If you think a surge protector is a power strip, and if you think a power strip is just a multi-plug extension cord — read this entire article.
A surge protector is more than just a cord to turn on multiple appliances. It plays an important role in the maintenance and electrical safety too.
How Surge Protectors Work
Think of the flow of electricity as the flow of water through your pipes. Water moves from one end to the other due to water pressure. Electricity operates in a similar way; from one end of the wire to the next.
Voltage is a measure of this electric potential energy. And when the voltage increases above the norm for at least 3 seconds, it’s called a surge.
The surge protector has one job — the detect excess voltage and moves the extra electricity to the grounding wire.
What is an Electrical Surge?
Yes, lightning causes an electrical surge, but that’s not all. The main cause of an electrical surge is electrical devices that require a lot of power to operate. If your lights flicker when powerful appliances are on (like your AC) that means they demand a lot of electricity, causing a surge.
So should you use a surge protector? The answer is YES. Installing GFCI electrical outlets offer premium protection by stopping an electrical current before it occurs.
If you need an electrician to come and help you connect your devices to a surge protector, contact Jupiter-Tequesta today!
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A home in Florida without a pool is no home at all! Swimming pools are our go-to option when we want to cool off (and save money on our utility bills). But no backyard swimming pool is complete without some lighting (night swimming, anyone?). Creating a well-lit area makes your pool more attractive and best of all, safer.
Which lights will you add to your pool?
Different Types of Pool Lighting
Flush-Mounted Lights or Surface-Mounted?
Flush-mounted pool lights are becoming much more popular since they don’t stick out further than your pool wall, giving them a more seamless look. The only downside is the expense – they can be very expensive to install since they are built into the pool wall.
Surface-mounted lights can light up your pool without the high cost of installation fees. However, since they do stick out of the wall (in other words, they are not flush-mounted), they are more prone to repairs – children love using them as a step in and out of the pool.
Halogen Lights or LED Lights?
Halogen lights use more power and need more maintenance compared to LED lights. But people are still drawn to Halogen lighting because of the low product and installation cost.
LED lights are quickly becoming the number one choice for pool lighting because they are much more energy efficient. Their only drawback is their expense, but LED lights are low-maintenance, so you save money in the long run.
Pool Lighting Tips
Use feature lighting to highlight a waterfall, garden, or another area near your pool.
Submersible and floating LED lights are the perfect, quick option for backyard parties.
Choose LED lights if you want to save energy and money.
Need help deciding how to design your pool lighting? The experts at Jupiter-Tequesta can help! We also repair and install wiring for pools, hot tubs, and spas. At Jupiter-Tequesta A/C, Plumbing & Electric, LLC, 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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Singing in the shower is one thing but squealing in the shower is something else altogether. While squeaks coming from your shower head may sound like a great backup band to your fine vocals, they are likely in need of a little investigating as to the source followed by some do it yourself home improvement to eliminate the noise. Here are the top three reasons why you may be hearing more than you bargained for.
Keeping It Clean
Even though water pulses through your shower head daily, the head itself can quickly become clogged with sediment, especially when hard water runs through. Remove the shower head and run the water. If the noise is gone, you can bet the head is in need of a good cleaning. An easy economical solution to cleaning a shower head is to simply:
soak the head in vinegar overnight
scrub thoroughly with a small brush
replace the shower head
enjoy the renewed peace and quiet in your family bathroom
Tune It Up
Warn out washers are a second culprit to investigate. As washers wear, they become unstable and ineffective causing a vibration that leads to unexpected noise. For about five dollars and a quick trip to your local hardware store, you can purchase a repair kit and swap out the washer yourself. Test the shower after replacement to make sure the source has been both properly identified and resolved.
Release The Pressure
Sediment can build in your pipes over time influencing the amount of pressure flowing through. Sediment in combination with friction in the pipes may require an adjustment in overall water pressure. Homeowners can adjust water pressure by dialing down the primary household shut off valve, eliminating shower noise once and for all.
Call In The Pros
If do it yourself attempts are tried without success, it may be time to call in the pros for the next level of intervention. Contact us to get started on your project today.
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Did you just get a SONOS installed from one of our technicians? The next few steps are fairly easy, even without us around! But if you still want some help setting your speaker up, we’ve listed out the steps below.
How To Setup Your SONOS
Unbox the speaker. If you plan on connecting it to Wi-Fi, place it near your router for a stronger signal. Even if you’re going to be using a wired connection, you need to be near the router for the Ethernet cable to connect. Use the cable found in your Sonos box to connect the Sonos to the power outlet. Once you see the light flashing green (you may have to wait 30 seconds), the speaker is ready to be set up.
