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Does My Dishwasher Need a Vent?

Posted on January 30th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

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Let Your Dishwasher Breathe: Three Vent Solutions You Should Know

Tired of dishes coming out of the wash cycle dirty? Getting rid of your dishwashing machine may not be the best solution. One common problem that can cause dirty water to be siphoned back into your dishwater racks is a faulty ventilation system.

 In this case, you need to know and understand the venting requirements as dictated by your local jurisdiction as they may vary from area to area. Keep reading to learn how you can add a vent to your appliance.

Dishwasher Venting Options

Because of the way your dishwasher is connecting to your plumbing system, the easiest way to prevent dirty water from contaminating your dishes is by creating some opening for the drain hose. This can be done in several ways:

  • Air Gap Connection
  • Dishwasher to Drain
  • High Loop Connection

High Loop Method

The high loop method establishes ventilation by looping the drain line as high as possible. If your dishwasher needs a drain line installed, be sure always to contact a licensed plumber to get the job done.

Dishwasher to Drain

Another method available in some areas is connecting your dishwasher to the drain. How you do this depends on whether or not you have a garbage disposal installed under your sink.

Air Gap Connection

An air gap is a small fitting that is installed in the countertop or sink. This opens up the drain hose to fresh air in case of a backup.

We at Jupiter Tequesta have been servicing the Jupiter, Florida area for 30 years. With that much experience helping our neighborhood with their sewer and drain challenges, 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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What is Shock Well Disinfection?

Posted on January 30th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

woman filling a glass with filtered water right from the tap

If your home is on a private well or another water source, then you know how important it is to disinfect the water. Since your well isn’t part of a public utility, it’s not treated for bacteria and other organisms that will make you sick. 

Even if you think your well water looks clean, you’d be surprised at what’s living in it. Shock well disinfection is one option that can help you ensure that your family’s water quality is safe.

What Does Shock Well Disinfection Do?

Shock well disinfection is a one-time water treatment. The chlorine solution is piped through the entirety of the water system to clean and purify the water. This method makes well water safe for drinking, washing, and bathing. 

Why Should You Shock Your Water?

When you install a new pump, it’s important to shock the water to start with a clean water tank system. If you’ve received the results of a lab test and it shows that your well water is harboring bacteria, then it’s unsafe to drink. You must shock your water to remove harmful bacteria before using it in the household. Maintenance and floodwater infiltration are two more good reasons for water well shock treatment.

Can I Do It Myself?

It is best to let a professional company handle any water treatments, as the process uses strong chemicals. When you’re looking for help with well water storage maintenance like shock well disinfection, our experienced technicians are ready to help. We’re open for service and emergencies around the clock, so contact us today with all of your well water needs.

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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Common Ductwork Issues to Avoid

Posted on January 30th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

A filthy dirty air duct - register.

When it comes to maintaining the HVAC system, most homeowners typically focus on the temperature of their air, and not the quality of the air vents that pump the air out.

Ductwork plays an essential role in the even distribution of heating and cooling each room in the house. Keep reading to learn the importance of ductwork maintenance.

Most Common Ductwork Problems

If left unmaintained, broken or dirty air ducts can lead to expensive repair or reduced air quality. Some common ductwork problems are:

  • Dirty filters
  • Damaged ducts
  • Blocked vents
  • Air leaks
  • Clogged ductwork
  • Closed dampers

To ensure that your ductwork is efficient and clean, make sure to use these following steps:

Maintain Your Filters

The filters in the HVAC system should be changed regularly, especially for households with pets. Filters that are clogged with dust, hair, and debris won’t allow the ductwork to work efficiently.

Inspect The Ductwork

There are a variety of reasons ductwork may be damaged. Rips and tear can be caused by pests, age, or even a water leak in the home. Air leaks may occur when the seals are loose or missing.

Keep The Vents Clear And The Dampers Open

If the ductwork doesn’t seem to be performing as it should, it may be blocked by furniture, boxes, or even curtains. For the HVAC system to work correctly, then vents and dampers should be opened and clear to allow proper airflow.

Clear The Ductwork

Ductwork can get clogged with old building material, dirt, and pest detritus, which will keep it from working the right way. It’s essential to have the ductwork cleaned out by a professional to keep the system running.

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 ductwork 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

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Swimming Pool Trends for 2020

Posted on January 28th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

The pool world is always evolving as now is a great time to check out the latest trends in the industry. These trends can also give you many ideas on how to upgrade your pool. Here are four trends to keep an eye on in 2020.

