New Shower head, Decatur, AL

Can you imagine taking a vacation that lasted 200 days? How about a tropical vacation with gorgeous warm water beaches, and massaging waterfalls? Well, if you live to be at least 72, and take a ten minute shower once or twice a day, you will have spent 200 days in the shower. So why not make your shower experience like a vacation? The easiest way to get yourself closer to an amazing shower in your Decatur, AL home is to simply install a new shower head.

Lamco plumbing is your Decatur, AL bathroom remodeling experts. We know how important the showerhead is and can show you a wide selection of modern shower heads that are both amazingly functional and attractive. Old shower heads mostly focused on functionality and pretty much all looked the same. But today, many brands are focusing on both functionality and aesthetics. They are also focusing on creating different showering experiences like standing in the rain or under a waterfall.

For example, Hansa has created an amazing showerhead that when tilted changes from a jet mode that resembles a rain experience to a gushing flow that resembles the feel of a waterfall. The sleek curved showerhead is elegant and practically a work of art. You can order the hand held shower separately or order it as a kit and get the matching tub faucet.  There is also the Kohler Flipside Hand shower that offers four different shower experiences with one flip action. You can choose a regular flow, airy spray, drenching spray, or rain shower effect. It’s shiny stainless steel and modern compact look can turn any shower into a new fun environment.

Changing the showerhead could also be a great gift idea for a loved one. Men especially are known to be obsessed with their showers. So if you have a hard to shop for man in your life updating the shower might be an awesome idea. With all the time we spend in the shower, we could all benefit from a little bathroom remodeling project and Lamco makes it easy. We can help you choose the right showerhead for your home, install it, and give you a great price. So start planning your 200+ day vacation now by calling one of our friendly technicians.

The licensed technicians at Lamco Plumbing are ready, willing, and able to help you with any of your residential and commercial water heating and/or plumbing needs.

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Tankless Water Heaters in Decatur, AL

Most homes today are equipped with tank style water heaters, either electric or gas. Recently, some have exchanged the tank water heaters  for seemingly more efficient tankless water heaters. Gas tankless water heaters use high-powered burners to quickly heat water as it runs through a heat exchanger, which eliminates the need for a water tank and can conserve energy. That heated water then quickly flows through the plumbing pipes in your Decatur, AL home to its final destination. One of the greatest benefits of a tankless water heater is you should never experience the chill of a cold shower in the middle of a refreshingly hot one. This style of water heater is known as an “on demand” heater because they don’t usually store hot water. But for all the hype surrounding these appliances there are some limitations and trade-offs to consider before you can really decide if the tankless hot water heater is for you. I have one in my house and properly used these appliances are absolutely great. Improperly used they are disappointing and expensive.

Tankless water heaters come in point-of-use and whole-house versions and there are electric tankless water heaters and natural gas or propane models. Some tankless units are sized to heat a cup of tea, others to provide enough hot water for 2 or more bathrooms. Also, the region of the country you live in has a lot to do with how much hot water a tankless water heater can produce. A technician from Lamco can easily determine what type of water heater, tank or tankless, is best for your home and your budget.

The licensed technicians at Lamco Plumbing are ready, willing, and able to help you with any of your residential and commercial water heating and/or plumbing needs.

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Decatur, AL, Indoor Plumbing History

Every day, you use indoor plumbing, whether you see it or not. If your refrigerator makes ice, it requires indoor plumbing. Your washing machine, toilet, faucets, and more require high quality plumbing, but what we take for granted today hasn’t always been as efficient as it is today. Today, the residential and commercial properties in Decatur, AL have so many options in terms of piping, from copper to galvanized steel; from PVC to PEX, and so much more. Originally, in America, early settlers knew nothing of lead or iron pipe – they knew only to build with wood, the country’s bounty. Thus, water pipes were made of bored-out logs, preferably felled from hemlock or elm trees. The trees would be cut into 7 ft. to 9 ft. lengths, their trunks around 9-10 inches thick. Unfortunately, laying wooden pipes below ground; uneven ground below the joists would cause sags in the log where water would stagnate, infest with insects, and generally leave a woody taste. Essentially, the settlers used gravity water system, starting from a spring or stream on high ground, allowing water to flow downhill to the house or farm. It would cut a path to the back of the house, through the barn, and flow into a catch basin. In 1652, Boston incorporated the country’s first waterworks, formed to provide water for firefighting and domestic use. Since the homes were made out of wood and often had chimneys, fire was a common hazard, so it was imperative that a ready supply be on hand. Firefighters would punch a hole into the wooden pipe along the edge of the street, insert a smaller pipe (pre-sized to fit the newly-bored hole), and harness the hose of their fire wagon, a two-man pumper. When they put the fire out, they would plug up the hole again by banging a pre cut conical stopper on the end of a long pole. This was the “fireplug,” the wooden pole left sticking out of the ground marked the plug for the next chimney fire.

