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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. 

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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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44 Money Saving Tips: Kitchen Edition

Just think about all of the money that gets wasted in the kitchen! Running water, gas and electric appliances, food waste, cleaning products, etc. Your kitchen is a money sucking black-hole.kitchen-345707_640

So here is a comprehensive list of money saving kitchen tips:

  1. Be sure to placmixer-tap-413745_640e the faucet lever on the kitchen sink in the cold position when using small amounts of water; placing the lever in the hot position uses energy to heat the water even though it may never reach the faucet.
  2. If you need to purchase a natural gas oven or range, look for one with an automatic, electric ignition system. An electric ignition saves natural gas because a pilot light is not burning continuously.
  3. Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean; they will reflect the heat better, and you will save energy.
  4. Use a covered kettle or pan to boil water; it’s faster and it uses less energy.
  5. Match the size of the pan to the heating element.
  6. Use small electric pans or toaster ovens for small meals rather than your large stove or oven. A toaster oven uses a third to half as much energy as a full-sized oven.
  7. Use pressure cookers and microwave ovens whenever it is convenient to do so. They will save energy by significantly reducing cooking time.
  8. Check the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer’s recommendations on water temperature; many have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater in your home to a lower temperature.
  9. Scrape, don’t rinse, off large food pieces and bones.
  10. Soaking or pre-washing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-on or dried-on food.flame-871136_640
  11. In natural gas appliances, look for blue flames; yellow flames indicate the gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment may be needed. Consult the manufacturer or your local utility.
  12. Be sure your dishwasher is full, but not overloaded, when you run it.
  13. Don’t use the “rinse hold” on your machine for just a few soiled dishes. It uses 3 to 7 gallons of hot water each time you use it.
  14. Let your dishes air dry; if you don’t have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open a little so the dishes will dry faster.
  15. When shopping for a new dishwasher, look for the ENERGY STAR label to find a dishwasher that uses less water and 25% less energy than required by federal standards.
  16. Look for a refrigerator with automatic moisture control. Models with this feature have been engineered to prevent moisture accumulation on the cabinet exterior without the addition of a heater.
  17. Chip clips are a great inexpensive way to keep bagged food items fresh, so you’re not wasting money by tossing out stale food.12833307_10153675209694877_1381876056_n
  18. Don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37° to 40°F for the fresh food compartment of the refrigerator and 5°F for the freezer section.
  19. If you have a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at 0°F.
  20. Ensure that your refrigerator and freezer doors seal airtight.  You can test them by shutting a piece of paper in the door, leave enough paper sticking out of the door so that you can pull on it. If the paper slides out when you pull on it, then your seals aren’t air tight and cold air is seeping out around the cracks.
  21. Never go shopping without a list. You’ll likely spend a lot more money if you go shopping unprepared.
  22. During winter months, after you’re done using your oven, crack the door and let the leftover heat warm your kitchen and home a little.
  23. By using cloth rags to wipe your kitchen counters, you’ll save a lot of money on paper towels
  24. Ditch the metal bake ware. Glass and ceramic pans are better conductors of heat, meaning your baked goods won’t need as much time in the oven.
  25. Save energy when cooking pasta. By only leaving the water boiling for two minutes after you add the pasta, then you can place a lid on the pot, turn off the heat and leave the pasta tospaghetti-569067_640 finish cooking for 15-20 minutes.
  26. If you cut your sponges in half, they’ll last twice as long!
  27. Turn off kitchen exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking
  28. When replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.
  29. You can stretch out a bottle of liquid dish-washing soap by turning an empty olive oil bottle into a dispenser. This way, only a few small drops of soap will come out at a time, which is likely all you’ll ever need.
  30. Have a professional plumber repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time.
  31. Cover your kitchen exhaust fan to stop air leaks when not in use.
  32. If you place food or drinks in your fridge without covering them, they will release more moisture, causing your refrigerator’s compressor to work harder, increasing your energy costs. So always make sure to wrap food before it goes into the fridge.
  33. Thawing frozen foods in hot water or in a microwave adds to your utility costs. If you plan ahead, you can save some money by thawing foods on your kitchen counter or in your fridge.
  34. Water filters and/or a water filtration system will save you a ton of money in bottle water expenses in the long run.
  35. You don’t need to buy hand soap for your kitchen, your dish-washing soap works just as well for washing your hands.milk-518067_640
  36. If you’re never able to use all of your milk before it goes bad, consider switching over to organic milk. Organic milk has a much longer shelf life.
  37. You can store opened cereal in the freezer to prevent it from going stale.
  38. By storing your opened jarred foods upside down, you can prevent mold from growing in the jar.
  39. Keeping bananas from spoiling is tricky. The best method is to break up the bunch, individual bananas rot slower than those in a bunch. (P.S. Never store bananas in the fridge).
  40. After you’re done cutting a block of cheese, spread a thin layer of butter on the end you cut. This will prevent that end from becoming hard and unusable.
  41. Don’t throw out brown sugar that’s gone hard. Instead toss bread into the bag to soften the sugar.
  42. You can use a paper towel to keep your lettuce fresher, longer. Simply place the paper towel on top of your lettuce, cover and place in the fridge.
  43. Keep your butter in the freezer to keep it from spoiling.
  44. 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 issues or concerns you may have with your kitchen.

