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Top Websites For DIY Tips And Home Repair

Posted on March 16th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Buying your first home is a proud moment in a person’s life, but all that hard work doesn’t end once you’ve moved in. As a homeowner, you’ll begin to develop an obsession to keep every inch of your space looking as perfect as the day you bought it. And with that obsession, comes your new found love for everything “DIY.”

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Since you’ll be busy tackling projects around the house, we’ve put together a list of some of the top DIY resources/websites. Happy building!

Do It Yourself
This website covers both your indoor and outdoor home improvement and repair needs. There’s also a section on crafts and hobbies to help spruce up your pad.

Ask The Builder
Ask The Builder is a free newsletter that offers information you can trust from award-winning builder Tim Carter. This site also includes before and after pictures for inspiration, tool reviews, and giveaways.

Hometime
This website shares advice on the basics of repairing everything home-related. Bonus: The how-to videos and articles are easy to follow, even for those who can’t tell one end of the wrench from the other.

Build.com
This YouTube channel offers innovative home repair tips that also place emphasis on being environmentally friendly. Some of the fan-favorite videos are their 30-second tip clips – i.e. how to unclog your garbage disposal.

However, sometimes, things can go wrong – if you want an easy solution and quick fix without the harmful consequences, call the professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta! Our technicians are here to help with all of your home’s air conditioning, plumbing, or electrical problems. We also offer fast emergency service, 24-hours, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year!

Visit our website to learn more about our services or give us a call to speak with a representative directly:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822


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How To Maintain A Happy Home

Posted on March 14th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Whether you live in a one bedroom apartment in the city or a home on a hill in the suburbs, your space inside is an extension of who you are. It shapes our mood, affects our productivity, and influences our outlook on life. Here are a few simple hacks to gain a more balanced, organized, and clean home.

How To Maintain A Happy Home | Plumber | Jupiter | Jupiter-Tequesta |

Go ‘Green.’ Plants host a list of benefits for you and your home. Not only can they help with decorating your space, but they also provide a natural fragrance, enable you to grow your own produce, and even convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. Each plant has a different purpose, so make sure you’re buying the right one for your home.

Get The Lighting Right. The key to proper lighting in your home is keeping it au naturel. Natural light will boost your mood and make every room feel lighter and brighter. Opt for lamps with a dimmer when you need to use your light fixtures. This will help you create a more relaxed vibe.

Clean As You Go. The last thing anyone wants to do is clean their whole house. But decluttering and organizing your space has many health benefits, so it should be done. Instead of leaving it all until the last minute, set a timer for three minutes before you leave a room and quickly tidy up. Eventually, it will all get done.

Feng Shui Your Space. The art of feng shui believes in balancing the home for a more organized and peaceful life. Looking for a few quick and simple ways to get started? Add earth tones into your bathroom, don’t place your desk facing the wall, and steer clear of blocking your bed off from the rest off the room.

Another way to keep your house happy is by making sure your home’s heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical is running smoothly. That’s where the experts at Jupiter-Tequesta come in. We offer fast 24-hour, 7 day emergency service, 365 days of the year!

Visit our website to learn more about our services or give us a call to speak with a representative directly.

 

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822


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How Companies Can Give Back

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

In order to be a successful business, you need the support of your local community. And large companies aren’t the only ones who can make a real difference. Smaller businesses and their leaders have important roles to play too. It’s extremely gratifying to have your employees bond over something that’s meaningful to everyone. Here are some ways your company can successfully start giving back:

How Companies Can Give Back | Plumber | Jupiter | Jupiter-Tequesta |

Encourage Employees To Volunteer
Make volunteering a priority and put it on the calendar just like any other scheduled meeting or event. Giving your employees an avenue to give back is important to morale and builds a collaborative and inspired team.

Work with local organizations
What are the social and economic problems in your area that your company can help resolve? Local businesses could use your help and will welcome the support!

Sponsor or organize an event
What are the issues your employees are passionate about tackling? You can work together to be involved in sponsoring charity events or even your local youth sports teams. These are just a few simple ways to help out with very minimal time investment.