Wooden pipes were common until the early 1800s when the increased pressure from rapidly expanding streets began to split the pipes. Consequently, people changed to galvanized iron for potable water use from the late 1800s until around 1960. After that period, copper piping took over, originally with soft copper with flared fittings; however, they later switched to rigid copper tubing utilizing soldered fittings. The use of lead for potable water declined sharply after World War II because of increased awareness of the dangers of lead poisoning. Interestingly, this is where the term “plumbing” comes from; the Latin word plumbum means lead.

Today, most homes are fitted with any number of pipes (depending on the type of home or building, when it was built, and any remodeling done to the home). For example, mobile homes commonly use PVC pipes, but commercial buildings in areas close to the ocean used galvanized steel. Other homes use copper or PEX piping. The greatest factors in deciding what is right for your home or commercial property are location, budget, and city requirements. The licensed technicians at Lamco Plumbing are ready, willing, and able to help you with any of your residential and commercial plumbing needs.

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Tornado and storm preparation in your Decatur, Alabama Community

Tornados are a devastating experience that can tear through towns all over the United States. In an effort to keep our friends and neighbors as safe as possible, we would like to offer a few tips in preparing your Decatur, Alabama home. Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes don’t give much warning so planning ahead is the best way to maximize the safety of you family in the event of a tornado. Keep a wrench near the gas meter and be sure you know how to turn it off. If a tornado strikes, it’s a good idea to cut off this line so you aren’t in danger of a gas explosion. You should also have your plumbing inspected both before and after any type of natural disaster. The most important thing is for you to always have a plan so that your family will be safe, this includes tornado insurance.

You should also have your personal information from your home computer backed up at an out of town location or to an online internet service. After a tornado, you should be sure to check your home for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if you can, and call the gas company. Please do not try to turn this valve on by yourself. Only a professional should turn the valve back on after examining your home for leaks and damage. You should also look for electrical system damage. If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box, as long as you don’t have to step in water or otherwise place yourself in danger to reach it.

Finally, you should check for sewage and water line damage. If you suspect that the sewage lines are damaged, avoid using the toilets and call one of the qualified technicians at Lamco plumbing. Even after something terrible tears through a neighborhood, it gives the community a chance to rebuild and join hands with friends and neighbors from all over the United States. The licensed technicians at Lamco Plumbing are ready, willing, and able to help you both before and after a natural disaster with your residential and commercial plumbing needs.

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Becoming a plumber in your Decatur, Alabama Community

Ever watch a plumber work and think you could learn to do that but weren’t sure how to go about it? Well, today, we’re going to talk about how to become a licensed plumber. In 2010, the median pay for a manual worker like a plumber was roughly $47,000, a good $15,000 a year more than other occupational workers. Since 1985, Lamco Plumbing has been meeting and exceeding the needs of our Decatur, AL clients by hiring experienced, professional, and customer-service oriented plumbers. If you would like to become a part of our team but are not yet licensed, here are the steps:

First, you should either have or obtain a high school diploma or GED. If you have not yet completed high school, you should try to take advantage of any vocational programs your school may offer. You should also try to take extra courses in mathematics and physics. If you have already obtained a diploma or GED, you could also enroll in a trade school or college that offers courses in plumbing. These types of programs typically take about 2 years depending on your schedule and course load. A degree like a Plumbing Associate in Science Degree would teach job estimation, layout, installation of piping systems and fixtures, repair of supply and wastewater systems, and drain cleaning techniques. Such a program is designed for those interested in residential, commercial or industrial service. A certification in Construction Plumbing Technology could focus on plumbing for construction and includes courses on gas and electric welding, and backflow prevention devices. You can find more information by looking for community colleges and trade or technical schools in your local area.

