Tag Archives: plumbing system

The 5 Most Serious Plumbing Issues to Worry About During the Summer

Plumbing issues are often tied to the winter months since frozen pipes are such a major concern. Unfortunately, plumbing problems that can cause expensive repairs can happen during the summer months as well. Be on the lookout for these five most common plumbing issues and avoid a summertime plumbing nightmare.

plumbing issues

Summer Plumbing Issues:

1. Damaged Sprinklers:

Embedded sprinkler systems are great and really help you maintain a healthy lawn all season long. However, like anything else, sprinkler systems need to be inspected and maintained in order to ensure they are functioning properly. And of course one of the most common issues with sprinkler systems happens when someone accidentally runs over a sprinkler head with a lawnmower. So be careful when mowing.

2. Broken or Clogged Garbage Disposal:

Cookouts, bonfires and summertime hangouts are a tradition here in the Midwest. And these events would not be the same without a selection of yummy summertime foods! But take caution with what you do with those scraps! Overloading or putting the wrong foods down your garbage disposal can cause some unpleasant plumbing issues. Chicken bones, potato peels/skins, corn husks, banana peels, pasta, celery and other stringy foods should never go in your disposal!

3. Overworking Your Washing Machine:

Summertime means more time spent outdoors and more time outdoors means clothes will get dirtier and you’ll go through more of them (this is especially true if ywashing-machine-902359_960_720ou have small children). So you will undoubtedly need to do more laundry to keep up. An older washing machine may have trouble keeping up and may give out altogether. Take a moment to inspect your machine’s hoses for signs of damage or leaks. And consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient model to save you money in the long run.

4. Sewer Line Backups:

Summer weather can be unpredictable in the Midwest; we can go through spots of drought, followed by days of heavy rains and storms. A large amount of rain can wreak havoc on your sewer lines, especially if your pipes have any cracks. If you notice water from your toilet backing up into your shower or bathtub or any other warning signs, call us out right away!

5. Sump Pump Nightmares:

Heavy rains can cause plumbing issues with your sump pump as well. An out of date or poorly maintained sump pump can spell disaster on a rainy summer day. It is important to have your sump pump inspected regularly, in order to prevent major basement flooding.

summer-895943_960_720

If you have any plumbing, heating, cooling or electrical needs, simply call us at:

(866) 844-3770

or feel free to check us out online at

Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInGooglePlus and Instagram

Home Inspection Pitfalls That Spell Disaster When Selling Your Home

Many home buyers will require a home inspection before they decide to close on a new house. If you are trying to sell your home or thinking about selling your home in the near future, it might be good idea to be aware of the most common home inspection pitfalls that could sabotage your sale.

home inspection

  • Home buyers will likely require that your replace broken window seals and windows with signs of condensation or water damage.
  • Leaks in your plumbing, even if they appear to be minor, can be a major red flag on your home inspection. Leaks around your toilet’s seal are especially troublesome, since they can cause serious damage to the floor around the toilet’s base.
  • Signs of mold during a home inspection can send home buyers running for the hills! Mold loves moisture making bathrooms, basements, areas around your windows and other damp places in your home vulnerable. It is best to remove the source of a mold infestation and then clean up the evidence that there was a mold problem, prior to a home inspection.
  • Electrical and wiring issues. If wiring is not up to code or has been damaged, it can cause a huge headache when selling your home. Be on the lookout for light switches that are not working properly, outlets that do not reset or spark, circuit breakers that tend to trip, flickering lights, etc.
  • Damage and issues with your roof. Repairing or replacing a roof is a monumental expense for any home owner, so it is unlikely that a home buyer will be interested in purchasing your home if the roof needs work. Hail damage, missing tiles, leaky issues or even cosmetic repairs may cost you the sale.
  • Heating and cooling equipment that is out of date, not up to code or that is not functioning properly will be an issue during a home inspection. Cracks in your furnace, leaky ductwork, Freon leaking from your air conditioning are just some of the issues to be on the lookout for.
  • Curb appeal issues. Damaged and worn out asphalt, concrete or pavement can be a major concern for home buyers since it can be very expensive to repair these issues. Additionally, it can be extremely beneficial for you to keep up with your landscaping when trying to sell your home. Keep in mind that the first thing a potential buyer sees is the outside of your home, so making sure it is as visually appealing as possible is vital in the home selling process.

