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5 Home Maintenance Tasks You Won’t Want to Skip this Spring

Home maintenance tasks may not be your favorite thing to do as a homeowner; however, home maintenance is crucial in the upkeep of your home. Plus, proper home maintenance is the best way to save yourself a ton of money on repairs and damages caused by neglected equipment. So do yourself a favor this spring and don’t skip these vital maintenance tasks.

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1. Clean Your Refrigerator Coils. Hey, it’s spring cleaning time anyway, you might as well add the refrigerator coils to your checklist. Regularly cleaning your refrigerator coils will save you money on an expensive repair bill down the road. These coils can be found either at the bottom or in the back of your refrigerator. Over time the coils become clogged with dirt, dust, hair, cobwebs, etc. when this happens your fridge can’t release heat properly, leading to the compressor having to work harder and run for longer periods of time, this waste an excessive amount of energy and can greatly shorten the lifespan of your fridge.

2. Clean Your Dryer Vent. Each year, nearly 16,000 home fires are caused by lint-clogged dryer vents.  According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission,lint cleaning, home maintenance these clothes dryer fires result in 20 deaths, 370 injuries and over $75 million in property damage each year. The steady, silent accumulation of fabric particles that get beyond your lint screen will not only decrease your dryer’s performance, it creates a fire hazard. Cleaning your lint trap after every load will slow this process, but cannot prevent it. As your vent gradually becomes caked with lint, your dryer’s airflow decreases. This not only prevents your dryer from drying as it should, it can cause it to overheat and ignite the highly flammable lint. Cleaning your dryer vent this spring can help protect your family and your home.

3. Remove The Built Up Sediment From Your Water Heater. 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. Follow the manufacturer’s directions or call us at (866) 844-3770 and we’ll take care of your water heater for you!

4. Clean Those Gutters. Removing the leaves and other debris from your gutters this spring will help prevent your gutters from getting clogged. Springtime in the Midwest is known to be a rainy time of year and clogged gutters can lead to expensive roof damage, flooding and damage around the foundation of your home, damage to your downspout or the gutters themselves. It is a lot easier to keep your gutters clean than having to deal with a headache and expense that comes with allowing your gutters to become clogged.

5. Have Your Sump Pump Operation Tested. Spring is the time for rain in our area and that means your sump pump will be working overtime. That’s why you want to make sure having your sump pump tested is at the top of your home maintenance checklist this Spring. If your sump pump fails, you can expect serious basement flooding and the expense that accompanies repairing all of the water damage. Call us at (866) 844-3770 to have a professional plumber come out and ensure your sump pump is working at optimal levels.

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6 Ways to Defeat Allergy Season this Spring

Allergy season is upon us! If you suffer from allergies, you know that spring can be a rough time of year for you. Taking a deep breath can be a real challenge with all of that fresh pollen, the extra animal dander from your pets losing their winter coats, the large amount of pesticides being sprayed outdoors and don’t forget about the dust mites, fungi, mold spores, etc. invading your home.

But spring allergy season does not have to be so miserable! There are several steps you can take to drastically improve your indoor air quality and your quality of living in general.

 1. First and foremost have your ducts cleaned and sanitized! Dirt, dust, mold, bugs, mites, even rodents and other allergens are all lAllergy iving in your duct system. We can get rid of it all with our Total Source Removal cleaning process. Tiger’s process starts with our patented Toro-Vac industrial vacuum being directly connected to your ducts. It works to draw all debris towards our powerful vacuum and out of your duct work. Simultaneously, Tiger administers our spinning powered airbrush that works to knock stubborn dust and dirt from duct walls and pushes it towards the Toro-Vac vacuum. After each vent has been cleaned thoroughly and all dust has been collected Tiger then administers a patented sanitizing solution which works to kill mold and microscopic bacteria and leaves behind a fresh scent.

Tiger’s process is the most thorough duct cleaning process in the market today. Not only will it leave your ductwork sparkling but it will help with your family’s health and protect your heating and air conditioning equipment helping to prolong its overall life expectancy. With a thorough duct cleaning and sanitizing, allergy season will be no match for you.

2. Get your spring cleaning on. Dusting, vacuuming, and mopping weekly is a great way to rid yourself of dust mites and animal dander that is accumulating in your home and getting into your air.

3. Change/upgrade your air filter. Most heating and cooling systems still use a basic 142715_image2 copyair filter. These filters were originally designed to protect the equipment and not the people served by the equipment. The average air filter is only capable of removing 3–5% of the particles that pass through it. Today, however, there are several types of permanent air filters available in various efficiencies that can help you filter the air in your home. If you suffer from allergies, asthma, hay fever or other breathing difficulties, there is an air filter that can help you. We can even provide you with the same type of air filter used in hospital operating rooms.

4. During allergy season, laundry is your friend. Washing your bedding and other linens at least once a week will go a long way to improving your indoor air quality. Dust, animal dander and other allergens like to collect on fabric and you breathe these in at night.

P.S. Don’t forget to wash your pillows once in a while, to remove built up allergens.

5. Keep a dry basement. Basements, especially unfinished basements, like to attract and retain moisture. This moisture leads to mold, mildew and odors; a good dehumidifier can go a long way this allergy season.

