Bathroom cleaning tip #2

We plumbers wash our hands 10 or more times a day. The Coronavirus pandemic is making us all think about the transmission of germs and how the virus is transmitted on the surfaces we come in contact with. On any visit to work in your bathroom we could touch the hot and cold taps in your bath, shower or handbasin...

Randwick Council trees are responsible for my Blocked Drain?

Blocked drains are a large part of our workday, every day! And 85% of blocked drains are caused by tree roots. Our home is Coogee Randwick, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney Australia. Tree-lined streets in Randwick Council are the reason for a lot of the blocked drains we go to. They damage the sewer drains and stormwater pipes that...

Flushable wipes block drains

As you know, up to 85% of blocked drains are caused by tree roots and can be easily managed. But, there is a growing number of blocked drains that are caused by "hygienic wipes". Hygienic wipes block up house drains and sewer mains that cost homeowners and Sydney Water a fortune to maintain. So be careful what you flush! Simply,...

Don’t do this in the bathroom!

During our Coronavirus work schedule, I've found some fun hints and tips about plumbing and health that are worth sharing. How germs spread on your toothbrush, your toilet seat and the toilet flush button are just a few examples. https://youtu.be/WMuAcGV8TJw

How is water connected to my toilet cistern?

Many modern toilets have a concealed cistern. That's the tank that holds the water that flushes the loo. Now they do look fantastic and they do save water. The small dual flush buttons are the access panel for the internal workings of the cistern. When they need maintenance, the only way to repair them is through that access panel. https://youtu.be/IjDDHEQ1AV8...

Cow gets stuck in sewer manhole

During a long career of blocked drains we have seen some unusual things in the sewer, and this is one of them. This 1:53sec YouTube clip shows a team of Chinese firefighters, police and vets rescue a cow that has fallen down a sewer maintenance hole. The pregnant cow looks pretty uncomfortable as she is winched out of the manhole....

Know your water heater #2

The hot water tempering valve Knowledge about your water heater will save you money! Second in the series, This 44-sec clip will show you a typical tempering valve on a gas water heater. That's the blue valve on the side of the heater. It should be checked by your plumber annually and replaced every five years. The tempering valve is...

Get into hot water this Winter!

With the winter season underway, its time to think about hot water. Take 10 minutes to check on your water heater. Is it gas or electric Check it's location. See that it's not leaking on any of the pipes or connections. Check the cold water control feed tap, usually on the bottom left of the heater. Make sure it turns...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries. Madrigal Communications

The Lone Drainer Coronavirus Diaries has been a chance to check in with small business to find out how they have been getting on during the Coronavirus lockdown of 2020. In this clip, I speak with Tim Entwisle from Madrigal Communications. Tim writes tender documents for Aussie companies that are applying for large government contracts in the construction, energy and...

Know your water heater #1

Hi, Its Dave Conroy here from The Lone Drainer and Pronto As we approach the winter of 2020, my message for today is hot water. I want you to know how to turn off the water supply to your water heater. And importantly, I want you to know what a temperature and pressure relief valve is. This 1min 48 sec...

Plumbers bathroom cleaning tip #1.

Some bathrooms are a little neglected. Especially if there are boys in the house. Like many among us, during Coronavirus isolation, I've taken opportunities to catch up on a few old recipes, a stack of books and some cleaning. And, I feel sharing this cleaning tip would save everyone some time. You will need, 1. A can of the cheapest...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries The Fudge Shop #1

The Lone Drainer Coronavirus Diaries is a chance to catch up with some friends and businesses we help to see how they are affected during the Coronavirus lock down of 2020. In this short clip I chat with Adam Joseph, owner of The Fudge Shop in Darling Harbour Sydney NSW The Fudge Shop has been shut down. Adam shares how...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries D’Ettorre Real Estate #3 SME advice

In this episode of The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries, I speak with Dom D'Ettorre, principal of D'Ettorre Real Estate in Woollahra Sydney. Subsidies are available for commercial tenants. SME's Small to medium entrepreneurs. Beautician, dentists, yoga studios, gymnasiums have lost 100% of their business income. Find out how that affects the tenants and the property owners. "It's NOT...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries D’Ettore Real Estate #2 Negative Gearing

In this edition of The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries, I speak with Dom D'Ettorre, principal of D'Ettorre Real Estate in Woollahra Sydney about how his negatively geared owners are being affected. Investors have bought properties as AirBnB sites and now as travel is severely restricted the owners have to adjust quickly to manage the finance on their properties....

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries D’Ettorre Real Estate #1 What’s going on

In this edition of The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries, I speak with Dom D'Ettorre, principal of D'Ettorre Real Estate in Woollahra Sydney. 2020 was shaping as a landmark year for Sydney real estate, then the Coronavirus came to our shores. Dom shares how his clients, Property owners and their tenants are responding to the rapid-fire changes to the...