Summer’s the time of backyard get-togethers, family parties, and a busy social calendar. But with all of that excitement comes plumbing issues. Here are some of the most common summer plumbing issues, and our tips on how to avoid them:
Picture this: it’s a post-barbecue summer evening, and, during the cleanup, your 4-year-old son has shoved a plateful of chicken bones down your garbage disposal. Although you appreciate his efforts, a clogged disposal can spell serious consequences.
To prevent damage to your disposal, avoid hard foods and cooking oils, and remember to frequently flush out your disposal with water.
Summer means more parties and more house guests. With bustling summer activities underway, loads of cushiony-soft tissue can get flushed down your toilets, causing stubborn clogging.
To minimize overflow, gently remind guests of paper usage parameters, and consider switching to one-ply tissue to reduce excess bulk.
In light of the rigors of summer events, lawn maintenance, and outdoor play escapades, it’s easy to overlook your lawn’s sprinkler system. A malfunctioning sprinkler system can seriously increase your water bill and decrease your lawn’s health.
To avoid a browning lawn, it’s important to regularly inspect sprinkler heads for clogs and costly leaks.
Sewer Line Backups
Perhaps the most inconvenient plumbing issues involve your sewer line. A problem with your sewer line is a costly repair and one that will disrupt most of your day-to-day activities.
Take a look outside your home for signs of bucking pipes, and regularly inspect for potential obstructions caused by overgrown tree roots or other vegetation that may cause an issue with your sewer line.
Need Help? Call A Professional!
It’s tough to manage complex plumbing issues on your own, so fear not. Jupiter Tequesta is happy to help with all of your plumbing woes. Contact us today to service your issues in a quick, affordable, and professional manner.
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Many homes have upgraded their homes to ‘smart homes’ through the use of state-of-the-art technologies. This is because of the many extraordinary capabilities and features smart technology has to offer when it comes to protecting your home, loved ones, and your entire property. Smart home technology increases the value and safety of your home in one system. Here are some reasons you may want to consider adding smart technology to your home.
We live in a world that is part real life, part internet. Through interconnectivity, you can check and adjust your home appliances from anywhere you are by simply checking your smartphone.
One of the most popular uses of interconnectivity in the home is for your thermostat. You can adjust your thermostat from your workplace, and make sure that your home is on its most efficient setting while you’re away. You can program different temperature settings so that your smart thermostat can use geolocation technology to sense when you’re on your way home. It will adjust its settings to make sure your home is nice and cool as soon as you walk in the door.
Interconnectivity of these appliances improves your productivity and makes it efficient to manage and monitor multiple devices in your home.
2. Remote monitoring
Smart home technologies can be monitored, managed, and adjusted from anywhere at any time. A device that has smart technology can begin using this remote monitoring feature by a user connecting their devices to a smartphone, desktop, or laptop. From here, you can monitor the status of your appliances while on-the-go.
With remote monitoring, you can ensure the safety of your loved ones by checking various aspects of your property in real time. As life becomes busier, not having to worry about the safety and efficiency of your home is just one thing checked off your list.
The beauty of smart home technologies is that it can be modified to suit your needs and preferences. Contact a professional who can show you a range of smart products that will fit your security needs and increase your efficiency.
4. Increased Safety
As a homeowner, knowing your family is safe means knowing your home is safe. You can know precisely what is happening in your property through the real-time monitoring technology of smart security systems. This increases the safety of your property, and allows you to receive notifications regarding safety alerts as soon as they happen.
If you are a homeowner in Florida and would like to make your property more productive and protected, contact the professionals at Jupiter Tequesta for smart home technology consultation and installation.
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Summer is heating up, and your HVAC is in overtime mode. While it’s common for energy bills to spike during the warmer months, there are ways to stabilize these costs so you don’t break the bank. Here are some maintenance tips on how to fine-tune your air conditioning unit during summertime.
Replace The Filter
One of the most commonly overlooked air conditioner maintenance jobs is changing out the filter. When dust, grime, and mold multiply, your AC is rendered useless. Hire a professional to do a routine maintenance call to make this process simple and quick.
Check The Dehumidifier
When your dehumidifier is constantly running, water tends to accumulate in the system and cause it to not run properly. With that said, you’ll need to dry out the unit to ensure that it’s working at peak efficiency. Simply remove the outer casing and allow the system to air-dry. Once the water has been completely dried up, you can put the casing back on and continue enjoying your system.
