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Welcome to Movember. Mens Health Month

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Mens health is something very close to my heart.
Having lost my dad in 2009 to prostate cancer at 73 is something that changed the way I look at my own health and health checks.
Over this month Movember I plan to share the personal stories of plumbing colleagues, clients and work mates.
They’re all just normal men who felt a slight change in their bodies and had the courage and the good sense or friendly push to go and get their things checked out.
I’ve got some simple health tips that work for me and if they work for me, then, they’ll work for you too!
I’ve got some great summer recipes
So, I can hear you asking…. What the hell has mens health got to do with plumbing?
Well it has everything to do with plumbing.
Our bodies are temples, our home is our castle and our pipes within our temple and our castles need to function properly or we are “up shit creek”!
I’ve got some youTube clips to share some funny, some educational, some frightening!

Water Saving Tips for your Garden.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

water plants
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 36deg our gardens are dry.
It helps if you know the needs of your plants. More plants die from over watering than lack of water so don’t drown em.

So here are a few water saving Do’s and Don’ts
Do choose water efficient plants and grasses.
Do mulch your garden.
Do install a drip feed system to water the gardens and lawns. It’s pretty easy to do. If you need a hand just ask us.
Don’t water in the heat of the day. Heat = Evaporation and the watering process can burn your lawn and plants. Water early or late. Cool is good!
Don’t assume the garden needs watering. Check the soil to see whether its dry before turning on that hose.
Don’t water for long periods if your garden slopes. The water just runs off. Allow it to soak in!
Don’t water on windy days especially with sprinklers and fine sprays. Wind increases evaporation.
Don’t water everyday, if its practical give em a drink twice a week to encourage the roots to grow deeper
Don’t water for 1-2 weeks after a good soaking rain.

Don’t forget to drink yourself. Personal hydration is even more important!
Kanga Paws

Why use an electric eel

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Dateline: March 21st 2015
Less than 5% of blocked drains in Sydney are cleared by electric eel.
The rest are cleared and cleaned by high pressure water drain cleaners that operate by pumping clean water at very high pressure through a series of hoses into a sewer pipe to clear the blockage.
Over 85% of blocked drains are caused by tree roots and we can show you how to Stop Tree Roots in Drains
Watch this short 2 minute YouTube video to see how we use the “Rattlesnake” drain cleaner to clear your blockage!

Happy Plumbers + Great Service = Happy Clients

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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

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 Leigh to come to my house so quickly.
Chris and Leigh arrived, knocked on my door, introduced themselves with smiles and put me at ease that my sewerage problems would be fixed.
Such a relief. I could not have had nicer people to arrive on my door step. Both well mannered and very pleasant people to talk to.
I also had a problem with my kitchen sink tap.
Unfortunately I had to leave Chris at the kitchen sink as I had to go to work. He did a good job and I now have a brand new tap looking at me!
Both men were very efficient.

Again, thank you for being so prompt and getting the job on its way.

Kind regards,

Julie B. Randwick NSW

Leigh and Chris with Plunger

Leigh and Chris with Plunger

My Plumber is a Wizard

Monday, October 20th, 2014

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

Water….. Water everywhere

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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 excercising more and sweating a lot!
So my simple health tip not just for athletes is
Drink more water! It flushes unwanted toxins from your body and keeps the brain alert.
It just makes you feel better.
Drink h2o

Help! Where does my Hot Water turn off?

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

“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!”
“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. We replaced the water heater and the gas and water shut-off valves that controlled the unit
But, How many people don’t know to turn off their water heater? This image shows where to shut off the water and gas supply to the heater.
Why dont you practice turning the water heater off when it isn’t urgent.
If you need help Call us 02 9664 4990

Water heater valves

Don’t put it down your toilet!

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Last night we had an emergency call out to a client we had helped recently.
But first, let me paint a picture
2 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 through the concrete floor and were corroded internally.
Corrosion is one of the drawbacks living so close to the ocean.
Anyway, The Lone Drainer and Pronto Super-heroes Leigh and Chris, got her shower running “better than ever before”.
In fact Kath rang our office to compliment the boys on their Ps.
Punctual and Professional.
So I was surprised to get her evening call-out.
It turns out her toilet was blocked!
The shower and basin were draining better than ever before. The building has a 2 pipe system. Shower, bath, basin and kitchen sink run down 1 pipe.
The toilet waste goes down the other.
So, after a little investigation we found there were tampons caught on the corroded inside of the waste pipe.
It was reasonably simple to clear the blockage.
Although Kath was a little embarrassed we assured her the best way to prevent it happening again was to follow this simple rule.
Toilet sign

Stop Leaking Taps

Monday, September 8th, 2014

As a plumber, the majority of house calls I have to make are 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 job that takes five minutes and could have been easily completed by anyone with a little know how. Here are a few pointers that can help to avoid problems like these:

  1. Treat taps gently. They should be turned off with thumb & forefinger. If you are having an arm wrestle turning your taps off, stop it!
  2. Try to repair a dripping tap if you can. Always turn the water to the house off first!
  3. Simple repairs can be done by anyone. Don’t forget the o-rings, tap washers, tap seats and fibre washers. Lubricate them all.
  4. There are so many types of taps available today, even the pros need to seek advice.
  5. There is no shame in not being able to repair a dripping tap. I have seen grown plumbers cry over leaks like these

Flush with Facts #2

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

August is the month of the good toilet flush!
Did You Know
The dual flush toilet cistern was an Australian invention in 1980 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 shut off, the water runs straight into your loo, rather than overflowing onto the floor…..
The single flush toilet cistern should be a thing of the past.