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101 Plumbing Tips, Tricks and Advice You Need to Know

Plumbing is something that every one of us uses and relies on. From our bathrooms to our kitchens, ensuring that all of your plumbing pipes are running smoothly and efficiently is important to your health and happiness. So, here is a list of great plumbing tips, tricks and advice, every homeowner should know!plumbing-840835_640

  1. Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period.
  2. Insulate your electric hot-water storage tank and pipes, but be careful not to cover the thermostat.
  3. Insulate your gas or oil hot-water storage tank and pipes, but be careful not to cover the water heater’s top, bottom, thermostat or burner compartment; when in doubt, get professional help.
  4. Install non-aerating low-flow faucets and shower heads, to save major bucks on your water bill
  5. Although most water heaters last 10-15 years, it’s best to start shopping for a new one if yours is more than 7 years old.
  6. Doing some research before your heater fails will enable you to select one that most appropriately meets your needs.
  7. Lower the thermostat on your water heater; water heaters sometimes come from the factory with high-temperature settings
  8. A water heater setting of 115°F provides enough hot water for most users
  9. Drain a quart of water from your water tank every 3 months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater.
  10. If you heat with electricity and live in a warm and sunny climate, consider installing a solar water heater.
  11. Egg shells are a great way to clean garbage disposals
  12. Take egg-shells-706502_640more showers than baths. You use 15-25 gallons of hot water for a bath, but less than 10 gallons during a 5-minute shower.
  13. Choose a water heater with an appropriate first-hour rating (FHR) by estimating your family’s peak-hour demand for hot water
  14. Determine the appropriate fuel type for your water heater. If you are considering electricity, check with your local utility company for off-peak electricity rates for water heating.
  15. Natural gas, oil and propane water heaters are less expensive to operate than electric models.
  16. For safety as well as energy-efficiency reasons, when buying gas- and oil-fired water heaters, look for units with sealed combustion or power venting to avoid back-drafting of combustion gasses into the home.
  17. Do not install the water heater in an unheated basement.
  18. Try to minimize the length of piping that runs to your bathroom and kitchen.
  19. If your drain is clogged you can pour half a box of baking soda and ½ a cup of vinegar down the drain, then wait 30-45 minutes and pour boiling water down the drain.
  20. For electric water heaters, install a timer that can automatically turn the hotcloggeddrain water off at night and on in the morning. A simple timer can pay for itself in less than a year.
  21. Toilets and sinks require different types of plungers to remove clogs. Make sure you’re using the correct one.
  22. Take sure to check all of your pipes for leaks, even just a small leak can waste nearly 20 gallons of water per day. Just imagine what a larger leak can do.
  23. Don’t go crazy when using detergents, bleach or other chemicals, overusing these products can kill the natural bacteria that your septic system needs
  24. Septic systems should be checked twice a year, to ensure they’re running properly
  25. Using biodegradable soaps will help you conserve more water
  26. A spring loaded timer that attaches directly onto your outdoor faucet, will help prevent you from over or under watering your garden
  27. Check your water meter when no water is being used then check it again about eight hours later. If your meter has moved, that’s a clear sign that you may have a leak
  28. A leaky toilet can increase your water usages by more than 40%, you’ll want to repair the leak ASAP to save money on your water bill
  29. Have an older shower head? You can save up to 7.5 gallons of water per minute by replacing it with a newer model.
  30. If you suspect a leak in your sink, toilet, water main, etc. turn off the water before attempting repairs
  31. If you have never been trained on how to use an auger, you can cause serious and expensive damage to your pipes.
  32. Keep our number handy: 1-888-9TIGER1. You never know when you’ll have a plumbing emergency.
  33. Don’t overload your garbage disposal with too much food at one time
  34. Remember to use lots of water while running your garbage disposal, to prevent clogs
  35. Never put rice, pasta, bones, corn cobs or beans in your garbage disposal
  36. To stop an overflowing toilet locate the valve behind your toilet and turn it off immediately
  37. If plunging doesn’t fix your clogged toilet, it’s time to contact a professional plumber
  38. Those toilet flushing tabs, are horrible for your toilet and will create major problems down the road
  39. If nothing happens when you flush, it means you have a loose handle or valve
  40. Clogged toilet? Let it sit for a few hours or overnight, then try flushing again. Often times this is all you’ll need to do, to fix the issue. Just be ready for the water to overflow if this doesn’t work.
  41. You can also add some hot or boiling water to your bowl and try flushing, to correct a clog.
  42. Adding dish soap to the bowl is another method that might remove a clog
  43. Distilled vinegar can remove hard water stains on your shower head. Just tie a bag of vinegar around your shower head and leave it there for a few hours. Then you can simply wipe away the stains with a cloth.
  44. Letting Coke soak in your toilet, is the easiest way to clean your bowl.
  45.  To clean your dishwasher, pour ½ cup of white vinegar into the detergent cup and simply run the empty machine for one full cycle.
  46. You can use half a lemon to rub away any hard water stains on your
    faucets.
  47. Disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, hair, coffee grounds, toothpaste, food particles, oil from cooking and mineral build up are the most common causes of clogged drains
