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Are Dryer Vent Outlet Boxes Necessary?

Posted on January 22nd, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

In the laundry room where your clothes dryer is located, installing a dryer vent outlet box has numerous advantages that make operating your dryer not only safer but also more energy efficient. The technicians at Jupiter-Tequesta offer the following tips about using a dryer vent outlet box in your laundry room:

Space Saving Advantage

Because a dryer vent outlet box is recessed into an existing wall, your dryer can be situated flush against the wall, saving you almost 12 inches of space. This is very advantageous if your existing laundry room space is very compact. This type of dryer vent also doesn’t need external piping, which reduces the risk of fire because lint has no place to accumulate. This also creates more free-flowing air during the drying process, meaning you’ll enjoy energy savings every time you dry your clothes.

When Outside Wall Access Isn’t Possible

A dryer box constructed of heavy duty plastic or metal allows for the collection of lint and moisture from the dryer into the box instead of being sprayed into the room, causing potential mold and mildew issues. As a smart alternative to the ventless dryer, the dryer vent outlet box can be carefully monitored and cleaned regularly. It is an ideal venting solution for rooms with no outside wall access such as apartments.

Insist on Proper Installation

For your household to get the most benefits from installing a dryer vent outlet box, the unit must be properly installed and cleaned regularly. For peace of mind, why not let the professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta handle the installation and answer all of your questions regarding proper usage. We are happy to provide excellent customer service to residential accounts throughout Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.


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Easy Home Remodeling and Improvements for the Winter

Posted on January 18th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

Remodeling and home improvements often come with a hefty price tag. By looking outside of the box, our team at Jupiter Tequesta have discovered small and inexpensive swaps that can update the appearance of your home while saving thousands of dollars.

Easy Home Remodeling and Improvements for the Winter

The following tips will have your house looking better in very little time with minimal effort.

1. Lighten Up The Kitchen

Make your kitchen feel brighter by returning the light back into your space. This is an inexpensive, quick, and easy project that will transform your boring dark kitchen cabinets with a simple coat of paint. Some items that will come in handy include a cleaner, a paintbrush, and sandpaper. As long as your cabinets are structurally sound, adding a new splash of color to your dark cabinets will add the appearance of light. If you have an interior kitchen with no window or direct light source, feel free to add a mirror above the sink to give the kitchen an even larger feel. The light will bounce off the mirror and the kitchen will gain visual depth.

2. Replace Outlet Covers and Knobs

Want to achieve an updated look without breaking the bank? This is accomplished very easily with the replacement of outlet covers and knobs. The small elements that we take for granted can really transform the look of a house. Choose a fancier cover than you presently have to give a higher end look to the room. Changing out the knobs of your kitchen cabinets and doors will also add a uniform look for the style you wish to achieve.

3. Improve and Update Windows

If your windows look dull, adding molding around your windows will definitely add detail to the room. If you have dark and heavy curtains, it may be time to refresh the look with airy, lightweight curtains. For some spaces, removing the curtains will help perk up the room with natural light. A simple set of sturdy blinds may be all you need to make a room look refreshed.

If you have additional items that need repair, we are here to help. Please feel free to contact Jupiter Tequesta now. Our professionals provide several services ranging from AC repair to plumbing.


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Do You Have a Water Leak?

Posted on January 9th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

Water leaks are among the most common plumbing issues. Fortunately, this issue is easily fixed in most cases. Taking the proper steps will ensure that a water leak does minimal damage to your home. You will need to do the following if you have a leak.

Check Your Water Meter

The first thing that you will need to do is check your water meter. If you see the leak indicator moving, then this is a sign that you have a leak. You can also look at the meter and then check it again one or two hours later. If the water meter has moved, then you likely have a leak.

Shut Off the Water Valve

Turning off the main water valve will prevent the leak from doing any more damage. You will need to take the following steps to turn off the main water valve.

1. Find the main shutoff valve. It is typically located near the main water pipe. You will likely find it in your utility room or kitchen. The valve may be outside.

