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

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 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...

Toilet paper is no longer a hot ticket. Guess what is?

The stampede on toilet paper has slowed for now But, I overheard an 18 year old chemist assistant telling her mum about the latest hot items running out the door of her pharmacy during the lockdown over the last 4 weeks that is worth sharing. She rattled off a list of items and her thoughts on why. With respect to...

Why you need a sewer diagram

As a plumbing professional, one of the handiest tools we can have is a sewer service diagram. It's a map of where the pipes run within your home. It's easily obtainable, and you can get it from Sydney Water, reputable plumbing suppliers and, even your local plumber can get it for you. It's simply an A4 sheet. It has an...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries #1 Wylies Baths

The Lone Drainer Coronavirus Diaries is a chance to catch up with some of our friends and businesses that we help and that help us to see how they are affected during the Coronavirus lock down of 2020 In this short 4.33 minute youtube clip I speak with Courtney Tallon, the manager of Wylies baths in Coogee NSW https://youtu.be/kifE-4UcqgY

Can Coronavirus be spread through wastewater pipes in a home or hospital?

Sydney April 15th 2020 “Staying connected” has become a part of our language lately. Did you know we are all connected through the wastewater pipes in our homes? Whether you live in a single level detached home or a multi-storey building, all our plumbing fittings drain to the same city sewer. That’s your shower, bath, basin, your WC, kitchen sink,...

Tree roots don’t know about Coronavirus

Sydney April 14th 2020 Easter is over for another year. Although our towns are slowing because of the Coronavirus, and we are quickly changing our daily home and work habits, Here at The Lone Drainer and Pronto, we are still working away. Mostly blocked drains! Working from home is putting our normal facilities under a little more pressure. That means...

Japanese tech gadget prevents elderly toilet accidents

Sydney April 6th 2020 Approaching a milestone birthday, its fair to say that my personal plumbing is in reasonable working condition. I have a skin check annually and a biennial colonoscopy and prostate check. And, I encourage my peers to do the same. But, when my middle son recently took a trip to Japan it inspired me to research the...

Be careful what you flush down the toilet!

Sydney March 31st 2020 As we work through COVID-19, our work, social distance, hygiene and consumption habits are being challenged daily. The run on toilet paper in our supermarkets has left me bewildered. I had to see it for my own eyes. And did! The take away for me is that those who couldn't purchase their normal supply have resorted...

Sydney Water restrictions

Sydney November 29th 2019 The continuing drought is having an affect on all Australians. The dry conditions have added bushfires to that list, and the forecast is for a hot summer. Here in greater Sydney we sometimes forget about our country cousins, the farmers that produce most of our food supplies and how the lack of rainfall is affecting them....

Why have a Drainoscopy?

Today our post is simple. A client called from Bronte. Since Christmas they'd had 3 blocked drains causing the downstairs toilet to overflow. Yuck! The plumber they had been using didn't have a drain camera and it was suggested that the pipes were broken. We were able to clear the blockage quickly, then, give the pipes a Drainoscopy. That's Lone...

How to Change a Tap Washer

Everyone should know how to change a tap washer!  Not everyone wants to, but its a handy skill to have. (more…)

More rain please

The rain has kept emergency plumbers on their toes If you need help with a flooding emergency, Please ask us Meanwhile, blow the rain to the west. Our country cousins need it!

Check your storm drains

The well needed rain that arrived in Sydney over the last few days has created many blocked storm water drains and grates that can easily be fixed. Take the opportunity in between showers to check any pits or drains around your home that may be blocked by leaf debris or dirt. Put on your gardening or washing up gloves and...

The Lone Drainer’s Recipe #3

The Lone Drainer’s Mushroom Sauce for Pasta (which doubles as a fabulous addition as a sauce for steak the next night, and takes care of two of the five vegetables per day you are meant to eat.) This recipe is an example of The Hardworking Plumber’s Secret Timesaving Tip: Cook It Once, Use It Twice, (tastes sensational both times!) This...