Good luck selling your home!

new-1158139_960_720

If you have any plumbing, heating, cooling or electrical needs, simply call us at:

(866) 844-3770

or feel free to check us out online at

Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInGooglePlus and Instagram

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.

World Plumbing Day

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

globe-312563_960_720

If you have any plumbing, heating, cooling or electrical needs, simply call us at:

(866) 844-3770

or feel free to check us out online at

Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInGooglePlus and Instagram

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.

broken-frozen-pipe

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.

If you have any plumbing, heating, cooling or electrical needs, simply call us at:

(866) 844-3770

or feel free to check us out online at

Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInGooglePlus and Instagram

 

You Can Have Endless Hot Water and Never Have to Take Another Cold Shower!

Hot water is a precious commodity, especially if you’re the last one to shower in the morning. Plus, with the holidays coming upon us, you may find yourself with a few extra house guests using up all of your hot water. And no one wants to have to take a cold shower beforebath-2192_640 heading out to face the world.

Well, good news, your family and house guests can use all the hot water they want and there will still be plenty left for you. How is this possible? Simply trade in your bulky tank water heater for a smaller, better tankless water heater.

Traditional tank water heaters keep hot water in a storage tank. Creating a limited supply of hot water. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, don’t store water at all, so they don’t constantly need to re-heat a large amount of water. Instead, tankless water heaters instantly heat water as you’re using it. Providing you with an endless supply of hot water.

Tankless watanklesster heaters ability to heat water on demand means if you happen to be fifth in line for the bathroom and someone just ran the dishwasher; you’ll still be able to enjoy a nice hot shower.

Another benefit of a tankless water heater is the money you will save on your energy bill each month. Conventional storage tank water heaters need to constantly use energy to heat water around the clock. Tankless water heaters only run when you’re using hot water, which means you can save up to 34% on your energy bill.

Plus, tankless water heaters can last up to three times longer than traditional tank heaters. Meaning, you’ll save money down the road when you don’t have to replace your water heater as often as you do now.

To have a Plumbing Expert evaluate your hot water needs, simply call us at 1.888.9TIGER4 today or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com.

If you have any plumbing, heating, cooling or electrical needs, simply call us at:

(866) 844-3770

or feel free to check us out online at

Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInGooglePlus and Instagram

Winter is Coming! Here Are Some Quick Winterizing Tips

Winter in the Midwest can be brutal and unfortunately your home tends to be vulnerable to the extreme cold and winter weather. Winterizing your home now is the best way to help ensure that you’re not left out in the cold this winter!

winter-670314_640

Check out this simple home winterizing checklist:

  • Odds are you’re about done watering your lawn or hand washing your car for the season. To prevent freezing this winter make sure that you disconnect and drain all of your outdoor hoses.
  • Remember to lock your windows tight! Locking your windows makes their seals tighter.
  • Have your pipes checked by a professional. Before the real winter weather gets here, you’ll want to have a plumber inspect your pipes for holes, cracks, insulation problems and other issues that could cause your pipes to freeze.
  •  To prevent serious plumbing issues this winter call us at 1.888.9TIGER4 to have frozen-ice-189996_640your pipes professionally insulated.
  • Clear your gutters of leaves a debris. Cleaning gutters is no ones favorite chore. However if your gutters become clogged then water will run over the sides and straight down around the foundation of your home. This may lead to erosion around your foundation and moisture can get inside your house.
  • Insulate older basement windows during winter months. Doing so will help keep warm air from escaping through your basement. Saving you some real money on your heating bill.
  • Hanging heavy curtains over your windows is another great way to cut the cost of your energy bill this winter.
  • Replace your furnace filter! A new clean furnace filter will ensure that your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard to warm your home, saving you even more money on your power bill this season.
  • Stock up on salt, ice melts, shovels and other winter items now. These items have a bad habit of selling out when you need them most!