Inspect The Drainage Hole
Near the base of the cabinet, you’ll find your air conditioner’s drainage hole. If anything is obstructing this passageway, your HVAC system will have to work exponentially harder to cool the coils. Using a paper clip, you can clean out the hole to guarantee that it’s operating properly.
Clean Bathroom Fans
Again, it’s imperative that these features be devoid of dirt and mildew. In the bathroom, specifically, it’s easy for these impurities to build up. Fortunately, cleaning the fans is as simple as using soap and water to wipe off the area.
*Pro tip: Be sure turn your power off before beginning the cleaning process.
If you’re still not certain that your HVAC system is running properly, call a professional for a check-up call. At Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing, & Electric, we’re versed in the ins and outs of HVAC. Give us a call today at (561) 747-5740 for a tune-up or inspection.
Choosing the right surge protector is key to ensuring that you’ll protect your high-value electronics. An electrical surge is a sudden flow of electricity of high potential to low potential. It moves from one end of the wire to another, and at the other end of the wire, the electrical current is used to power the device.
Surge protectors work by diverting the excess electricity from a sudden surge of power to a grounding wire. The third pin in an outlet is a grounding wire, which is used to divert electric power from an area of low potential to an area of high potential.
Power surges happen whenever heavy demand on the power grid causes a lot of power to be used. Whenever a lot of power is being used at once, the power company is forced to send a lot of power in order to cover that amount of demand.
A few things you should look for:
Indicator lights – are designed to let you know that your surge protector is working properly.
UL rating – A good surge protector should also be UL-rated, which means the protector is rated by Underwriters Laboratories, which certifies products for functioning properly. You should also ensure that your surge protector is able to serve as a “transient voltage surge suppressor” and not just a power strip.
Clamping Voltage – Clamping voltage is the voltage which will trigger surge protection. Aim at a voltage below 400 volts to avoid any electrical concerns.
Response Time – Ensure that your surge protector is able to trigger surge protection in a nanosecond or less. A quick response time helps to prevent accidents in your home.
Think it’s time to have your surge protectors updated? We have trained technicians available throughout the Jupiter area ready to give you an honest opinion. Contact Jupiter-Tequesta today to schedule an appointment!
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Plumbing fixtures, no matter how well they were installed or made, aren’t designed to last forever. As a homeowner, it’s important to know when it’s time to update your fixtures and opt for ones that are more efficient. Here’s what you need to know to make this decision.
Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Plumbing Fixtures
Water inefficiency is definitely a sign that it’s time to consider replacing certain fixtures. Toilets, for example, use much less water today than what was common with older models. In fact, you could save about 10,000 gallons of water per year if you switch to a newer, low-flow toilet that uses just over a gallon of water per flush.
Other signs to look out for include:
• Frequently needing repairs
• Cosmetic issues that clearly make your fixtures appear out-of-date – which can also be a problem if you plan to sell your home
• Reduced functionality – e.g., plumbing fixtures that are becoming more difficult to repair and operate
Tips to Consider When Replacing Your Fixtures
Once you’ve made the decision to update your plumbing fixtures, there are some tips you’ll want to keep in mind to make this process a pleasant, budget-pleasing experience. First, get your fixtures from reputable plumbing experts, such as Jupiter-Tequesta. This way you’ll know for sure you are getting fixture designed with long-term value in mind. We also suggest keeping the following tips in mind:
• Don’t go by price alone: Avoid fixtures that are significantly cheaper and likely low-quality.
• Shop for value: You can find great bargains without having to sacrifice quality if you keep an eye out for higher-priced fixtures that are on sale or available as clearance items.
• Check the EPA’s WaterSense ratings: These ratings will show you how much water plumbing fixtures you are considering will use in comparison to similar fixtures.
Think it’s time to have your plumbing fixtures updated? We have trained plumbing technicians available throughout the Jupiter area ready to give you an honest opinion. Contact Jupiter-Tequesta today to schedule an appointment!
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Summertime means more sun, and more energy used to keep your home cool. It can be easy to forget to turn your appliances off until you you see your energy bill! You can conserve energy and lower your electric bill this summer by following these eco-friendly tips.
Turn Them Off
Don’t waste power by keeping lights on when you leave a room. It only takes a second to turn the switch to the off position. Each flipped switch will add up to a lot of money saved by the end of summer!
