Yearly Archives: 2010

Common pipelines; easements, ownership and liability #1

  One recurring topic of 2010 is the Ownership and liability of common water, sewer and gas pipes. When we send out an emergency response team to a ruptured gas or water pipeline or an overflowing sewer, the first thing our team thinks about is rescuing the property under threat. Often, it is after the emergency that ownership and liability...

My car is powered by sewage

[caption id="attachment_1759" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Methane powered beetle[/caption] This post was brought to my attention by the ever vigilant Richard Piper. When you ring our office for help you may speak to him. Tell him you enjoyed this post; I did! Sewage powered VW Beetle hits the road in Bristol! A Volkswagen Beetle powered by gas from sewage has taken to...

Finely tuned athletes create blocked drains!

The 19th Commonwealth Games in New Delhi India have made headlines for several reasons. Firstly, the Australian athletes have done exceptionally well. I have personally enjoyed the efforts of swimming legend Geoff Huegill on the comeback trail after a long break from the discipline of training. Huegill, the man they call Skippy, swam the best race of his life in...

Plumbers love your pets

Your Dog and Dealing with Internal Renovations Dogs and cats find renovations very stressful: there are strangers in their home changing things, moving things around and disrupting their routine. Some of the risks involved range from escape behaviour, bad dog behaviour, territorial behaviour and the general stress of strangers and loud noises in their space. You also have the risk...

Washing machines & dishwasher maintenance

With 3 growing boys living at home who eat like there is no tomorrow, between playing rugby, cricket and doing patrols at Coogee Surf Club, we have plenty of dishes to wash up every day as well as laundry to do every day, so much so, that both appliances broke down at the same time! Yes it happens to plumbers...

Antonio Gaudi water conservationist

Barcelona 2010 To visit Park Guell and see the home and creative brilliance of Antonio Gaudi is a special treat. Gaudi created Park Guell for the citizens of Barcelona. It has gardens and homes with a view of the city and the Plaza. The Plaza is a meeting place for the people of the city and the brightly coloured mosaic...

Plumbers and dogs

Can Your Dog and the Tradies Play Nice? Renovations and refurbishing is a hectic and stressful time for anyone involved, but what about the family pooch. Are you having concerns with your dog getting under feet, barking at the strange men in his house or stealing tools? This is a common problem. Just like us, your dog can get very...

Sydney Water fight tree roots in sewer pipes

Sydney Water the guardians of our main sewer pipes are constantly waging war against tree roots in our main sewer lines! Many clients from Double Bay, Rushcutters Bay, Edgecliff, Woollahra, Paddington, Rose Bay, Point Piper and Darling Point, residents with lots of trees and tree roots growing in the sewer pipes around their homes, report Sydney Water are systematically surveying...

Drainoscopy technology works for a shoe fit!

All plumbers know that apart from looking after our hands, our feet are equally as important. No feet, no action! I was busy speaking to the smart Real estate property managers of Bondi Beach about the benefits of having a great plumbing team like The Lone Drainer and Pronto, look after their emergency plumbing repairs and the benefits of using...

Emergency blocked drains affected by the full moon??

Blocked drains happen everyday in Sydney and all the plumbers on our team love getting out there to help people clear their blocked drain, clean up any mess from an overflowing sewer, and get on with their lives. We track the most common cause of blocked drains and apart from the very unusual, like a small puppy as seen on a previous post http://thelonedrainerandpronto.com.au/blog/plumber-rescues-puppy/  there...

A place for inspiration and relief

In previous blog posts on urinals  and toilets, I showed you a field goal in a urinal that helped to reduce spillage, and also the infamous 'fly in the urinal' at Schiphol Airport. So once again, courtesy of Exponential Growth Strategist (http://www.ExponentialPrograms.com) Dr Marc Dussault (http://www.MarcDussault.com)  here is another photo, this time of  an unknown location in Amsterdam. This is just another...

Draining the “Coffee makers lane”

                                                                                                                                                                           Our Venetian correspondent is at it again! As you have seen in previous posts, Holy S - - T ! A Gondoliers impression and The latest sewer notes and history of Venice, Gio the Venetian Gondolier knows how much our readers love to see how waste water and sewer is moved around Venice. Hey mate! I'm so proud to...