Download the Sonos app from your desktop, Apple App Store, or Google Play Store.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, open up the program and press “Set up a new Sonos system.” If you aren’t using an Ethernet cable, press “Standard Setup.”
Depending on the speaker you have, the app will now tell you a few buttons to press on the Sonos — this will create a temporary Wi-Fi network for the setup process.
Once you’ve pressed the correct set of buttons, you’ll hear a sound, and the speaker will flash an orange light (you may have to wait 5 to 10 seconds). Now, the app will begin configuring the speaker.
Summer is right around the corner. And while cooling off in the pool or at the beach would suffice in some places, the humidity is oftentimes hard to bare in Florida. You’re going to need your air conditioner more than ever, is it in good shape?
“My Air Conditioner Is Not Blowing Cool Air.”
This is a big problem. But why is it happening? Some common reasons include:
Dirty Air Filters: Dirty air filters will clog the airflow, blocking cool, conditioned air from making its way inside your home. Check and replace your air filters before it’s too late!
Faulty Parts: Your condenser or compressor could need a repair. The condenser removes heat from the air, and the compressor pushes cold air from the condenser to the vent. So if either one of these parts is malfunctioning, it will affect your air conditioner.
Electrical Issues: If you’re having electrical issues, your air conditioner won’t work at all. Some electrical problems include a broken thermostat, failed sensor, or broken wires.
Low Refrigerant Levels: Low refrigerant levels are more common than people think. And if your system is low on refrigerant, it can’t remove heat from the air, leaving your home very very warm.
Schedule Your AC Tuneup in Jupiter, Tequesta Today!
With a large service department, we are able to handle your home comfort demands and emergency situations on the same day.
If you run into any issues with your air conditioner unit, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experts at Jupiter-Tequesta!
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Although you may not notice your exhaust fan when you walk in your bathroom, it’s very important. It helps with odor control and assists in regulating moisture levels, which if ignored, can lead to mold and mildew.
But in order to get the most out of your bathroom fan, it’s important to know how it works and if it’s working effectively.
Why Do We Need A Bathroom Exhaust Fan?
1. Odor Control
We’re not going to beat around the bush – bathrooms can get smelly. But luckily, exhaust fans can help eliminate those unpleasant smells. This way, your bathroom remains a clean environment for each person who walks in.
2. Reduces Moisture Levels
Another purpose of exhaust fans is to remove the moisture from our showers and baths. And eliminating moisture also means eliminating odor since mold and mildew love damp places. High moisture levels can also lead to chipped paint and wallpaper (and who wants to budget a bathroom renovation if they don’t need one?).
3. Helps Keep You Safe
We typically clean our bathroom with tough chemicals, which can wreak havoc on our health. And if your bathroom doesn’t have a fan, and it’s experiencing a mold problem, there will be a buildup of spores in the air (a big no-no).
Is Your Exhaust Fan Working Properly?
One of the main problems with exhaust fans is the sound. Normally, it shouldn’t be too loud, but if it’s not installed properly, it can be extremely noisy. Homeowners will decide to not even turn it on, which can lead to an influx of issues.
Exhaust fans are such a crucial aspect to your bathroom, so don’t overlook them! Make sure your home’s heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical is running smoothly by calling the experts at Jupiter-Tequesta. 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.
When it comes to clogs, many of us whip out a plunger and hope for the best. But have you been using the right kind of plunger for the job?
Yes, there are specific plungers for certain plumbing jobs. Make your life easier by learning more about them and using the right one next time.
Sink or Cup Plunger
Sink plungers have a wooden handle and a red, rubber cup. They only work on flat surfaces, since the rubber cup needs to lay flat over the drain to dislodge the clog. If you try to use this plunger in a toilet bowl, it won’t work since a toilet bowl is curved. Only use it for bathroom sinks, kitchen sinks, tubs, or anything with a flat surface.
Don’t let the name hold you back — this plunger can fit in just about any drain. It has a rubber cup like the sink plunger but also has a rubber flap that folds out from the inside of the cup. The shape of the rubber cup helps suction a toilet properly and even though it’s very versatile, don’t use the same plunger on both a toilet and a sink (use two different plungers to avoid any germs or cross-contamination).
The accordion plunger is used for toilets only. It’s made of hard plastic, not rubber, which makes creating a seal around a drain, challenging. Also, the plastic can easily scratch a surface, so be careful when you’re using this specific plunger.
If your drains are clogged, and using a plunger isn’t working, call Jupiter-Tequesta! We’ve been providing the highest level of service to our clients for over 30 years. Along with a commitment to providing the absolute best sewer and drain plumbing services, we’re also committed to excellent customer service.
