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!
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Dateline: March 21st 2015
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
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.
Julie B. Randwick NSW
Sometimes its great to laugh at ourselves.
I’ve always loved the Wizard and this is a good one!
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
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.
“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
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.
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:
- Treat taps gently. They should be turned off with thumb & forefinger. If you are having an arm wrestle turning your taps off, stop it!
- Try to repair a dripping tap if you can. Always turn the water to the house off first!
- Simple repairs can be done by anyone. Don’t forget the o-rings, tap washers, tap seats and fibre washers. Lubricate them all.
- There are so many types of taps available today, even the pros need to seek advice.
- There is no shame in not being able to repair a dripping tap. I have seen grown plumbers cry over leaks like these
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.
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 a search for the hot water shut off in all the usual places. Under the vanity basin….. no, Under the kitchen sink…..no, In the bathroom ceiling…..no, What about the duct in the hallway…..no Next, The Lone Drainer called the maintenance manager’s mobile, courtesy of the Emergency Number notice in the foyer. When he finally responded, The Lone Drainer…. and Pronto already knew that the valves in the cupboard shut off all the units on the other side of the hallway, but not ours.
“The hot water shut off valve should be in that duct” said Al the manager “It’s not!” said The Lone Drainer “Any suggestions?” “So you’re gonna have to shut down hot water for the whole building” says Al. Now there is a protocol for shutting down water to a building with 82 units at midday. Normally it’s a notice on the board and in the lift a couple of days in advance. Not today!
I had Pronto go to the foyer and buzz every unit to tell ‘em (those that answered) “The hot water is gonna get turned off in 1/2 hour for about 1/2 an hour” said Pronto And we did. By the time we shut down the boiler, drained the building then removed the shower tap and re-washered it, replaced O-rings and lubricated the moving parts, put the tap back together and turned the boiler valves back on it was 1 hour 15 minutes. Luckily only 18 of 82 residents came looking for the reason they had no hot water on this cold Sydney day.
Moral of the Story! Know where your hot and cold water turns off…. And make sure it does! Now, that sounds like a job for The Lone Drainer and Pronto!
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 (like the one shown below), pull the lever. It should spurt out water till you let go of the lever and if it dribbles afterwards, it needs attention.
3. Does the stop valve work? Try turning it off, test the water at your hot taps and turn it back on. Ideally it should Stop the water flow through the heater.
Whether your water heater is gas or electric, storage or continuous check it regularly.
If your hot water runs out get your friendly plumber to check it over