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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

Just Add Water

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Everyone is talking about the upcoming summer like the imminent return of an old old friend.
My sunrise learn to surf visits to the local beaches find them full of boys and girls and boot campers getting buffed for the summer unveiling of the new bod.
And everyone is drinking water out of water bottles.
Now, Hydration is not a new theme and the sweat produced to work that body needs to be topped up with good old H2O, Adams ale, water, the universal solvent.
Its well known that people who engage in strenuous physical exertion or live in a hot climate (thats us people) need to drink plenty of water.
After swallowing more than my share of the Tasman Sea most mornings, I guzzle water from the beach taps to rehydrate myself.Drink Aqua
The human body is anywhere from 55% to 78% water depending on your body size.
A simple rule of thumb, 2/3 of our body consists of water. Did you know that your tissues and organs are mainly made up of water?
• Muscle consists of 75% water, Blood consists of 83% water, Bone consists of 22% of water, Brain consists of 90% of water.
• The recommended is 8-10 glasses of aqua per day.
• So remember, if your gonna work it, you have to re-hydrate it.
• Dr Dave says Drink more water!

Water saving tips for Spring

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Now we are really into spring,  the gardens are blooming and after our long weekend heatwave, the lawn needs to be watered.

A dripping tap can waste up to anywhere between 30 and 200 litres of water a day. That’s over 70,000 litres a year.
dripping tap
So here are a couple of simple water saving tips to get you through spring and the long hot summer ahead.

Ensure all household and garden are always turned off tightly so they don’t drip. Don’t force taps as you can damage them and actually cause leaks.
Develop a regular routine of checking all indoor and outdoor taps, washers and pipes for leaks, cracks and breaks.
Check all your household appliances for water leaks.
Learn how to repair leaking taps. A new washer is inexpensive and easily available at your local hardware store.

If in doubt call us for some over the phone guidance on  02 9664 4990

Broncos and Cowboys Long Weekend

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

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 Lake with the great Jim Cassidy riding.
Whilst in Melbourne, the AFL sees the the Hawks Hawthorn up against the Eagles from West Coast. Go the Eagles!
What ever you’re doing, have fun!
And if you have a plumbing emergency… you can call us!
The winner

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

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

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 #3 Thomas Crapper

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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 which 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. His plumbing business was quite successful, and supplied plumbing to members of the royal family, a feat for which many incorrectly believed he was knighted for.

Although he did not invent the flushing toilet, Thomas Crapper & Co did successfully market and mass produce them.  As soldiers passed throughout England during WWI it is believed that the slang term “crapper” was created due to the frequency of Crapper & Co’s logo being present.