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A plumbing emergency and other ducks we’ve rescued

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Being called out to this plumbing emergency 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, needing a hand in her back yard.
A mother duck that had been nesting in her dense rear garden had chosen today to take her babies for their first swimming lesson.
The ducklings took to the water like ….. well, ducks to water. Only problem, was the water level in the pool was a little low and they couldn’t get out of the pool and were getting very tired.
Our attempts to rescue them by hand and with the pool scoop brought a tirade of squaking and flapping of wings from the mother duck.
She didn’t want us anywhere near her babies!
We found a plank in the back shed and put it in the pool and then put an old towel along the length of the plank.
Then stood back.
When mother duck settled down she could see we were trying to help.
Mother duck led the baby ducklings up the plank and after checking they were all out, she herded them back to the nest in the dense undergrowth.
She gave us another flurry of feathers when we tried to check on the babies.

Every day brings another adventure! 
 
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Don’t play Noughts and Crosses when you have sewer problems

Saturday, January 1st, 2011


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 Vaporooter when tree roots get into and block your pipes and drains.

Plumbers love your pussy

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Your Dog and Dealing with Internal Renovations

Dogs and cats find renovations very stressful: there are strangers in their home changing things, moving things around and distrupting their routine. Some of the risks involved range from escape behaviour, bad dog behaviour, territorial behaviour and the general stress of strangers and loud noises in their space. You also have the risk of injury or the potential of your fur baby being exposed to toxins. Unlike the tradesman, there are no protective masks or clothing for your pet.

Lead and Asbestos, as most of us know, are bad for us, but it’s just as bad for our pets. Years ago it was popular for house paint which contained high levels of Lead in addition to0 Asbestos in our walls. Startlingly before 1970 most paints contained up to 50% lead. Disturbing the paint during renovations can be risky business and you need to ensure you keep yours, and your pet’s, exposure levels down and leave this sort of job to the experts!

Lead and Asbestos will only resurface if it is disturbed, your tradie could unintentionaly do this and create a risk. If you’re renovating be sure to follow these simple steps to make sure your family and pets are safe from Lead and Asbestos.

Step 1 – Look into how much asbestos you will have to work around and whether your paint contains lead. The most likely places to find lead paint will be on the kitchen and bathroom cupboards, window frames, skirting boards, doors, architraves, picture rails, exterior walls, gutters, metal surfaces and fascias.

Step 2 – Use the appropriate tools and equipment for the task at hand. Protective clothing is a must! A respirator, disposable coveralls, disposable overshoes, a hat, and gloves will protect you from any dust containing lead. Find somewhere to keep your pets safe while the renovations are happening, a relative, friend or a doggy daycare is always a good idea to get the pets out of the house.

Step 3 – Prepare fully for interior or exterior work. Get experts to deal with Asbestos as there is a multitude of legislation governing the tampering and removal of Asbestos.

Step 4 – Deal appropriately with paint containing Lead. Use techniques that minimise the creation and dispersion of dust or fumes. Large portions of dust or wastewater that contain lead can contaminate the house and garden so best not to dry sand or use abrasive blasting. It’s always safer to avoid creating the dust as opposed to cleaning it up after as dust conatining only 1% lead can be harmful.

Step 5 – Use a 3 bucket wet cleaning method to eliminate any left over chemicals.

Step 6 – Dispose of contaminated waste appropriately.

This Blog Post was kindly supplied by the Friendly Team at Paddington Pups, Queensland’s Number #1 Doggy Daycare Centre.

Plumbers and puppy dogs

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

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 stressed about having work done in his home. Any behaviour associated with this stress can be a safety risk for not only your dog but also the tradies. As far as your dog is concerned, the tradies are strangers who have come into their home and have started changing things! In addition to this stress there is also the risk of your dog escaping from the yard, the loud noises of building can also cause significant fear and stress, not to mention the potential for injury, or being exposed to toxins. Unlike the tradesman, there are no protective masks or clothing for your dog.

The best and safest way to deal with this tense situation is to relocate your Dog while any work is being done. If it’s a day to day thing then a Doggy Daycare may be just what you need! You can drop off your pooch in the morning before work and easily collect him or her at the end of day, your dog will be exhausted and happy after a day of walks, play and socialisation.

The best way to get your pooch into daycare is to make contact, check their specific requirements and availability. It is the norm for your daycare to ask for a copy of your dog’s current vaccination certificate, your contact details and the details of your vet. Your dog should be desexed (assuming they are old enough) and they should be friendly and socialise well with other dogs, a responsibly daycare will also provide stringent supervision on those first few days to make sure everyone is getting along. Then you can rest easy that your dog is playing and having a great time at daycare instead of stressing out and getting underfoot of your tradesmen!