1. Automated Systems

The use of automated systems continues to grow in popularity across the United States. These systems are equipped to take care of your swimming pool while you are not around. An automated system maximizes the efficiency of your filtration system and is a worthwhile investment for swimming pool owners.

2. Variable Speed Pumps

Another popular feature is the use of variable speed pumps. These speed pumps allow you to control the pump speed to maximize energy efficiency. You can also turn off the pumps at any time for additional cost savings. However, it is recommended to keep them on continuously if you use your pool regularly.

3. Unique Deck Design Materials

Homeowners can now choose from a wide range of deck design materials. A few of the most popular choices include deck pavers and travertine tiles. These design materials are a great way to create a unique appearance while also boosting the value of your swimming pool.

4. Chlorine Alternatives

Many people are also choosing to replace chlorine with more energy-efficient options. One of the most popular choices includes salt-chlorine generators. This is also known as a salt system, as these generators transform sodium chloride into chlorine.

Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric is a company that serves a wide range of clients in need of a wide range of services in Florida. Our goal is always to provide the best service and ensure that each client is well-satisfied. 

Contact Jupiter-Tequesta at one of our locations to discuss your pool heater options.

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

FPL Home Services, License No. CFC#1429100


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What Customer Service Means to Us

Posted on January 23rd, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

The Core Values of Jupiter-Tequesta Customer Service

At Jupiter-Tequesta, we know how important our customer’s home services are to their comfort and daily lives here in Florida. That’s why we hold ourselves to the highest standards of customer service, to provide the right solutions at an affordable price. Learn more about what customer service means to our team, and read reviews from real customers in 2019. 

Fast Service

Whether your AC goes out or a pipe bursts, we know that customers call us every day with emergencies in their home. We work to offer fast scheduling and service to all of our customers. Read testimonies from our customers on our fast service:

“Fast service always get next day appointment” — Kira M. 

Fast and friendly service…. Even on a Sunday.” — Meri C.

“Wonderful and quick service. Clean and neat. Fully explained what they were doing and why. We are very pleased.” — Arnie K. 

Professional

While our technicians are friendly and respectful, it’s important to us that they always act in a professional manner. This not only means showing up on time, but working diligently to solve your problem, focus on an installation, and leave your home neat and mess-free when they leave. Read testimonies from our customers on our professionalism:

“Professional, on time, get job done.” — Nate O.

“On time, professional.” — John O.

“Had a major leak in outside pipe. The leak was pinpointed and within 2 days was quickly patched and cleaned up. My wife and I couldn’t be happier with this company. The repairman Seth was professional from start to finish.” — Gil T.

Knowledgeable  

At Jupiter-Tequesta, we know that whether you’re having a new air conditioner installed or having your plumbing repaired, you expect that the technician in your home has the experience and knowledge to answer all of your questions. Our team is expertly trained on all of our services and is ready to help with any concerns you have. Read testimonies from our customers on our expertise:

“Excellent service. They arrived right on time. The technician was very cordial and knowledgeable. Good value for money.” — Mario D.

“They came to the house and service the unit clean the coils and fixed the filter holder so this does not happen again. The technician was very nice and detailed with the job. Everything and all the options to make my house AC systems better were explained to me.” — Adriana G.

“My spigot valve had a slow leak. He showed me my options and explained everything. I even told him my frustration with access and he came up with a solution as shown in the pictures. I would recommend their services to anyone.  Additionally, I called at 5:00 last night and they were here on time at 10:00 the next day.” — Gabriella B.

Quality Service

We want to assure our customers that we always offer them quality repairs and installations at a fair and reasonable price. If we can do a repair or installation in one visit, we will do our best to get the job done quickly — and the right way. Read testimonies from our customers on our quality service:

“Service was outstanding, answered all my questions and reviewed everything with me before he left!” — Renee I.

“The technician provided outstanding service. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and honest. He answered all my questions and concerns-leaving me feeling confident that my AC was in good working condition.” — Karen B.

“The technician went above and beyond to do the job right. very impressed with him. Jupiter -Tequesta scheduled me immediately, I can’t say more, great company, great people.” — Robbin S. 

Home 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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Should You Keep or Ditch Your Bathtub?

