basically burning money on heating costs. Contact us today to have your heating system inspected and tuned-up, for added peace of mind and savings this winter.

5. Block off unused rooms.

If there are rooms in your home that are not used often, you can save some money on your heating bill by closing off those rooms. Make sure that you close the heating vents and all doors. WARNING: don’t close off a room that contains plumbing, you don’t want to have to worry about frozen pipes.

6. Make your windows work for you!

During the day, open your blinds and curtains and let the sunlight naturally warm your home. Then at night, close those blinds and curtains, to help keep the warm air inside your home and keep drafts out.

 7. Cook more.

kitchen-1129803_960_720Using your oven will help you heat your kitchen (and home depending on your layout). So, put that oven to work by making a roast, meatloaf, casserole, etc. and after you’re done cooking dinner, bake a cake or some brownies to keep that oven running longer. After you’re done cooking/baking, TURN YOUR OVEN OFF and then leave the oven door cracked open to get the most heat out of your oven as possible. WARNING: you should never use your oven as the only method to heat your home and NEVER run your oven when you’re not cooking.

8. Turn on your ceiling fans.

Winter may seem like an odd time to run your ceiling fan, but they can distribute warm air through your home efficiently. If you set your ceiling fan to spin clockwise and run it on a low speed, it will help push the warm air back down. This is extremely helpful and cost effective since warm air rises.

Here are a few more helpful money saving heating tips for winter:

  • Change your filter at least once a month, to help ensure that your furnace runs as efficiesmall_8121287668ntly as possible.
  • Setting your programmable thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees when you’re not home, can save you up to 15% on your heating bill.
  • To keep the warm air flowing freely, be sure to clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed. Remember to make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
  • Eliminate trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if unsure about how to perform this task, contact a professional.
  • Place towels, pipe insulation or some other form of thick material at the bottom of your exterior doors. This will help prevent warm air from escaping and cold air from pouring in.
  • Have an Electrician install foam installation behind your electrical plate covers and outlets.
  • A new and more energy efficient furnace will provide you with major long term savings on your heating bill each winter.

Stay safe and warm this winter!

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Frozen Pipes are Nightmares Come to Life, Stop them Before they Happen

Winter weather is slowly creeping up on us and your pipes are extremely vulnerable to the cold, especially at night. Whenever temperatures start dipping below 32 degrees, the water in your pipes is at risk of freezing. Frozen pipes are any homeowner’s worst nightmare during the winter months.

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When water freezes, it expands. And if the water inside your pipes expands, the results can be disastrous, not to mention expensive! If you want to avoid a fractured frozen pipe this winter, be sure to take these precautions.

  1. First and foremost, turn off and/or disconnect all outdoor faucets and w
    ater supplies.
  2. Ensure your pipes are well insulated, especially the pipes that are exposed to cold air and/or wintry elements. This includes plumbing in exterior walls,
    crawl spaces and unfinished basements.
  3. If your bathroom and/or kitchen sink’s plumbing runs along an exterior wall, try leaving cabinet doors open, to allow heat to reach under the sink.
  4. Never set your thermostat lower than 55 degrees.
  5. Have any older pipes and plumbing fixtures replaced by a plumber. (You may want to replace any plumbing that is prone to clogging, as well).
  6. Be sure to seal any gaps in your insulation, especially if these gaps are near any plumbing.
  7. If you can, have any pipes exposed to cold air, re-routed.
  8. Have your heating equipment inspected by a professional, to prevent equipment failure.
  9. For colder winter nights, set your thermostat a little warmer to help protect your pipes.
  10. If you are going on vacation or planning to be away from your home for an extended period of time, you may want to shut off the main water valve to your home. Then drain all of your plumbing pipes and turn off your hot water tank.

Other helpful tips:

In the event of a power-outage, you can help reduce your chances of frozen pipes by letting water slowly drip out of your faucets. If water is not coming out of your faucets, you will want to close the main water valve to your home and drain the existing water that is already in your pipes.

If the weather is cold and suddenly one or more of your faucets/pipes stop working, you may have a frozen pipe. Remember it is possible for one pipe to freeze, while the others remain working. If this happens, follow these steps:

  1. If you can, insp65186ect the pipes to see if they are just frozen or if the pipe has burst. The flooding will not start until the water thaws buying you some time. If your pipe has burst or you are unable to tell call us at (866) 844-3770 immediately.
  2. If flooding happens, shut off your main water valve.
  3. Avoid using your toilet, unless you are 100% positive that the water supply to the toilet is functioning properly.

Winters can be rough for those of us in the Metro East Area, but remember if your pipes do freeze, we are here 24/7 to help you. Just call us at (866) 844-3770 or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com.

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