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Washing Machine Maintenance Tips

Posted on February 25th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Though your washing machine may seem like it’s pretty self-sufficient, this doesn’t mean that it can withstand all the damage you may inflict on it. There are simple things you can do to prevent your unit from breaking down or needing an expensive repair. If you’re noticing your clothes aren’t coming out as clean as they should, use these tips to give your machine a little TLC.

1. Don’t Overload It

Even though it may seem easier to just throw all your laundry in one load in hopes that it will be done sooner, this is the number one way you can damage your unit. Break up oversized loads into smaller loads, and separate them by type of clothing, such as heavy sweaters, dresses, delicate materials, etc.

2. Use The Right Amount of Detergent

There are different laundry detergents recommended depending on the model of your washing machine. For instance, most energy-efficient models require a low-sudsing detergent. If you use a soap that is not compatible with your model, you could shorten the life of your unit.

3. Check The Hoses

Just as you would check your pipes to ensure there are no leaks, it’s important to check the hoses on your washing machine. Every month or so, give the hoses a check for bulges and cracks and ensure that they are fitting tightly in the socket.

4. Leave the Door Open After a Load

If you notice a musky smell after you open your washer to start a load, you’ll want to leave the door open after the cycle has finished. This gives the machine a chance to air out and remove moisture, rather than being pent up inside the machine.

5. Transfer Clean Laundry to the Dryer ASAP

In addition to causing your clothes to become moldy, you can also cause the same damage to your washing machine. Be sure to move clothes over to your dryer as soon after the wash cycle as you can.

Washing Machine Repairs and Maintenance In Jupiter FL

If you find that your washing machine doesn’t seem to be working correctly, contact our team for a repair. We understand that having peace of mind when it comes to your home appliances is extremely valuable. We promise to be available and ready to assist. Just call or contact us for a free estimate.

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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Spring Cleaning For Your Home

Posted on February 25th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Before the weather hits sweltering here in Florida, you may find yourself wanting to complete a few projects around your home. But, where should you start? Use these tips to create your own home maintenance checklist.

Interior Home Maintenance

From combating allergies to ensure your plumbing is in tip-top shape, give your home a good sweep by adding these home maintenance items to your to-do list:

  • Check all plumbing fixtures for leaks.
  • Replace the air filters in your HVAC unit.
  • Vacuum and dust all surfaces that could collect indoor allergens and reduce air quality.
  • Test the flapper on your toilet.
  • Inspect your walls and ceilings for signs of water damage.
  • Check that your sump pump is draining properly.
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors.

Exterior Home Maintenance

The exterior of your home is just as important as the inside — especially if you’re looking to up your curb appeal when your house goes on the market. Consider making the time to complete these home projects:

  • Remove debris from your outdoor HVAC unit.
  • Check outdoor pipes and hoses for leaks.
  • Check your gutters, roof, and windows.
  • Repaint your siding.
  • Clean away dirt by power-washing your exterior.
  • Treat your pool water.
  • Do some landscaping work.
  • Repair your patio and/or deck.

Contact Jupiter-Tequesta at one of our locations to discuss your plumbing, cooling, or electrical options.

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

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Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on February 25th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

St. Patrick’s Day is here, and what better day is there to go green? Celebrate the holiday by adopting a more eco-friendly approach to your home’s plumbing and air quality with these simple tips.

Upgrade Your Shower Head

Investing in a low-flow showerhead will significantly reduce your water consumption. Although water is a renewable resource, it’s never a bad thing to cut back on your consumption —  especially when it translates to big savings on your bills!

Use Water Filters

A water purification system will treat your home’s hard water, removing any unwanted minerals and particles. Hard water can cause dry skin, brittle hair and even leave permanent damage on your clothes and other machine-washable items. Not only can a water purifier make water higher quality, but you can also eliminate the use of plastic bottles from your home and drink straight from the tap.

