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Who turned off the hot water?

Who turned off the hot water?... That was the call today from the residents in a block of 82 home units. Our clients shower tap was leaking a 1/2 bucket of hot water every minute and needed new washers. So, "Where does the Hot Water turn off?" asked The Lone Drainer. "I don't know", replied our client! What followed was...

The Lone Drainer Rides West

Good Luck to Henry Midgley and Ryan Spaccavento setting off for adventure tomorrow in the 2014 Perth-Darwin Shitbox Rally . Travel safely boys, have fun raising funds for the Cancer Council. If there are any plumbing emergencies or blocked drains out there, I guess the other drivers are going to come looking for you. :-)

Common pipelines; easements, ownership and liability #3

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 of...

Common pipelines; easements, ownership and liability #2

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 of...

Don’t play Noughts and Crosses when you have sewer problems

Today's post comes courtesy of Dr Marc Dussault, The Exponential Growth Strategist. At his recent Exponential Business Building Bootcamp, he showed a series of "impossible pictures" from Swedish Artist Erik Johansson. This photo was of particular interest. This is what we want to avoid with the use of Vaporooter when tree roots get into and block your pipes and drains.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...