Do you notice spots on your dishes even after a cycle in your dishwasher? If you were curious why this was happening, don’t blame your appliance. These stains are caused by a high amount of minerals found in your water — minerals like calcium and magnesium ions. Once mineral-rich water dries, it leaves stains, or grimy residue, on the surface.
How Can You Remove Hard Water Stains?
It’s not that hard water is bad for your health, but it does leave stains on your silverware, gives your dry hair and skin, and makes your clothes less soft. So how can you fix this issue?
Water and Vinegar: Mix half water and half vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture to your dishes, wait a few minutes, and wipe clean.
Baking Soda and Vinegar: Mix half baking soda with half vinegar to make a paste. Smear the paste over the surface and let it sit for 15 minutes. Once the mixture has settled, rinse with water (don’t forget to wipe the stain dry).
Lemon Juice: Spray fresh lemon juice on hard water stains. Rinse after 10 minutes and spray again if the stain is still there.
Bath bombs are everywhere…and they’re selling out, quick. They are the perfect solution to a stressful day. However, is it really safe to throw that rainbow-colored bath bomb into your tub?
First, let’s start with some positives.
They are scented, fizzy, and relax your muscles as soon as you hop into the tub. And not only will your entire body smell amazing, so will your bathroom! They are the perfect gift for yourself or a friend.
What’s bad about them?
Bath bombs are made up of a variety of materials that shouldn’t go down your pipes. A few problems include:
Salts not dissolving. A few undissolved chunks of the bath bomb salty ingredients is all it takes to latch on to the dirt in your drain and clog.
Oils clogging your drains. Rule number one in plumbing is that no oils are allowed down your drain. There’s plenty of oils in bath bombs (yikes).
Other ingredients get stuck, too. Some bath bombs contain small pieces of flowers, glitter, and more…and it’s not long until these small pieces clog your drain.
How can you still use bath bombs without damaging your plumbing?
Fortunately, there are a few ways to enjoy bath bombs without needing to call a repairman afterward. Put a nylon cover over the bath bomb to prevent the contents from leaking and clogging the drain. Another option is cleaning your drain out with vinegar and water once you’re done bathing. This should help clear any debris (bath bomb and all) from sticking and clogging.
If you run into any problems with your home plumbing, don’t hesitate to give the Jupiter-Tequesta technicians a call! We are here to help you with all of your home plumbing and drain cleaning needs.
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We love living in Florida, but one of the cons of this sunny state is the fear of hurricane season.
Hurricanes can cause many problems for our homes – one of them being a power outage. Sometimes a blackout doesn’t last long, but on the off chance it does (what will you do when you can’t charge your phone?!), a backup generator can help you gain your power back.
They keep your lights on.
No sitting in the dark like your neighbors. Home generators keep your lights on so you can go about your day safe and sounds.
Your appliances will stay on.
You don’t have to worry about not using any appliances in your home. You can cook, shower, and even keep your AC blasting when you own a generator.
You won’t waste any food.
Many times, blackouts last for so long that the food in our fridges starts to go bad. Unfortunately, we have to throw a lot of our food away after the storm, but not with a generator — it will keep your fridge running so you don’t waste food or money.
Are you ready to invest in a generator to prepare your home for future storms? You can count on Jupiter-Tequesta A/C, Plumbing & Electric, LLC. We offer 24-hours a day, 7 days a week service with no overtime charges. We only employ the best in the business. All our technicians are background checked and drug tested. Our Electricians are experts in repair and installation for both residential and commercial.
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It’s hard to imagine how much electricity we use in our daily lives. But sometimes, we may not even go an hour without its absence. From turning on our lights and using the coffee machine in the morning to texting on our cell phones and watching a movie at night. It’s safe to say that we would be lost without electricity, so be sure to call a professional if any of these common problems occur for you.
5 Common Household Problems That Require A Professional Electrician
1. Flickering Lights
First, try to change the bulbs — this may just be a quick fix. If they still continue to flicker, it may be poor wiring or a faulty fixture, which a professional should attend to immediately.
2. Expensive Electrical Bills
First and foremost: make sure you always turn off the lights when you leave a room, and never keep unused appliances plugged in. If your bills are still high, it may be from older appliances or poor insulation. An electrician can help you assess the issue and make any repairs necessary.