Posted on January 21st, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Cute little girl of 2-3 years old playing in a bathtub. Photo was taken in Quebec Canada

For many homeowners, bathtubs can be a place of serene relaxation; while others feel that they are a waste of space and money. If you’re considering removing your tub, read on to learn the pros and cons.

When Bathtubs Are a Must

In 2017, a study was conducted to get a better grasp of what role homeowners wanted their bathtubs to play in their dream bathrooms. 37% of the participants in the survey chose to upgrade the baths in their master bathroom. These upgrades included shapes and designs, such as:

  • Freestanding flat-bottoms
  • Alcoves
  • Deck-Mounted
  • Freestanding Claw-foots
  • Corners

The majority of renovators who chose to upgrade their tub decided to add a soaking tub. A soaking tub is a standalone tub that is usually deeper and shorter than a traditional bathtub. It also does not have an overhead showerhead. Room for more than one occupant was found to be the second-highest upgrade pro-bath renovators pursued. In this case, bathtubs can actually raise the value of your home.

Bathtubs are also a great option for families with small children who are not old enough to shower on their own. However, adults can soak up the benefits of a long, relaxing bath at the end of a stressful work week as well.

When Bathtubs May Become a Waste

In the same study, 27% of renovators opted out of having a bathtub in their home at all. Removing your tub or shopping for a home that does not have one at all is logical for a myriad of reasons.

For instance, perhaps you just don’t like taking baths. If this is the case, you are not alone. In a separate study with a focus group of over 2,000 participants, 90% of people would rather take a shower, with the other 10% preferring baths. 

Opting out of a bathtub can open up a lot of space for other amenities. You can choose to add additional features such as:

  • A new shower
  • Cabinet space
  • A vanity/sink
  • Closet space

Whether you need a repair or are looking to remove your bathtub altogether, rely on FPL Home Services to get the project done right. 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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How to Install a Compression Shower Drain

Posted on January 17th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Adding a Compression Drain In Your Shower

Compression shower drains are considered to be easier to install compared to other types of drains. If you believe the drain in your shower needs to be replaced, read on about this option.

What Are Compressions Shower Drains?

Compression shower drains attach to the drain pipes in your home with compression washers and nuts. If you are switching from a shower-tub combo and are adding the drain to the bottom of your shower, more than likely, you will need to change your drain pipes as well.

Compression drains can be made from PVC, ABS, or brass, and are compatible with the following shower materials:

  • Steel
  • Fiberglass
  • Plastic Bases

Installing a Compressions Shower Drain 

Before you start installing the compression shower drain, it is essential first to install it into the shower base. If you are purchasing a kit, then make sure that the compressor washer and nuts are included before you start the installation. Be sure you purchase a 2” shower drainpipe, as this is the standard size.

Follow these steps to install your new drain:

  1. Put your shower base in, but do not install it yet. The drain should come up to ¾ to 1 inch below the lip of the shower drain. Make a mark on the pipe at the appropriate height, remove your shower base, and cut your pipe.
  2. Put silicone caulk or plumber’s putty on the top flange of the fitting for your shower drain. Now insert the tailpiece of the drain into the drain opening. You will need to install the cardboard friction ring as well as the large rubber washer onto the tailpiece. However, this is done from under the shower base.
  3. Tighten the shower drain, and do not skimp on the tightening. Cut or wipe away any excess silicone or putty.
  4. Place in your shower base, ensuring the rubber gasket is pushed into the drain pipe. The gasket should fit very snuggly;  you may need a screwdriver to help you install it. Be careful not to stab holes into the rubber gasket.
  5. A specialty tool is sold with these types of shower drains to allow you to tighten the nut from the inside of the drain. With this being said, tighten the nut on the inside of your drain.
  6. If you used plumber’s putty, then once the nut is tightened, you are ready to use your shower. However, if you used silicone caulk, then you must let the caulk dry before testing your drain to ensure it does not leak.

Remember, it is essential to properly install a new shower drain to ensure you do not end up with leaks. If there is even the smallest leak, then you will eventually find that there is mold growing underneath your shower base. 

Professional Drain Installation

If you have any questions or need assistance with your shower drain installation, then make sure you call on a professional team such as Jupiter-Tequesta to help you with your needs. The easiest way to install a new shower drain is by trusting our team of pros. 

Contact us at any one 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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Is My Sewer Line Broken?

Posted on January 17th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Signs Your Sewer Line Needs Repair

When everything is running smoothly, your sewer system becomes an invisible, undetectable part of your home’s infrastructure. However, when things go wrong, you may be faced with a costly plumbing nightmare. Here are four signs that something may be wrong with your sewer system.

