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6 Home Improvement Projects to Complete Before Labor Day (Or Soon After)

Labor Day is coming at us fast and you may be looking at the Home Improvement To-Do List you planned to get done by the end of summer. No need to stress! You still have time to knock a few, if not all, of these home improvement projects off your list and get your home ready for the cooler months to come!

 6 Home Improvement Projects to Complete Before Labor Day:

1. Get Your Deck in Order

Whether you are planning on entertaining this Labor Day or not, your deck will beHome Improvement nefit from a little TLC. Your deck spends each day battling the elements: rain, snow, ice, the sun, extreme hot and cold temperatures, there isn’t much relief for your deck. Grab an approved deck cleaner and give your deck a quick scrub to remove dirt, debris, mildew, etc. Stain or paint your deck if needed. To protect your deck from water damage and the winter months ahead apply sealant. Then all you will have to do is sit back and relax on your newly refreshed deck.

2. Clean the Grill

Maybe you have been using your grill almost every weekend this summer or maybe you haven’t fired it up since last Labor Day, either way, your grill would probably benefit from a good cleaning! 

3. Clean Out Your Garage 

You will likely want to park your vehicles in your garage this winter since doing so will help prevent ice and snow from building up on your windshields. Waiting until the winter temperatures drop to start cleaning your garage may mean that you are less likely to complete the task.  No one wants to be out in the cold, doing an unpleasant chore. It is best to check off ‘clean the garage’ from your to-do list now. Then your garage will be ready for you when you want to use it.

4. Schedule Your Annual Furnace Safety Inspection and Super Tune-Up

The weather isFurnace Repair unpredictable in the Midwest and it can be hard to know when the temperatures will drop enough to run your furnace. However, when the time comes that you do want to use your furnace, you will want it to be in proper working order. The first hard freeze is not the time to discover that your furnace isn’t up to the challenge. Call (866)844-3770 to schedule your Annual Furnace Safety Inspection and Super Tune-Up today and beat the fall rush! 

5. Seal Up Any Cracks

Colder days are coming and you don’t want to worry about a drafty home this winter. Take some time to caulk the seal around your windows. If there is a gap at the bottom of your front or back door, now might be a great time to address this issue as well, by replacing old worn out door trims or adding some fresh weather stripping. A well-sealed home will help save you money on your power bill down the road.

6. Change the Batteries 

It can be easy to forget about your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors but they play a major role in keeping your home and family safe. If it’s been awhile since you have changed out the batteries in these devices, now is the time to do so. Especially since there tends to be a greater risk of house fires and issues with carbon monoxide during the colder months.  

Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day Everyone!

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Keeping Up with Team Tiger: Summer 2017 Edition

Summer is starting to wind down and it has been a busy few months for Team Tiger. The time sure has flown by and we have accomplished quite a bit. So, we wanted to take a moment and share with you, what our Team has been up to.

Team Tiger Summer 2017

August 2017:

-We had one of our famous potlucks on August 24th. Last summer we had a Disney themed potluck, so we went with a Universal theme this time. Participants could dress up and bring dishes that related in any way with a Universal movie, character or something in one of their parks. Once again, Team Tiger showed their creativeness with this challenge. 

-On August 23rd, we hosted a booth at the C3 Back-to-School Event. We handed out school supplies and reusable Tiger Shopping Bags, while visitors to our booth played Ring Around the Plunger and got to spin the Wheel-of-Tiger.  

-Team Tig2017 Solar Eclipse er had a lot of fun with the Solar Eclipse that occurred on August 21st. First, the week before the eclipse we hosted a fun Facebook Contest, raffling off an Eclipse Snack Basket. This basket was overflowing with snacks and treats named after items in our solar system.

Then when the big event finally started, our team took turns passing around safety glasses to watch the Eclipse come and go. 

