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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.

When Decatur, AL Plumbing Goes Bump in the Night

Have you ever turned off the faucet in your Decatur home and heard a loud hammering noise?  Have you heard a popping or rumbling noise? What about a loud banging sound coming from the basement?  At Lamco Plumbing, we’ve heard our fair share of plumbing noises, and we’re well aware of their causes.  With Halloween around the corner, we want to expose the creepy sounds for what they really are—noisy plumbing!

If you hear…

A Popping or Rumbling Noise Coming From Your Water Heater

  • Gunk has built up at the bottom or your water heater.  When the gunk is heated up, moisture is released into the tank water as steam, making the popping or rumbling noise.
  • Call Lamco Plumbing to flush out your water heater and vacate the gunk.  This buildup could cause water heater corrosion and a decrease in your water heater’s lifespan.
  • Removing the buildup will improve your water heater’s efficiency, increase its lifespan, and get rid of the noise!

Banging Pipes

  • One or more of your plumbing pipes is striking into something in its vicinity.
  • You may be able to simply buffer the pipe with padding, foam rubber, or kitchen sponges.
  • If buffering the troublesome pipe doesn’t help or you’re unable to find the banging pipe, contact Lamco Plumbing, and we’ll locate and repair the issue, so that you won’t end up with damaged plumbing pipes.

A Hammering Noise That Occurs After You Turn Off the Water

  • High-pressured water in your pipes must suddenly come to a halt when the water is turned off.  This abrupt stop creates a shockwave in your plumbing pipe, causing the hammering noise.  This is called a water hammer.
  • Continued pressure within your plumbing pipes could cause a burst pipe or a failed pipe fitting, so a water hammer must be repaired.
  • Sometimes a water hammer can be repaired by turning off the water and running the remaining water out of the faucet that is causing the water hammer.  This allows a cushion of air to form inside a chamber, relieving the pressure.  If this doesn’t fix the problem contact Lamco Plumbing to determine if you need to have an air chamber or pressure-reducing valve installed.

Lamco Plumbing is happy to help you rid your Decatur, ALhome of any annoying (or spooky) plumbing noises.  You can count on our certified plumbers to be courteous and respectful to you and your home.  Our 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.