Go Green With Your Air Conditioner

ENERGY STAR air conditioning systems use up to 50-percent less energy than a standard unit. You can also look for two-stage air conditioners that operate at a lower capacity throughout the day, only operating at full power when it’s truly needed.

Install Green Safety Ductwork

Green Safety Ductwork is not only environmentally friendly, but it also improves the air quality in your home and can save you on your utility bills. A home with properly designed and sealed ductwork is more energy-efficient and comfortable.

Energy-Efficient Home Upgrades in Jupiter, FL

The go-green fun doesn’t have to stop at celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Our experienced technicians are trained to handle any home upgrades from cooling and heating to plumbing, and we’ll work quickly and efficiently. Contact us at any of our locations to get started:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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HVAC Terms You Should Know

Posted on February 25th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Understanding your cooling and heating unit is the best way to communicate with your professional technician about any problems with your system. Read more about these terms below before your next service call.

Condenser Coil 

The coils in your HVAC transfer heat to air, and the condenser coil ejects or emits heat from the system. This coil is typically located on your outdoor air conditioning unit, or on your heat pump.

Ductwork

Made from different materials ranging from fiberglass to the most popular galvanized steel, these pipes serve as channels that direct air flow through your home. It’s important to keep these clear and maintained for optimal indoor air quality.

Heat Pump

This system features a compressor that cycles between hot and cold air. They move thermal energy, and remove heat from a warm space from a cold space and transmit it to a colder space or vice-versa.

Packaged Unit

Also known as rooftop units, these outdoor units typically have their own heating and cooling devices.

Refrigerant 

This substance is used in most AC units and is the liquid responsible for the ‘cooling’ effect.

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio)

This ratio measures the efficiency of your heating and cooling unit and measures the total cooling of your unit versus the amount of energy used. It is equal to the Total Cooling Output Over the Cooling Season / Total Electrical Energy Input Over the Cooling Season

Split System

This style of air conditioning features a zoned system, where you can control the temperature of each area of the home individually. This system does not use ductwork but instead uses small wall mounts in each area.

HVAC Services in Jupiter FL

Contact Jupiter-Tequesta at one of our locations to discuss your plumbing, cooling, or electrical options.

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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The 5 Worst Things You Can Do To Your Toilet

Posted on February 25th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

The “Do-Nots” of Flushing Items Down Your Toilet

A properly working toilet is essential in any home. Unfortunately, many individuals flush things down them that they shouldn’t. This causes back-ups and a whole host of other problems. Here are five of the worst things that you can flush down your toilet.

1. Hair

It may be tempting to take the hair accumulated in your brush and discard it in the toilet. However, this is one of the worst things that you can do. This can create a significant clog that you can’t clear on your own. The problem will get worse if not dealt with.

2. Household Chemicals

We are all looking for a way to dispose of household chemicals. Unfortunately, it’s never a good idea to flush them down the toilet. They can negatively affect your sewer system, and it is also harmful to the environment. You’re better off taking them to your local city dump.

3. Certain Paper Products

Many individuals think that because it’s okay to flush toilet paper down the toilet that they can flush all paper products as well. This is not the case. Diapers, wipes, paper towels, and feminine hygiene products can all get stuck on the way down. Dispose of these items in the trash can instead.

4. Cat Litter

Clumping cat litter makes it easy to get rid of cat waste and eliminate odors in your home. However, it isn’t made to be flushed in your toilet. Once you put it in your toilet, you will find that it can become a messy clump of goop that gets stuck in the pipes on the way down.

5. Medications

While medications won’t harm your pipes or sewer system, they can make your water contaminated. If you are looking for a way to dispose of them properly, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. You may find that there are several places near you where you can safely dispose of unused medication.

In conclusion, never flush any of the items mentioned above. They can be harmful to your toilet, sewage system — and your health. If you are dealing with plumbing issues, give Jupiter-Tequesta a call today at one of our locations. We will determine what is wrong with your toilet, and we will get it working correctly again.

