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Flushable wipes block drains

As you know, up to 85% of blocked drains are caused by tree roots and can be easily managed. But, there is a growing number of blocked drains that are caused by "hygienic wipes". Hygienic wipes block up house drains and sewer mains that cost homeowners and Sydney Water a fortune to maintain. So be careful what you flush! Simply,...

Know your water heater #2

The hot water tempering valve Knowledge about your water heater will save you money! Second in the series, This 44-sec clip will show you a typical tempering valve on a gas water heater. That's the blue valve on the side of the heater. It should be checked by your plumber annually and replaced every five years. The tempering valve is...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries #1 Wylies Baths

The Lone Drainer Coronavirus Diaries is a chance to catch up with some of our friends and businesses that we help and that help us to see how they are affected during the Coronavirus lock down of 2020 In this short 4.33 minute youtube clip I speak with Courtney Tallon, the manager of Wylies baths in Coogee NSW https://youtu.be/kifE-4UcqgY

Japanese tech gadget prevents elderly toilet accidents

Sydney April 6th 2020 Approaching a milestone birthday, its fair to say that my personal plumbing is in reasonable working condition. I have a skin check annually and a biennial colonoscopy and prostate check. And, I encourage my peers to do the same. But, when my middle son recently took a trip to Japan it inspired me to research the...

More rain please

The rain has kept emergency plumbers on their toes If you need help with a flooding emergency, Please ask us Meanwhile, blow the rain to the west. Our country cousins need it!

Storms bring blocked drains

The well-needed rain that arrived in Sydney over the last few days has created many blocked drains and grates that can easily be fixed. Take the opportunity in between showers to check any pits or drains around your home that may be blocked by leaf debris or dirt. Put on your gardening or washing up gloves and you can clean...

My bathroom is flooding!

Pipes burst in peoples homes every day. Knowing where your hot and cold water turn off could be the difference between having a few wet items under the kitchen sink and having a total flood. Yesterday morning we had an urgent phone call for an emergency plumber with a difference. Allan, the homeowner knew exactly where to turn off the...

Urgent hot water help

Its really important to know a few simple things about your water heater. I just had an emergency call from Emma, who returned from visiting the UK for Christmas. While she was away her water heater leaked through the kitchen cupboards and ruined the carpet throughout her home and flooded the property below. The neighbour below, forced entry into her...

Winter rain comes with a blast

Winter Rain and blocked pipes. The forecast east coast low started dumping rain on us last night. Road accidents caused by wet conditions and local flooding are the norm today. The weather bureau suggest these conditions will hang around until Monday. Blocked storm water drains, storm water pipes and storm water pits have been the order of the day today...

Sewer overflow makes Coogee a “smelly place”

Coogee means "smelly place" and yesterday the beautiful beach, just 500 metres from our HQ lived up to the name given it by indigenous Australians. The smell and subsequent beach closure was brought about by a Sydney Water  blocked sewer main in nearby Dudley Street. The overflowing sewer main spilled into the storm water system which then discharged into the...

A plumbers view – Super Bowl 2016

Sunday, February 7th was Super Bowl 50 Sunday in San Francisco. By now you may know The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 at Levi's Stadium. What's that got to do with plumbing, I hear you ask. Well plenty, according to the Scott Tissue company; the toilet is flushed more during halftime than at any other point during the...

Don’t flush those flushable wipes

As you know, up to 85% of blocked drains are caused by tree roots and can be easily managed. But, there is a growing number of blockages that are caused by "hygienic wipes". Hygienic wipes block up house drains and sewer mains that cost homeowners and Sydney Water a fortune to maintain. So be careful what you flush! Simply, hygienic...

Why this plumber makes a regular blood donation

Its a simple thing to give blood. It doesn't hurt at all! In fact it makes you feel really good.... and you get to help someone else. Who knows, I may get to help you or your loved ones. So what does that have to do with plumbing...... Well, only that all of your pipes need flushing from time to...

Rain causes Bronte wall collapse

Sydney's sustained rainfall has almost washed out the third cricket test between Australia and the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The rain may have helped the Windies at the SCG but nearby Bronte residents awoke yesterday to find their Macpherson Street neighbours wall had collapsed into the street. My initial drive past the site to survey the damage...

Back to work for a New Year

Many of us are back to work today January 4th 2016 after our Christmas break. Time, love and laughter with family and friends, rest and re-charge. We've had a few plumbing emergencies that couldn't wait. Blocked drains, burst water pipes and a rusty galvanised gas service that led to a complete pipe re-run on New Years Eve. People are grateful...

Think before you flush the toilet.

Christmas 2015 is upon us. Most of us slow down and enjoy the festive season and the Aussie summer. But please think before you flush. We are here to help you with a plumbing emergency over the Christmas holidays. A blocked drain can be caused by putting the wrong things down your sinks, pipes and toilets and it can leave...

Storm drains overflow

We had another storm blast through Sydney this afternoon. We were safely on a boat in Rushcutters Bay fitting the gas cooker as the 60 knot wind blew through. The rain poured down with hail stones thrown in. The storm flooded all the local street drains and in some places the gutters were up to 400mm deep in stormwater. Please...

Ready for Sydney Storm Season

Sydney storm season got under way last night with a spectacular electric light show to compliment Ed Sheeran doing his stuff. Make sure you take precautions around your home in case severe weather hits. Severe weather, heavy rain and electrical storms can affect pumps and boosters throughout our network which can affect our water supply and sewer pumping stations. 5...

Plumbing Emergency – Can’t turn the water off!

When you have a plumbing emergency... On Thursday night a client rang after 9.00pm to say her basin tap that had been leaking for a few weeks was now gushing water... and the water meter at the front of the house wouldn't shut off. We were able to rescue her family quite quickly. However it was an expensive process. What's...

Why men spend so much time in the Loo!

Why men spend so much time in the loo is still a mystery to me! My Dad could disappear in there for what seemed like hours, he would emerge with the Herald under his arm and an understanding of what had been happening in the world. He took time to think! Meditation perhaps? My eldest son is just the same....

Get your personal pipes checked…. I did!

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...

Melbourne Cup Tip

Water saving tips for Spring

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. So here are a couple of simple water saving tips to get you through spring and the...

Broncos and Cowboys Long Weekend

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...

5% of blocked drains are fixed with an electric eel

Less than 5% of blocked drains in Sydney are cleared by an 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...