2. Turn off the shutoff valve by turning it clockwise. You can apply some elbow grease if the valve is stiff.

Call the Plumber

You will need to call the plumber to fix the leak. A plumber will be able to identify where the leak is coming from and use the appropriate solution. Furthermore, a plumber can prevent leaks from occurring in the future.
If you are in need of a plumber, then you can call Jupiter-Tequesta.


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Pros and Cons of LED Recessed Lighting

Posted on January 7th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

The type of bulb for lighting fixtures must be carefully considered. LED recessed lighting is popular for recessed wall lights. Here are some advantages and disadvantages to recessed lighting.

The Pros

We know LED lights save energy and offer substantial savings as time passes. This is because LED lights operate at a much cooler temperature than traditional light bulbs.

Incandescent light bulbs provide a life of approximately 1,000 hours, but fluorescent bulbs burn for roughly 10,000 hours. LED lights offer 50,000 hours of light and can reach 100,000 hours. The light bulbs are replaced less frequently, providing additional savings. LED light bulbs are less expensive to use in comparison to fluorescent or incandescent bulbs.

We have installed LED lights in places unsafe for other bulbs since they burn cooler. This dramatically reduces the chance of a fire for recessed lighting set into the ceiling or walls. Numerous recessed lighting kits have specific ratings according to heat or fire damage potential. Using LED lights in these kits is safer, saves money and provides exceptional lighting. LED lights are extremely durable. LED lights do not usually go bad or break if dropped or subjected to rough handling. This provides extra savings for the future.

The Cons

The biggest issue we have seen regarding LED lighting is the quality of the actual light being emitted. Some people believe LED lights provide a weaker light than either fluorescent or incandescent bulbs or that the light does not look as realistic. These individuals will argue the light provided by LED bulbs has a bluish tint that gives the room a clinical appearance as opposed to natural. It is important to understand the majority of these opinions regarding LED lighting are based on notions that have become outdated. The potential for LED lights has improved as time has passed.

At Jupiter-Tequesta we offer a wide variety of electrical services. Whether you’re looking for expert landscape lighting installation or new wiring for appliances, we’re here to help. Contact us today at 561-747-5740 for emergency or routine installations or repairs.


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2019 DIY Resolutions for Your Home

Posted on January 4th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

If you’re like the average Palm Beach County homeowner, you have some definite renovation plans for the coming year. Before you roll up your sleeves, it’s important to set goals for yourself.

2019 DIY Resolutions for Your Home

Here are a few DIY renovation resolutions worth keeping in 2019.

Don’t Spend Beyond Your Means

You needn’t take out a second mortgage to finish up a home improvement project if you budget the job correctly. Save up for a renovation before you break out the tools to avoid interest on loans.

Use Reclaimed Materials Whenever Possible

Recycling old materials and furniture boasts a few benefits. For one thing, you’ll keep a lot of construction waste out of the landfill. What’s more, reclaimed wood and stone add character to any home.

Focus on Reducing Energy Consumption

Upgrading wasteful appliances and lighting fixtures is a great investment no matter how you slice it. Modern, hyper-efficient electrical hardware will save you money while decreasing your carbon footprint and boosting a home’s interior aesthetic appeal.

Emphasize Efficient Space Utilization

Any upgrade that allows you to get more utility from your home’s square footage is well worth the effort. Built-in storage hardware installed in hallways and closets will increase property values and improve quality of life.

Master a New Home Improvement Skill

Doing your own work when it comes to home renovations is both frugal and satisfying. If you learn a new skill like hanging drywall or refinishing wood flooring, it will serve you well for decades to come.

How to Achieve the Best Renovation Results

For the best home improvement outcomes, it’s important to avoid DIY upgrades if you don’t possess the know-how to execute them properly. Always hire a professional to do the dirty work if you’re not 100% confident in your DIY skills.


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2019 DIY Resolutions for Your Home

Posted on January 4th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

If you’re like the average Florida homeowner, you have some definite renovation plans for the coming year. Before you roll up your sleeves, it’s important to set goals for yourself. Here are a few DIY renovation resolutions worth keeping in 2019.

Don’t Spend Beyond Your Means

You needn’t take out a second mortgage to finish up a home improvement project if you budget the job correctly. Save up for a renovation before you break out the tools to avoid interest on loans.

