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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.

Insulating Pipes in Decatur Alabama

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to watch It’s a Wonderful Life, Frosty the Snowman, and so many other classic movies. It’s the time when we start seeing snow on the news and step outside to colder temperatures. While we have so many things to keep our bodies warm, the plumbing in your residential or commercial property in Decatur, AL is especially vulnerable. Because we rarely see freezing temperatures many residents don’t see the need to be concerned about exposed pipes. But when those surprise drops in temperatures do come, the homes in the south get hit hard because most were not prepared. Freezing temperatures can cause major problems (like interior water damage) for pipes that get exposed to the cold temperatures. Since damage from freezing can cause some of the most expensive repairs, Lamco Plumbing  wanted to offer our clients a few basic tips to keep your plumbing functioning all winter long.

Exterior Faucets

If you have any kind of exterior faucet, you should turn off the water supply in the house and drain any water from the pipes. This will help ensure no water remains in the pipes and prevent freezing. Most importantly, disconnect any hoses, drain, and store them in a safe place. Leaving the hoses attached could damage the hoses if water gets frozen inside the tube.

Insulate Exposed Piping

If any of your plumbing is exposed or not insulated (crawlspace, attic, outside walls, etc.) you should insulate them. You can wrap them with electrical heating tape then insulate them the same way you would insulate your home. If you are unsure of what to do, contact Lamco Plumbing for more information.

We  know freezing temperatures are rare around these parts, thank God! But you should still know what to do just in case! Remember, they saw freezing temperatures and snow storms in Texas last year! If you have questions or need repairs, 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. 256-227-5862

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.

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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.

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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Add testing your water pressure to your Spring Cleaning list

Spring cleaning is right around the corner here in Decatur, Alabama. But many neglect to add a plumbing check to their to do list. This spring we suggest testing your water pressure, because it could save you big problems later on in the year.

If over the last year you were running into a series of plumbing problems like broken pipes, leaky faucets, and running toilets, you may have high water pressure. You can test your water pressure yourself or call the water company. If you have been experiencing issues call the water company and let them know, and ask them what the static water pressure is for your neighborhood. If they don’t know they will send someone to test it. If you would prefer to do it yourself then you will need to purchase a water pressure test gauge. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. Follow the instructions of the test gauge and record your reading.

Normal water pressure should be between 40psi and 80 psi. If your water pressure is below 40psi you have low water pressure. It may mean you need to make sure the main water valve is set correctly, or there may be a break somewhere. If your water pressure is above 80psi this means you have high water pressure that may be damaging your plumbing system. You may need to replace rubber washing machine, toilet, and sink hoses with something more flexible and stronger. If your psi is over 100, you need to call a plumber like Lamco. They can install a pressure reducing valve on the main line and save you major problems in the future.

So if you have noticed any problems with your water pressure, low or high, it wouldn’t hurt to add testing your water pressure to your Spring Cleaning to do list. A professional plumber, like Lamco, can come on out and test your water pressure, and address any issues to prevent any expensive future problems.

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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Valentine’s Day: We love plumbing in Decatur, Alabama

Its Valentine’s Day and many of us are thinking about the people we love in our lives. At Lamco, we are thinking about how much we love plumbing for the community of Decatur, Alabama! Many people neglect to realize how miserable life would be without modern day plumbing. Thank God the human race was endowed with the creativity and logic to develop complex machinery like water heaters and beautiful systems like piping. Without modern day plumbing– sanitation, hygiene, and comfort would be much more difficult to obtain. And with modern technology, if you have a problem with your plumbing, help is just a call or click away.

Our homes are an investment in our current comfort and our future. It is important that before you let someone do work on your home that you know something about them. We suggest asking for references to make sure their past relationship history is reputable. Also make sure that they aren’t going to leave your home a mess. A good plumber should leave you house as clean, if not cleaner, then when they found it. Lastly, ask about pricing and guarantees. Pricing should be fair and upfront with no hidden surprises. And at Lamco we offer a 100% guarantee on labor and parts.

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 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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Frozen pipes in Decatur, Alabama Not a Pipe Dream

Frozen pipes in Decatur, Alabama may sound more like a pipe dream than a real potential problem, but it happens more than you would imagine. With recent winter storms and freezing temperatures homeowners are waking up to thousands of dollars worth of damage from frozen pipes. Frozen pipes that fracture become leaky pipes, or worse, burst pipes. The average insurance claim for water damage from burst or frozen pipes is 15 thousand dollars…that is if you  have insurance and they cover all the damage. So if your local news is forecasting freezing temperatures it’s best to take preventive steps.

What causes frozen pipes?

Frozen pipes are easy science. When water freezes it expands. When water freezes inside a container is expands against that container causing pressure on the walls. If this expansion happens regularly, or the container is old, than the walls of the container begin to weaken and may fracture or burst. Frozen water can be extremely destructive to a pipe regardless of what the pipe is made of. The most vulnerable pipes are copper pipes. When frozen they easily burst, even spilt right down the center. If a pipe bursts inside your home while you are sleeping you could wake up to a flooded home. In one hour a burst pipe can spill hundreds of gallons of water into your home if you don’t know what to do.

How to prevent your pipes from freezing.

