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The Lone Drainer’s Recipe #3

The Lone Drainer’s Mushroom Sauce for Pasta (which doubles as a fabulous addition as a sauce for steak the next night, and takes care of two of the five vegetables per day you are meant to eat.) This recipe is an example of The Hardworking Plumber’s Secret Timesaving Tip: Cook It Once, Use It Twice, (tastes sensational both times!) This...

Gas heater time again

Winter 2018 is coming to Sydney. With some much needed rain approaching as we head towards June 1st, it's time to go looking for some indoor heating. If you haven't run your gas heater since last winter, please dust it and ensure the bayonet fittings are well lubricated before inserting the heater hose. Check for leaks. If you're not sure...

World Toilet Day 2016

Today November 19th, 2016 is  World Toilet Day . What does working as a plumber in Sydney, one of the greatest cities in the world, mean to me on World Toilet Day? This is a city of contrast and we get to see mostly the top end where it's nothing for people to spend over $1000 to buy 1 new toilet....

Home Buyers Beware

Home buyers beware. For us, the heat in the real estate market is reflected in the lack of due diligence by potential home buyers prior to purchasing properties in our suburban real estate grab. Yesterday we helped a young couple who just bought their first home in the Ryde district. They had bought a house that had the bathroom toilet...

Should plumber’s quotes be free?

Some plumbers provide free quotes? Many don’t! For the simple jobs a plumber can usually give you a rough estimate over the phone. However, more complicated projects usually need a site inspection and sometimes exploratory surgery if you want a realistic quote. A great plumber will blend technology and experience to give you a quote complete with site pics and...

New Blood

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...

Welcome to Movember. Mens Health Month

Mens health is something very close to my heart. Having lost my dad in 2009 to prostate cancer at 73 is something that changed the way I look at my own health and health checks. Over this month Movember I plan to share the personal stories of plumbing colleagues, clients and work mates. They’re all just normal men who felt...

Water Saving Tips for your Garden.

Did you know about 35% of household water usage occurs in the garden? In my daily rounds the common theme is how the spring has unfolded, the gardens are in bloom, the Jasmine flowers have come and gone. We’ve had very little rain lately on the coast but, after recent temperatures reaching 36 degrees, our gardens are dry. It helps...

Why use an electric eel

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...

Happy Plumbers + Great Service = Happy Clients

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 FUn..at..woRK 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...

My Plumber is a Wizard

Sometimes its great to laugh at ourselves. I've always loved the Wizard and this is a good one!

Water….. Water everywhere!

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 exercising more and sweating a lot! So my simple health tip, not...

Help! Where does my Hot Water turn off?

"HELP!" "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 and 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....

Don’t put it down your toilet!

Last night we had an emergency call out to a client we had helped recently. But first, let me paint a picture. Two 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...

Stop Leaking Taps

As a plumber, the majority of house calls I make have 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 plumbing job that takes five minutes which could have easily been completed by anyone with a little know how. Here are...

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...

Who turned off the hot water?

Who turned off the hot water?... That was the call today from the residents in a block of 82 home units. Our clients shower tap was leaking a 1/2 bucket of hot water every minute and needed new washers. So, "Where does the Hot Water turn off?" asked The Lone Drainer. "I don't know", replied our client! What followed was...

3 Tips for Healthy Hot Water.

Who had a cold shower this morning? Winter makes the need for hot water a high priority. If you think your heater is under performing do this quick water heater health check. 1. Check the colour of your water. If its brown, your water heater has a buildup of sediment or rust. 2. Check your Temperature and Pressure Relief valve...

Washing machines & dishwasher maintenance

With 3 growing boys living at home who eat like there is no tomorrow, between playing rugby, cricket and doing patrols at Coogee Surf Club, we have plenty of dishes to wash up every day as well as laundry to do every day, so much so, that both appliances broke down at the same time! Yes it happens to plumbers...

Plumbers and dogs

Can Your Dog and the Tradies Play Nice? Renovations and refurbishing is a hectic and stressful time for anyone involved, but what about the family pooch. Are you having concerns with your dog getting under feet, barking at the strange men in his house or stealing tools? This is a common problem. Just like us, your dog can get very...

Draining the “Coffee makers lane”

                                                                                                                                                                           Our Venetian correspondent is at it again! As you have seen in previous posts, Holy S - - T ! A Gondoliers impression and The latest sewer notes and history of Venice, Gio the Venetian Gondolier knows how much our readers love to see how waste water and sewer is moved around Venice. Hey mate! I'm so proud to...

The latest sewer notes and history of Venice

[caption id="attachment_1327" align="alignleft" width="373"] Mozarts neighbours get the drains cleared[/caption] More S - - T from Venice! The best part about this blog is sharing with so many people and getting your insights into my topic S - - T. Our knowledge of the sewers of the world grows. Basically, we all use our toilets regularly and if you are...

Problems with hot water during the long hot summer?

Welcome to 2010! Over the Christmas and New Year period we have been called to rescue people with all sorts of plumbing emergencies! Burst water pipes, blocked sewer drains, leaking taps and toilets are commonplace, but, here at the height of summer, calls for help for running hot water is at an all time high! Ruptured water heaters or burst water heaters...

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!...