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Don’t do this in the bathroom!

During our Coronavirus work schedule, I've found some fun hints and tips about plumbing and health that are worth sharing. How germs spread on your toothbrush, your toilet seat and the toilet flush button are just a few examples. https://youtu.be/WMuAcGV8TJw

How is water connected to my toilet cistern?

Many modern toilets have a concealed cistern. That's the tank that holds the water that flushes the loo. Now they do look fantastic and they do save water. The small dual flush buttons are the access panel for the internal workings of the cistern. When they need maintenance, the only way to repair them is through that access panel. https://youtu.be/IjDDHEQ1AV8...

Get into hot water this Winter!

With the winter season underway, its time to think about hot water. Take 10 minutes to check on your water heater. Is it gas or electric Check it's location. See that it's not leaking on any of the pipes or connections. Check the cold water control feed tap, usually on the bottom left of the heater. Make sure it turns...

Plumbers bathroom cleaning tip #1.

Some bathrooms are a little neglected. Especially if there are boys in the house. Like many among us, during Coronavirus isolation, I've taken opportunities to catch up on a few old recipes, a stack of books and some cleaning. And, I feel sharing this cleaning tip would save everyone some time. You will need, 1. A can of the cheapest...

Why you need a sewer diagram

As a plumbing professional, one of the handiest tools we can have is a sewer service diagram. It's a map of where the pipes run within your home. It's easily obtainable, and you can get it from Sydney Water, reputable plumbing suppliers and, even your local plumber can get it for you. It's simply an A4 sheet. It has an...

Be careful what you flush down the toilet!

Sydney March 31st 2020 As we work through COVID-19, our work, social distance, hygiene and consumption habits are being challenged daily. The run on toilet paper in our supermarkets has left me bewildered. I had to see it for my own eyes. And did! The take away for me is that those who couldn't purchase their normal supply have resorted...

Sydney Water restrictions

Sydney November 29th 2019 The continuing drought is having an affect on all Australians. The dry conditions have added bushfires to that list, and the forecast is for a hot summer. Here in greater Sydney we sometimes forget about our country cousins, the farmers that produce most of our food supplies and how the lack of rainfall is affecting them....

How to Change a Tap Washer

Everyone should know how to change a tap washer!  Not everyone wants to, but its a handy skill to have. (more…)

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...

Use Toilet Paper not Tissues

Tristan from The Lone Drainer And Pronto gives a simple demonstration as to why you should use toilet paper rather than facial tissues in the bathroom. Toilet paper breaks down when it gets into water, whereas facial tissues bind together rather than falling apart. Beware, facial tissues can cause a costly blocked drain. Use toilet paper, not tissues.

Shower outdoors more often

With our hottest summer on record, many of us have been showering outdoors. It's a perfect opportunity to water the garden and the lawn, stay cool ourselves and save water. Some clients have us set up a permanent outdoor shower in the garden or near the swimming pool just to rinse off. I reckon simple is best. Good old corrugated...

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...

Why you should look inside your pipes.

You've got a blocked drain and your plumber puts a camera in the drain to see whats going on down there! What happens after that? Plenty of homeowners don't get to see the footage their plumber has taken of the inside of their pipes. For some reason, the plumber chooses to keep what is going on in your pipes a...

Toilet Hygiene #2

A recent study showed  95 % of men and women say they wash their hands after using the toilet, especially a public toilet. Funnily enough, only 67% of people actually do wash their hands after using a public loo or the toilets in their workplace. There have been quite a few surveys done on the topic and some innovative ideas to...

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...

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!

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...

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...

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...

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...

Just Add Water

Everyone is talking about the upcoming summer like the imminent return of an old old friend. My sunrise learn to surf visits to the local beaches find them full of boys and girls and boot campers getting buffed for the summer unveiling of the new bod. And everyone is drinking water out of water bottles. Now, hydration is not a...

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...

Get your 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...