Yearly Archives: 2018

How much to fix my toilet?

Running toilet quote.....Is all an email said earlier this week, with the attached picture. [caption id="attachment_3466" align="alignleft" width="300"] It's hard to say from this picture I said, but I tried to help the writer by asking a few simple questions Is it a close coupled suite? Or are the pan and cistern separate? Is it the inlet or outlet valve...

World Toilet Day 2018

November 19th 2018 is World Toilet Day With the population of the world now at approximately 7.7 billion people, many of us would be surprised to learn that over 4.5 billion people do not have a clean toilet or running water to wash their hands. According to a UN report, a third of schools worldwide don't have any clean toilet...

Responsibility for sewer pipes

Did you know homeowners are responsible for their sewer pipes up to and including where they meet the Sydney Water sewer mains? A lot of people are shocked to find out this piece of information. If you need to renew your sewer pipe line because it has been damaged by tree roots and those pipes are out in the middle...

Gas heater time again

Winter 2018 is coming to Sydney. With some much needed rain approaching as we head towards June 1st, it's time to go looking for some indoor heating. If you haven't run your gas heater since last winter, please dust it and ensure the bayonet fittings are well lubricated before inserting the heater hose. Check for leaks. If you're not sure...

How do tree roots get into pipes? #2

In my last post I described how tree roots can easily travel through the soil loosened by excavation for your pipe installation. Do you know why tree roots grow in sewer pipes from the top of the pipe joints? Condensation is formed when we run water from our water pipes, through our drains. Especially when we have a hot shower,...

How do tree roots get into pipes?

Tree roots grow through trenches dug for plumbing pipes. When plumbers excavate a trench in virgin soil to lay our pipelines to take the waste water from your home, we till the soil. The simple method of excavating the soil with a shovel or even a mechanical excavator like a backhoe actually breaks up the soil. See the tree in...

Do tree roots grow in PVC pipes?

Do tree roots grow in PVC pipe? Yes they do! The PVC pipe shown here in this Youtube clip has tree roots growing in through the wall of the pipe in three different places. There is a significant Norfolk pine tree and a Paperbark tree within two-three metres of the pipe. The roots were cut from this pipeline about 8...