-On August 16th, Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services received a major honor, when we made the Inc. 5000 List of the Fastest Growing Companies in America. This was the first time we made this list and we want to thank our hard working team and all of our Valued Customers for making this honor possible!

July 2017:

-July 28th marked the Edwardsville Chamber Golf Tournament second year in a row that Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services sponsored the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce annual golf tournament. We also had two teams compete in this year’s tournament!

-In July we were named as the 2017 People’s Choice #1 Plumbing Company in the People’s Choice of Southwest Illinois contest.  We want to thank everyone who voted for us, we are extremely honored by this award.

With this award, we also attended the party that the St. Louis Post Dispatch put on to honor those who won. We had a booth at this event and handed out lots of Tiger swag!

-We are major animal lovers here at Tiger and we proudly support the mission of our friends at Partners 4 Pets. On July 21st, we made a donation to help them buy a new van so they could continue saving more animals. 

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-On July 13th we attended the RecruitMilitary Veteran’s job fair. We will be attending this event again in November and we are looking forward to meeting everyone!

June 2017:Top Workplaces in St. Louis 2017

-In June we were once again named as a Top Workplace in the St. Louis area. This is the second year in a row that we have made this list! In addition to earning this high honor, this year we were also named as one of the Best Places to Work in the state of Illinois for the second year in a row! 

-We love the Cardinals here at Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services, so we decided it would be fun to send someone in our service area to a Cards game. Towards the end of June and the beginning of July, we ran a Facebook Contest, where we raffled off two tickets to July 8ths game. 

-Our techs have been working hard all year. That is why on June 22nd, we honored our amazing HVAC technicians by celebrating National HVAC Tech Day!

-We sponsor four Relay for Life Events a year and this year all four of these events fell in June. In addition to sponsoring these walks, we also had a team participate at the event in Edwardsville on Friday, June 2nd. 


Team Tiger has certainly had a full and rewarding summer and we are excited to see what the fall has in store for us!


Upcoming Events You Can Catch Team Tiger At:

-September 13th: Job Plus 2017; Job Fair
-September 16th: Italian Fest Parade
-September 23rd: 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s- Edwardsville, IL
-September 30th: 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s- Belleville, IL
-October 14th: 4th Annual Touch-a-Truck
-October 21st: Solarbration Vendor Fair for the CHS STEM Club

 

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The Dangers of a Summer Sewage Backup and How to Avoid One

Summer is a time for fun in the sun. Nothing brings the fun to a screeching halt like a sewage backup. Here is what you need to know about sewage backups during the summertime. 

What Can Cause a Summer Sewage Backup?

There are a couple reasons why a sewage backup might occur during thsewage backupe warmer months. Summer storms are a common culprit, for example. When it rains too much or too fast for the sewage system to handle, water can build up and get into the system. If the water continues to build up, it can fill it until sewage enters your home. 

Another issue that can cause a backup is a system blockage. This can happen when the wrong things are tossed down the drain in your home. 

What Are the Effects of a Backup?
Of course, there is the mess that comes with a sewage backup. This factor alone is extremely unpleasant, but there are other more serious concerns to consider as well. Sewage is unsanitary and can pose health concerns for one. Additionally, having a large amount of water entering your home can lead to damage to your foundation or rotting of your interior walls. Not to mention the fire and other hazards caused if this water reaches any electrical components. 

So How Can You Avoid a Summer Sewage Backup?
Obviously, when it comes to weather, you can’t control when or how strong of a summer storm will hit. The good news is that you can take these steps, to help lessen your risk of a sewage backup.

1. First and foremost, never put anything down a drain that can clog or damage the pipes. This includes greasy or stringy foods, chicken bones, coffee grounds, etc. 
2. Do your best to keep your yard clear of debris that may block drains and cause backups in the main city system during a strong storm.
3. Stay up to date on your home’s sanitary system and plumbing maintenance. This can help prevent backups and provide you with early detection of damage to your system. 

Have a Safe and Fun Summer!

