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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!

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...

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...

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!

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...

Don’t play Noughts and Crosses when you have sewer problems

Today's post comes courtesy of Dr Marc Dussault, The Exponential Growth Strategist. At his recent Exponential Business Building Bootcamp, he showed a series of "impossible pictures" from Swedish Artist Erik Johansson. This photo was of particular interest. This is what we want to avoid with the use of Vaporooter when tree roots get into and block your pipes and drains.

Plumbers love your pets

Your Dog and Dealing with Internal Renovations Dogs and cats find renovations very stressful: there are strangers in their home changing things, moving things around and disrupting their routine. Some of the risks involved range from escape behaviour, bad dog behaviour, territorial behaviour and the general stress of strangers and loud noises in their space. You also have the risk...

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...

What do you know about your gas supply?

Winter starts tomorrow and if gas is your preferred method of heating then read on... Natural gas is a great resource to have in any home for ovens, cooktops and hot water heating. However leaks in a high pressure gas line can be extremely dangerous especially if they go unnoticed or are allowed to continue unchecked. The massive explosion in...

Water or wine. Is there bacteria in water?

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine... and those who don't, remember this during the festive season: As Ben Franklin said; "In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom,  in water there is bacteria." In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 litre of water each day, at the end...

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!...

Plumber rescues Puppy

In early June this year, a young boy in Britain decided to give his one week old puppy a bath using quite an odd method; putting him in the toilet bowl and giving it a flush. The dog was sent down the pipe, well out of reach from the fire brigade who were first on the scene in an attempt...

Why you should ‘Dial Before You Dig’

Before carrying out any excavation for plumbing repairs, your licensed plumber should do a "Dial before you Dig" check on your property and surrounds. This process shows where gas, water, sewer, stormwater, telecom and electric services owned by all utilities are located. Although this is an extreme case, check out what could happen if you don't know what lies beneath:  ...

Danger of Gas Room Heaters

Last weekend, a dear friend asked me to look at his gas room heater. We opened the heater to have a good look inside and it appeared that the motor had overheated and had started to melt the casing. It was a disaster waiting to happen! Fortunately there was a tradesman working next door who quickly came on the scene...

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...

Plumbing Industry ‘Food Safe’ Cleaners

Being a plumber, I am often asked how surfaces that need to be 'food safe' e.g. in cafes, restaurants and any establishments that prepare or manufacture food products or meals, should be kept clean. A colleague, Gavin Buckett, of The Gourmet Guardian is a food safety specialist and has this advice to offer. In the food industry, most people are aware that...