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Home Buyers Beware of non-compliant plumbing

Home buyers beware. For us, the heat in the real estate market is reflected in the lack of due diligence by potential home buyers prior to purchasing properties in our suburban real estate grab. Yesterday we helped a young couple who just bought their first home in the Ryde district. They had bought a house that had the bathroom toilet...

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...

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...

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...

8 Reasons to drink water!

It’s easy to take water for granted. I spend most of my life working with water, delivering it to your taps and toilets and working on blocked drains that won’t allow waste water to run away. My entire family’s leisure time is spent scuba diving and snorkeling, surfing and sailing, swimming and socialising on and in the water. And when we've finished having fun...

Water Saving Tips for your Garden.

Did you know about 35% of household water usage occurs in the garden? In my daily rounds the common theme is how the spring has unfolded, the gardens are in bloom, the Jasmine flowers have come and gone. We’ve had very little rain lately on the coast but, after recent temperatures reaching 36 degrees, our gardens are dry. It helps...

Just Add Water

Everyone is talking about the upcoming summer like the imminent return of an old old friend. My sunrise learn to surf visits to the local beaches find them full of boys and girls and boot campers getting buffed for the summer unveiling of the new bod. And everyone is drinking water out of water bottles. Now, hydration is not a...

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...

Blocked Pipes and Council Trees

Did you know many blocked sewers are caused by the tree roots from Council street trees? This is becoming a very big drain on the budget of many local councils. The council owned trees that make some of our more sought after suburban streets very special, are creating havoc underground by repeatedly blocking the sewer pipelines from many of the...

My Plumber is a Wizard

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

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....

Be careful what you put in your toilet!

Last night we had an emergency call out to a client we had helped recently. But first, let me paint a picture. Two weeks ago "Kath", who lives in a 1920s Coogee building had a blocked shower. Kath said it had been slow to drain since she moved in 6 years ago. A little investigation revealed the original pipes ran...

Stop Leaking Taps

As a plumber, the majority of house calls I make have to do with leaking taps. Obviously in most cases it is correct to call a plumber but some times we are called to houses to carry out a simple plumbing job that takes five minutes which could have easily been completed by anyone with a little know how. Here are...

Flush with Facts

August is the month of the good toilet flush! Flowing sewer drains, my favourite topic in the whole wide world, is Not what I mean dear readers! I'm talking about the toilet and the cistern, the little tank of water that flushes our loo. So here's 3 Flush Facts: 1. The toilet flush button is the most un-hygienic place in your...

3 Tips for Healthy Hot Water.

Who had a cold shower this morning? Winter makes the need for hot water a high priority. If you think your heater is under performing do this quick water heater health check. 1. Check the colour of your water. If its brown, your water heater has a buildup of sediment or rust. 2. Check your Temperature and Pressure Relief valve...

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...

A plumbing emergency and ducks we’ve rescued

We were called out to this plumbing emergency that brought an unexpected surprise. Our client had a blocked drain and when we had just about completed that repair, cutting tree roots from her sewer pipes, she called out because she needed a hand in her back yard. A mother duck that had been nesting in her dense rear garden had...

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.

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...

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...

How to Keep Your Restaurant Clean

Simon from 'Specc' Restaurant in Clovelly, tells us how 'Grease Release' helps him easily keep his busy kitchen free of fats, oils and grease, leaving his kitchen surfaces clean enough to eat off. Grease Release also keeps the drains from the kitchen sink and floor drains that run to the restaurant grease trap flowing freely. It also keeps the grease trap easier to manage because Simon can clean...

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...

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...