Next, you need to be an apprentice under a licensed plumber for 2-5 years. During this time, you will not receive full pay for your work because you are not yet licensed. Once you complete an apprentice program, you can take the exam that tests knowledge of plumbing and local codes. Some states require a separate license to work on gas lines.

Plumbers who meet the requirements can look forward to job growth of 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is more than the 14 percent expected for all occupations in all industries, and also greater than the predicted 23 percent for all construction trades. A growing population will require more buildings for living, working and playing, which need facilities installed by plumbers. So, if you like working with your hands, serving your neighbors, and being the best technician you can be, give us a call. We do not advertize apprentice programs; however, you can contact us for more information

 

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Different techniques to unclog drains in your Decatur, Alabama Community

Clogged drains can be one of the most problematic plumbing issues you can experience. They have a variety of causes. One family’s child wants to send their superhero figurine on an adventure to battle the evil in the sewers. Another family didn’t know that rice and other expanding foods should not be placed in the garbage disposal or down the drain. Whatever the cause, the problem still interrupts your daily life. There are a number of products available that encourage you to remedy the problem yourself; however, clogs are usually more serious than they may seem, so do-it-yourself home remedies may worsen the issue. Thus, leaving it to a Decatur, Alabama plumbing professional is definitely the way to make sure the problems get solved properly and completely to minimize the risk of future clogs in the same drain or sewer. Thankfully, help is just a phone call away, and Lamco Plumbing offers $20 off your drain cleaning service!

While most plumbing services only offer cable (snake) drain cleaning and hydro jetting, Lamco Plumbing proudly offers one additional service: Total C Drain additive.

Cable (Snake) Drain Cleaning:

One great tool that ensures the health and safety of your plumbing system is the cable drain snake. Its drain cleaning capabilities are great for drain clogs and drain blockages.

If cable drain cleaning has difficulty unclogging your plumbing system, this can also alert you to a more serious problem going on inside your pipes.  But don’t worry, our hydro jetting process is there for all those powerful problems that the cable drain can’t handle on its own.

Hydro jetting:

If cable snake drain cleaning is unsuccessful, we rely on the power of hydro jetting to blast away your drain blockages. Sewer and drain pipes may contain clogs that need more force and our high-tech tools allow us to tackle these challenges head on. The process of hydro jetting uses high pressure water combined with reverse jet systems in order to break down and expel severe drain clogs.

Total C Drain Additive:

We use the best drain cleaning product on the market – Total-C™. Total-C™  is a professional drain maintaining product for use in all household drains and septic systems.  It is an exclusive formula specifically designed to keep your drains flowing free and smelling fresh.  It’s the best way to keep clogs from reoccurring. Total-C™  combines all natural citrus-based liquefiers and active enzymes with natural oil eating bacteria keeps organic materials such as greases, soaps, fats and detergents from building up on the inside of your pipes without the use of harsh acids, alkaline or solvents.

Don’t let clogged drains get you down, contact Lamco Plumbing today to discuss your residential and commercial drain cleaning problems with an experienced specialist. We work directly with you in order to understand your needs. We have been proudly serving the Decatur, Alabama communities since 1985, and our broad range of residential and commercial plumbing services continues to expand.

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Pipes 102: Metal pipes in your Decatur, Alabama Community

In our last post, we talked about the various types of plastic pipes you could find or use in your home or commercial property. When considering what type to use, you should also consider metal pipes. There are a variety of options available, and the qualified technicians at Lamco Plumbing would be happy to help you decide which option is best for your Decatur, Alabama home and business. Today, we would like to provide you with a little more information on the types of metal pipes that have been used in the past and what’s most common today.