Use Reclaimed Materials Whenever Possible

Recycling old materials and furniture boasts a few benefits. For one thing, you’ll keep a lot of construction waste out of the landfill. What’s more, reclaimed wood and stone add character to any home.

Focus on Reducing Energy Consumption

Upgrading wasteful appliances and lighting fixtures is a great investment no matter how you slice it. Modern, hyper-efficient electrical hardware will save you money while decreasing your carbon footprint and boosting a home’s interior aesthetic appeal.

Emphasize Efficient Space Utilization

Any upgrade that allows you to get more utility from your home’s square footage is well worth the effort. Built-in storage hardware installed in hallways and closets will increase property values and improve quality of life.

Master a New Home Improvement Skill

Doing your own work when it comes to home renovations is both frugal and satisfying. If you learn a new skill like hanging drywall or refinishing wood flooring, it will serve you well for decades to come.

How to Achieve the Best Renovation Results

For the best home improvement outcomes, it’s important to avoid DIY upgrades if you don’t possess the know-how to execute them properly. Always hire a professional to do the dirty work if you’re not 100% confident in your DIY skills.


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Signs of Water Damage in Your Home

Posted on December 19th, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

Water damage is a very common occurrence in residential homes and it often always goes unnoticed. Although you may think detecting flooding or leaks is easy, sometimes signs of water damage are more behind-the-scenes.

Signs of Water Damage in Your Home

This is why it’s best to inspect your home, even if you don’t think there are any issues. Water damage can lead to other issues like mold and structural repairs. Here are a few signs to watch out for to make sure you don’t get.

Ceiling cracks and stains

Any cracks or stains on your ceiling is a very visible sign that you have water damage. Three may be a leak on your roof or in the piping in your walls. Don’t ignore any sagging areas, stains, or cracks in your ceiling!

Wood and wall discoloration

If you have wood walls and you notice any rotting or decaying areas, there’s a leak somewhere. Call a professional ASAP to have this checked.

Cabinet Damage

Don’t forget to check the areas where your pipes are, like the cabinets in your bathroom or kitchen. Be on the lookout for any water stains, warping or signs of discoloration.

Unusual smells and odors.

Sometimes, the best way to check for water damage is by using your sense of smell as well. If you notice a musty smell, you may have mold or mildew affecting your home.

If you do run into any problems with your home’s plumbing, don’t hesitate to give our professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta a call! We are here to help you with all of your home plumbing needs. Visit our website to learn more about our services or give us a call to speak with a representative directly:

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


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8 Cheap and Easy Hacks to Improve Your Bathroom

Posted on December 12th, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

Making small improvements to your bathroom doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Doing as many as 10 hacks could take 30 minutes or less. Here are 8 simple hacks to improve your bathroom.

8 Cheap and Easy Hacks to Improve Your Bathroom

1. Increase Water Pressure in Shower or Sink

Increase the speed and force of the water pressure in your shower. Soak the showerhead in vinegar water for a few hours to remove mineral deposits.

2. Clean Faucet Handles

Everyone notices the look of dirty faucets every now and then. It takes only a few minutes to unscrew the handle and soak it.

3. Increase Fan Efficiency

Clean the dust off your exhaust fan to increase its efficiency. Do a before and after the test to see how much it’s working.

4. Clean the Cabinets

Keep the cabinets clean with a simple wipe-down. Spray window cleaner on the knobs and boards, wait a few minutes and wipe them clean.

5. Fix Broken Tiles

The solution when you see broken tiles is not to cover it up. Remove the entire tile and apply a new one using mortar.

6. Clean and Seal Grout

Clean or replace the grout that surrounds the tiles. Apply a sealant after making the installation.

7. Identify and Remove Mold


Know when the mold is growing in your bathroom by its sight, odor, and touch. Clean it off or remove the structure that it’s growing on before the problem worsens.

8. Install Shelves

Install shelves to increase the amount of storage space. Allow for a better organization of the items that you and your bathroom occupant share.

There are hacks that you can do yourself to save money and improve energy efficiency. Then, have our professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta look over your bathroom. We do home repairs and maintenance in Jupiter and the surrounding areas.