  48. Small bathroom? A corner toilet is a great way to save space!
  49. Looking to save on your water bill? Place a bucket in the shower to catch water, which you can later use to wash your vehicle
  50. Most newer water meters have an easy to read leak indicator on the face of the dial
  51. It’s a myth that low flow toilets don’t perform as well as regular flow toilets
  52. WaterSense labeled toilets get the job done
  53. High-efficiency toilets do not cause problems with home plumbing systems
  54. WaterSense labeled toilets meet or exceed plumbing standards
  55. High-efficiency toilets are available in a wide range of modelspipe-406906_640
  56. Plastic piping is superior to metal piping in almost every way
  57. Plastic piping  is cheaper than metal
  58. Plastic piping is much easier to install, adjust and tighten if a leak develops, than metal piping
  59. Plastic piping, unlike metal, won’t corrode.
  60. When a metal drain leaks it’s usually a great idea to replace the metal with plastic piping
  61. A clog can often be yanked out with an easy tool like a Zip-It or other flexible-shaft pick-up tool
  62. A wet/dry vac can often suck out a clog
  63. Both tape and dope work equally as well when you’re sealing pipe threads
  64. Tape is only meant for pipe threads, don’t use tape on compressors or other connections
  65. “Plumber’s putty,”  can damage plastic and it can leave stains.IMG_0018 2
  66. You can remove that gross tub ring by sprinkling the tub with salt and taking half a piece of grapefruit use it as a scrubber
  67. Use food coloring, to test for a leaky toilet. Place a few drops in your toilet’s water tank. Wait a few hours, then check the bowl to see if there is any color there. If there is, it’s an indicator that you have a leaky flapper
  68. You can use a wet/dry vac to retrieve items that fall into the toilet
  69. By tying a piece of string around your faucet that reaches down to the drain, you can quiet the sound from a dripping faucet.
  70. The most common causes of dripping faucets are worn washers, bad internal seats or  worn/faulty faucet cartridges
  71. If your water pressure is too high, like over 80 pounds per square inch, for example, it can cause damage to your faucet and create a leak
  72. If your kitchen sink is clogged by grease, you can remove the clog by pouring ¼ cup of dish soap down the drain, wait about 20 minutes and then pour roughly a quart of boiling water in the drain
  73. Pouring chemicals down your drain will corrode the pipes.
  74. The newer, thicker chemicals meant to remove clogs from drains will often cause or worsen clogs.
  75. A pedestal sump pump has the motor attached to the top of a shaft; this motor is not designed to be under water.
  76. A pedestal sump pump works well if you have a smaller diameter basins
  77. Sump pumps usually come with an automatic on/off switch for your convenience
  78. A float switch is the most common sump pump automatic switches.
  79. Sump Pump float switches are designed to raise with the rising water levels your basin and the pump is started after the water reaches a certain level.
  80. Submersible sump pumps are designed to sit in the base of the sump basin, below water level.
  81. Submersible sump pumps are more adapted to larger sump basins
  82. Submersible sump pumps are typically quieter than pedestal pumps.
  83. To determine the size of sump pump you need, you must know how much water you’ll need to be pumped, how high the water will be pumped and the length and size of pipe.
  84. Do not assume that having a large horsepower sump pump will be the best choice for you, do your research before buying
  85. A large horsepower sump pump, in a small diameter basin, will cause the pump to cycle more frequently, shortening your pumps life.
  86. Pump capacity charts are available through professional plumbers and installers or pump manufacturers or they can be found on the web.
  87. When installing a sump pump, it is usually recommended that a check valve be installed, this prevents water left in the outlet pipe from flowing back into the basin
  88. Some check valves can be attached to the sump pump itself, while others are placed farther up the outlet pipe
  89. A dedicated electrical circuit should be used for the sump pump. Most pumps have a high amp load when starting
  90. Do not use an extension cord to plug the pump into the outlet
  91. To maintain a sump pump, periodically check the system.
  92. Make sure the float in your sump pump is free of obstructions
  93. Observe the outlet on your sump pump to make sure water is actually being pumped
  94. Listen for unusual noises when your sump pump is running, strange sounds are signs something is seriously wrong
  95. If a sump pump fails, and water gets into the basement, do not attempt repairs without first turning off the power to all basement outlets.
  96. If you call a plumber right when you first notice a leaky faucet you’ll likely only need a simple, small repair, but if you wait a few months, the leak will worsen and cause more damages leading to more costly repairs
  97. Watching home improvement shows and reading DIY plumbing blogs, doesn’t make you a master plumber. Plumbers spend years training and learning the plumbing trade, it’s best to leave big plumbing issues to the professionals and save yourself a headache.
  98. A leaky toilet can waste enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in one year. Now just imagine what that is doing to your bill
  99. Many toilets really do run only at night; that’s because people use much less water during these hours and in many municipal water systems, the water pressure rises considerably during this time
  100. If you only notice your toilet running in the middle of the night, there is a good chance that the water level in your tank is set too high
  101. If you have plumbing concerns call 1-888-9TIGER1 or visit TrustTiger.com to have a plumber address and issues you may have.