To have any of your winterizing concerns addressed by one of our Plumbing Experts, Heating and Cooling Technicians and/or Electricians call 1.888.9TIGER4 today or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com.

Be sure to check out Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Services on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, GooglePlus and Instagram for more valuable  winterizing information.
tiger-586070_640

Remodeling Tips for the Bathroom to Make Your Life Easier

Remodeling your bathroom can be a lot of fun and a great way to improve the value of your home. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make the remodeling process a little easier.

bathroom-389262_640

1. Don’t Forget to Upgrade the Wiring

When remodeling your bathroom, you’ll likely be replacing your electrical outlets and fixtures. But don’t just upgrade your electrical fixtures appearance, you’ll also want to replace and upgrade the wiring. This is especially true if your home is older. Years of high-powered hair dryers, curling irons, hair straighteners, space heaters, electric shavers, radios, etc. have taken their toll on your outdated wiring. So when it comes to remodeling your bathroom, consider having a professional replace and upgrade your electrical wiring as well.

2. No Wall Paper!

Wallpaper may come in a variety of fun patterns and colors, but it simply won’t last long in your bathroom. Even with an exhaust fan, your shower will produce too much humidity to keep your wallpaper in good condition for long. Instead, choose tile or wainscoting for a long lasting solution to your remodeling needs.

3. Choose a Counter Top that Fits Your Needs, Not Just One That Looks Nice

When it comes to picking out a countertop for your bathroom sink, you’ll wanbathroom-809820_640t to choose materials that work for your lifestyle.  Natural stone and marble are beautiful, but they also cost more and require more long-term maintenance. Natural material countertops must be sealed several times a year. Plus, limestone and marble will likely become stained if chemicals and toiletries spill and are not cleaned immediately. Laminate counter tops are much easier to maintain and will save you some major bucks on your remodel.

4. Don’t Let Selecting a New Toilet Become an Afterthought

When remodeling your bathroom, a new toilet may not be the most exciting decision you’ll make, but it’s certainly an important one! Think about it, where do you spend the most time in the bathroom? That’s why you’ll want to make sure that you spend a little more time when it comes to choosing a new toilet. There are many different options out there, especially when it comes to size, color and features. Then there is the extremely important task of picking the right toilet seat! So weigh this decision carefully and once you do pick the perfect potty, make sure you have a professional install it for you.

5. Keep the Hot Water Flowing

A popular trend in bathroom232472 (1) remodeling is adding extra shower heads in bathing areas. Having warm water hitting you at every angle sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? But these multiple shower heads won’t do you much good if your hot water runs out quickly. So, what’s the solution to your hot water problems?

The key to more hot water lies within your water heater. If you desire more hot water it might be time to upgrade your water heater. There are a couple options for choosing a new water heater to increase your hot water supply. If you’re a fan of the traditional tank water heater, you can simply upgrade to a larger tank size. The larger the tank size, the more hot water it will store.

However, if space and long term cost are a concern, you may consider switching to a tankless option. Tankless water heaters are small and fit right onto your wall so they can be placed almost anywhere. Additionally, they only heat water as you need it so you won’t be paying to heat and store hot water.

What’s the best part about tankless water heaters? Unlimited hot water! That’s right, tankless water heaters heat water as you need it. Which means your hot water supply will never run out! Contact us to learn more about how tankless water heaters can keep hot water pouring out of those multiple shower heads!

Call 1-888-9TIGER4 or visit TrustTiger.com to have one of our Plumbers and/or an Electricians assist you with all of your bathroom remodeling needs.

If you have any plumbing, heating, cooling or electrical needs, simply call us at:

(866) 844-3770

or feel free to check us out online at

Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInGooglePlus and Instagram

bathroom-437210_640

Tips for Child Safety and Protection Month: Home Edition

November is Child Safety and Protection Month and your home can be very dangerous for your kiddos. You want to keep your kids and family safe and you think you’ve child proofed your home well enough, but maybe there are a few safety issues you’re overlooking.