Offer your skills
As a leader in your industry, your expertise is valuable to many people. Consider teaching classes to local residents or being a guest speaker at a conference. One of the greatest values of any company is its ability to donate knowledge.

 
Jupiter-Tequesta loves giving back to our community! Vote for the charity you would like to see us donate to this month. If there’s a specific charity you would like to see nominated in the future, contact our marketing department. (561) 747-5740 ext. 1012 | rachel@jupiter-tequesta.com.

Visit our website to learn more about our services or give us a call to speak with a representative directly:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740
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Don’t Put Chemicals Down Your Drain

Posted on March 6th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Is your home suffering from a clogged drain? This is actually a common problem for most homeowners. While it may seem easier to grab a bottle of drain cleaner from the store, those commercial chemical cleaners can end up doing more harm than good. Here are four reasons why you shouldn’t rely on liquid drain cleaners:

Don't Put Chemicals Down Your Drain | Plumber | Jupiter | FL | Jupiter-Tequesta

 1. Drain cleaners are toxic. The fumes are unhealthy to inhale and can irritate your nose and eyes. Don’t think this will go away quickly either; these fumes hang around wherever the chemical was used long after it goes down the drain.

 2. They damage your plumbing pipes. If you use chemicals to clean your drain, you’ll end up harming your pipes at the same time. The main chemical in commercial cleaning solutions is hydrochloric acid, which will strip off the enamel and other expensive finishes in your kitchen and bathroom.

 3. Drain cleaners are harmful to the environment. The residue left in the drain cleaning bottles ends up in landfills and can enter the water, poisoning fish and other wildlife.

 4. Commercial drain cleaners may not even work. Drains sometimes back up because of trouble in the sewer line or because of broken pipes. It’s important to figure out what’s causing the clog before you start dumping chemicals down the drain.

If you want an easy solution and quick fix without the harmful consequences, call the plumbing professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta! Our technicians are here to help you get things back up and running! Give us a call for help with all of your home plumbing and drain cleaning needs.

Visit our website to learn more about our services or give us a call to speak with a representative directly:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822


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What To Do When Your Electrical Outlet Is Warm

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Did you notice that your electrical outlet was warm while plugging in one of your appliances? The power running through them is normally fast and hot, but the outlet itself should not be. If you find one that is, address it immediately.

What To Do When Your Electrical Outlet Is Warm | Electrician | Tequesta | Jupiter-Tequesta |

1.Unplug everything from your outlet. If you have multiple appliances plugged into your outlet, it’s possible that the circuit is overloaded, meaning it’s carrying more current than it’s designed to handle. This will cause the outlet to overheat if the breaker doesn’t trip.

2.Check the devices plugged in. Some appliances (cell phone chargers, cordless drills, and printers) have an internal transformer that can change the voltage input and cause an outlet to become warm. Wait an hour, and if the outlet doesn’t heat up again, there’s no need for any repairs.

3.Figure out the age of your outlet. If your outlet is old and worn out, there’s a chance it can have loose contacts or the wires may be touching. Instead of blowing a fuse, a bad connection allows for an electrical current to flow through your home, which in turn, can start a fire.

The most important thing to do if your electrical outlet is hot? Find the circuit breaker that controls that outlet and turn it off. Then, call an electrician to check the connections. The outlet may need to be repaired or replaced, but either way, it’s a job for a professional.

If you have run into any problems with your home’s electric,, don’t hesitate to give our technicians at Jupiter-Tequesta a call! We are here to help you keep things running smoothly – for less!

Visit our website to learn more about our services, or give us a call to speak with a representative directly:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822


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Electricity 101: Top Online Resources

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Knowledge is power and if you want to be a leader in your field, it’s important to touch up on all the electrical industry’s news and updates. Whether you’re an expert or an amateur “DIY-er” there’s always something to learn. Here’s our list of some of the top resources for all things energy and electricity.