Reach out to one of our locations today:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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Is My Home Too Humid?

Posted on February 25th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Signs That Your Home is Too Humid

Humidity is a natural occurrence in areas that experience high temperatures and are close to large bodies of water. People living in places like Jupiter, Florida understand this reality all too well. It’s important for homeowners to know if humidity levels are too high for their homes and what they can do to combat this.

Hot and Moist Air 

This is the most obvious indication that the humidity levels in your home are too high. The heat will be oppressive, feel damp, and may even make it difficult for you and your loved ones to breathe.

Pooling Condensation

Excessive condensation can indicate an issue, especially when this happens on window seals and on walls. Your ceiling, mirrors, and pipes can also have moisture build-up a lot of humidity is present.

Mold Formation

Found most commonly on or in =walls, mold reveals that humidity levels in your home might be too high. Mold usually appears in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements as these areas where water is frequently used

Factors That May Lead to High Humidity

There are many different factors that can potentially cause humidity levels to increase and have a negative impact on your home. The construction of your home and its design can also influence how humidity gathers in your residence. The materials used to construct and insulate your home can also cause your home to trap in heat and moisture.

If your humidity levels are too high you should give Jupiter-Tequesta a call. Our company will help you to get your humidity levels under control and make your home a comfortable place to live.

Indoor Air Quality Services in Jupiter, Florida

If you find your home is too humid, it’s best to consult with a professional HVAC technician to find the best solution\. We’re here to help with all of your ductwork needs, including installation, maintenance, and inspections. Our knowledgable technicians have worked with a variety of HVAC systems and can resolve your indoor air issues in no time.

Contact one of our locations for more information: 

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

Jupiter-Tequesta A/C, Plumbing & Electric, License No. CAC#1816615

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Common Causes of Water Leaks in the Home

Posted on February 25th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Close-up Of Male Plumber Fixing White Sink Pipe With Adjustable Wrench

Leaks can cause a lot of damage to your home and can encourage mold growth. One of the best things that you can do to prevent leaks is to recognize the common signs of one. If you notice any of these signs, be sure to contact a professional plumber as soon as you can for a repair.

Broken Seals

Your contractors put seals on all your new appliances when they are installed. However, the seals tend to become loose as the appliance ages. If you notice puddles around your sink, dishwasher, or other plumbing fixtures, then there is likely a leak.

Clogged Drain Lines

In many cases, a clogged drain line only causes a minor inconvenience if it is clogged. However, a clog can cause a pipe to burst. Clogged gutters and obstructions in the drain pans can also create a leak. Therefore, you need to keep your HVAC system and gutters clean.

Corrosion

Your pipes can develop rust as they get older. If you notice that any of your pipes are discolored or warped, then you will need to have a plumber assess the damage. You may need to get your pipes replaced.

Excess Water Pressure

While we all desire to have good water pressure, water pressure too high can put a strain on your pipes. The pipes are designed to withstand a certain amount of pressure. If you are concerned about the water pressure being too high, then you will need to have a professional check it.

Rapid Water Temperature Changes

Extreme temperature fluctuations can put a strain on your pipes and cause them to leak. You should pay attention to how your pipes contract and expand.

Professional Leak Repair in Jupiter, FL

Contact us for clogged pipes, leaks, and blocked drains. Our experienced technicians are trained to handle your worst plumbing problems quickly and efficiently.

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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Is Your HVAC Dirty?

Posted on January 30th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

The dirty air filters in your HVAC system can block the air from flowing through the air ducts. There would be an air pressure problem inside the ductwork, which would reduce the operating efficiency of the HVAC system. The level of the air quality could be a health hazard with issues from contaminants and pet hair. Homeowners should use a maintenance schedule for replacing the filters:

  • Maintenance log for HVAC systems.
  • Change air filters for HVAC systems according to the instructions from the manufacturers.
  • Inspect used air filters from HVAC systems.
  • Request regular inspections from HVAC technicians.

