Posts Tagged ‘David Conroy’

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!

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.

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