Electricity 101: Top Online Resources | Electrician | Tequesta | Jupiter-Tequesta |

National Association of Electrical Distributors
This non-profit focuses on bringing the electrical industry together in order to educate others and share valuable research. This site is particularly beneficial for more advanced electricians and electrical engineers.

OSHA Electrical
This website outlines all of the dangers and safety precautions you should take when dealing with electricity, professional or not. It’s guide is helpful and informative, especially for those just starting out in the electrical field.

Edison’s Desk
Edison’s Desk, a blog powered by GE, has information from different researchers discussing the developments in the electrical field.

Illuminating Engineering Society
Illuminating Engineering Society was founded in 1906, making it the technical authority on all things illumination. Check this site to make sure your company is up to code and abides by the organization’s guidelines.

 
With over 18,000 current customers, Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric Inc. is Palm Beach and the Martin County’s most respected home comfort specialist. We’re able to handle your homes comfort demands and emergency situations with 24-hour, 7-day emergency service, 365 days of the year.
Visit our website to learn more about our services, or give us a call to speak with a representative directly:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
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St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822


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Common Landscape Lighting Problems

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

When your landscape lighting is in full swing, your home has a warm inviting glow. But sometimes, these lights can go out and leave your yard looking unbalanced and shabby. Here are few troubleshooting techniques to help with the most common outdoor lighting problems.

Common Landscape Lighting Problems | Electrician | West Palm Beach | Jupiter-Tequesta |

Hard-Wired Lights
Common problems with these outdoor lights include pinched wires near the fixture or loose bulbs. Turn your circuit breaker off at the main electrical panel to prevent electrocution and evaluate each wire, bulb, and fixture. Once you’ve checked the entire system, turn the circuit breaker back on to verify that the lights are working properly.

Solar Lights
Solar lights use a sensitive sensor to determine night from day. Installing the fixture near a hard-wired light may prevent illumination during the right times. Check the fixture location and battery connection. You may have to reposition the fixture in a dark area or replace the sensor component.

Low-Voltage Lights
These lights are not high voltage so they don’t need to be buried deep in the yard. However, this means that they tend to get damaged by landscaping tools like lawnmowers. If you can’t get your landscape lights to operate, check the wiring hidden in the soil.

LED Lights
LED bulbs (light emitting diode) work in both hard-wired and solar light systems. Good-quality bulbs last for years without dimming or color issues. However, low-quality bulbs decline quickly when they’re used for outdoor fixtures. If you have issues with light color or flickering, replace the bulb – the system should still be working just fine.

 
If you have any questions about your landscape lighting or if you run into any problems, give Jupiter-Tequesta a call! Our professional technicians will ensure that your lighting is installed safely for you and your family.

Visit our website to learn more about our landscape lighting services or give us a call to speak with a representative directly.

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822


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5 Myths About Being Green At Home

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

There were ‘tree-huggers’ in the 70s and people who were on a mission to ‘save the planet’ in the 90s. Now, everyone is hopping on the ‘go green’ bandwagon. Clearly we’ve been trying to be ‘green-conscious’ for a while now. However with time comes wisdom, as well as uncertainty. How do you know if your choices are actually helping the planet? We’ve debunked a few common misconceptions to help you lead a smarter ‘green’ path.

5 Myths About Being Green At Home | Plumber | Jupiter | Jupiter-Tequesta |

Myth: There’s no reliable way to know if a product is as green as it claims.
Yes, there’s plenty of so-called ‘greenwashing’ out there. But aside from the SCS and FCS certifications, there are other third-party groups whose logos indicate products are as green as they say they are. The most widely known is the EPA’s Energy Star logo, but you can also look for logos from GreenSeal. They scrutinize products’ green cred, including the amount of recycled content used.

Myth: To really save on my utility bills, I need to invest in renewable energy.
It would be great if we could all tap into solar, wind, and geothermal technologies, but those are still cost-prohibitive for many of us. In the meantime, you can lessen your demand for nonrenewable energy by up to 40 percent by simply plugging gaps, holes, and other air leaks in your home.

