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Why Are My Lights Flickering?

Posted on May 21st, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Did you suddenly notice a light flickering in your home? No, it’s probably not a ghost that’s messing with your lights.

However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore the flickering altogether.

Luckily, when you suddenly notice that your lights are flickering, it can often be a quick and easy fix.

Here’s how to find the source and get the issue resolved quickly: 

Is it a Solo Light? Try Tightening The Bulb! 

If one solo light is the source of your flickering issues, try adjusting the bulb. Before doing so, shut the power off and use a glove to protect you from the heat. Check to see if it needs to be screwed in tighter. It could be a deeper issue with your socket, so if the problem keeps occurring, it’s time to have a professional look at the connection.

Is it Multiple Lights in A Specific Area? Check Your Light Switch! 

If you recently updated your bulbs but not your dimmer switch, it could be an issue with the compatibility. When purchasing bulbs, you’ll always want to check the rating with your dimmer to ensure they will pair well together. Older dimmer switches were not designed to handle LED bulbs, so common issues like lights buzzing or flicker can occur when misused together.

Other Issues to Consider

If the issue isn’t your bulb or the dimmer switch, or you notice similar issues with other light fixtures, there could be a more significant problem on your hands. It might be an overloaded circuit, loose wiring, or old or faulty electric. Either way, all these issues should be looked at and confirmed by a professional electrician. 

Leave it to The Professionals 

If you’re noticing constant flickering lights, contact our professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta 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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Humidity Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on May 20th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Let’s face it; Floridians are no stranger to humidity. Though you can’t do much about the moisture and heat outdoors, you can do something about it indoors. 

Home humidity can not only be uncomfortable; it can leave with you some damage, too. So when it comes to the moisture level in your home, here some do’s and a few don’ts to consider: 

Do Use Your Fan’s

Whether you are cooking on your stovetop or taking a nice long shower, your exhaust fans should always be used. These trusty fans work to quickly remove the hot air and steam from your home so that it doesn’t linger and leave you with water damage. It’s best to keep your exhaust fan on for about 30 minutes after you shower and to use your stove exhaust until the steam has left the room.

Don’t Ignore Any Moisture Signs

Is there water condensation on your windows? Or possibly a smell coming from your system? These are all signs of extra humidity. A window seal leak could be causing your excessive condensation, and a musty odor could be a sign of mold in your air vents. Either way, if you notice water pooling anywhere in your home or a suddenly new smell,  you’ll want to get it looked at ASAP.

Do Look For The Physical Signs

Excess moisture can make your home just downright uncomfortable. Some might find it harder to breathe, sinus issues can occur, and extra sweating is common too. If this is the case, you’ll want to consider a dehumidifier option.

Don’t Ignore Your Furniture Issue

Wood and humidity do not mix. A lack of it can cause it to dry out, whereas too much moisture in the air could lead to rot and decay. If you notice any issues with any of your wooden furniture pieces, humidity is most likely the cause.

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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Clean Dishes are Easy With These Tips

Posted on May 18th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

a dishwasher with a few clean dishes loaded in it.

A sink full of dishes can sure be a sore sight, but that’s where the trusty dishwasher comes in. Though this appliance might be the real MVP of your kitchen as of late, are you using it to the best of your abilities? 

Are you finding that your dishes are still coming out not as clean as you would have hoped? Here are some common issues to consider: 

You’re Cleaning Them Beforehand 

Are you guilty of doing a full deep clean of your dishes before loading your dishwasher? Though this might seem like a necessity, the truth is, most modern-day dishwashers work better when your dishes aren’t squeaky clean. How come? 

Well, many energy-efficient models have a sensor that cleans based on how dirty your dishwasher load is. The cleaner the plates, the less it will work to clean them. So save the extra cleaning and scrape off any big pieces before placing it on the rack. 

You Haven’t Used a Rinsing Aid

You might think of it as an extra expense, but if you notice that your plates and glasses are still coming out spotted and dull, a rinsing aid can help. Hard water is the common cause of the issue, and a rinsing aid is often the solution. 

You’re Ignoring Your Hard Water Problems

While a rinsing aid can help, if your hard water spots have gone beyond your dishes and on your plumbing fixtures and more, it’s time to consider fixing your water quality. Hard water can not only make cleaning a bit more complicated; it reduces your water quality and shortens the lifespan of your appliances. 

Whole Home Filtration Systems 

If you want to preserve your water-using appliances and have healthier skin while saving money on soaps and detergents, a whole house water filtration system may be for you. To learn more about water softeners, give us a call 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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Planning Your Lighting Designs

Posted on May 15th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

The key to setting a room’s mood is through the lighting. Though how you light each room differs, how the overall idea and planning is the same. With the right light, you can make a place come to life, but first, you must consider the below tips: 

Decide on Your Budget

Just like any home renovation, you’ll need to have a budget in mind. Without it, you could risk overspending or running out of money before your lighting is complete. Start by deciding the exact amount of lighting your need and the areas you’d rather spend the most on. 