3. Exposed Wires.
This often occurs after a home DIY project. It may seem unimportant, but it can be a huge fire hazard for your home. Call an electrician to tidy them up just in case!
4. Too Many Cables.
If your extension cord is chock full of cables, not only is this inconvenient and unsightly, it’s also dangerous. You could trip one of the cables which can cause a chain reaction. An electrician can update your outlet to fit all of the appliances you need.
5. Strange Smells.
Stop using any appliance or outlet that has an unusual smell — this is a sign to repair or replace the outlet before the chance of a fire.
Air conditioning is a summer essential. That’s why we want to make sure that we are always doing everything that we can to prevent air conditioner breakdowns. Here are a few AC maintenance tips that will help keep you and your family cool for the rest of the summer.
1. Schedule a Tune-Up
The first and most important way to prevent an AC breakdown this summer is by scheduling a tune-up. Maintaining your air conditioner can keep your system running smoothly, keeping you and your home cool.
Don’t forget to clean your system as much as possible — it will help maximize its efficiency and reduce any extra pressure on the system. Check and change your air filters because dirty filters make it harder for air to flow through your home. Also, clean the outdoor condenser unit of any branches, plants, or debris.
3. Open The Vents
Many homeowners believe that you should shut the vents in any unused rooms in your home. But please, don’t do this! This can actually end up causing problems with your HVAC system. When your system was installed, a load value calculation was recorded that determined the size and layout of the system, so closing the air vents can cause uneven cooling throughout your home. Keep all vents open!
4. Use Energy-Saving Settings
To avoid putting extra pressure on your AC, use energy efficient settings on your thermostat during the summer. And please, don’t turn your thermostat as low as it can go in hopes to cool your home faster — it won’t work and it will only put more stress on your system. Use ceiling fans to keep the air moving.
5. Check For Water Leaks
If you notice any water leaks around your air conditioning system, this could be a sign that your condensate drain is clogged. It is important that you correct this as soon as possible to prevent future problems with your A/C system.
If you notice any problems with your system, don’t delay getting them fixed. The longer that you wait to address an issue, the more serious the problem will become!
If you do run into any problems with your home’s air conditioning system, or it’s time to schedule your annual tune-up, don’t hesitate to give Jupiter-Tequesta a call. Our professional HVAC technicians are here to help you with all of your AC repair problems.
Tequesta: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822
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If you’re looking to install appliances like AC systems, heating units, and air purifiers, this is referred to as an HVAC technician. Annually, HVAC techs can make anywhere upwards of over $50,000, because this job isn’t for everyone! Find out more below.
What does it take to be an HVAC tech?
A technician doesn’t have the same day two days in a row…that’s what’s so great about the job! You will log in a lot of driving time, but once you arrive at your job site, that’s when the fun begins. The HVAC technician field has been seeing a steady increase for the past few years and is showing no signs of slowing down. Actually, it’s predicted to be a 21% increase by the early 2020s.
Tools You Need
You’ll encounter jobs that need quite a variety of tools — being prepared makes your job a lot easier.
You’ll also need to be familiar with a few job-specific tools as well, including carbon monoxide detector meters and hand seamers.
Some states require only an HVAC Technician Certification while others only require job training. Find a community college that offers the certification course. Once you pass the exam, and give your paperwork to your local Services Department, you are now certified to work anywhere in the state (score!).
Make sure you do your research before applying to certain local companies. You want to be apart of a team that’s diligent, hardworking, and trustworthy — like Jupiter-Tequesta! We set high standards for our employees because we believe it’s the best way to serve our customers. To find out more about our team and our application process, click here.
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Are you considering buying a new house? There’s a lot that goes into being a new homeowner…one of the more important steps is scheduling an electrical inspection. Even if you already had a home inspector a-ok the home of your dreams, we still suggest hiring an electrician for a second opinion. Why? Because a home inspector doesn’t focus on the home’s electric, and there could have been important things that they missed.
Four reasons you benefit from an electrical inspection
1. Meet Local Electrical Standards
The most important reason for an electrical inspection is to determine whether your new home is up to local codes and regulations. Every community has certain rules for homes, so yours is no different. A good electrician will ensure your house meets those exact standards.