Cast Iron

The most uncommon type of metal pipe is Cast Iron. Cast Iron pipes are uncommon because they are very heavy and difficult to work with. They were most commonly used for drainage. If you have cast iron pipes in your home and they require replacements, you can work with PVC pipes to replace the damaged sections without completely having to re-pipe your home. Before deciding what is best, give Lamco a call so that we can assess the problem and offer a variety of solutions.

Stainless Steel

Next, Stainless Steel is also a less common style of pipe in homes. Stainless steel pipes are strong and highly resistant to corrosion, but even more expensive than copper pipes. They’re most frequently used in marine environments where salt water would erode other metal pipes.

Galvanized Steel

The two most common types of metal pipes are Galvanized Steel and Copper. Galvanized steel pipes are made of heavy metal and have been used in plumbing for many decades to carry both hot and cold water to homes. Most commonly, they are buried underground to supply water outside the house. With its galvanized coating, these pipes are naturally resistant to corrosion, but they are not entirely rust-proof. They tend to rust fairly easily along the threaded ends where the coating has been cut away. Galvanized pipe is still present inside homes in North Alabama and should be replaced by a professional. When galvanized pipe corrode due to the high ph of water lead and cadmium can leech into the water and cause serious health problems. If you have galvanized pipes you should at least have your water tested and consider removing the galvanized pipes.

Copper

Finally, Copper pipes are one of the most common metal pipes. Unfortunately, they are also very expensive and susceptible to theft from department stores, which drives the cost even higher in some areas. Copper pipes are attractive because they have a high resistance to corrosion and tolerance of heat, so copper is ideal in both hot and cold applications and have less pipe leaks. In addition, because it is usually connected using soldered fittings, the fittings become permanent additions, and don’t often come loose.

Lead

Lead piping is no longer used. But if you work, reside, or play in a structure that was built before 1986 it may have lead pipes. Lead causes serious health problems, especially in children. It is important to get your water quality tested for lead if you suspect or are unsure if lead pipes or parts have been used. A trained technician from Lamco Plumbing would gladly test your water for lead and takes this testing very seriously.

With all of these options available, it’s easy to see how someone could feel overwhelmed or confused. Luckily, your friendly neighborhood plumbers at Lamco are highly trained and ready to help repair, remodel, or replace the pipes in your Decature, AL home or business. Lamco plumbing has been a trusted Decatur plumber  for almost thirty years. We have the tools, knowledge, and experience to handle all your plumbing installation, repairs and maintenance. For testimonials, money saving tips, and coupons visit us on the web.   And feel free to call us when problems arise or with any questions or concerns.

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Pipes 101: Plastic pipes in your Decatur, Alabama Community

There are many different types of pipes that bring water to and from your Decatur, Alabama home and business. In addition to pipes there are pipe fittings, pipe connectors, solder and a variety of other components that go into putting together the complex maze of pipes in your plumbing system. Plumbing pipes come in two major categories: plastic and metal. Below we provide you with a description of some of the plastic piping available. In our next blog we will discuss metal pipes.

PVC pipes  

PVC pipes, or polyvinyl chloride pipes, are plastic pipes used to transport high pressured water. PVC pipe can handle cold water but will warp under hot water. They are mainly used to carry water to your home from the main water source. Because of their material they need to be approved for drinking water. They may split under cold weather so they need to be properly insulated.

CPVC pipes

CPVC pipes, or chlorinated polyvinyl chlorine pipes, have extra chlorination and are able to handle both hot and cold water. They are also more flexible and don’t break or leak as often as PVC pipe. Also, because it has the same diameter as a copper pipe it can be used for more purposes.

PEX pipe

PEX pipe, polyethylene pipe, has been used since the 1920 but has recently become very popular because it is cost effective. PEX piping and tubing is also easy to install and has less of a chance of leaking because of its flexibility and resistance to buildup. Because it has great heat resistance it is often used in water-based heating systems. PEX piping is a great alternative to copper although some believe it is cheap looking when visible. It cannot be used outside since it is UV sensitive.

ABS pipes

ABS pipes, acrylonitrite-butadiene-styrene pipes, are plastic pipes used for venting, waste removal, and drains in bathrooms and mobile homes. They are very rigid and are connected to metal pipes.