Check out these simple home safety tips, design to protect your children.

feet-619399_640

Safety

1. Water Heater 101

Most wate64830r heaters allow you to set the temperature but have a manufacture default water heating setting. It is best to set the temperature yourself and ensure that it’s not hotter than 115-120 degrees F. By lowering the water temperature settings, you’ll reduce the risk  of scalding water burns. If you’re not sure how to set your water heater temperature settings our professional plumbers will be happy to help! And be sure to ask about an Anti-Scald Device for added safety!

2. Invest in a good welcome mat

You don’t know what toxins, debris, pesticides and other harmful elements maybe on your or your guests shoes. Having a good welcome mat that you and your guests can use to wipe a way dirt and debris is extremely helpful.

3. Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) and electrical safety

To help prevent shocks, electrical burns and possible electrocution, GFCIs should always be used in all kitchens, bathrooms and anywhere water might come in contact with an electrical outlet. GFCIs are designed to shut off when they come into contact with water. So if you drop something in a sink full of water, the appliance should power off before it can cause a shock. (But you still should keep electrical appliances a way from water, just to be safe).

Most homes should already have GFCIs installed, but if your home is older or if additional outlets have been installed, you’ll want to ensure that they are GFCIs. If you aren’t sure if your outlets are GFCIs one of our Electricians will happily check for you! Just click here to make an appointment.

4. Choose nontoxic decorkitchen-sink-212854_640

House plants are often used to liven up a home. Just make sure that you do your research before selecting a new house plant. Some children cannot resist munching on colorful plants, so make sure the plants in your home are nontoxic!

5. Natural Gas Safety 101

General Safety Rules When Dealing With Natural Gas

  • Follow directions from the manufacturer for using and taking care of gas appliances. Seek professional help when necessary.
  • Keep combustibles such as papers, fluids, paints, curtains and rags away appliances.
  • Keep gas ranges clean, make sure burner bowls are free of matches, grease, paper, etc.
  • Have a fire extinguisher near gas appliances at all times. Use a CO2 or dry-chemical extinguisher for the kitchen.
  • Teach children never to light or play with the controls of any gas appliances.
  • Keep the pilot lights of your gas range lit. If you put them out to save energy, a dangerous gas build-up can occur if someone accidentally turns on the range.
  • Never use your gas range to heat your home or apartment. This practice creates a serious fire hazard and puts you and your family at risk from dangerous carbon monoxide fumes.

If You Smell Natural Gas

  • Open windows or doors and leave your home immediately!
  • Do not look for the source of the smell with any open flame (even using a flashlight could be dangerous).
  • If the smell is very strong, or you hear a blowing or hissing noise, leave immediately.
  • Do not use anything that could generate a spark
  • Do not use the telephone
  • Do not turn light switches or equipment using electricity on or off.
  • Do not turn vehicle ignitions on or off.
  • Go to a neighboring phone and call the fire department or 911.

6. Be careful where you place your furniturebooks-535352_640

Blocking vents and/or heaters with furniture of any kind is a potential fire hazard. Make sure that you anchor all bookcases and larger furniture pieces to the wall, to prevent them from falling on top of children. Securely mount large televisions to the wall or place them on top of low to the ground, secure furniture pieces.

Call 1-888-9TIGER4 or visit TrustTiger.com to have a Licensed Plumber, HVAC Technician and/or Electrician come out to your home and address any safety issues or concerns you may have.

Be sure to check out Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Services on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Instagram for more valuable safety tips for your  home!

Money Saving Energy Tips in Time for Energy Awareness Month

October is Energy Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to learn a few
amazing money saving energy tips for your home!

  1. When to Turn Off Your Personal Computer
  • Yes, there is a small surge in energy when your computer first starts up, but this small amount of energy is considerably less than the energy used when your computer is running for long periods of time.
  • For energy savings and convenience, consider turning off…apple-691282_640
    • The monitor if you aren’t going to use your PC for more than 20 minutes
    • Both the CPU and monitor if you’re not going to use your PC for more than 2 hours.
    • Make sure your monitors, printers and other accessories are on a power strip/surge protector.
      • When this equipment is not in use for extended periods, turn off the switch on the power strip to prevent them from drawing power even when shut off.
    • If you don’t use a power strip, unplug extra equipment when it’s not in use.
  • Most PCs reach the end of their “useful” life due to advances in technology long before the effects of being switched on and off multiple times have a negative impact on their service life.
  • The less time a PC is on, the longer it will “last.”
  • PCs also produce heat, so turning them off reduces building cooling loads.
  • Note: Screen savers are not energy savers.
    • Using a screen saver may in fact use more energy than not using one.