1. Slow or Clogged Drains

If your drains are running slow on a regular basis, or if you are experiencing frequent clogs, you may have a break in your sewer line. Tree roots love moisture, and can quickly work their way through older or compromised pipes.

Roots can create obstructions in your sewer line, which can cause the need for a repair or replacement in extreme situations. The first sign that tree roots have invaded your plumbing is if you are experiencing slow or stopped drains in your home. To be sure, schedule an appointment with your local plumber to get to the root of the problem.

2. Lush Patches of Lawn

This is especially true if the rest of your lawn is dry, or just not as thick and well-watered. Broken sewer lines allow water and nitrogen to get into the surrounding soil. These act to create dense, lush vegetation over and around the break.

3. An Odor of Sewage Gas

Your drains should not smell — period. When everything is operating correctly, gasses from your sewer or septic system cannot get back inside. If you start to notice a stench creeping into or around your home, you most likely have a broken sewer line. And when that’s the case, contact a professional plumber immediately for a repair.

4. Mold or Mildew

When a broken line occurs under your house, you may notice an increase in the growth of mold and mildew in the area. If you suddenly notice a mold problem where there hasn’t been one before, you may have a broken sewage line.

Take Action

If you have noticed any of these signs of a broken sewer pipe in your home, it is best to call a professional. Don’t wait until your system fails or costly repairs accumulate, contact Jupiter-Tequesta today to find out what is causing the symptoms.

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 Use Google Home Hub

Posted on January 13th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Using Google Home Hub for Temperature Control

Google Home Hub is an incredible piece of technology that puts the controls for all of your smart devices in one place —  your fingertips. It has several functions that are all essential to making your life at home more efficient. Read on to learn how you can incorporate this technology into your home.

How Does Google Home Hub Work?

Google Home Hub is not just a smart speaker with a screen. Once it is set up, the device houses all central controls for your smart devices. This can include your programmable thermostat, your lights, and other appliances.

Rather than having to switch through different apps, you can manage all of your devices from one place. With the screen, you can see how each of your connected devices is functioning. Setup is also a breeze, making this system perfect for a multitude of households.

Setting Up Your Google Home Hub

First, download the Google Home app onto your smartphone. You can refer to this app when you are at work, school, or are simply away from the Hub. Next, you’ll add the devices in your home that have smart capabilities. You’ll be able to add devices that are made to be compatible with Google as well as Chromecast video and audio products.

You can also do this from your smartphone Google Home Hub app by opening the app, choosing “Add”, then “Set up device”, and “New devices”. The technology on your smartphone will prompt the app to begin searching for smart devices.

You can add smart lights in your home and remotely turn them off and on. Your thermostat can be turned up while you’re away and remotely turned on before you return so your inside temperature is already cooled or heated. 

Google Home seamlessly connects with your Nest thermostat to respond to your voice-activated commands. You can even lock and unlock smart locks so you always know your home is secure.

Nest Smart Technology Installation In Jupiter Florida

Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric is proud to offer all Nest brand products, including:

  • Nest Learning Thermostats
  • Cameras (both indoor and outdoor)
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Google Home

If you’re interested in installing smart technology in your home, 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

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What Does SEER Stand For?

Posted on January 9th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Why is SEER Important?

If you’re not familiar with the term, SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It measures your air conditioner’s ability to cool a room, as well as the amount of electricity it takes to do the job. Keep reading to learn what these numbers mean for your HVAC unit.

What Number to Look For

Every energy-using appliance in your home is given a SEER rating by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The higher the number, the more efficient the air conditioning unit is. The efficiency of your unit matters because:

  • The more efficient it is, the less power it’ll use.
  • Using less power means lower energy bills.
  • You could save enough money in one year to go on a short family vacation!

In January 2015, a rule went into effect that all air conditioners must have a minimum SEER rating of 13. Many older homes, however, have air conditioners with SEER ratings of 9 or 10.

Think about this: upgrading from a 9 to a 13 can potentially save you $300 a year. There’s your weekend vay-cay for the family!

Air Conditioning Services in Jupiter FL

Air conditioning is a must where we live, there’s no getting around that. Trust our technicians at Jupiter-Tequesta to not only improve your indoor air quality but save you from a costly energy bill.

Contact Jupiter-Tequesta at one of our locations to discuss your air conditioning options.

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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