Yearly Archives: 2010

Don’t Let Tree roots Take Over Sewer pipes!

Today's post is courtesy of Joe from Woollahra Sydney. Joe had constant problems with the trees around his Sydney home, and tree roots growing in his sewer pipes, blocking them repeatedly. He would need drain cleaning several times a year to cut the tree roots, as the London Plane trees around his home tightened their vice like grip on his sewer pipes and drains....

What’s Your Poo Telling You? #2

 A friend and colleague, Dr Marc Dussault (http://www.MarcDussault.com), recently visited San Francisco and came across a great little bookstore... Little did he know it was Chronicle Books the publisher of the great little bestsellers "What's Your Poo Telling You?" and "What's My Pee Telling Me?"... I guess this is another example of how small the world really is. These books...

How do Tree Roots Get in Sewer Pipes And what Damage Can They Cause?

Homes that are connected to a municipal or mains sewer system have their biggest plumbing problems when tree roots have grown into pipes. In days gone by, one of the plumbing services would be called in to clear a blockage in the pipe, getting rid of those tree roots, but the tree roots would regrow and block up the sewer...

Sydney Plumbers love our drinking water!

The interest over the new Sydney water desalination plant just continues to grow. After blogging 2 weeks ago about the taste of our drinking water,  a topic that is very important to me, we have been contacted by lots of people who also have an interest in our Sydney drinking water. I believe we have here in Sydney Australia, one of the best water supplies in...

He aims, he shoots, he scores!

Today's blog post is from Exponential Growth Strategist (http://www.ExponentialPrograms.com) Dr Marc Dussault (http://www.MarcDussault.com) who tells me that Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam setup a test with a fly printed at the bottom of the men's urinals to 'reduce' spillage. From memory, the reduction was astonishing, 75+% reduction. The reason it seems is that given a target, men can actually aim quite...

How to Prolong the Life of Your Mains Pressure Hot Water Heater

The lifespan of a water heater is about eight to twelve years, depending on whether it is inside or out, near the ocean, or you carryout simple maintenance procedures. Modern tanks are lined with steel, and this lining can break down over time. Here are some tips to prolong the life of your mains pressure hot water heater. Installing a...

Does Your Water Taste Different?

Since the new Sydney Water desalination plant was commissioned January 28th 2010, we have had one of the hottest and yet wettest Sydney summers in recent years. During this hot weather period, we insist that all the people on our plumbing service team, especially the plumbers out in the field, take water bottles and re-hydrate regularly. Some on our team believe...

Toilet Leaks Waste Water

How Much Water Is Wasted When I Continue To Let My Toilet Leak? When a meter's flow indicator moves and you know that all the water outlets are off, both inside and out, you can be sure that there is a leak somewhere in your lines. The continuous drip of a leaky tap, or a constantly running toilet, will add...

Would you use this loo?

 I have just returned from Louisville Kentucky where I attended the 30th Annual  Pumper and Cleaner Environmental Expo.  This is one of the western world's greatest collections of experts, gathering to talk about S _ _ T. How to clean it clear it, move it, store it, collect it and record it. Over the next few weeks I will share with you some of...

So you think you’re having a bad day?

Today's blog post is from Exponential Growth Strategist Dr Marc Dussault. (http://www.MarcDussault.com). Some days when you think you are home free, there is a trap waiting for you. Have you ever had a day like that? Marc takes business growth very seriously, but insists we plumbers take time to have a laugh, even at our own expense. Thanks for the...

What Will Happen If I Ignore that Gas Leak?

Many people have no clue what natural gas smells like, so how can they recognise if they have a gas leak? Chemical compounds are placed in the natural gas to give it an odour, and most often it smells like rotten eggs. This odour ensures that when a person smells it, they would be alerted to a problem. People trained...

Sydney’s New Water Desalination Plant – Why Your Water Bills Will Go Up

Why Dripping Taps and Leaking Toilets will cost More $$$ with Sydney's New Water Desalination Plant Do you have a problem with a leaky tap or toilet? You will be amazed how much money dripping taps and leaking toilets will cost you per day. On an average, one house with three taps that leak at a rate of 60 drips...

Tree Roots Growing In Sewer Pipes

Are the Roots of my Neighbours Trees, or the Trees Growing Out the Front of My Property, Growing in my Sewer Pipes? One of the major plumbing concerns is trees that send roots into sewer lines, especially in homes that were built over twenty years ago. Trees are equipped with water finding capabilities that send tiny roots in every direction...

Plumbing Sydney – The Advantages Of Quotes From Plumbers

There are Advantages of acquiring Quotes and Upfront Pricing from Tradesmen/Plumbers with Reliable Reputations Before Starting Simple Maintenance Jobs. Home owners are often faced with the dilemma of trying to fix their plumbing themselves or calling in a professional plumber to get the job done. The advantages of quotes, upfront pricing and a reliable reputation can mean all the difference...

Blocked Drains…Minimise the Pain

If you have a history of blocked drains at your home, you should read the following to learn more about your drains. Get a drainage diagram from Sydney Water and keep it handy; it's part of your contract of sale. Tree roots will grow into your sewer, year in year out, through the joints in earthenware pipelines or where they...

Problems with hot water during the long hot summer?

Welcome to 2010! Over the Christmas and New Year period we have been called to rescue people with all sorts of plumbing emergencies! Burst water pipes, blocked sewer drains, leaking taps and toilets are commonplace, but, here at the height of summer, calls for help for running hot water is at an all time high! Ruptured water heaters or burst water heaters...