This Information was supplied by the Friendly Team at Paddington Pups, Doggy Day Care Centre, Dog Grooming and Dog Supplies Brisbane.

What do you know about your gas supply?

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Winter starts tomorrow and if gas is your preferred method of heating then read on… Natural gas is a great resource to have in any home for ovens, cooktops and hot water heating. However leaks in a high pressure gas line can be extremely dangerous especially if they go unnoticed or are allowed to continue unchecked. The massive explosion in Bondi Junction last year is an example of how horrible a gas blast can be.

If you live in a building with multiple gas meters, it is really important to know where your gas meter is and how to turn your gas meter off. Make sure all the gas meters in your building are labelled or numbered clearly, so that in the event of an emergency, you can turn your gas off safely.

Which gas meter is mine?

Which gas meter is mine?

Here are some pointers to detect gas leaks early so that appropriate measures can be taken to avoid major damage.

  1. If you suspect a gas leak, mix some bubbles, detergent with water, and cover the suspect area. If bubbles expand, you have found the leak.
  2. Don’t ignore a gas leak. Gas can be dangerous! Not to mention your bills will be increased
  3. Disconnect your plug in gas heater in summer.
  4. When reconnecting the heater in winter, the bayonet is difficult to plug in, it is probably dusty. Dust and lubricate the connection, then try again.
  5. Don’t mess around with gas. If you are not sure don’t touch!

If you are not sure when it comes to a gas pipe problem, always call a licenced plumber and gasfitter.

Would you use this loo?

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

 

 I have just returned from Louisville Kentucky,to visit the 30th Annual  Pumper and Cleaner Environmental Expo. 

 This is one of the western world’s greatest collections of experts, gathering to talk about S _ _ T.

 How to clean it clear it, move it, store it, collect it and record it.

Over the next few weeks I will share with you some of the sights and sounds and people that made

Louisville 2010 http://www.pumpershow.com/  the greatest plumbing expo so far this decade.

Please enjoy these images and come back to this blog page over the next few weeks to see Louisville KY through the eyes of  The Lone Drainer and Pronto.

In the meantime enjoy these images of a very unusual public toilet, 

 

I ask you, Would you use this Loo?

 

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Now that you’ve seen the outside view,  take a look at the view from the inside out

 

 see thru loo inside out

It’s made entirely of one-way glass!

No one can see you from the outside, but when you are inside it’s like sitting in a clear glass box!

Could You….???       Now would you use this fun toilet?

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Water or wine. Is there bacteria in water?

Monday, December 28th, 2009
To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine…  And those who don’t.

Remember this during the festive season

As Ben Franklin said:  

In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom,  in water there is bacteria. (more…)

HELP! I’ve got a burst pipe in my bathroom!

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

This post is relevant to a Randwick plumbing emergency that happened yesterday.

We had an SOS from a long term client “Joan”

You could hear the panic in her voice, “Come quickly, we have a burst water pipe under our vanity basin and we can’t turn the water off” screamed Joan.

Is your floor waste drain clear? we asked. Yes Joan replied!

We told her how to minimise the water damage, shut the cupboard  doors and direct the gushing water towards the floor drain and put a towel across the doorway to keep the water flow in the bathroom.

We were at the house within 15 minutes, and with a large pair of grips, we were able to slow down, but not stop the water flow

Now, a picture paints a thousand words and this short video will actually take you there.

Please watch and learn.

Where and how to turn off your hot water and cold water supply is incredibly simple if you know where they are, before any plumbing emergency arises

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I know they will save you thousands of dollars!

Plumber rescues Puppy

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

In early June this year, a young boy in Britain decided to give his one week old puppy a bath using quite an odd method; putting him in the toilet bowl and giving it a flush. The dog was sent down the pipe, well out of reach from the fire brigade who were first on the scene in an attempt to rescue the pup. (more…)

Why you should Dial Before You Dig

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Before carrying out any excavation for plumbing repairs, your licensed plumber should do a “Dial before you Dig” check on your property and surrounds.

This process shows where gas, water, sewer, stormwater, telecom and electric services owned by all utilities are located.

Although this is an extreme case

Check out what could happen if you don’t know what lies beneath

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This massive explosion occurred in the USA during September 2008. Although it was caused by pipe corrosion and not by a farmer digging as several emails have suggested, the extreme destruction seen in the photographs above shows the extensive damage that can be caused by an exploding gas pipe, and how obvious it is that this should be avoided at all costs.

If not sure about the condition of your gas pipes, call a licensed plumber, and remember to always dial before you dig!

 

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