Myth: If it plugs in, it’s an energy vampire when it’s off.
Unless your appliance has a power adapter, indicator light, standby function, or clock, it’s not burning energy. The worst vampire by far? Your cable box, which uses half the juice of an Energy Star fridge. So when you’re not busy watching your favorite HBO series, turn it off!

Myth: If I really want to save water, I have to buy a new toilet.
If your toilet was made after the year ‘94, you already have a low-flow toilet, which means no replacement necessary. Every time you flush you’re using no more than 1.6 gallons of water, courtesy of federal government requirements.

If you run into any problems with your home’s electric, plumbing or A/C, don’t hesitate to give our technicians at Jupiter-Tequesta a call! We are here to help you keep things running smoothly – for less!

Visit our website to learn more about our services, or give us a call to speak with a representative directly:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822


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Is It Time To Repair Or Replace Your A/C?

Posted on February 16th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Do you have a hard time keeping your home cool? This could be a sign that your A/C unit should be repaired or replaced. Although a new air conditioner can be a big investment, so can the costs of continually repairing and operating an old, inefficient unit. So how are you supposed to know when it’s time to repair or replace?

Is It Time To Repair Or Replace Your A/C? | AC repair | Jupiter | Jupiter-Tequesta |
Consider The Age Of Your A/C
The age of your heating and cooling unit plays a critical role in the decision to repair or replace. Use the ‘5000 rule.’ In other words, multiply the age of the equipment by the repair cost. If that exceeds $5,000 dollars, you should consider replacing the unit.

Energy Efficiency Matters
Recent advances in A/C technology have greatly improved energy efficiency. Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current one is more than 10 years old. The average lifespan of an A/C unit is about 14 years.

R-22 Can Influence Your Options
If an A/C unit requires additional refrigerant, also known as Freon, there’s a coolant leak. You can add more Freon, but the repair costs may not be worth it. Between repairing the leak, adding refrigerant, and replacing the compressor, it will end up being the same as buying a new, low-end unit.

On the other hand, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. If your system shows no leaks, and your energy bills are low, there should be no reason to replace your A/C unit.

To gauge the condition of your existing A/C, schedule an inspection with one of our HVAC experts at Jupiter-Tequesta. We are here to help you with all of your home cooling needs! Browse our website to learn more about our services, or give us a call to speak with a representative directly:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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Why Is My A/C Leaking?

Posted on February 13th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Nearly 90 percent of all central air service calls are related to leaks. Although these leaks tend to be relatively small, if left unchecked, they can cause a tremendous amount of damage. If you happen to notice that an abnormal amount of water has leaked after running your A/C, it’s likely one of three main culprits.

Why Is My A/C Leaking? | Plumbing | Cooling | Jupiter | FL | Jupiter-Tequesta |
First cause? A clogged condensate line.
This is the most common cause of A/C leaks. When the line is clogged, water backs up and floods the overflow pan. However, modern A/C units are equipped with a water-overflow cutoff switch, which automatically shuts down the system if it detects a clogged line. This switch helps prevent water damage, but most homeowners end up calling a technician because they don’t realize why their air-conditioning system suddenly shuts down.

 
Second cause? The overflow pan.
This pan is a piece of equipment that catches any condensation from the A/C unit. If you’re noticing a leak, carefully inspect the pan for damage. Small holes and cracks can be patched, but it’s usually best to replace.

 
Third cause? A clogged filter.
Most filters are designed to be used for one to two months. Nevertheless, you should still inspect the filter every month, even during the cooler seasons. If the filter appears dirty, replace it immediately. A dirty filter can cause ice to form on the unit’s evaporators coils, and when that ice melts, it drips water.
Whatever the case of your leak may be, it’s important to schedule an A/C repair immediately. If you have any questions about your home’s air conditioning system, or you run into any problems don’t hesitate to give our professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta a call. We are here to help you with all of your home cooling needs! Visit our website to learn more about our services or give us a call to speak with a representative directly:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740 Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822 Martin: (772) 546-2822 St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

 
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