Yearly Archives: 2020

Flushable wipes block your drains

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 blocked drains 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,...

Don’t do this in the bathroom!

During our Coronavirus work schedule, I've found some fun hints and tips about plumbing and health that are worth sharing. How germs spread on your toothbrush, your toilet seat and the toilet flush button are just a few examples. https://youtu.be/WMuAcGV8TJw

How is water connected to my toilet cistern?

Many modern toilets have a concealed cistern. That's the tank that holds the water that flushes the loo. Now they do look fantastic and they do save water. The small dual flush buttons are the access panel for the internal workings of the cistern. When they need maintenance, the only way to repair them is through that access panel. https://youtu.be/IjDDHEQ1AV8...

Cow gets stuck in sewer manhole

During a long career of blocked drains we have seen some unusual things in the sewer, and this is one of them. This 1:53sec YouTube clip shows a team of Chinese firefighters, police and vets rescue a cow that has fallen down a sewer maintenance hole. The pregnant cow looks pretty uncomfortable as she is winched out of the manhole....

Know your water heater #2

The hot water tempering valve Knowledge about your water heater will save you money! Second in the series, This 44-sec clip will show you a typical tempering valve on a gas water heater. That's the blue valve on the side of the heater. It should be checked by your plumber annually and replaced every five years. The tempering valve is...

Get into hot water this Winter!

With the winter season underway, its time to think about hot water. Take 10 minutes to check on your water heater. Is it gas or electric Check it's location. See that it's not leaking on any of the pipes or connections. Check the cold water control feed tap, usually on the bottom left of the heater. Make sure it turns...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries. Madrigal Communications

The Lone Drainer Coronavirus Diaries has been a chance to check in with small business to find out how they have been getting on during the Coronavirus lockdown of 2020. In this clip, I speak with Tim Entwisle from Madrigal Communications. Tim writes tender documents for Aussie companies that are applying for large government contracts in the construction, energy and...

Know your water heater #1

Hi, Its Dave Conroy here from The Lone Drainer and Pronto As we approach the winter of 2020, my message for today is hot water. I want you to know how to turn off the water supply to your water heater. And importantly, I want you to know what a temperature and pressure relief valve is. This 1min 48 sec...

Plumbers bathroom cleaning tip #1.

Some bathrooms are a little neglected. Especially if there are boys in the house. Like many among us, during Coronavirus isolation, I've taken opportunities to catch up on a few old recipes, a stack of books and some cleaning. And, I feel sharing this cleaning tip would save everyone some time. You will need, 1. A can of the cheapest...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries The Fudge Shop #1

The Lone Drainer Coronavirus Diaries is a chance to catch up with some friends and businesses we help to see how they are affected during the Coronavirus lock down of 2020. In this short clip I chat with Adam Joseph, owner of The Fudge Shop in Darling Harbour Sydney NSW The Fudge Shop has been shut down. Adam shares how...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries D’Ettorre Real Estate #3 SME advice

In this episode of The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries, I speak with Dom D'Ettorre, principal of D'Ettorre Real Estate in Woollahra Sydney. Subsidies are available for commercial tenants. SME's Small to medium entrepreneurs. Beautician, dentists, yoga studios, gymnasiums have lost 100% of their business income. Find out how that affects the tenants and the property owners. "It's NOT...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries D’Ettore Real Estate #2 Negative Gearing

In this edition of The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries, I speak with Dom D'Ettorre, principal of D'Ettorre Real Estate in Woollahra Sydney about how his negatively geared owners are being affected. Investors have bought properties as AirBnB sites and now as travel is severely restricted the owners have to adjust quickly to manage the finance on their properties....

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries D’Ettorre Real Estate #1 What’s going on

In this edition of The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries, I speak with Dom D'Ettorre, principal of D'Ettorre Real Estate in Woollahra Sydney. 2020 was shaping as a landmark year for Sydney real estate, then the Coronavirus came to our shores. Dom shares how his clients, Property owners and their tenants are responding to the rapid-fire changes to the...

Toilet paper is no longer a hot ticket. Guess what is?

The stampede on toilet paper has slowed for now But, I overheard an 18 year old chemist assistant telling her mum about the latest hot items running out the door of her pharmacy during the lockdown over the last 4 weeks that is worth sharing. She rattled off a list of items and her thoughts on why. With respect to...

Why you need a sewer diagram

As a plumbing professional, one of the handiest tools we can have is a sewer service diagram. It's a map of where the pipes run within your home. It's easily obtainable, and you can get it from Sydney Water, reputable plumbing suppliers and, even your local plumber can get it for you. It's simply an A4 sheet. It has an...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries #1 Wylies Baths

The Lone Drainer Coronavirus Diaries is a chance to catch up with some of our friends and businesses that we help and that help us to see how they are affected during the Coronavirus lock down of 2020 In this short 4.33 minute youtube clip I speak with Courtney Tallon, the manager of Wylies baths in Coogee NSW https://youtu.be/kifE-4UcqgY

Can Coronavirus be spread through wastewater pipes in a home or hospital?

Sydney April 15th 2020 “Staying connected” has become a part of our language lately. Did you know we are all connected through the wastewater pipes in our homes? Whether you live in a single level detached home or a multi-storey building, all our plumbing fittings drain to the same city sewer. That’s your shower, bath, basin, your WC, kitchen sink,...

Tree roots don’t know about Coronavirus

Sydney April 14th 2020 Easter is over for another year. Although our towns are slowing because of the Coronavirus, and we are quickly changing our daily home and work habits, Here at The Lone Drainer and Pronto, we are still working away. Mostly blocked drains! Working from home is putting our normal facilities under a little more pressure. That means...

Japanese tech gadget prevents elderly toilet accidents

Sydney April 6th 2020 Approaching a milestone birthday, its fair to say that my personal plumbing is in reasonable working condition. I have a skin check annually and a biennial colonoscopy and prostate check. And, I encourage my peers to do the same. But, when my middle son recently took a trip to Japan it inspired me to research the...

Be careful what you flush down the toilet!

Sydney March 31st 2020 As we work through COVID-19, our work, social distance, hygiene and consumption habits are being challenged daily. The run on toilet paper in our supermarkets has left me bewildered. I had to see it for my own eyes. And did! The take away for me is that those who couldn't purchase their normal supply have resorted...