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The Joy of Toilets in Coogee

Exactly 12 months ago today the Mayor of Randwick Noel D'Souza, broke ground on the new Coogee Beach toilet block. I am happy to report that these new facilities were un-officially opened 360 days later on Friday September 1st 2017. The first day of spring. And it was worth the wait! The discomfort to beach regulars and the interruption of...

Toilet Hygiene #2

A recent study showed  95 % of men and women say they wash their hands after using the toilet, especially a public toilet. Funnily enough, only 67% of people actually do wash their hands after using a public loo or the toilets in their workplace. There have been quite a few surveys done on the topic and some innovative ideas to...

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...

Should plumber’s quotes be free?

Some plumbers provide free quotes? Many don’t! For the simple jobs a plumber can usually give you a rough estimate over the phone. However, more complicated projects usually need a site inspection and sometimes exploratory surgery if you want a realistic quote. A great plumber will blend technology and experience to give you a quote complete with site pics and...

Toilet Hygiene #1

Q. What's the 3rd most un-hygienic place in the bathroom? A. The toilet flush button. Who'd have thought? Now, wash your hands!

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...

Don’t flush facial tissues

85% of blocked drains are caused by tree roots. However, what you flush down your loo can contribute to that blockage.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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 #2

August is the month of the good toilet flush! Did you know the dual flush toilet cistern was a 1980 Australian invention by Bruce Thompson, an employee of Caroma? The dual flush toilet cistern saves 32,000 litres of water per household per year. In 2014 most modern toilet cisterns have an internal overflow tube, so if your float valve doesn't...

Stormwater drain blockages

Send it down Huey! As Sydney gets through another day of torrential rain and some eastern parts of this country are getting their best rainfall for more than a year, its important to keep your stormwater gutters, downpipes, grates and drains clear. My own roof gutters were overflowing yesterday 'cause the leaves from our deciduous tree were blocking our down...

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...

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...

Toilet Hygiene

Here is a little fun on Friday! Have a great weekend. And wash your hands!

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.