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Check your storm drains

The well needed rain that arrived in Sydney over the last few days has created many blocked storm water drains and grates that can easily be fixed. Take the opportunity in between showers to check any pits or drains around your home that may be blocked by leaf debris or dirt. Put on your gardening or washing up gloves and...

The Lone Drainer Recipe collection

The Lone Drainer Recipe Collection It’s the second month of the New Year and we’re all still full of good intentions. I, The Lone Drainer, the fastest plumber in the Eastern suburbs, hereby announce my New Years Resolution: I will become a better cook. I am committing in print in the hope that my public announcement will help me stick...

Winter rain comes with a blast

Winter Rain and blocked pipes. The forecast east coast low started dumping rain on us last night. Road accidents caused by wet conditions and local flooding are the norm today. The weather bureau suggest these conditions will hang around until Monday. Blocked storm water drains, storm water pipes and storm water pits have been the order of the day today...

See it for yourself – Drainoscopy

Today our post is simple. A new client from Bronte called because since Christmas they'd had 3 blocked drains causing the downstairs toilet to overflow throughout their basement. YUK! The plumber they had been using didn't have a drain camera and it was suggested that the pipes were broken. We were able to clear the blockage quickly, then, give the...

Wipes can be expensive

As you know, up to 85% of blocked drains are caused by tree roots and can be easily managed. But, there is a growing number of blockages that are caused by "hygienic wipes". Hygienic wipes block up house drains and sewer mains that cost homeowners and Sydney Water a fortune to maintain. So be careful what you flush! Simply, hygienic...

Rain causes Bronte wall collapse

Sydney's sustained rainfall has almost washed out the third cricket test between Australia and the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The rain may have helped the Windies at the SCG but nearby Bronte residents awoke yesterday to find their Macpherson Street neighbours wall had collapsed into the street. My initial drive past the site to survey the damage...

Clear the air

Many of us are back to work today January 4th 2016 after our Christmas break. Time, love and laughter with family and friends, rest and re-charge. We've had a few plumbing emergencies that couldn't wait. Blocked drains, burst water pipes and a rusty galvanised gas service that led to a complete pipe re-run on New Years Eve. People are grateful...

Think before you flush the toilet.

Christmas 2015 is upon us. Most of us slow down and enjoy the festive season and the Aussie summer. But please think before you flush. We are here to help you with a plumbing emergency over the Christmas holidays. A blocked drain can be caused by putting the wrong things down your sinks, pipes and toilets and it can leave...

Storm drains overflow

We had another storm blast through Sydney this afternoon. We were safely on a boat in Rushcutters Bay fitting the gas cooker as the 60 knot wind blew through. The rain poured down with hail stones thrown in. The storm flooded all the local street drains and in some places the gutters were up to 400mm deep in stormwater. Please...

Ready for Sydney Storm Season

Sydney storm season got under way last night with a spectacular electric light show to compliment Ed Sheeran doing his stuff. Make sure you take precautions around your home in case severe weather hits. Severe weather, heavy rain and electrical storms can affect pumps and boosters throughout our network which can affect our water supply and sewer pumping stations. 5...

Plumbing Emergency – Can’t turn the water off!

When you have a plumbing emergency... On Thursday night a client rang after 9.00pm to say her basin tap that had been leaking for a few weeks was now gushing water... and the water meter at the front of the house wouldn't shut off. We were able to rescue her family quite quickly. However it was an expensive process. What's...

Melbourne Cup Tip

Water saving tips for Spring

Now we are really into spring,  the gardens are blooming and after our long weekend heatwave, the lawn needs to be watered. A dripping tap can waste up to anywhere between 30 and 200 litres of water a day. That’s over 70,000 litres a year. So here are a couple of simple water saving tips to get you through spring and the...

Broncos and Cowboys Long Weekend

The October long weekend brings a sporting feast to Sydney. NRL fans will descend on our city for the Grand Final between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys. The Lone Drainer and Pronto loves cowboys and horses. My heart says Cowboys but the head says Broncos. The Epsom Handicap will be run at Royal Randwick. I'm tipping Sadlers...

Get your pipes checked…. I did!

November is Mens Health Month and my reminder came in the mail: "Its time to get your pipes checked again" said the friendly letter from my Colorectal surgeon. It spelt out the process, the fasting, the preparation, the costs, the procedure on the day, what to expect afterwards, the discomfort but most of all........ the benefit! So on Sunday I...

Happy Plumbers + Great Service = Happy Clients

We have a great team of plumbers here at The Lone Drainer and Pronto! They are good at their job. They Love their work. We call it "Furk"! Having FUn..at..woRK So on Monday afternoon, 27th October 2014, I got this email. Hi Dave, Thank you so very much for taking my phone call early this morning and organising Chris and...

My Plumber is a Wizard

Sometimes its great to laugh at ourselves. I've always loved the Wizard and this is a good one!

Water….. Water everywhere!

Its been raining....... a lot! We have had blocked stormwater pipes, blocked sewer pipes, burst pipes, damaged water pipes and leaking taps of all kinds to attend too. The common denominator is Water Yes, Water. Now summer is just around the corner and it's getting hotter. We are exercising more and sweating a lot! So my simple health tip, not...

Help! Where does my Hot Water turn off?

"HELP!" "My water heater is spitting out hot water and steam. Can you get over here Urgently?" "I don't know how to turn it off and I think it's going to explode!" Monday morning brought a call from Deborah in Randwick. It sounds like a job for The Lone Drainer ......and Pronto. Of course we were able to rescue Deborah....

Flush with Facts #3 Thomas Crapper

Thomas Crapper was a plumber in the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries who founded his own company in Chelsea, London in 1861. Contrary to popular belief, Crapper did not invent the flushing toilet; that is said to have been invented by Sir John Harrington. Crapper however did make several patents relating to drain improvements, water closets and manhole covers....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...