First you need to identify pipes that are most at risk of freezing. Pipes that run outside to hoses, water sprinklers, and swimming pools are obvious culprits. Make sure you follow the manufacturer guidelines when it comes to draining your swimming pool and sprinkler lines and do this before the cold water comes, otherwise, come summer you may be replacing those lines. And before the cold weather creeps up make sure to drain and put away your hoses. Also flush out the hose bibs by first closing the inside valve that supplies the outdoor hose bib, and then leave the outdoor hose bib open so all the water can drain out. Leave the outdoor hose bib open throughout the winter months, this will help prevent water from building up, freezing, and breaking the pipe.

In addition to your outdoor water lines you need to take preventive measure to protect your interior water lines. Any pipes that run along exterior walls are at risk of freezing. Water supply lines in basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages and lines that run against exterior walls behind the cabinets in your kitchen and bathrooms  are also at risk.  Here is Decatur, Alabama pipes are often un-insulated or under-insulated. This is a big mistake. If you find an at risk pipe that is un-insulated or under-insulated you can try insulating it yourself using  pipe sleeves or heat tape. Or you can call one of our Lamco technicians and they can come out, identify all your at-risk pipes and insulate them in one visit. If you are unable or uninterested in going through your crawl spaces we would highly suggest calling one of our trained Lamco technicians to come out get your home winter ready for the years to come.

Finally, when the weather turns frosty outside and you know we will be getting a cold snap, leave the cabinet and closet doors open so that the warm air from the house can reach those pipes all day and night. However, make sure little ones can’t get to any harmful chemicals or sharp objects. Next, consider leaving a small trickle of water running from both taps in your faucets. Flowing water freezes slower than standing water. And finally, if you leave the house make sure you set your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees.

What to do if your pipes freeze.

If you wake up one Decatur, Alabama morning after a cold snap and try to turn your sink or shower on and there is no water or only a small trickle it probably means you have some frozen pipes. It can be difficult to identify a frozen pipe and once identified it can take a long time to defrost them. Whatever you do don’t ignore the problem. It can take months for a pipe to defrost. If you can locate the frozen pipe you could try a space heater or a heating pad but be careful not to expose electrical appliances to water. Also, never use a blow torch or open flame on a pipe. This can cause irreparable damage to the pipe and even cause it to burst. If you can’t defrost the pipe you should definitely call a reliable plumber like Lamco. It probably means that you have more than one frozen pipe. Here at Lamco we have special video equipment that will help us find the blockage, and special equipment that can safely defrost the pipe within minutes. Lamco is committed to our customer’s satisfaction and we have a cleanliness guarantee. And that’s a good thing…because frozen pipes can be a complicated and messy business.

Finally, if you wake up and find wet or damp drywall or floors, or your household water pressure has dropped, this means one of your pipes may have fractured or burst. Immediately turn off your  main water supply and then call a professional or experienced plumber like us, Lamco plumbing, to fix, repair, or replace the burst pipe. 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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Our Company Mission for 2013 for Our Decatur, AL Area Community

See What Lamco Plumbing Will Do For You!

 

At Lamco Plumbing, 2012 was an amazing year for our plumbing technicians, staff and most important, for our clients! We are proud of the plumbing services we have been able to provide for our Decatur area customers and the positive reputation that we have continued to make for ourselves over the years.

When as a team we came together to discuss our company goals for 2013, we agreed on the most important points for our 2013 company mission:  Better than the past and better than the rest! There is always room for improvement, especially in the service industry. Our plumbing technicians and staff look forward to not only maintaining our excellence in all of our plumbing repairs, installations and maintenance, but also to enhancing our personal best in any way possible.

Thank You for Making 2012 a Memorable Year for Us!

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The Top 13 Goals for Lamco Plumbing in 2013:

1. Be better than the past and better than the rest.

2. Strive for 100% customer satisfaction with every phone call, service appointment and plumbing service that we make or perform.

3. Continue to stay up-to-date with the latest technologies, equipment and methods in the plumbing industry.

4. Support and provide continued education and training for our master plumbers and staff.

5. Ensure fair pricing.

6. Reinforce and further our dependability, efficiency and trustworthiness in all we do.

7. Dedicate time and effort in making a positive difference in our Decatur, AL area community.

8. Offer our customers a variety of solutions to their problems and work with them individually to make sure that the one they choose best suits their best needs.

9. Preserve the integrity of your home while increasing its property value.

10. Make your everyday life safer and free from unnecessary inconveniences.

11. Improve your comfort and overall quality of life.

12. Give you our word… and stick to it.

13. Serve you with a smile!

Whether you are in need of a plumbing service company for plumbing installations, repairs, preventative maintenance… or you’d just like do-it-yourself advice or having questions for our master plumbers, we can help you with all of it! At Lamco Plumbing, the most important thing for you to remember is that we are here for you.

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We wanted to take a minute to extend our utmost thanks to all of our valuable residential and commercial clients in the Decatur, AL area that have given us an opportunity to show you our superior skills and to these same wonderful customers that have trusted, depended on and recommended us for all of your plumber service needs. Words cannot express the gratitude we have for your kindness, support and loyalty over the years.

We look forward to 2013 and the years to come! Happy New Year!

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