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Myth or Fact? Plumbing Urban Legend Edition

There are some pretty interesting urban legends out there when it comes to Plumbing. But which of this legend are myths and which ones are rooted in fact? Prepare to find out once and for all!

1. Snakes Biting People On The Toilet

Have you heard the stories of snakes crawling up people’s toilet pipes and biting them when they go to use the restroom? Well, if you’re sitting there thinking that this has to be a plumbing myth, then think again. Snakes entering your bathroom through the toilet is a plumbing fact.

While rare, snakes can and have, slithered their way into people’s homes, via the toilet.  Snakes can gain access to your plumbing in a few different ways, butsnake-660781_640 homes with a crawl space are the most vulnerable. Snakes love crawl spaces and if there is a hole or large enough crack in one of your pipes, a snake can easily slide right in. Then it’s just a short distant from there to your toilet bowl.

Plus, damaged or cracked pipes can cause a lot more serious plumbing and financial issues. If it’s been a while since you’ve had the condition of your pipes examined, it might be time to contact a licensed plumber, to ensure that your pipes are hole free!

2. Ice Cubes Sharpen Garbage Disposal Blades

There is a popular theory, that you can keep the blades in your garbage disposal sharp, by grinding up ice cubes. This is a plumbingabstract-18722_640 myth.

