Archives

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...

Shower outdoors more often

With our hottest summer on record, many of us have been showering outdoors. It's a perfect opportunity to water the garden and the lawn, stay cool ourselves and save water. Some clients have us set up a permanent outdoor shower in the garden or near the swimming pool just to rinse off. I reckon simple is best. Good old corrugated...

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...

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...

Why this plumber makes a regular blood donation

Its a simple thing to give blood. It doesn't hurt at all! In fact it makes you feel really good.... and you get to help someone else. Who knows, I may get to help you or your loved ones. So what does that have to do with plumbing...... Well, only that all of your pipes need flushing from time to...

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...

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...

Get your personal 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...

Melbourne Cup Tip

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...

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!

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...

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....

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

Antonio Gaudi water conservationist

Barcelona 2010 To visit Park Guell and see the home and creative brilliance of Antonio Gaudi is a special treat. Gaudi created Park Guell for the citizens of Barcelona. It has gardens and homes with a view of the city and the Plaza. The Plaza is a meeting place for the people of the city and the brightly coloured mosaic...

Plumbers and dogs

Can Your Dog and the Tradies Play Nice? Renovations and refurbishing is a hectic and stressful time for anyone involved, but what about the family pooch. Are you having concerns with your dog getting under feet, barking at the strange men in his house or stealing tools? This is a common problem. Just like us, your dog can get very...