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Security Lighting Options For Your Property

Posted on December 10th, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

Security Lighting Options For Your Property

It is an excellent idea to have outdoor security lighting at a home in Florida. There are numerous benefits from having outdoor lights, including:

  • Making it easier to see in the dark
  • Avoiding vehicular accidents on your property
  • Preventing vandalism
  • Avoiding theft of valuable objects from the lawns
  • Preventing a home invasion
  • Keeping wild animals away from a property
  • Featuring the architecture of a home
  • Making it easier to entertain in the evening
  • Keeping flying insects away from the lawns
  • Decorative effects for the holidays

The main reason for the installation of outdoor lights is for security purposes, and there are several places where experts recommend the placement of security lights, including:

  • Over a garage’s door to avoid an accident or a break-in
  • Above windows to prevent vandalism or break-ins
  • Near swimming pools to prevent falling into the water
  • Near an air conditioner to prevent theft
  • Above the front, side and back doors of a home
  • Near porches and decks
  • Along a driveway or sidewalks
  • Next to outbuildings such as storage or garden sheds
  • Near to doghouses
  • Around shrubs, trees or flowers
  • In recreational areas such as outdoor kitchens or a gazebo

The proper placement of security lights can protect a home’s residents and a property, but make sure to install the lighting systems at the correct height to prevent vandalism while also having easy access to the items to change the bulbs.

Different Types of Outdoor Lighting

It is possible to find hundreds of types of outdoor lights that are available in different sizes and styles. There are outdoor lights that are powered by electrical wires, solar energy, batteries or natural gas. Homeowners can use one or more types of power sources for outdoor lighting to ensure that a family and a property are safer during different types of weather conditions such as severe thunderstorms or extended heat waves.

Some of the types of outdoor lights that are recommended for a home include:

  • Floodlights – using bulbs that emit light that will cover a larger area
  • Spotlights – have bulbs that illuminate smaller areas
  • Sconces – plain or decorative light fixtures attached to buildings or fences
  • Lanterns – larger light fixtures that are often decorative
  • Overhead fixtures – suitable for attaching to the ceiling on a porch
  • Post lights – often installed along a driveway
  • Spike lights – inexpensive solar lights that are inserted into the soil

Contact Us Today

At Jupiter-Tequesta A/C, Plumbing & Electric LLC, we can install outdoor lighting systems, and we recommend having a security light next to an air conditioner to help us see to work on the device. Contact us today at 561-747-5740 for emergency or routine installations or repairs.


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How to Pick the Perfect Faucet for Your Home

Posted on December 5th, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

Faucets are often one of the most underrated accessories in a room, but the perfect bathroom or kitchen faucet can virtually transform the entire atmosphere. Finding the perfect faucet isn’t all about aesthetics, though. Like most things in life, not all faucets are created equal, and some just work better than others. New modern faucet and kitchen room sink closeup with island and granite countertops in model house, home, apartment

Here are a few tips to help you find a faucet that’s just right for your home.

What Room Is the Faucet Going in?

Faucets come in a variety of styles best suited for the room they are to be used in. A faucet for a kitchen sink is going to have a totally different look and a different set of features than a faucet designed for a bathroom sink, bathtub, wet bar, etc… Focus on the style that best matches the room it will be used in and the function it will serve.

How Much Can You Spend?

Faucets can range in price from tens of dollars to hundreds of dollars. Setting a firm budget for your faucet will help you narrow down your options so that you don’t waste time considering models that are far too expensive.

What’s the Layout of the Room Like?

The current layout of the room will determine important considerations that need to be made when selecting the perfect faucet. For example, is the faucet going on a countertop, or will it be attached to a freestanding sink or clawfoot tub? Any of these scenarios could present difficult plumbing challenges, which is why it’s always best to have a professional plumber install your faucet.

At Jupiter-Tequesta, our professionals can help you choose the faucet that’s best for you and install it properly so you don’t have any issues. Nothing’s more annoying than a leaky a faucet that drips all the time or makes a mess all over your countertop because it wasn’t installed correctly. Contact Jupiter-Tequesta today so this doesn’t happen to you!


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