At best, ice cubes might clean the blades in your disposal. So, if you notice a strong odor coming from your sink, you might consider tossing a few cubes in your disposal to see if that helps.

3. Water Flushes  In Different Directions In Different Hemispheres

The Coriolis Effect, makes water flush counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere and
clockwise in the southern hemisphere. No, no it doesn’t, this is a huge plumbing myth.

The Coriolis Effect, really only applies to large bodies of water. Toilet bowls are just too small for the Coriolis Effect. The only thing that determines the direction water flushes is the design of the toilet.

4. Egg Shells Clean Garbage Disposals

Grinding up my morning egg shells will help keep my disposal clean and oplumbing dor free. Egg lovers rejoice, this one is a plumbing fact.

Go ahead a toss those egg shells in your disposal. They are one of the few items, soft and safe enough to go in the disposal, that will actually help keep it clean.

5. Flushable Wipes Are Fine To Flush

I can flush my Flush-able wipes down the toilet with no problem. After all, why else would they be called Flush-able? You might want to think twice about tossing those wipes in your bowl. This is a plumbing (and advertising) myth.

Keep this in mind, just because you can flush it, doesn’t mean you should flush it! Regularly flushing these so called Flush-able wipes down your toilet will cause major plumbing issues that will cost you major bucks

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Keeping Your Cool this 4th of July

This weekend we celebrate Independence Day with cookouts, fairs, parades, fireworks and much more. All of this 4th of July fun will have you out and about in the July heat  and it’s important for you to keep cool during this weekend’s festivities. Here are some helpful tips to ensure you don’t get overheated this weekend.

1. Stay Hydrated

Carry water with you everywhere you go. Dehydration can ruin all of your 4th of July fun, drinking lots of water will keep you going this weekend.

2. Hit the Faucettapwater

Every couple of hours find the nearest faucet and run your wrist under the cool water. Doing this will help you keep your core body temperature under control. There is a main vein runs close to the surface of the skin on your wrist. Running cool water over this vein will help cool your blood, dropping your core body temperature.

3. Cool Down Your Sunscreen

Stick your sunscreen in the fridge or in your cooler. The lotion will get nice and cold, which will feel great to apply over your hot skin to help lower your core body temperature. Also, try applying cold lotion to the bottom of your feet, it will feel amazing and help cool you down.

4. Incorporate Water Activities

Besides adding a lot of fun to your 4th of July festivities, water activities are a great way to cool down in the summer heat. Hook up a sprinkler to your hose and runIMG_0027 through the water. Fill a pool (even if it’s just a small one) and splash around. Load up on water balloons and squirt guns. Just make sure there’s lots of water to play in!

5. Take A Break

Don’t get so caught up in all of the 4th of July fun and forget to give yourself a break. Head indoors to enjoy some air conditioning every few hours. The cool air from your AC will feel amazing on your skin and help refresh you.

6. Make Sure Everything is in Working Order

Double check that your sprinklers are working, your hose doesn’t have a hole, your AC has enough Freon, your faucets are running properly and your pipes are free of clogs, before the holiday gets here. You don’t want to be in the middle of your BBQ and discover that your AC just gave out on you or your water supply isn’t flowing like it’s supposed to.

If you’re concerned about the condition of your air conditioner, pipes or have any other plumbing or HVAC concerns and you would like an inspection from a certified local professional, before the 4th of July gets here schedule an appointment online or give Tiger Plumbing Services a call today at 1-866-TIGER70.

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Five Summer Plumbing Problems You Can Avoid.

The first official week of summer is upon us and it’s time for all the fun the season brings; cookouts, swimming pools, cold ice-cream, vacations, lots of time outdoors and much more. Unfortunately, all of this summer time fun can lead to some not so fun issues with your plumbing. Here’s a list of five common summer plumbing problems and ways you can avoid them.

  1. Washing Machine Overload

With all of the extrIMG_0002 4a time you and your family will be spending outdoors, your clothes will get dirtier and you’ll likely be changing your outfits faster than normal. This means that your poor washing machine will be working overtime during the summer months, which can lead to some serious issues.