Plan Your Design Type

Are you contemporary or traditional? Deciding your specific style beforehand can make finding your fixtures quick and painless. Not to mention, having a particular style in mind limits your options making your choices easier to make.

Layer The Lights 

The right lighting plan consists of layers. Start with three basic layers of light: ambient, accent, and task. Ambient is your function lighting, accent lighting is what you’d consider the more decorative pieces, and task lighting is used in areas where you need more focused light. 

To make these three come together, you’ll often want to decide on your decorative/statement piece first. The rest will then be less stressful to plan. 

Remember Each Room Differs

Remember that your lighting needs and brightness will vary by room. 

For starters, your kitchen lighting might be the most detailed and essential room in the home. This is due to the fact that you’ll need a variety of settings for all different needs. Cooking will require more focus light, whereas a dinner party would need a more ambient, mood lighting. The right layering and fixtures can provide all this and more!

At Jupiter-Tequesta,  you can rely on us for all your lighting installations. Call us 7 days a week for service in any of these areas:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

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Tip to Keep Your Energy Usage Low

Posted on May 12th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Whether you leave the television on all day, or you have that one room that no one ever remembers to shut the lights off in, it can seem like your electrical bill is always on the rise. Especially with all the sudden time spent at home, many are finding ways to be creative and reduce their monthly bills. If you’re continually noticing a higher electric bill, here are some tips to reduce your daily energy usage. 

Utilize More Sunlight

Before you go to hit that light switch, consider letting sunlight in instead. Natural light is a great way to brighten your home, without the extra energy use.

On the warmer days, getting light-blocking shades can help keep the heat out, too.  Reducing the temperature a few degrees.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

A smart thermostat is a highly energy-efficient investment in any home. Many can be accessed right from your smart device, and often they can learn your heating and cooling patterns, so you can set daily times, and never have to worry about adjusting the temperature. Leave home with the air conditioner blasting? Just go right to your smartphone to change. Not to mention, some models can even spot issues with your system or alert you when it’s time for a tuneup. 

Replace Your Filters

Dirty air filters put more stress on your system, requiring it to work harder to pump out fresh and clean air. When you keep up with routine cleanings, not only will your air quality improve, but your energy usage may be lower, too. 

Ceiling Fan

Instead of continually touching the thermostat, now is the perfect time to turn on your ceiling fans for some cross ventilation. When paired with your system, or used on cooler days with the window open, these ceiling accessories are the perfect way to cool off your home efficiently.

Look and Fix Leaks  

A leak in your window seal or door can take all that air you are pumping through your home and suck it right outside. Not to mention, those leaks are also letting the hot and humid air in. If you notice uneven temperatures in your home, take a close look around your windows and doors and consider having them resealed. 

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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Keeping Your Plumbing Health in Mind

Posted on May 8th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Your plumbing is like the veins of your home. They run through almost all of your home, and when healthy, they provide secure and efficient running water to keep your daily routine going as it should. However, when you ignore some everyday things or signs, your plumbing health can begin to suffer and ultimately lead to further “home health” issues down the line. So here’s what every homeowner should know:

Put an End to Water Waste

A shorter shower, shutting off the water while you brush, or fixing minor leaks early on are all crucial ways to prevent water waste—simple yet effective ways to bring your water bill down with ease. 

Stop Flushing It All 

Your toilet is not a trash can, and for some plumbing systems, even a specific type of toilet paper can be too harsh for regular usage. Remember to reduce your use of toilet paper when you can, go for septic friendly versions, and never flush anything else down it, even flushable wipes. 

Notice The Signs 

A toilet that has water around the base or brown or discolored water coming from your tap? These can all be signs that something needs to be replaced. When things start to seem less than usual, it’s best to get them fixed as soon as possible to avoid a significant or costly repair down the road. 

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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Common Signs You Need a New Toilet

Posted on April 20th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

The Reason Your Toilet Should be Replaced

Beyond the aesthetic need for a new toilet, often, this fixture is one that is last looked at to be replaced. Unless you are doing a major bathroom renovation, many don’t see the signs that their toilet is reaching its life’s end until there are some major issues. Here’s are some things to consider or look for: 

Constant Need for Repair

If you’re continually calling a plumber to fix your toilet in any way, it might be more cost-efficient to replace the fixture instead of regularly replacing it. For many, these constant issues are occurring because your toilet isn’t equipped to handle the job at hand. 

