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Conserving water, Decatur, AL

Water is one of the most precious and enjoyed resources on earth. We go boating, fishing, and swimming; we water our lawns, take showers, and so much more. In honor of August as National Water Conservation month, we wanted to take some time to talk to our Decatur, AL residents about water conservation. Did you know that rooftops and pavement don’t allow water to soak into the ground? This means the water runs off and has to be collected in storm drains and directed to local streams, rivers, and coastal waters. Along the way, the water can come in contact with any number of pollutants like oil, antifreeze, pet waste, fertilizers and pesticides.  In most places, storm water does not get treated, so all of those pollutants end up in local waters.

In honor of National Water Quality Month, give these tips a try to protect water quality where you live:

  • Pick up after yourselves and your pets. Whenever you take your pet for a walk, try to avoid streams and other waterways when they are going to the bathroom. Always pick up after your pet to help prevent the waste from entering the water system. Littering is a crime, so be sure to pick up any trash you may have lying around to avoid fines and help preserve the environment.
  • Water your lawn only when necessary. An easy way to see if your lawn needs water is to walk on it. If your footprints remain in the grass, you should water it. If no footprints remain, your lawn should not need water.  
  • Use rain barrels. Plants do not need the same quality of water as people, so you can build a rain barrel to collect runoff water from your roof when it rains. This water can then be used to water your lawn or garden and to wash your windows or vehicles. Be sure to check local regulations before installing a rain barrel–some areas have laws that prohibit them. This also has the added bonus of lowering your water bill.
  • Apply lawn care chemicals in dry weather. This will help prevent the chemicals from ending up in the rainwater runoff that collects in the storm drains. You can also look for environmentally friendly lawn chemicals that are better for the environment.
  • Fix leaky pipes and/or fixtures. Leaky pipes and fixtures waste this precious resource and can also cost you more money on your water bill every month. Thankfully, the skilled technicians at Lamco Plumbing can easily fix a leaky pipe and fix or replace a leaky faucet.

One great idea is to have a backflow preventer sewer system installed in your plumbing system. This will help prevent waste water from ever coming in contact with your fresh water. If you have questions about other ways you could conserve water in your home, you can call the licensed technicians at Lamco Plumbing. Their plumbers are ready, willing, and able to help you with any of your residential and commercial water heating and/or plumbing needs.

For testimonials, money saving tips, and coupons visit our website. And feel free to call us when problems arise or with any questions or concerns.


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.


Healthy Water–Healthy life: Plumbing can help you live a healthier life in 2013 – A New Year’s Resolution

If you are determined to live a healthier life in 2013, then consider making sure your plumbing system is healthy in your Decatur, Alabama home. The human body needs healthy fresh water to flourish. In fact 70 percent of the human body is made of water. In order to stay hydrated and healthy you should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Unfortunately, all over the world, 3.5 million people die from water related diseases. So we are lucky to have access to clean running water in this country and in Decatur, Alabama.

Still, there are some steps we can take to make sure that our homes and water stays healthy by making sure your homes plumbing system is in good working order. Below are three plumbing suggestions to help you live a healthier life this 2013.

Purify and Soften your water

            If you have well water it is important to have your water tested at least once a year. This will help you determine if you need a water purification system. If you use tap water you can most likely trust that your water is safe to drink. But just because your water is safe to drink doesn’t mean that it is free of contaminants and especially chlorine. The best thing you can do for you body is to drink clean purified water. The knowledgeable technicians at Lamco can help you determine if your home and health would benefit from a simple water filter under the sink, or a whole home water purification system. Also, if you are finding a lot of deposits on your dishes, or have itchy skin, you may have hard water. A water softener can help by removing the minerals that build up in your water. Testing your water will help you and your technician determine what is best for your home and your health.

Prevent mold by repairing leaky pipes and installing ventilation

            Leaky pipes and poor ventilation are big contributors to mold in the home. Mold can cause stuffy noses, irritated eyes and skin, and severe allergic reactions. Ancient cultures took extreme measures to eradicate mold. In the Old Testament if they could not eradicate mold found in the home they were commanded to destroy the whole home! If you have noticed a mold smell in a room in your home, water spots on the ceiling, damp and wet drywall or floors, or especially mold under the sink, it is time to call a plumber and make sure you don’t have a leaking pipe somewhere. At Lamco we have specialized leak detection equipment and are able to find and fix any leaking pipes. We can also install ventilation in rooms that have a hard time staying dry like the bathroom.

Have your backflow preventer tested or one installed

A backflow preventer can be a lifesaver. Backflow preventers prevent dirty water from going backward in the pipe and contaminating clean water. When water pressure drops below certain point contaminated water, including sewage, can be drawn back into the pipes contaminating pipes that are suppose to bring your fresh, clean water. Anyone who has had dirty water flow into their bath tub from the drain knows how important it is to have a backflow preventer. Backflow preventers should be checked annually to make sure they are working properly. If you need a backflow preventer installed, or tested, give us a call.

Clean water is our most valuable resource. Pure drinking water and a plumbing system you can depend on are important to the health of your home and your family. If you are interested in improving the quality of your water and plumbing system give us a call. Lamco plumbing has been atrusted 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.