2. More Efficiency
You’re about to spend a pretty penny on your new house, so why spend more if you don’t have to? Electrical inspections find problems that could wear down your electrical items in the future. For instance, if the wiring in the home is too old, updating it now can save you on costly repairs in the future.
3. Avoid Appliance Malfunctions
Good electricians (like those at Jupiter-Tequesta!) look at all of your appliances, as well as the home’s wiring, to make sure everything is working correctly. Sometimes, a frayed or misplaced wire in the wrong item is all it takes to break an appliance. So having a professional check out your appliances can only help.
4. Decreased Risk of Shocks and Burns
Faulty wiring and damaged outlets can lead to shocks and burns if you touch them. During an inspection, an electrician will inform you of which areas to steer clear of until they come back to fix them.
Owning a pet brings unconditional love and fun into any household. However, they don’t come without their fair share of issues, like wreaking havoc on your home’s plumbing.
With that said, here are a few plumbing tips for pet parents to follow.
3 Pet Tips To Help Your Plumbing
1. Keep your toilet EXTRA clean.
Pets that drink out of the toilet often leave a big mess behind. More importantly, pets can transfer bacteria from the toilet to anyone in your house with one not-so-innocent lick.
We don’t want you to stop kissing your furry friend, so start cleaning your toilet bowl every day instead — the smell of the cleaning solution will help discourage pets from using it as a water fountain.
2. Bathe them outside.
Living in Florida, we have the advantage of warmer weather year-round (or at least warmer than many other states). So why wash your pet in the tub when you can hose them down outside instead? Giving your dog or cat a bath inside will only lead to lots of water everywhere and hair clogging your drain.
If you do end up bathing your pet inside, make sure you put a strainer in the drain.
3. Take them on daily walks.
Walking the dog is a necessity for pet owners and there’s a long list of benefits for your pup as well, including exercise, bonding time, and social experiences. Another benefit that may not pop into your head right away is the protection from your pipes. When left unattended in the yard, dogs have been known to dig up and chew on water pipes and sprinkler heads — especially on hot days.
Was your house — and its plumbing — built in the 60s or earlier? If so, then your plumbing system might be on its way out.
2 Reasons Why You Need To Update Your Old Plumbing System
1. Galvanized Steel Pipes
Pipes made from galvanized steel are often problematic for homeowners. They tend to corrode and plug up (especially if they are hot water pipes). Moreover, this type of pipe contains lead, making it unsuitable for drinking water.
Allow us to inspect your pipes for areas that might require replacement — call us today.
2. Sewer Lines
Old sewer lines are more prone to damage from tree root invasion. If you have a sewer backup, you’ll require the help of a professional. Jupiter-Tequesta will provide a free camera inspection to determine the condition of your sewer pipes. Once we’ve pinpointed the location of your problems, you can count on our rooter services to clear everything up.
Remember, we offer fast 24-hour 7-day emergency service, 365 days of the year. Get in touch for service in Jupiter, Tequesta, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube for more tips on air conditioning, plumbing and electric.
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The new and best innovation in the plumbing industry is the video camera line inspection — it gets the most accurate results possible.
These video cameras are completely waterproof and can find anything and everything through every turn and corner.
Video Camera Line Inspection Services For Accurate Plumbing Results
Technicians insert rods through pipes with the high definition camera attached to the end to see exactly what’s in the pipes or under your home’s foundation.
Whether you have a blockage or lost a piece of jewelry through the drains of your home, the video camera will spot it straight on. What makes the video camera line inspection service so great, is that you will get one hundred percent accuracy, so any problem will be noticed right away.
After completing your service, and the problems have been fixed, the technician can then put the rod and video camera back in the pipes to make sure that the blockage to your pipes is completely fixed.
Not only does the video camera line inspection services make life much easier for a plumber, but it also gives homeowners a peace of mind knowing that whatever problem they have with their pipes, will be detected accurately the first time around.
Jupiter-Tequesta has been providing the highest level of service to our clients for over 30 years. To find out more about how we can help with your sewer and drain issues, give us a call and speak to one of our expert technicians. We’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – and you will never get an answering machine always a team member.
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Jupiter-Tequesta A/C, Plumbing & Electric, LLC doing business as Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric (JT) is an unregulated subsidiary of FPL Energy Services, Inc. (FPLES) and Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). JT products and services are offered, administered and backed by JT, and not FPLES or FPL.