There’s nothing more unsettling than having a kitchen sink filled with grimy, dirty water. But before you go calling a local plumber, there are a few things you can do on your own to unclog your drain.
4 Ways To Unclog Your Kitchen Sink
1. Boiling Water
First things first, try the most inexpensive and easiest option — boiling water. Clear as much excess water from the sink as you can (using a mug or bowl should work). Once the water is boiled, pour a few cups down the drain and wait a few minutes. This doesn’t usually work the first time around, so give it a few more attempts before moving on to the next step.
2. Vinegar and Baking Soda
Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. You will see the solution bubble. Once it subsides, put a cover over your drain and wait 15 minutes. After 15 minutes is up, run hot water down to see if the clog has cleared. Repeat these steps.
3. Baking Soda and Salt
This is another mixture that can help your clogged drain. Mix one cup of baking soda with half a cup of salt and pour it down your sink. This process takes a little bit longer, so wait a few hours before you flush hot water down the drain.
First, if you have a double sink, cover one side with a stopper (this minimizes any flooding). Fill the second sink with enough water to cover the plunger and place the plunger firmly over the drain. Push down a few times — if you hear a suction noise, you cleared the drain!
In the end, sometimes a professional needs to come in and get the job done! If you run into any plumbing problems, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Jupiter-Tequesta! Our technicians are here to help you get things back up and running! 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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The weather this month has been anything less than Spring-worthy. But alas, Memorial Day weekend is here, marking the unofficial start of summer.
Before you hit the road to your holiday BBQ parties, there are a few things you need to take care of at home first.
Plumbing Tips For The Summer
1. Leave your heat on!
Even though it’s (finally) getting warmer outside, the nights in Florida still tend to get fairly cold.
Set your heat to at least 58 degrees!
2. Visually check your water heater.
Notice water on the floor? Don’t leave it for when you come home. Call a professional immediately — this could be a sign that your water heater needs to be replaced or repaired.
If there are no visible signs of a leak, you can always turn your water heater off or put the system in vacation mode if possible.
3. Shut off your main water valve.
That is if you’ll be gone for several weeks. Turning off your main water valve will prevent any water from entering your home.
If you do decide to do this, just don’t forget to open up your faucets and drain the remaining water out before you go!
4. Write a list of emergency contact numbers!
First, you should definitely have someone coming in to check your home, whether that’s a friend, family member or neighbor. We know they can simply text you if they have a question, but why interrupt your mini vacation with questions? Instead, provide them with a list of “do’s and don’t” and a contact list in case of an emergency.
Home or business comfort is the only reason we exist as an organization, and we have made a company-wide commitment to do it better and more efficient than any other company in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.
The best way to save money on your bills at the end of each month? Keep up with your home’s maintenance (including your outdoor plumbing). With summer around the corner, now is the time to start inspecting and maintaining things like your septic system, irrigation system, and other plumbing appliances.
Helpful Outdoor Plumbing Maintenance Tips
– Check all faucets and hose bibs to ensure water is flowing freely. If an outdoor faucet is dripping water or is cracked, call a professional for a repair.
– Clear all gutters and downspouts of any dirt, leaves, debris, or even birds nests! These birds nests can also be in your plumbing vents, so don’t forget to check there, also.
– If you notice the water pressure is inconsistent (i.e., fine one day and not great the next), there could be debris blocking water flow. There are several options to fix this issue, but call an expert is the most helpful one!
– Have your septic system inspected.
– Check the trees and bushes on your property and get any remove that can avoid any potential future problems.
– Clean sprinkler system heads and remove any grass or leaves surrounding them so you don’t damage them while mowing or walking on your lawn.
Call Jupiter-Tequesta for drain cleaning, rooter services, and free camera inspection in Jupiter, West Palm Beach, and all other surrounding areas!
Some of our sewer and drain services include:
High Pressure and Sewer and Drain Jetter
Bathtub Drain Repair
Shower Drain Repair
Floor Drain Repair
Drain Pipes Installation and Repair
Sewer and Drain Video Inspection
City Water Hook Up
Sewer Line Replacement
To find out more about how we can help, call one of our offices below:
Tequesta: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822
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Jupiter-Tequesta A/C, Plumbing & Electric, LLC (JT) is a subsidiary of FPL Home, Inc. (FPLES) and an unregulated indirect subsidiary of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). JT products and services are offered, administered and backed by JT, and not FPLES or FPL. However, FPLES, License EC13006338, may operate as an authorized and licensed electrical subcontractor of JT.