Air Filters for HVAC Systems

The air filters for HVAC systems are usually a small expense that can be used to prevent significant costs from future repair services. A filter blocks harmful contaminants and dirt that can cause unpleasant odors and problems from low air quality. You can protect your HVAC system and can also protect your family from health hazards by regularly changing the air filters.

HVAC System Ductwork Issues

If the hot air from your furnace significantly cools down in the ductwork, then the temperature of some air ducts could be low enough to cause condensation to form inside those air ducts. The condensation can cause problems from mold and mildew, which could contaminate the air. The issues from condensation inside air ducts can be controlled with insulation.

Professional Inspections from Our HVAC Technicians

Customers in Jupiter, Florida, and in the surrounding areas can use our expert services to control problems. We can recommend improvements for HVAC systems and do have service memberships with lower prices for customers. 

Contact Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing, and Electric for more information about our services for commercial and residential customers in Broward, Martin, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie Counties in Florida.

Contact Jupiter-Tequesta at one of our locations to discuss your plumbing, cooling, or electrical options.

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

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What is a Fatberg?

Posted on January 30th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Drain being cleared by worker in navy overalls.

While Fatberg may sound like a new Netflix release, its origins are a little frightening. The term fatberg refers to the grease monsters that are creating significant problems in sewer systems around the world. These blobs are costing cities thousands of dollars every year because they get stuck in the sewage pipes.

What’s In A Fatberg?

A fatberg is comprised of these items:

  • Grease
  • Feminine products
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers

When the grease meets up with the other waste items, they begin to form a giant ball that only increases as it picks up more trash in the sewers.

How Did These Items Get Into Sewers?

Unfortunately, not everyone follows the rules when it comes to proper disposal of garbage. Many restaurants have the terrible habit of pouring grease down the sink, and plenty of people are flushing tampons and other items that should be thrown in the garbage. Baby wipes are the biggest offender and make up a significant percentage of the ever-growing fatbergs.

Keeping Your Plumbing Fatberg Free

If you want to keep your plumbing system running smoothly, then never put anything down the drain other than your biological waste and toilet paper. Grease should never be dumped down the sink unless you want to create your very own Fatberg in the pipes. We recommend pouring hot oil into a can and throwing it in the garbage once it’s cooled down.

Even if you’ve been following all the rules, sometimes pipes get blocked no matter how careful you are. Contact us for clogged pipes, leaks, and blocked drains. Our experienced technicians are trained to handle your worst plumbing problems quickly and efficiently.

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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How to Show Your Plumbing Some Love

Posted on January 30th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Replacing the plumbing in the bathroom mounted shower holder with height adjustable a shower head.

While the plumbing system in your home may not be the first thing on your mind around Valentine’s Day, pipes need some attention too. We take well-maintained plumbing for granted until a pipe breaks or a drain gets clogged. Here are some ways to give the plumbing a little TLC this year.

Take Care Of Leaking Pipes

Don’t ignore those wet pipes or dripping faucets. Small leaks can become a giant headache if they’re left to get worse. Leaking pipes are not only a critical maintenance issue, but they’re also a big waste of water. There are other telltale signs of leaks in the home like mold, mildew, or paint peeling from the walls.

Give Your Pipes A Little Insulation

Wrapping pipes is a great way to insulate them to keep them warm all year. When pipes are wrapped, they have less chance of bursting during cold spells. Insulation also keeps the hot water from losing its heat as it travels through the house.

Preventive Maintenance Is Key

Nothing says I care more than scheduling a licensed plumber to do a drain cleaning in your home. Regular cleanings remove any trapped grease, hair, food, and debris to stop the drains from getting backed up. Taking care of the plumbing with proper maintenance will save money in the long run.

Our experienced and friendly plumbing technicians are ready to help with maintenance, clogs, broken pipes, and backed up sewers. Contact us anytime for all of your plumbing needs.

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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