Monthly Archives: April 2009

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...

Vaporooter Guarantee

Blocked drains are a major problem - any way you look at it! Tree root invasion of sewer lines is a common cause of such blockages -- BUT, when left unattended, tree roots will cause major damage to your sewer pipes (which, as you might imagine, can be far more troublesome than just any old blockage and the resulting sewerage backflow). Replacing broken or collapsed sewer pipes...

What Happens When Tree Roots Grow In Sewer Pipes

The intrusion of tree roots in sewer pipes is probably the most destructive single element that faces those maintaining a sewer collection system today. Sewers are ageing expensive assets that only attract public attention when they fail. There are more than 35,000 kms of water and sewer pipes in Sydney and 60% of all collection systems are made up of...

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...

Symptoms of a Blocked Drain

As Easter approaches we make plans to get together with our family and friends, so there is constant use of kitchen and bathroom facilities. Make the holiday break memorable and keep an eye out for some of those vital symptoms that might indicate you have a slow or blocked drain rather than having to call an emergency plumber to rescue you...

Blocked Drain Fixed with The Electric Eel!

I was on crutches and had asked Bruno the plumber to attend a blocked drain at a well known food shop in Bondi. Bruno rang me to say that he couldn't get the electric eel out of the drain pipe and could I come and help?  My wife (who was 8 months pregnant at the time) drove me to the site...