2. Laundry Tips

  • Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenever possible.
  • Wash and dry full loads.
  • Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
  • Don’t over-dry your clothes.
    • If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it.
  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.
  • Use the cool-down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the residual heat in the dryer.
  • Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked.
    • This will save energy and may prevent a fire.
  • Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks.

3. Air Leaks and Your Wallet

  • One of the quickest energy– and money-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal and weather strip all seams, cracks and openings to the outside.
  • Tips for Sealing Air Leaks
    • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.
    • Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, ceilings and officiants over cabinets.
    • Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on walls.
    • Look for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet, which may indicate air leaks at interior wall/ceiling joints and wall/floor joists and caulk them.
    • Cover single-pane windows with storm windows or replace them with more efficient double-pane low- emissivity windows.
    • Use foam sealant on larger gaps around windows, baseboards, and other places where air may leak out.
    • Cover your kitchen exhaust fan to stop air leaks when not in use.
    • Keep the fireplace flue damper tightly closed when not in use.
    • Seal air leaks around fireplace chimneys, furnaces and gas-fired water heater vents with fire-resistant materials such as sheet metal or sheetrock and furnace cement caulk.

4. Air Conditioning Tips

  • Set your th10411_image6 copyermostat to 78° F or as high as comfort permits.
  • Close your blinds and curtains during the hottest part of the day.
  • Close cooling vents in unused rooms and keep doors to unused rooms closed.
  • Check, clean or replace air filters every month.
  • Clean the outside condenser coil once a year.
  • Insulate your house.
  • Schedule periodic maintenance of cooling equipment by a licensed service representative.
  • Attics must be ventilated to relieve heat buildup caused by the sun. If necessary, improve attic airflow by adding or enlarging vents.

5. Energy Saving Lightning Tips

  • Indoor Lighting Tips
    • By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year.
    • When replacing incandescent bulbs from recessed light fixtures, use energy-efficient bulbs that are rated for that purpose.
    • Consider purchasing ENERGY STAR-qualified fixtures.
      • They are available in many styles, distribute light more efficiently and evenly than standard fixtures, and some offer convenient features such as dimming.
    • Controls such as timers and photocells save electricity by turning lights off when not in use.
    • Dimmers save electricity when used to lower light levels.bulbs-932838_640
    • Keep your curtains or shades open to use day-lighting instead of turning on lights.
  • Outdoor Lighting Tips
    • Because outdoor lights are usually left on a long time, using CFLs or LEDs in these fixtures will save a lot of energy.
    • CFLs and LEDs are available as flood lights.
      • These models have been tested to withstand the rain and snow so they can be used in exposed fixtures.

6. Water Heating

  • Set the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F to get comfortable hot water.
  • Insulate your electric hot-water storage tank but be careful not to cover the thermostat.
  • Insulate your natural gas or oil hot-water storage tank but be careful not to cover the water heater’s top, bottom, thermostat or burner compartment.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations; when in doubt, get professional help.
  • Insulate the first six feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.
  • If you are in the market for a new dishwasher or clothes washer, consider buying an efficient, water-saving ENERGY STAR® model to reduce hot water use.
  • Drain a quart of water from your water tank every three months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater.

7. Heating

  • Set your thermost102754_image4 copyat as low as is comfortable in the winter.
  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed.
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Release trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if in doubt about how to perform this task, call a professional.
  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
  • During the heating season, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

8. Ducts

  • Check your ducts for air leaks.
    • First, look for sections that should be joined but have separated and then look for obvious holes.
  • If you use tape to seal your ducts, avoid cloth-backed, rubber adhesive duct tape, which tends to fail quickly.
  • Remember that insulating ducts in the basement will make the basement colder.
  • If your basement has been converted to a living area, hire a professional to install both supply and return registers in the basement rooms.
  • Be sure a well-sealed vapor barrier exists on the outside of the insulation on cooling ducts to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Long-Term Savings Tip: You can lose up to 60% of your heated air before it reaches the register if your ducts aren’t insulated and they travel through unheated spaces such as the attic or crawlspace.
  • Get a qualified professional to help you insulate and repair ducts.

