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Silent Toilet Leak Detection and Toilet Repair in Decatur, AL

            Once upon a time, a family decided to upgrade their plumbing fixtures to save money and be more cost-efficient. They replaced their showerheads with low-flow heads. They installed a rain bucket for watering the lawn with rain water. They replaced their faucets with fixtures that use less water, and they even installed water-saving toilets. They thought they were doing so well, but about a year later, their water bill was extremely high. They couldn’t figure out what was going wrong. They called the friendly technicians at Lamco Plumbing, and they were shocked to learn that their toilet might have a silent leak that was wasting hundreds of gallons every month. The technician provided them with some useful information and saved the day!

While this story is fiction, it applies to many homes all over the country. Unfortunately, residential clients all over Decatur, AL and the United States waste thousands of gallons of water every year because of leaky fixtures and appliances. This adds up to hundreds to thousands of dollars spent on wasted water. In order to save our clients from this headache, we wanted to provide information about Silent Toilet Leaks in your Decatur, AL home, and how to use the Dye Test.

Before fixing some of the obvious problems with a toilet, like a faulty or damaged flapper, you should also test for a silent leak using the Dye Test. Essentially, you should start with clear water in both the tank and the toilet bowl. Once the water is completely clear, you can add dye to the water in the form of colored drink mixes, instant coffee, or food coloring. Some municipal districts also offer dyes for the water, but they aren’t necessary. Add the dye to the toilet tank only. Leave the toilet alone for 15-30 minutes and do not flush or use the toilet during that time. If you return and find that the water in the toilet bowl is no longer clear, you have a silent leak and should contact a licensed technician at Lamco Plumbing. If the water is clear, you may have another type leak or plumbing problem.

While a leaky toilet flapper is the most common and easy to fix problems, you should contact Lamco if replacing the flapper doesn’t fix your problem. You can also give us a call if you are unsure how to repair the flapper or other fixtures, or would like more information. As always, the most important thing is routine maintenance. Don’t wait for an emergency to have your property’s plumbing inspected; instead, call Lamco Plumbing!  You can also call Lamco Plumbing if you have questions, need to schedule routine maintenance, or would like help with other plumbing repair. 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.


Don’t Let your Plumbing System Scare you This Season!

Avoid Costly Repairs & Spooky Inconveniences this Halloween in Decatur, Madison, Huntsville, Hartselle, Athens and Surrounding Areas

It’s the spookiest time of the year! That’s right! Halloween is here along with scary costumes, horror movies, trick or treating haunted houses and pumpkin carving. At Lamco Plumbing, we aren’t trying to scare you… but this is the perfect time of the year for scary plumbing problems in your home if you aren’t careful. We wanted to take a few minutes to share with your some tips and facts that we have learned over the years as local plumbing contractors so you can be prepared for anything that comes your way. From messy drain cleaning terrors to banging pipes to toilets that flush themselves, your plumbing system may stay right on theme with Halloween this fall!

Avoid a Bright Orange Drain Cleaning Disaster:

Carving pumpkins is a very popular pastime around Halloween but if you’re not careful, you could be paying a ton to fix the damage that pumpkin pulp and seeds can do to your plumbing system! When you carve pumpkins this season, make sure you dispose of the pumpkin insides in your garbage and NOT in your garbage disposal, drains or toilets. Pulp from a pumpkin can get caught on your disposer blades and cause malfunctioning. And it can cause messy back ups in your pipes as well! Keep fibrous, stringy foods, oils and other materials out of your garbage disposer today and you won’t need to worry about drain cleaning problems this season!

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Phantom Toilet Flushing:

It’s 11:30 PM and you’re home alone for the evening when you hear your toilet flush… Ghosts? Zombies? Goblins? It’s safe to say I think you’re in the clear. Sometimes when you have a leaky toilet phantom flushing can occur in your home. Your toilet isn’t actually flushing, it just sounds like it is. What is really happening is your toilet is topping off water in your toilet tank periodically to replace the water that it is losing. If you thought you had house guests from the other side… you’re in the clear! If you have phantom flushing in your home you most likely have a leaky toilet and over time this can be very wasteful. For all of your plumbing fixture repairs, Call Lamco Plumbing and we can make sure that you have no more mysterious sounds coming from your bathroom today!

Howling, Clamoring and Banging Pipes Can be a Fright!

Loud pipes in your home can make you feel like you’re not alone! When your home starts sounding like the haunted house to went to last weekend… there may be a problem. Whistling pipes and howling pipes can be scary but most of the time they are a minor repair. Often something may have gotten knocked lose or a pipe crack may need to be repaired to avoid eerie haunting noises in the nighttime. If you need your peace and quiet restored in your home, we are the plumbing experts for the job! We can also give you back your peace of mind… and a good night’s sleep.

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Cut Unwanted Costs with Maintenance and Repairs

When the efficiency of your plumbing system is low you are throwing money down the drain… literally! The same goes for your other comfort systems in your home. When it comes to leaky faucets, a broken garbage disposal, or broken or cracked pipes, your problems will continue to get worse before they get better. Taking a little time to fix leaks in your home and to make sure that your pipes are in good condition save you time, money and stress. Having a plumbing system tune up can make all of the difference in the long run and can improve your home’s water conservation and energy efficiency.

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Keep the horror story in the movie theater! If you have any problems in your home this Halloween season, let us help you before things get worse. A little time now will go a long way. Whether you have a drain cleaning problem, leaky faucet, broken garbage disposal, cracked pipes or any other issue, you can count on Lamco Plumbing for all of your plumbing repairs, plumbing installations and plumbing maintenance.

Contact Us Today and Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!