Hot Water Heaters are Big ticket items $$$$

Where is your hot water supply coming from. Is it electric or gas? Can you turn off the supply safely? The pressure relief valve (T&PR valve), usually near the top of the heater, should be eased quarterly; it does drip water under normal circumstances, but should not constantly be running. Turning your water heater off whilst on holidays saves electricity...

More from Venice 2

[caption id="attachment_1348" align="alignleft" width="380"] St Marco drain boat[/caption] Now Giovanni knows his way around the lagoon and the Grand Canal and all the other canals of the beautiful city of Venice. His impressions of the sewers and sights of Venice along with his images of the way sewer is transported from the grand homes and palaces along the canals is...

What do you know about your gas supply?

Winter starts tomorrow and if gas is your preferred method of heating then read on... Natural gas is a great resource to have in any home for ovens, cooktops and hot water heating. However leaks in a high pressure gas line can be extremely dangerous especially if they go unnoticed or are allowed to continue unchecked. The massive explosion in...

An ounce of prevention will keep your drains running

Today it was a pleasure to meet "Dr Elliot"... This man is incredibly organised. We were called to his home to run our drain cleaning equipment, the world famous "Rattlesnake"  high pressure water drain cleaner, through his house drains, downstream to the sewer boundary trap at the rear of his property, adjacent to the swimming pool. He has had blocked drains in...

The latest sewer notes and history of Venice

[caption id="attachment_1327" align="alignleft" width="373"] Mozarts neighbours get the drains cleared[/caption] More S - - T from Venice! The best part about this blog is sharing with so many people and getting your insights into my topic S - - T. Our knowledge of the sewers of the world grows. Basically, we all use our toilets regularly and if you are...

7 easy ways to extend the life of your Water Heater

Have you found yourself in a situation where its winter and you head home for a shower after work, or after a rugby or netball training session, turn on the hot water tap and the water is cold? There are many plumbing fixtures around your home, the bath or hand basin, kitchen sink, of course the toilet and some homes, offices and...

How to Keep Your Restaurant Clean

Simon from 'Specc' Restaurant in Clovelly, tells us how 'Grease Release' helps him easily keep his busy kitchen free of fats, oils and grease, leaving his kitchen surfaces clean enough to eat off. Grease Release also keeps the drains from the kitchen sink and floor drains that run to the restaurant grease trap flowing freely. It also keeps the grease trap easier to manage because Simon can clean...

Carrying Out a CCTV Survey of Sewer Pipes

The Importance of Carrying Out a CCTV Survey of Sewer Pipes when Clearing Blocked Drains Once again there is water all over the floor from a blocked drain, and you need to grab the phone book and look up plumbing services Sydney to find plumbers that can come out and unblock the drain. You can save yourself repeated repairs and repeated...

Burst water hose floods house.

It's Saturday night in the city and we received an emergency call from a long term client, "HELP we have a tap over the kitchen sink that is leaking lots of water and flooding our kitchen." Now on a Saturday night, this sounds like a job for "The Lone Drainer and Pronto"! We were at the house within 30 minutes...

Something to aim for….a fly on the wall.

In a previous blog post  He aims, he shoots, he scores, I showed you a field goal in a urinal to reduce spillage. Some people were wondering what the original one at Schiphol Airport (http://www.schiphol.nl/) looks like... So once again, courtesy of Exponential Growth Strategist (http://www.ExponentialPrograms.com) Dr Marc Dussault (http://www.MarcDussault.com)  here is the infamous fly in the urinal at Schiphol Airport!  ...

Toilet Paper or Bidet?

The Harsh Reality of Using Toilet Paper Rather Than Washing with a Bidet Having travelled Europe extensively, one gets used to a bidet. Coming back to Australia made some of the queried group bemoan the loss of the bidets they got so used to. The question as to whether or not it was environmentally responsible to throw tissue paper in...

Plumbing Products – Bio-Clean and Vaprooter

Plumbing Products Have Come a Long Way: A Look at Some Products and Their Benefits Sir John Harrington, the godson of Queen Elizabeth I made a new invention for his godmother. Sir John created the flush toilet and built it for his godmother. This all took place in 1596, according to history records. Alexander Cummings obtained the first patent for...

Trumpets and toilets

The 2010 Pumper and Cleaner Environmental Expo held in Louisville Kentucky February 24th-27th 2010 We went to Louisville to see how the best of the best plumbers in the United States, look after their clients. If you have blocked sewer drains, blocked sewer pipes caused by tree roots in your pipes, or tree roots in your drains, or overflowing toilets,...