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The Joy of Toilets in Coogee

Exactly 12 months ago today the Mayor of Randwick Noel D'Souza, broke ground on the new Coogee Beach toilet block. I am happy to report that these new facilities were un-officially opened 360 days later on Friday September 1st 2017. The first day of spring. And it was worth the wait! The discomfort to beach regulars and the interruption of...

Poo News

Our readers are still the best source of fun, information, insights and images from the wonderful world of plumbing I've heard plenty of explanations of the word Poo. I hadn't heard this one.

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...

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...

See it for yourself – Drainoscopy

Today our post is simple. A new client from Bronte called because since Christmas they'd had 3 blocked drains causing the downstairs toilet to overflow throughout their basement. YUK! The plumber they had been using didn't have a drain camera and it was suggested that the pipes were broken. We were able to clear the blockage quickly, then, give 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...

Wipes can be expensive

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...

Don’t flush facial tissues

85% of blocked drains are caused by tree roots. However, what you flush down your loo can contribute to that blockage.

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...

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...

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...

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...

Flush with Facts #3 Thomas Crapper

Thomas Crapper was a plumber in the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries who founded his own company in Chelsea, London in 1861. Contrary to popular belief, Crapper did not invent the flushing toilet; that is said to have been invented by Sir John Harrington. Crapper however did make several patents relating to drain improvements, water closets and manhole covers....

A plumbing emergency and ducks we’ve rescued

We were called out to this plumbing emergency that brought an unexpected surprise. Our client had a blocked drain and when we had just about completed that repair, cutting tree roots from her sewer pipes, she called out because she needed a hand in her back yard. A mother duck that had been nesting in her dense rear garden had...

My car is powered by sewage

[caption id="attachment_1759" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Methane powered beetle[/caption] This post was brought to my attention by the ever vigilant Richard Piper. When you ring our office for help you may speak to him. Tell him you enjoyed this post; I did! Sewage powered VW Beetle hits the road in Bristol! A Volkswagen Beetle powered by gas from sewage has taken to...

Antonio Gaudi water conservationist

Barcelona 2010 To visit Park Guell and see the home and creative brilliance of Antonio Gaudi is a special treat. Gaudi created Park Guell for the citizens of Barcelona. It has gardens and homes with a view of the city and the Plaza. The Plaza is a meeting place for the people of the city and the brightly coloured mosaic...

A place for inspiration and relief

In previous blog posts on urinals  and toilets, I showed you a field goal in a urinal that helped to reduce spillage, and also the infamous 'fly in the urinal' at Schiphol Airport. So once again, courtesy of Exponential Growth Strategist (http://www.ExponentialPrograms.com) Dr Marc Dussault (http://www.MarcDussault.com)  here is another photo, this time of  an unknown location in Amsterdam. This is just another...

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...

More from Venice 2

[caption id="attachment_1348" align="alignleft" width="380"] St Marco drain boat[/caption] Now Giovanni knows his way around the lagoon and the Grand Canal and all the other canals of the beautiful city of Venice. His impressions of the sewers and sights of Venice along with his images of the way sewer is transported from the grand homes and palaces along the canals is...

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...

Something to aim for….a fly on the wall.

In a previous blog post  He aims, he shoots, he scores, I showed you a field goal in a urinal to reduce spillage. Some people were wondering what the original one at Schiphol Airport (http://www.schiphol.nl/) looks like... So once again, courtesy of Exponential Growth Strategist (http://www.ExponentialPrograms.com) Dr Marc Dussault (http://www.MarcDussault.com)  here is the infamous fly in the urinal at Schiphol Airport!  ...

Trumpets and toilets

The 2010 Pumper and Cleaner Environmental Expo held in Louisville Kentucky February 24th-27th 2010 We went to Louisville to see how the best of the best plumbers in the United States, look after their clients. If you have blocked sewer drains, blocked sewer pipes caused by tree roots in your pipes, or tree roots in your drains, or overflowing toilets,...

Don’t Let Tree roots Take Over Sewer pipes!

Today's post is courtesy of Joe from Woollahra Sydney. Joe had constant problems with the trees around his Sydney home, and tree roots growing in his sewer pipes, blocking them repeatedly. He would need drain cleaning several times a year to cut the tree roots, as the London Plane trees around his home tightened their vice like grip on his sewer pipes and drains....

What’s Your Poo Telling You? #2

 A friend and colleague, Dr Marc Dussault (http://www.MarcDussault.com), recently visited San Francisco and came across a great little bookstore... Little did he know it was Chronicle Books the publisher of the great little bestsellers "What's Your Poo Telling You?" and "What's My Pee Telling Me?"... I guess this is another example of how small the world really is. These books...

He aims, he shoots, he scores!

Today's blog post is from Exponential Growth Strategist (http://www.ExponentialPrograms.com) Dr Marc Dussault (http://www.MarcDussault.com) who tells me that Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam setup a test with a fly printed at the bottom of the men's urinals to 'reduce' spillage. From memory, the reduction was astonishing, 75+% reduction. The reason it seems is that given a target, men can actually aim quite...