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Toilet Hygiene #1

Q. What's the 3rd most un-hygienic place in the bathroom? A. The toilet flush button. Who'd have thought? Now, wash your hands!

Flush with Facts #2

August is the month of the good toilet flush! Did you know the dual flush toilet cistern was a 1980 Australian invention 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...

The Lone Drainer Rides West

Good Luck to Henry Midgley and Ryan Spaccavento setting off for adventure tomorrow in the 2014 Perth-Darwin Shitbox Rally . Travel safely boys, have fun raising funds for the Cancer Council. If there are any plumbing emergencies or blocked drains out there, I guess the other drivers are going to come looking for you. :-)

Does Your Water Taste Different?

Since the new Sydney Water desalination plant was commissioned January 28th 2010, we have had one of the hottest and yet wettest Sydney summers in recent years. During this hot weather period, we insist that all the people on our plumbing service team, especially the plumbers out in the field, take water bottles and re-hydrate regularly. Some on our team believe...

So you think you’re having a bad day?

Today's blog post is from Exponential Growth Strategist Dr Marc Dussault. (http://www.MarcDussault.com). Some days when you think you are home free, there is a trap waiting for you. Have you ever had a day like that? Marc takes business growth very seriously, but insists we plumbers take time to have a laugh, even at our own expense. Thanks for the...

Plumbing emergencies during the Christmas season

Today's post is on behalf of all our team, we wish you Peace, Happiness and Family togetherness during the festive season. Spend as much time as you can with the ones you love and the ones who love you. May 2010 be your Best Year Ever. During the festive season, if  you need help with a plumbing emergency, Just call!

I can’t turn my water meter off!

If you have a plumbing emergency, or you have water running all over your house, or a split tap washer, or burst water heater and  your water meter won't turn off, you may be in trouble! If your meter tap has a tee-head on it, turn it off in a clockwise direction as firmly as you can. Firmly; don't overdo it. If your...

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

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!...

Stylish French @ Reims and Beaune Hotel

Sydney builder Steve Miller and his wife Carmel were on a working holiday in France and visited this beautiful hotel. If  you think your kitchen sink tap  or mixer tap needs replacing or  the gooseneck spout  over your tubs is old, then check out this "Gooseneck" spout that made up the plumbing in the hotel kitchen sink. Steve says it's...

Expensive Kitchen Sink Repairs

During  Advanced Business Mastery I had the pleasure to meet Peter August  from Australian Bullion Company www.austbullionco.com.au. Peter's knowledge of Gold and other precious metals, his wealth of experience, and his stories about the mystical and precious metals he deals in, had us all amazed. In the early 1980s, when the price of gold was around $400 per ounce, I was...

Green Loans

Green Loans have been set up by the Australian Government in order to provide subsidised loans to assist in making houses more environmentally friendly. This is a great way to provide financial assistance to households to gain access to the resources they need to invest in energy and water efficient technologies, and hence reduce total greenhouse emissions from domestic households.  After...

Overlooked Grand Final Heroes – Plumbers!

With a crowd of nearly 100,000 spectators expected to cram the Melbourne Cricket Ground this Saturday for what is obviously one of the biggest annual sporting events in Australia, it puts a large burden on the grounds personnel and infrastructure. Included in this challenge is the upkeep of the ground's 546 urinal stalls, 166 individual urinals and 345 toilets. Whilst this may seem...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto!

At The Lone Drainer and Pronto we're not like other cowboy plumbers... We fix your blocked drains, leaking taps and toilets with Silver bullet speed and without making a mess. And before we start, we provide you with our legendary no-surprise fixed quote that blends over 40 years of plumbing experience, technology and training so good.... even other plumbers seek...

Plumber rescues Puppy

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...

Eradicating tree root problems

Tree roots are a very common cause for blocked drains, however the extent of damage that roots can create before a problem is recognised can vary greatly. To get rid of a tree root problem you must know the condition of the pipes. The Lone Drainer and Pronto has a great number of weapons in its arsenal to combat those...

Why you should ‘Dial Before You Dig’

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:  ...

Aussie Bidet Toilet Seat

Recently The Lone Drainer and Pronto were called to repair a leaking toilet cistern in Bondi Junction, I was surprised to see this toilet not only had a flush button but came with a remote control as well. The client informed me that this toilet actually contained a bidet built into the toilet seat, complete with retracting heated water spout, air dryer, and...

Plumbing Emergency – Now, that is Pronto!

The fastest dispatch and delivery of a plumbing emergency was...yesterday morning! Our previous plumbing emergency had a setback because another sustained downpour had flooded the local streets making visibility and comfort levels very poor. We had stopped for some morning tea, a hot coffee and some sustenance along a well known fast food strip, as we were finishing our break...

Toilet Humour

A toilet is a plumbing fixture and disposal system primarily intended for the disposal of bodily wastes: urine and faecal matter. Additionally, vomit and menstrual waste is sometimes disposed in toilets in western societies. The word "toilet" can be used to refer to the fixture itself or to the room containing the fixture, especially in British English. In Canadian English,...

The History of Plumbing

Here's something the Romans did for us - they invented plumbing! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oK0NRgbZVmA[/embed] By Adam Hart-Davis Julius Caesar had a weekend native-bashing excursion to Britain in 55 BC. But I guess he didn't enjoy the damp boarding houses with their fierce landladies, for he quickly went back to Rome, naturally claiming a great victory. Almost a hundred years later the emperor...

Plumbing Apprenticeship – ‘Giving back to the Community’

At The Lone Drainer and Pronto we like "Giving Back" to the community because the Plumbing industry has been very good to me and my family. Every year around January we have anywhere between 5 and 20 boys (or their mothers) contact us looking for a plumbing apprenticeship. We have trained 9 apprentices in 20 years (plumbers apprenticeship is 4 years). In...