Posts Tagged ‘Coogee plumber’

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!

Blocked Pipes and Council Trees

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Did you know many blocked sewers are caused by the tree roots from Council street trees?
Tree crushes sewerThis is becoming a very big drain on the budget of many local councils.
The council owned trees that make some of our more sought after suburban streets very special, are creating havoc underground by repeatedly blocking the sewer pipelines from many of the homes in those streets.
Councils are fighting a losing battle trying to bring the tree roots under control.
The budgets of many local councils are strained as they just can’t keep up with the demand of their ratepayers to attend to sewer blockages, caused by these street trees.
There is an economical way for local councils to Stop Tree Roots in Pipes and ease the burden on the budget and the ratepayers who have regular tree root blockages.
Vaporooter Kills Roots. Period!

Get your pipes checked…. I did!

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

November is Mens Health Month and my reminder came in the mail
“Its time to get your pipes checked again” said the friendly letter from my Colorectal surgeon.
It spelt out the process, the fasting, the preparation, the costs, the procedure on the day, what to expect afterwards, the discomfort but most of all…….. the benefit!
So on Sunday I began the preparation for a colonoscopy on Monday.
After a healthy and hearty breakfast on Sunday morning it was a time of fasting.
No food!
Then, from early afternoon into the evening I had to take not 1, not 2, but 3 doses of fairly unpleasant medicine that would clean my internal pipes so the surgeon could put his camera through them.
Now all this makes sense to a 54 year old male and father of 3 healthy and happy sons whose father, after being diagnosed with Prostate cancer passed away a few years ago.
So, I hear you ask, why is your plumber telling you this?
If your body is a temple and mine is and your home is your castle then it’s appropriate to get your pipes checked, especially if your castle has a history of problems or blockages in your sewer pipes
There are many parallels between a Colonoscopy and a Drainoscopy.

To get a Drainoscopy is easy!

We clear your pipes and then put a specialized drain camera through the pipes to find out what is actually going on in there.
Then we take the vision and put it on our YouTube channel with a description of what is going on in the pipes.
You can see it, you can share it, you can get a second opinion, you can evaluate the information and understand exactly what is going on underground or in your pipes.
Yes, it is a little uncomfortable.
But now I know that after Dr “L” has treated 2 areas of interest and checked my prostate, my pipes are in good condition.
I’ve seen the pictures.
And at the appropriate time, he will send me a reminder for my next Drainoscopy er Colonoscopy.

So to end on a high note watch this fun YouTube clip.

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

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 #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.




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.

Stormwater drain blockages

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Send it down Huey!
As Sydney gets through another day of torrential rain and some eastern parts of this country are getting their best rainfall for more than a year, its important to keep your stormwater gutters, downpipes, grates and drains clear.
My own roof gutters were overflowing yesterday ’cause the leaves from our deciduous tree were blocking our down pipes.
Blocked stormwater