9. Kitchen Tips

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Energy
    • 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
      • If you have a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at 0°F.
    • Regularly defrost manual-defrost refrigerators and freezers; frost buildup decreases the energy efficiency of the unit.
      • Don’t allow frost to build up more than one-quarter of an inch.
    • Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight.
      • Test them by closing the door over a piece of paper or a dollar bill so it is half in and half out of the refrigerator.
      • If you can pull the paper or bill out easily, the latch may need adjustment, the seal may need replacing, or you might consider buying a new unit.
    • Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
  • Other Energy-Saving Kitchen Tips
    • Be sure to place 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.
    • 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.
    • In natural gas appliances, look for blue flames; yellow flames indicate theflame-871136_640 gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment needs to be made.
    • Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean; they will reflect the heat better, and you will save energy.
    • Use a covered kettle or pan to boil water; it’s faster and it uses less energy.
    • Match the size of the pan to the heating element.
    • 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.
    • Use pressure cookers and microwave ovens whenever it is convenient to do so.
      • They will save energy by significantly reducing cooking time.
  • Dishwasher
    • 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 (120°F).
    • Scrape, don’t rinse, off large food pieces and bones.
    • Soaking or pre-washing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-on or dried-on food.
    • Be sure your dishwasher is full, but not overloaded, when you run it.
    • 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.
    • 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.

To have all of your plumbing, heating, cooling or electrical systems energy efficiency checked call 1-888-9TIGER4 or visit TrustTiger.com today!

Be sure to check out Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Services on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Instagram for more valuable money saving information!

dollar-726884_640

Bathtub Day Has Arrived! How Are You Celebrating?

It’s Bathtub Day! Today we celebrate our friend the bathtub and all of the relaxation that it provides us.

bathroom-490781_640

There are many ways you can choose to celebrate Bathtub Day:

  • You can fill your tub with warm water and bubbles and soak your stress a way.
  • An ordinary bubble bath too simple for your liking? Take it up a notch by lining your bathtub with scented candles and add some bath salts to create a mini-spa inducky your bathroom.
  • Love to read but never have the time? Well today, grab a good book, lock the bathroom door and spend an hour or two reading in your tub!
  • Reading not your thing? Setup your laptop or tablet and watch your favorite movie, while relaxing in the bathtub.
  • Enjoy a refreshing glass of wine while bathing!
  • Connect with your inner child! Can you think of a better way to blow off steam than by grabbing a rubber ducky and splashing around in the tub for a while?

Are you celebrating Bathtub Day by considering a tub upgrade? Check out these great ideas:

  • Wa231661 (1)nt to completely change the look of your bathroom without the hassle of a big expensive remodel? There’s a simple solution!
    • A shower and tub surround is a great way to upgrade your bathroom without the headache of a large remodel. Our professional plumbers can easily install one of these on top of your existing shower and bathtub and voila! You’ll have a brand new and upgraded shower and tub in no time! Plus there are many different designs and styles you can choose from, so you can choose a surround that fits your needs.
  • Jetted Tub
    • There’s nothing like soaking in a jetted tub after a long hard day of work! Whirlpool baths can be easily installed in many existing bathrooms, with little or no remodeling. Of all the plumbing upgrades available, this one is a favorite and with good reason. Ask us what it would take to put one in your home today!
  • Is your tub in fine condition but your faucets have seen better days?232472 (1)
    • Why not consider having a professional plumber come out to your home and replace your old, worn out, rusty or hard water stained faucets with brand new shiny ones! You won’t believe the difference this easy upgrade will make in your bathroom!
  • Contact us at 866-844-3770 or at
    TrustTiger.com
     to schedule an appointment to have your bathroom upgraded today!

If you have any plumbing, heating, cooling or electrical needs, simply call us at:

(866) 844-3770

or feel free to check us out online at
Publication4

Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn,GooglePlus and Instagram