As you can see there is quite a variety of plastic pipes used in today’s homes An experienced and trained plumber will know which pipe is best for each purpose of job. It is important to use the right pipe or serious damage or injury can occur. If you have any questions or concerns about the pipes in your Decatur, Alabama home or business, feel free to call one of our experts at Lamco.

Lamco plumbing has been a trusted Decatur plumber for almost thirty years. We have the tools, knowledge, and experience to handle all your plumbing installation, repairs and maintenance. Fortestimonials, money saving tips, and coupons visit us on the web.   And feel free to call us when problems arise or with any questions or concerns.

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Have a plumber inspect a home before purchase in Decatur, Alabama

44% of people call a professional plumber for repairs within the first year of purchasing a home. This is because a normal home inspection looks at bigger items like roofs and foundations. If you are purchasing a home in Decatur, Alabama we suggest hiring a professional plumber to inspect the homes plumbing.

During the inspection the plumber will check the water heater and determine how old it is and if it needs to be replaced. They will check the pipes to determine if they are lead pipes or galvanized and give you an estimate for replacement or water filtration if they are. A plumber will look under sinks, around toilets, and at bathroom tiles to see if there are any visible pipe leaks. They should also check the home for a slow leak or any at risk pipes.

During the inspection the plumber should also test water quality and determine if there is a backflow preventer and sump pump installed that work. They will also check the property for any standing water outside or any areas that are wet that should not be. This is to determine if there are any outside lines that may be leaking or broken. There are many more items that a professional plumber will inspect to determine the state of the plumbing in a possible home purchase that a normal inspection will not cover. A professional plumbing inspection comes at a very minor cost and could end up saving you a lot of money in the future or prevent you from making a bad purchase.

At Lamco plumbing, we appreciate our Decatur, Alabama community, and we take your comfort and safety seriously. Our friendly employees and technicians are committed to making sure that when you have a plumbing problem you can rely on us. Because that’s the way a healthy relationship should be…and that’s the way we do business.

If you would like to have a potential new home’s plumbing inspected give us a call. Lamco plumbing has been a trusted Decatur plumber for almost thirty years. We have the tools, knowledge, and experience to handle all your plumbing installation, repairs and maintenance. For testimonials, money saving tips, and coupons visit us on the web.   And feel free to call us when problems arise or with any questions or concerns.

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Let’s Celebrate Decatur, Alabama! It’s World Plumbing Day!

Do you know what March 11th is? Lamco Plumbing does! It is World Plumbing Day. March 11th was designated as World Plumbing Day by the World Plumbing Council in order to raise awareness about the importance of the plumbing profession around the world. Many take plumbing for granted, but clean water and sanitation are important to the nation’s health and safety. In a world where 1.1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water, we should be thankful for the modern plumbing we use and enjoy.

Besides preventing disease and death, modern day plumbing is also helping to save the planet. Only 7% of the earth’s water is fresh water and at least 70% of that water is trapped in the polar ice caps. It is important everyday that we work to conserve water at the local and global level. Plumbers are on the front line of that effort. With new industry technologies like water and energy efficient water heaters and grey water systems that collect sink and shower drain water and then use that water for toilet flushing, the plumbing industry is becoming more creative and more effective at saving our natural resources.

And here at Lamco plumbing we encourage you to celebrate World Plumbing Day with us by committing to using water more efficiently.  You can:

1. Install low flow faucets and showerheads

2. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth

3. Wash your fruits and vegetables together and all at once in a basin instead of individually under a running faucet

4. Use a broom to clean your sidewalks and driveway instead of a hose

5. Upgrade toilets and water heaters to newer and more efficient models

These are just some of the things you can do to help save our most precious natural resource…fresh water! Lamco plumbing is proud to be part of such an important industry that helps saves the planet and helps saves lives. We appreciate our hard working and highly trained technicians and all they do for the community!

If you are interested in improving your plumbing system give us a call Lamco plumbing has been a trusted Decatur plumber for almost thirty years. We have the tools, knowledge, and experience to handle all your plumbing installation, repairs and maintenance. For testimonials, money saving tips, and coupons visit us on the web.   And feel free to call us when problems arise or with any questions or concerns.

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