A Crack is Present

If there is suddenly condensation or even pooling of water around your toilet, there might be a crack. Though it won’t alter the performance of your bathroom, it can lead to a ton of water waste, and cause damage to the surrounding areas, even leading to mold and mildew. If this is the case, the sooner you replace your toilet, the better.

Other things that could indicate it’s time for replacement include:

  • Continuous clogs
  • It’s outdated
  • Wobbling
  • Mineral deposits inside the toilet
  • An internal leak is present

If you think you have an internal leak, you might notice a higher than average water bill. It’s time to consider getting a new fixture or contacting our professionals to take a look at it.

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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Deep Cleaning Tips for Better IAQ

Posted on April 17th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

When it comes to cleaning your home, you should always consider an efficient plan that allows you to clean smarter, not harder. Not to mention, with spring here, it’s essential to keep your air quality in mind, too. Though you should change your air filters often and keep an eye on your air ducts, there are a few minor but significant habits that can save you energy and maximize your cleaning time: 

Start From Top to Bottom

When it comes to dusting and cleaning, always start from top to bottom. Otherwise, you’ll be dirtying up the area you just spent time cleaning. Dust your ceilings, fans, and top moldings first and slowly work your way down. Don’t forget your blinds, curtains, and cabinets too. Dust can linger in crevices, so take some time to clean each nook and cranny. 

Consider Deep Cleaning Rugs

Whether you have wall to wall carpeting a few throw rugs throughout your home, these additions can hold on to pet dander, dust, and a variety of home debris that can lower your air quality, and increase allergens and asthma symptoms, too. So vacuum often, and consider doing a carpet shampoo cleaning, also. 

Clean Behind Your Appliances

While your cleaning, consider cleaning behind your appliances and under furniture too. Lift your couch and significant furniture pieces to vacuum and dust. Vacuum and clean your refrigerator coils as dust can start to build upon them. A cleaning can prevent a breakdown and decrease energy usage, too. 

Schedule Maintenance 

Don’t forget to schedule your routine HVAC tune-ups, change your air filters, and look for any issues with appliances and systems as you clean too. If a problem does occur, we are here to help. 

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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Utilizing Space in a Small Bathroom

Posted on April 16th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Does the above image feel all too familiar? For many, a small bathroom can get cramped and crowded quickly. Storage can seem impossible and finding a place for everyone’s toiletries nearly impossible. However, with the right out of the box thinking, even the smallest of bathrooms can have some hidden spaces that many might overlook.

Here’s how to ensure your making the most of your bathroom storage, especially when a remodel isn’t in the budget: 

Create Hidden Storage

A pedestal sink is a beautiful addition to any bathroom, but one perk it offers is the freedom of floor space. Adding a curtain around the base of the sink allows you to hide some essential and standard bathroom items like brushes, soaps, or cleaning products without them being visible. 

Create Space About Your Toilet

From ceiling to floor, there is a ton of unused space many take for granted. Add on some shelves or a shelving system around and above your toilet to provide you with instant storage. Two or three floating shelves can be a modern but productive addition to allow you to store rolled towels, baskets of backup toiletries, or any other bathroom needs you can’t usually fit in the room.

Add Extra Racks

A towel rack is a must in most bathrooms, but what about two or three of them? If you have multiple family members utilizing this bathroom, adding in towel racks up the walls can help provide a place for them without taking up any needed space. 

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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3 Home Smells You Don’t Want to Ignore

Posted on April 15th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Your home could be filled with a variety of odor and smells, some you might even blame on the dog, but some that you should never ignore. Though you might know the smell of when your garbage needs to be taken out, are you aware of the scent of a possible gas leak? Here are the three primary odors, no homeowner should ignore

1. A Musty Scent

If you notice a sudden stench of must, the problem could be mold or mildew. If the smell occurs mostly when you turn up your air vents, they could be the source of the problem. Mold can be dangerous to your health and should never be cleaned without the help of a professional. If you notice in one room over another, there could be a water leak that also will need to be identified and fixed ASAP. 

2. Rotten Eggs

If you notice a sudden stench of rotten eggs, the most common causes are often a natural gas leak or gas escaping from your sewer. Though gas is odorless, utility companies add a substance to provide strong stench for your protection. If the smell is strong, you’ll want to leave home, and call 911 immediately. Do not touch any electrical items and avoid matches or lighters as gas is very flammable.

If the smell is coming from your bathroom or sink, and faint or only on occasion, you’ll want a plumber to come to find the cause.

3. The Smell of Dirty Socks

A dirty sock smell, also known as dirty sock syndrome, is often a sign that mold is loving in your A/C unit. When mold and bacteria grow on the indoor coils of your system, it can put out a smell that is similar to what many consider the smell of dirty gym socks. Contact a professional HVAC technician if you believe this could be the case in your home. 

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

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822


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