6. Use the power Ultraviolet light Technology. Tiger has found that the most successful way to handle system mold is through Ultraviolet (U.V.) germicidal lights. Ultraviolet liAllergy ght has been used to kill microorganisms in hospitals, barber shops, laboratories, pharmaceutical plants, and at the nation’s Center for Disease Control. Residential ultraviolet units have been independently tested and proved to be effective in the constantly moving air environments of heating and cooling systems, killing mold and bacteria quickly and effectively. The UVC energy attacks the organism’s DNA and either destroys it immediately or prevents it from reproducing. For most people, the original motivation for installing the lights is to put a stop to indoor air quality complaints and/or allergies. However, they are also pleased to learn that many hidden odors are also eliminated with U.V. technology. Tiger can easily install these lights in your home and you can begin enjoying the health benefits that come with them.

Good Luck This Allergy Season!

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The Groundhog Says Spring Is On Its Way, Is Your Home Ready?

Great news, the groundhog did not see his shadow this morning and according to folklore, spring will come early this year. But since spring is scheduled to be here earlier this year, you’ll need to ensure that your home is ready earlier as well. Not to worry, simply follow this easy checklist to make sure your home is prepared for an early spring.

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1. Be prepared to switch to lighter bedding. You never know when the temperatures will heat up unexpectedly and when they do you won’t want to sleep under a big heavy comforter.

2. Have your air conditioner inspected by a professional to ensure you don’t experience any unpleasant surprises when you go to use it for the first time this spring.

3. Let the light in! With the gloom of winter soon to be behind us, you’ll want to let the beautiful spring sunlight into your home. Clean your windows thoroughly and open those blinds and curtains and let the sunshine in!

4. Be ready for tulips-945826_960_720spring time gardening by ensuring that your water supplies are ready to go! Inspect and test your hoses and sprinklers to be sure they’re free of holes, clogs and the water can flow through freely. Have a plumbing expert come out and inspect all of your outdoor plumbing, to ensure your pipes made it through the winter free of damage.

5.With the changing of the seasons, you should also change out the batteries in your smoke and co detectors.

6. Clean your gutters, to remove all of the leaves and other debris from the fall and winter seasons.

7. Replace the light bulbslantern-1023184_960_720 in your porch lights, flood lights, security lights and other outdoor lighting fixtures. Have an Electrician inspect your outdoor wiring for damage. These preemptive steps will mean that you won’t have to worry about finding yourself left out in the dark this spring.

8. Finally, cross your fingers and hope the groundhog got it right this year!

Happy Groundhog Day!

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Be Prepared for Spring Storms!

Thunderstorm_stock_by_AphoticbeautyDamaging spring storms that can disrupt electrical service to homes and businesses are a fact of life in Southern Illinois. Utility companies continually prepare for unavoidable storm outages to ensure service is restored as quickly as possible; however, there are steps homeowners can take as well to make sure they’re prepared for – and stay safe – during storm-related power outages. We offer the following tips and suggestions:

small_7932506788There are a handful of tasks homeowners can do to prepare for a storm beforehand, such as assemble an emergency kit that is easily accessible. It should include a battery-powered radio or television, a flashlight with extra batteries, candles and matches or a lighter, a first-aid kit, a fire extinguisher, bottled water, non-perishable food and a can opener. Make sure you have recently changed the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Homeowners should keep a corded or cell phone on hand because cordless telephones need electricity to operate. One should learn how to manually open automatic garage doors. Homeowners who depend on electrically powered medical equipment should ask their physician about a battery back-up system. If one is elderly, or has a medical condition that would be adversely impacted by a power outage, he or she should develop an emergency plan that allows for alternative accommodations with family or friends. Those who depend on a well for drinking water should definitely have bottled water on hand.

Rainy DayDuring a storm, additional precautions should be followed. Stay at least ten feet away from downed power lines and anything that they may be touching, especially metal fences. Treat every downed power line as if it were energized. Keep children and pets out of the area.

Downed power lines should be reported immediately to the utility company so the hazard can be assessed and marked off until repair crews arrive. Ameren Illinois customers should report power outages, and down lines, to Ameren’s website, or call 1-800-755-5000.  Southwest Electric Cooperative customers should report power outages or down lines by calling 1-800-262-0326. Don’t assume they know your power is out. After a power outage is reported, the utility company can assess the extent of the damage and dispatch crews to make the necessary repairs.

If you lose power, don’t open refrigerators and freezers more often than absolutely necessary. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for twelve hours. Kept closed, a well-filled freezer will preserve food for two days. Partially thawed food or food that has ice crystals usually can be refrozen. Never use a gas range for heating, or charcoal as an indoor heating or cooking source during a power outage. Turn off or unplug all appliances to prevent an electrical overload when power is restored. Tiger provides whole house surge protectors to prevent overloads and surges at the main panel. Leave on one light switch to indicate when power is restored.

If using a portable generator, disconnect house circuits from utility power lines. Pull or switch to “off” all main fuses or circuit breakers to protect line crews working to restore service. Always operate generators outdoors to avoid dangerous buildup of toxic fumes. During low-voltage conditions, such as “brownouts” – when lights are dim and television pictures are smaller – shut off motor-driven appliances such as refrigerators to prevent possible damage. Sensitive electronic devices also should be unplugged. Stay out of flooded or damp basements or other areas if water is in contact with outlets or any electrically-operated appliance. The water or moisture may serve as a conductor of electricity. This can cause serious or even fatal injury.

To learn more about our storm preparedness products, or to schedule an electrical safety assessment of your home, contact the professionals at Tiger Electrical Services today by calling 1-866-844-3770 or visiting www.TrustTiger.com.
Content Sources: Ameren Illinois and Southwest Electric Cooperative

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