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AC 101: Why is My Air Conditioning Unit Leaking?

A leaking Air Conditioning Unit poses several concerns and is a major sign that something is wrong with your system. Leaking AC units can cause water damage and even a fire if it gets near electrical equipment.

So why do leaks happen in an Air Conditioning Unit anyway?
Here are some possible reasons:

-Frozen evaporator coils

If the evaporator coils form ice on them, this build-up can melt and overflow from your drain pan.

There are three main causes of a frozen coil:

1. Dirty filter: If your filter becomes dirty, it will slow the airflow through the coil, causing it to get too cold and possibly form ice on the surface. An easy way to avoid this outcome is to replace your filter as recommended by the manufacturer.

2. Low pressure in the refrigerant lines: If there is not enough refrigerant in your unit, the pressure will lower. This will reduce the coil’s ability to remove heat from the air, which causes the coil to freeze. Low refrigerant levels can cause some serious damage to your compressor so you will need to turn off your Air Conditioning Unit and call us immediately!

3. Issues with the fan: If you notice low airflow coming through your vents in addition to the frozen coil, issues with your fan are likely the cause. Shut off your Air Conditioning Unit right away and call us to correct the problem. 

-Condensation issues

Air Conditioning Units do more than simply keep the air in your home cool. They also help Air Conditioning Unitremove the humidity as well. This is done by removing condensation. If condensation is building up and overflowing, you might have condensate drainage problems. Here are three possible reasons why:

1. A blockage in the condensate drain: a blockage will cause a backup. Clear the drain if you can or call us to clean the line for you.

2. A damaged drain pan: your drain pan might be cracked and leaking condensation. It is often best to replace a damaged drain pan, to avoid future issues. 

3. A broken condensation pump: depending on where your Air Conditioning Unit is located, you might have a pump that removes the condensation. If this pump becomes broken, water can build up and overflow. Which means you will need to replace the pump.

Call us at (866)844-3770 of you notice that your
Air Conditioning Unit is Leaking!

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Are You a Cardinals Fan? We Are Sending Two People to July 8th’s Game

Do you have plans for Saturday, July 8th? How would you like to spend the day at a St. Louis Cardinals Game? We have two tickets for the Home Redbird Club and we are looking for two Cardinals fans to send to the game. Continue reading to learn how you can enter to win these great seats!

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Contest Details

How To Enter the Cardinals Ticket Giveaway Drawing

This drawing will be run through Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services’ Facebook Page. There are five ways you can enter the drawing and there is no limit to the number of times you can enter. 

  1. Like Our Facebook Page = One Entry
  2. Like or React to This Post  = One Entry
  3. Leave a Comment Telling Us Why You Love the Cardinals = One Entry
  4. Share This Post = One Entry Per Share 
  5. Share Our Facebook Page = One Entry Per Share

Contest Rules and Regulations 

  • The contest runs from Thursday, June 22, 2017, through 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, 2017.
  • The winner will be announced on Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services’ Facebook Page by 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, 2017.
  • Winner must be able to come to our location in Collinsville and pick up the tickets no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017.
  • Tickets do not include parking.
  • No purchase necessary to win.
  • Winners must be located in the St. Louis Metro East counties of Madison, Monroe or St. Clair, in the Central Illinois counties of Macoupin or Montgomery or the Greater St. Louis area.
  • Drawing is not open to current or former Employees of Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services.

Game Details

St. Louis Cardinals Vs. New York Mets
3:10 p.m. Start Time
This is Tim McCaver Bobblehead Give Away Day!

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How to Protect Your Air Conditioner from Storm Damage

These past few weeks have brought a lot of rain and storms to the area. In addition to all of these storms, the temperatures have also been climbing. You have likely been running your air conditioning system to keep your home comfortable. Unfortunately, thunderstorms can pose a serious risk to your ACFollow these handy tips when a strong storm hits and help protect your
Air Conditioner from the elements.