Use Energy Saving Bulbs
Replace regular light bulbs with energy-saving models, proven to use as much as 80% less electricity. These energy-saving bulbs produce the same amount of light as a traditional 60w bulb but only emit 18w in power, resulting in savings for your household.
Run Full Dishwasher Loads
Don’t operate your dishwasher until you have a full load of dirty dishes. Running it only half full wastes water as well as energy. Only have a few glasses and dishes that need cleaning? Ditch the dishwasher all-together and wash them by hand and let air dry.
Wait for a Full Laundry Load
The same mindset applies to washing your clothing. It’s more energy efficient to do laundry less often but wash only full loads. Washing clothes in warm or cold water rather than hot temperatures can also help decrease your energy bills.
Opt for Open Windows
When the weather outside permits, open your windows instead of running your AC 24/7. This is especially helpful at night so you can prevent your air conditioner running all night long.
Install Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat helps you control temperature levels from your smartphone. You can set your preferred temperatures, and even add times for the thermostat to change to different modes of cooling. Come home to a chilly home, and leave again knowing that your thermostat will kick into shut off the air!
Buy Energy Efficient Appliances
It may not be possible in your budget to replace all of your current appliances with the most energy-efficient models. But as your washer, dryer and refrigerator begin to need repairs, compare whether investing in a model with an Energy Saving Recommended logo would be your best investment.
Unplug When Possible
Appliances such as television sets, computers and phone chargers continue to draw energy even when shut off. Unplug these items at the wall socket when they are not in use.
For all of your electrical repair and installation needs, contact the area’s premier air conditioning, plumbing and electric resource, Jupiter-Tequesta! Contact us today to schedule your consultation: (561) 747-5740
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The landscaping of your home adds to the value of your home and can be an attraction to people walking by. This is why it’s so important to keep the landscaping nice and fresh. Here are some ways to clean your landscape lights so they always look brand new.
Cleaning Landscape Lights
There are many ways that you can clean up your landscaping. Here are some tips to help you clean up the lights in your design.
Unplug the electricity from the lights.
Use soap and water to wipe down the exterior parts of the light unit. Make sure to keep the water from leaking into the electrical elements of the light.
For the tough stains, you may have to use a soft-bristle brush and lightly scrub that area. You may also need to use stronger chemicals to remove mineral deposits.
Make sure all the parts of dry before putting each light unit back together. If there is moisture left over, then you will have problems with mold growth and other things as a result of the leftover moisture.
Once the units are dry put them back together again and position them the way that will illumine your landscaping the way you want it to be.
If you are having trouble getting your landscaping lights clean and looking great, then call us today. We here at Jupiter-Tequesta can help you get things looking great. If you have any questions, please call and we will answer them for you.
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No matter where we fall on the cleanliness scale, any of us can have bad habits. Let’s go over some common unsanitary habits that are easily changed.
The big bad habit in cleaning is not to do it. Oh, we mean to. Cleaning is a common thing we avoid—unfortunately, it’s a problem that only increases day by day.
It’s also an easy form of procrastination to solve: just reverse the process, and clean a little each day. By the time our house is in order, we’ll have a new good habit too.
Leaving Behind Bunched-up Shower Curtains and Wet Towels
One simple habit is to pick up wet towels after a shower and close the curtains. Mildew doesn’t grow on dry surfaces, so with this second habit, we can avoid most of the problem.
Prevention is a big part of avoiding bigger messes down the road. This simple shower habit helps us see that time-saving relationship.
Cleaning the Bathroom with One Wipe
Another quick heads-up about cleaning is to remember to change the disinfectant cleaning wipe when cleaning the bathroom. It seems smart to start with the sink area and proceed to the bath and finally the toilet, but wipes lose their effectiveness before the task is done.
Remember to use additional wipes as they dry out, or use a clean cloth with a suitable disinfectant.
Wearing Shoes in the House
This cleanliness habit is a bit harder, especially if we have to change other people. To help us convince them, here are reasons to remove shoes when entering a home.
Showing respect for others and our surroundings
Reducing grime and bacteria
Minimizing filth entering our home
Avoiding damaged floors
Promoting natural foot health
Another bad habit? Not scheduling an HVAC service! Contact Jupiter-Tequesta today to help keep your indoor air quality clean.
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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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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.
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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Jupiter-Tequesta A/C, Plumbing & Electric, LLC (JT) is a subsidiary of FPL Energy Services, 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.