  • Check your machines hose for any signs of damage, your hose should be replaced every three years or so, to avoid more expensive maintenance issues.
  • Make sure your washing machine is about four inches or more away from the wall, to prevent any new damage or kinking of your hose.
  • Try to only run your washing machine when your home, so you can stop your machine if it starts acting up.
  1. Over Feeding Your Disposal

After a long cold winter, BBQ season has finally arrived and you’re loading up on lots of grilled yummy foods, just be careful about what foods you feed your plumbinggarbage disposal.

  • Remember your disposal isn’t meant to handle everything, some foods should just be pitched.
  • Avoid putting food items like corn cobs, potatoes, watermelon rinds, chicken or other bones in your disposal.
  • Additionally, shoving too much food into your disposal, too fast may damage or break your disposal.
  • Keep in mind that portion control could save you a lot of stress and money during this summer’s cookouts.
  1. Sweaty Ductwork

The warming weather brings more humidity with it, which can cause your ducts to “sweat” from the extra condensation, which can lead to long-term issues, if the extra water can’t drain properly.

  • Check to make sure all of your drains are clean and water can flow through freely.
  • Check the drain pan, if you have attic installation, and make sure there isn’t water in the drain pan.
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People tend to use the toilet more during the summer months. Some toilets may have difficulty dealing with the extra work load.

  • Consider using less paper when you can.
  • Explain to young children that they only need to flush when they actually use the bathroom. Freshly potty-trained children tend to over flush.
  1. Water Works

Summer means lots of time in the water. Whether you’re kicking back next to the pool, running through the sprinklers, watering your lawn or filling up water balloons, you’ll want to ensure that the water keeps flowing.

  • Check your embedded sprinkler and make sure the heads are clear and be careful not to run them over while mowing.
  • Keep your pool’s filter clean and keep an eye for leaks on aboveground pools.
  • Replace leaking hoses, to keep your water bill under control.

If you’re still concerned about the condition of your pipes or other have other plumbing concerns and you would like an inspection from a certified local professionalschedule an appointment online or give Tiger Plumbing Services a call today at 1-866-TIGER70.

Holiday Plumbing Tips

The holiday season is upon us! It starts with festivities as early as Halloween then the serious preparations begin with Thanksgiving meals, friends and family, house to house; moving on to December when schools go on vacation and we look forward to a longer celebratory time with Hanukkah and Christmas, finally wrapping it up with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day.

With an additional load on the household, it is best to take a few precautions during the holiday season. With these simple plumbing tips, we can help keep the holidays a time for rejoicing and not plunging!

small_5031946320Garbage disposal – Take the time to run the garbage disposal ahead of time to make sure that it is clear before disposing of more food. Run hot water for about 15 seconds before and after use. Once clear avoid depositing stringy, fibrous or very tough materials down the disposal; for example; potato peels, pumpkin pulp, celery. Instead, set up a waste basket for excess food in easy reach for children to scrape their plates, then simply take the trash out after dinner. You will be glad you did.

Do not pour oils and fats down the drain. Wipe the pans with a paper towel and throw it in the trash. Keep the hot grease safely out of reach from guests and children.

small_5454967607Treat all of your drains with this environmentally friendly mixture: One cup of salt, one cup of baking soda and ¼ cup cream of tartar. Pour the mixture down each of your drains and follow with two cups of boiling water.

When guests bring “six packs” of soda or beer, please cut through the plastic rings so that wildlife do not get caught in them once the trash is out.

With a house full of overnight guests, spread showers out as best you can. Wait at least ten minutes between showers so that the drains have time to clear.

Test your water faucet temperature with a thermometer that it does not exceed 120*, if it does exceed 120* at the faucet, guests are at risk for scalding and the water heater temperature needs to be turned down.

Check shower pressure before guests arrive. If it is weak pour a cup of vinegar into a plastic bag, place it over the shower head, and soak. Use a twist tie to hold it in place overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and use an old toothbrush to gently scrub off the mineral deposits to help restore water flow.

small_321068461Consider using a humidifier. This will add moisture to the house and make you and your guests more comfortable. Humidifiers reduce static electricity and prevent dry noses. The moisture in the air will make the air feel warmer and also save on heating costs.

Run appliances that generate heat at night. During the holiday’s many people tend to run their ovens or extra loads of laundry in the middle of the day. Run these appliances at night when possible.