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-Turn Off Your AC During Thunderstorms 

Whenever possible turn off your air conditioner before a storm hits. Strong storms typically mean lightning. Electrical surges are common when lightning hits and you don’t want your AC’s electrical components destroyed, or risk a fire! If the weather is particularly hot, you can usually run your AC until the sky darkens. Keep in mind, however; lightning might be flashing before the rain comes so don’t wait that long, to turn off your unit. 

-Cover Your AC Before A Storm

Covering your air conditioning unit can be a great option to help protect it during a strong storm. Fast winds, hail and flying debris can cause some serious damage to the exposed components on your unit. You can use a tarp or even a board to cover your AC, to help protect it when severe weather hits.

*Make sure your cover is secure so it doesn’t turn into debris itself to cause damage elsewhere, and after the storm passes, remove the covering before starting up your unit again.

-Clean Up Your Yard

Speaking of flying debris, cleaning up your yard is a great way to help reduce the amount of debris that can be tossed around. Well before a storm hits, pack away outdoor furniture, toys, your barbecue pit and anything else that’s not tied down. Clean up branches that might have fallen and remove anything else that could puncture your AC equipment. Collaborate with neighbors to clean up their yards as well. Storms have no respect for property lines!

*If the storm is already rolling in or you see lightning, it is best to skip this step. Your own safety is more important. 

-Inspect and Clean Your AC Before Start-up

Once the storm has passed and it is safe to go outside, it is a good idea to do a thorough inspection of your AC unit and refrigerant piping to check for damage. Be sure to clear any debris that might be covering your air conditioning unit. As long as you’re certain that the unit is free from damage and debris, turn it on and monitor to make sure it’s working as it should.

-Get Professional Help

If despite your best efforts, your unit or piping has been damaged, call us right away at (866)844-3770We can also help you prepare for the storms ahead and reduce your equipments risk of being damaged.

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The School Year is Ending! Are You Ready for Summer Break?

It is May and we all know what that means, the school year is almost over! With summer break approaching quickly, you may be trying to plan ways to keep the kiddos entertained for the next few months. Fear not! Here are some helpful activities you can do with the kids this summer!

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Summer Break Activities:

1. Water Fun

Beat the heat this summer with the kids by breaking out the hose! Kiddie pools, water balloon fights and running through sprinklers are some of the best benefits of dealing with the summer heat! The good news is that your family can enjoy the waterworks, without sending your monthly bill through the roof. Try only filling kiddie pools about halfway, instead of all the way to the top, most of that water will just splash out and be wasted anyway. If you’re using sprinklers, try running the hose on a lower setting versus having it going at full blast. Your kids will still have fun playing with the sprinkler and you’ll save a little money on your water bill.

2. Light Reading

One downside to summer is that kids can actually lose some of what they learned from the school year over the break. Encourage kids to read more to help fight against this knowledge loss. There are several great summer reading programs in our area. The more time kids spend reading, the less time they are spending on video games, watching TV or bugging you because they are bored. So, if you are looking for a way to keep the kids busy this summer, place them in a well-lit room, with a good book!

3. Plant a Garden

A small garden, even just a simple herb garden, can be a fun activity for you and your kids to do over the school break. Gardening is a great way to teach kids about patience, the seasons, watering practices and it gets them outdoors for awhile!

4. Camp at Home

Grab a tent and head out to the backyard. Backyard camping is a lot of fun and conveniently located next to your own personal bathroom! String up some outdoor lights and roast marshmallows over a fire pit if you have one and tell funny campfire stories. 

5. Stay Cool in the Kitchen

Baking is always a fun activity, but a hot kitchen can be an unpleasant place to be during the hot summer months. Skip the part where you add extra heat to home and opt for making no-bake treats with the kiddos!

Have a Great Summer Everyone!

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Labor Day Already? Are You Ready for the Changing Seasons?

