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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...

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!  ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

I can’t turn my water meter off!

If you have a plumbing emergency, or you have water running all over your house, or a split tap washer, or burst water heater and  your water meter won't turn off, you may be in trouble! If your meter tap has a tee-head on it, turn it off in a clockwise direction as firmly as you can. Firmly; don't overdo it. If your...

HELP! I’ve got a burst pipe in my bathroom!

This post is relevant to a Randwick plumbing emergency that happened yesterday. We had an SOS from a long term client "Joan". You could hear the panic in her voice. "Come quickly, we have a burst water pipe under our vanity basin and we can't turn the water off" screamed Joan. "Is your floor waste drain clear?" we asked. "Yes" Joan replied!...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto!

At The Lone Drainer and Pronto we're not like other cowboy plumbers... We fix your blocked drains, leaking taps and toilets with Silver bullet speed and without making a mess. And before we start, we provide you with our legendary no-surprise fixed quote that blends over 40 years of plumbing experience, technology and training so good.... even other plumbers seek...

Why you should ‘Dial Before You Dig’

Before carrying out any excavation for plumbing repairs, your licensed plumber should do a "Dial before you Dig" check on your property and surrounds. This process shows where gas, water, sewer, stormwater, telecom and electric services owned by all utilities are located. Although this is an extreme case, check out what could happen if you don't know what lies beneath:  ...

PVC Pipes Blocked by Hills Weeping Fig

The Hills weeping fig (ficus microcarpar var.) is a beautiful tree which in some cases  provides a shady archway for many streets in our Sydney Eastern suburbs. But why are the residents of these streets pulling out their hair? The Hills weeping fig is like Jekyll and Hyde. Dr Jekyll brings shade in summer; tree lined streets become a breezeway,...

Use only Genuine Pipes! for Plumbing

Today's post is courtesy of  Dr Marc Dussault. Check him out at:  http://www.ExponentialPrograms.com/business/blog Piping Specifications Mr. Santa Singh is a brilliant engineer of College of Engineering Patiala and Mr. Banta Singh is his boss and a gold medalist of Jalandhar University. Both of them are serving for Punjab Pipes whose owner is Ms. Gurujit Kaur. In one of the tenders...

Never Underestimate The Power of Water an its Effects on Drainage

The awesome power of water and the damage  it can cause has been widely witnessed in the past month, not only throughout Sydney, but along the entire eastern coastline of Australia. These problems have been caused by freak weather patterns and the failure of man-made stormwater systems to cope with the sheer volume of stormwater. Large storms in South East Queensland have caused the largest...

Symptoms of a Blocked Drain

As Easter approaches we make plans to get together with our family and friends, so there is constant use of kitchen and bathroom facilities. Make the holiday break memorable and keep an eye out for some of those vital symptoms that might indicate you have a slow or blocked drain rather than having to call an emergency plumber to rescue you...

Blocked Drain Fixed with The Electric Eel!

I was on crutches and had asked Bruno the plumber to attend a blocked drain at a well known food shop in Bondi. Bruno rang me to say that he couldn't get the electric eel out of the drain pipe and could I come and help?  My wife (who was 8 months pregnant at the time) drove me to the site...