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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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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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Bathroom Renovations That Add Value to Your Home

Bathroom renovations are a great way to upgrade your home and increase its value. To help you get a better understanding of where to start with your bathroom renovations here is a list of some of the best upgrades that will add some real value to your home.Bathroom Renovations

Bathroom Renovations to Increase Your Home’s Value:

1. Upgrade Your Lighting:

Lighting is an important feature in any bathroom. No one wants to bathe, groom or get ready in a dark or poorly lit bathroom. Updating light fixtures can be a relatively affordable first step in your renovation process. Additionally, there are so many design options when it comes to bathroom lighting fixtures and you could really change the whole look and feel of your space.

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If you have the space in your bathroom, consider upgrading your old single vanity to a double. Just think no more morning battles over a single sink, small mirror and a limited counter top. You will love the extra space and if you ever decide to sell your home, potential buyers will love the double vanity.

3. Upgrade to a More Efficient Commode:

A water saving toilet will not only save you money on your water bill, but it will also help increase your home’s value.

4. Change Up Your Fixtures:

Drawer and cabinet handles, electrical fixtures, door knobs and towel racks may seem like an afterthought, but these small details go a long way in the overall appeal of your space. You will be amazed at how different your bathroom looks, simply by upgrading your fixtures.

5. Ventilate:

If your bathroom is lacking an exhaust fan, or yours is severely out of date, it is time to have a new one installed. Exhaust fans do more than simply prevent your mirror from becoming all foggy while you are showering. These fans also perform other valuable functions, like helping to prevent mold growth in your bathroom.

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Need an Electrician to install your new exhaust fan? Interested in larger bathroom remodeling projects? Wanting a new shower or bathtub installed? Call us at (866) 844-3770 today and ask about our options for bathroom renovations.

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Tiger Goes Pink in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month has arrived and once again Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services is supporting awareness efforts. If you live in the St. Louis Metro-East area you’ve undoubtedly seen Tiger’s amazing pink and white trucks (and our orange and black trucks are pretty awesome as well).

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These fun pink trucks are designed to help support cancer awareness efforts. A portion of the profits earned from these trucks are donated by Tiger to help support these efforts. Our pink trucks are out on the road every day, earning money for this great cause. Plus, customers can even request to have a pink truck be used when they make a service appointment.

Since it’s October, we here at Tiger have decided to do something a little extra special, to help show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to having our pink trucks out and about, working overtime, our technicians have traded in their orange shoe covers for bright pink ones. Our techs are going to be rocking these pink shoe covers all month long!

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Want to see these amazing pink shoe covers in person? Call (866)844-3770 or visit TrustTiger.com to have one of our Plumbers, Heating and Air Conditioning Technicians and/or Electricians come out to your home and address any issues or concerns you may have.

And remember to request a pink truck!

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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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Join Us on August 17th for a Unique Job Fair and Launch Your New Career

Would you like to work for one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois and one of the Top Workplaces in the St. Louis area? Here’s your chance!Job Fair

In 2016, we were named as the number five small business to work for in the St. Louis area by Top Workplaces and the St. Louis Post Dispatch! We were also named as the number nine best small business to work for in the state, by the Best Places to Work for in IL and the Daily Herald Business Ledger. The best part is WE’RE HIRING!

On August 17th, we’re hosting a Job Fair at our Collinsville location. This event is perfect for anyone looking for a long-term career at one of the fastest growing companies in the St. Louis Metro East area.

We are a growing, stable local company that has been in business since 1993. We offer top pay, paid vacations, holidays, sick time, health and dental insurance, a retirement package and year round work.

We have a variety of opportunities available and we need people like you!

So whether you’re unemployed, underemployed or you’re just looking for a change, join us at 5 p.m. sharp on August 17th and learn about the benefits that come with being a member of Team Tiger!

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Date: August 17th

Time: 5 p.m.

Location: 1902 Vandalia St. Suite 100

Collinsville, IL 62234

Bring your resume and any questions you may have for our management team.

If you have any questions contact Amber Jackson at amber.jackson@trusttiger.com or
call 618-578-5944

We Look Forward to Meeting You!

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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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Golf, Disney and Relay, Oh My! Keeping Up with Tiger June Edition

June 2016 was an extremely busy month for Team Tiger. Take a little peek at what we have been up to!

Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber Golf Challenge

On Friday, June 24th, we participated in and sponsored the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber Golf Challenge. As the Chairman’s sponsor we had two teams compete in the tournament and had representatives for Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services during the day’s events. 103 golfers participated in this year’s event and we were honored to be a part of it!

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Owner and President, Jeff Gamblin, winner of the hole-in-one-putting-contest:

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Comfort Adviser, Josh F., winner of the closest to the pin contest:

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General Manager, Todd Kiefer, giving the opening remarks during the luncheon:

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Top Workplaces in the St. Louis Area

On June 26th, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch released the list of the Top Workplaces in the St. Louis Area for 2016. Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services is number five out of 45 small businesses on the list.

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Relay for Life

During the month of June, we sponsored three different Relay for Life Events and participated in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon event on the 3rd. We had 15 people join Team Tiger during the relay and we are glad that we can support such a great cause each year.

Disney Themed Potluck

On June 15th, we decided to have a potluck and Disney seemed like the perfect theme. We gave away prizes, enjoyed Disney-themed treats and although no one dressed up as a Disney princess, we still had a pretty good time.

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Office Manager, Erin B., won the most Disney spirit, best Disney-themed dish and best dish found at a Disney theme park:

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Goodbye June, Hello July!

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