Remember that Tiger Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Services has true 24-hour service and we are available day and night, including throughout the holidays, to resolve any mishaps that might occur when you have guests over. Schedule an appointment today by calling 1-866-TIGER70 or visiting us online at www.TrustTiger.com!

Prepare Your Plumbing For The Cold Weather!

Summer has taken its last breath, but we all know that the cold days of winter will be upon us soon. When the cold weather blasts the majority of Illinois, homeowners brace themselves for both plummeting temperatures and soaring heating costs. Beyond the higher energy costs, cold weather can also bring additional expenses in the form of frozen pipes and clogged drains, causing problems with plumbing. Here are some simple tips for insulating your pocket book against cold weather costs.

Protect Outside Faucets

frozen-pipePrevent exterior pipes from breaking by protecting your outside faucets. Detach all exterior garden hoses and insulate the faucet against frigid weather. Also insulate any exterior pipes that are exposed. Tiger Plumbing offers a variety of winterizing options for your outside faucets and pipes.

Protect Interior Pipes

water-testing-002During extreme cold, even interior and covered pipes can freeze. As a prevention, turn on an inside faucet and allow it to drip during the coldest winter snaps. The running water will keep the water flowing and prevent the pipes from freezing in all but the most extreme cases.

Protect Pipes in Utility Spaces

It’s easy to forget about protecting pipes in utility spaces such as the attic or basement; however, these are also prone to freeze in severe weather. Protect these spaces from drafts as much as possible and remember to get the pipes insulated in these areas as well. Tiger Plumbing offers a variety of winterizing options for your utility spaces and crawlspaces.

Prevent Clogged Drains

One staple of the holidays is all of the home cooking and fatty foods. The drains and pipes of your home can take a beating during this time and the cold weather solidifies the fats, resulting in a higher incidence of clogged drains. Steer clear of drain problems by avoiding putting grease, oil, and hard to dissolve foods (such as potato peels) down the drain or through the garbage disposal.

article-new-thumbnail_ehow_images_a07_ft_sg_heat-frozen-pipes-crawl-space-800x800By following these few simple plumbing tips, you can bypass the most severe plumbing repair problems. If you find yourself with a frozen pipe or clogged drain, give Tiger Plumbing Services a call today at 1-866-TIGER70 or visit TrustTiger.com to schedule an appointment. One of our qualified service technicians will get everything working properly!

 

 

Drain Clogs… The # 1 Reason a Plumber is Called.

cloggeddrainOverall, plumbers probably get more calls to open clogged drains than any other service.

Bathroom Clogs 
Assuming the drainage lines were piped properly, tubs and showers usually have hair as the main cause of their stoppages. Physical removal of hair is best. The regular use of a safe enzyme based drain cleaner product such as BioClean can help prevent slow drains and stoppages. You can buy BioClean from us by calling 1-866-TIGER70 any time!

Kitchen Clogs 
The most often clogged drain is the kitchen sink. Kitchen sink stoppages are usually caused by liquid fats, emulsified by warm soapy dishwater and then carried through the drainpipes. As the water cools, it proceeds down the drain and leaves the fatty deposits along the piping. A film of grease forms on the pipe wall and so on. Coffee grounds, egg shells, etc add to this accumulation layer until the pipe becomes impassible.

We recommend that you pour excess grease into a tin can, not down the sink drain. When using a garbage disposal, always let sufficient cold water run to carry the particles down and into the main line to prevent buildup in the smaller waste lines.

The Plunger… A Plumber’s Best Friend 
In the event of a total stoppage, you should have a plunger (with a large rubber suction cup and a wooden handle). Cup it tightly over the drain and plunge it vigorously several times. It is best to try to use the suction cycle rather than the pressure cycle of the plunger. What we mean is that one “should” push slowly, make sure the plunger is sealed to the drain and then pull quickly on the plunger. This tends to loosen rather than pack down the stoppage. If it is a double drain sink, make sure you seal the other drain so water will not splash out into the other bowl or on you. Drain piping can also be cleaned by removing the J-bend on the trap below the fixture.

Call Tiger at 1-866-TIGER70 or visit TrustTiger.com and let us take a look at your plumbing to make sure none of these clogs will be causing a problem for you anytime soon!