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer here in the Midwest. The weather will slowly start to transition from hot, humid summer temperatures to cool, crisp autumn air. As we begin to move from one season to another, here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you are ready for what is to come.

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Life After Labor Day:

One important thing to keep in mind is that summer is ending, it is not over. You will want to hold off on packing up those summer clothes and you will likely want to keep using your AC for the next several weeks. The good news is that as the days start to become a little cooler, your AC will need to run less often to keep you and your family comfortable. Saving energy and money!ceiling-fan-558988_960_720 (1)

A ceiling fan will also go a long way in keeping your home comfortable over the next couple of months. Ceiling fans will help distribute the cooler air throughout your home, causing your AC to run less often.

Seasonal Allergies:

With the changing weather comes fall allergies, making this time of year rough for those of us who have to battle seasonal allergens. Ragweed, pollen, dust mites, all on top of all the other allergen triggers can turn the beautiful months of fall into a sneezing nightmare. While you may not be able to do much about the air outside, you can clean and purify the air you breathe inside your home.

Start by changing the air filter inside your furnace. Changing your air filter as recommended will not only greatly improve your indoor air quality, but it will also help your heating and cooling system run more efficiently.

The next step is to have a member of our team come out and thoroughly clean and sanitize your ductwork. Having your ducts cleaned is a great way to get the allergens and bacteria out of the air you and your family breathes. Call (866)844-3770 to schedule your duct cleaning today!

Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day!

 

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More than Just Comfortable: the Added Benefits of Your AC

Summer is in full swing and you are loving the cool air and comfort provided by your AC. After all, these warmer months would be fairly miserable if air conditioners weren’t around, but you may not be aware of some of the other added benefits that your AC system provides.

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Bonus Benefits from Your AC:

 Indoor Air Quality:

Your heating and cooling systems go a long way in improving the air quality of your home. Most notably, they drastically reduce the amount of pollutants and allergens floating around in the air of your home. A well maintained AC system will also help improve the quality of living of people who suffer from allergens or respiratory illnesses like asthma.

P.S. Having regular maintenance tasks performed will greatly improve your indoor air quality and extend the life of your AC system. These tasks include; yearly system checks, having your filter changed as recommended, having your air ducts clean annually, etc.

Productivity Boost:

If you are hot, uncomfortable and all around miserable you will be less productive. AC’s to the rescue! Air Conditioners are designed to keep you cool and comfortable, no matter how toasty things become outside. The more comfortable you are, the more productive you will be!

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This is also a matter of being comfortable. Keeping your bedroom between 60 to 65 degrees is often ideal for a perfect night of sleep. A properly functioning AC is the easiest way for you to keep your bedroom in this comfort zone.

Call us at (866) 844-3770 to schedule a precision tune-up and safety inspection to ensure that your AC is running at optimal levels!

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Staying Safe During this Extreme Heat

It is going to be one of the hottest days of the year and it is important to stay safe, to avoid a heat related injury. Heat stroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and severe sunburns are just a few of the issues to be concerned about.  If you’ll be spending any amount of time outdoors this week, keep the following information in mind to remain safe during the extreme heat.

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Firstly: If you or someone near you is experiencing signs of heat stroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, etc. call 911 right away.

-Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water and try to avoid alcoholic beverages when possible.

-If you work outside, do your best to stay cool and take frequent breaks to avoid over doing it.

– Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing during outdoor activities.

-Avoid exercising during the hottest parts of the day.dog-700227_960_720

-Never leave pets or children in closed/locked vehicles.

– Keep an eye on your pets. Make sure they have access to plenty of shade and drinking water. Also consider bringing them inside during the hottest parts of the day.

 -Eat less often and stick to smaller portions. Avoid foods that are high in protein and carbs. Instead, opt for fresh fruits and veggies.

-Protect your skin and eyes from sunburns with sunscreen and by wearing sunglasses and hats with brims to protect your face.

Have A Safe and Fun Summer!

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