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How much to fix my toilet?

Running toilet quote.....Is all an email said earlier this week, with the attached picture. [caption id="attachment_3466" align="alignleft" width="300"] It's hard to say from this picture I said, but I tried to help the writer by asking a few simple questions Is it a close coupled suite? Or are the pan and cistern separate? Is it the inlet or outlet valve...

Giving a Crap on World Toilet Day 2017

The Lone Drainer and Pronto, Sydney will pay tribute to a unique and special observance whose goal is to install a working toilet in emergent nations. On November 19, The Lone Drainer and Pronto (TLDP), will participate in the World Toilet Day 2017 (WTD2017), a United Nations’ (UN) worldwide event that will highlight the lack of proper sanitation and safely-managed...

Something to think about when you reclaim your throne!

I had a few clients and blog readers asking me questions about the upcoming World Toilet Day 2017. To recap, it’s about raising public awareness of the worldwide problem of inhumane toilet conditions that some must deal with. Today, I would like to answer some of the questions about the World Toilet Day 2017, and suggest an easy way for...

World Toilet Day 2017

A UN report claims that worldwide, at least 2.4 billion people are without basic sanitation. The report states some of the peoples of south Asia and sub Saharan Africa don't have access to a toilet or clean running water. It appears that people in these parts of the world have a mobile phone but don't have a working toilet. Living...

Make a difference during World Toilet Day 2017!

Did you know that some people must do without a toilet? In the West, we’re so used to sitting on one when we go for a number two. If the toilet runs smoothly we won’t even think about it. We take it for granted. But sitting down for number two in comfort and style is a luxury many simply cannot...

My toilet cistern is leaking #1

"My cistern is leaking into the toilet pan" If you press the Full and Half flush buttons and they don't effectively clear the toilet bowl, That is, their isn't enough water in the toilet cistern to do the job or The buttons just don't work or the cistern just won't refill or it's slow to fill Then I know how...

Toilet won’t flush properly #1

"My toilet won't flush properly" is a common cry for help in our emergency plumbing business. We then ask, Do you mean the dirty water won't flush away? If the answer is yes and it looks like this, then you have a blocked drain and you need a blocked drain expert quickly However, if you press the Full and Half...

Spend a penny on a hot day

It's hot in Sydney today. 30 deg C.    With the forecast to be 38 C. tomorrow Wednesday. It's uncomfortable! We did all of our plumbing jobs earlier today, before it got too hot. Interestingly, the average Sydney bathroom is a cool place to be on a hot day. The tiled floor and walls in the bathroom made it significantly cooler....

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....

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...

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 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...

Clear the air

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...

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...

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....

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...

Flush with Facts

August is the month of the good toilet flush! Flowing sewer drains, my favourite topic in the whole wide world, is Not what I mean dear readers! I'm talking about the toilet and the cistern, the little tank of water that flushes our loo. So here's 3 Flush Facts: 1. The toilet flush button is the most un-hygienic place in your...

Toilet Hygiene

Here is a little fun on Friday! Have a great weekend. And wash your hands!

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...

Toilet Paper or Bidet?

The Harsh Reality of Using Toilet Paper Rather Than Washing with a Bidet Having travelled Europe extensively, one gets used to a bidet. Coming back to Australia made some of the queried group bemoan the loss of the bidets they got so used to. The question as to whether or not it was environmentally responsible to throw tissue paper in...

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,...

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...

Does Your Water Taste Different?

Since the new Sydney Water desalination plant was commissioned January 28th 2010, we have had one of the hottest and yet wettest Sydney summers in recent years. During this hot weather period, we insist that all the people on our plumbing service team, especially the plumbers out in the field, take water bottles and re-hydrate regularly. Some on our team believe...

Toilet Leaks Waste Water

How Much Water Is Wasted When I Continue To Let My Toilet Leak? When a meter's flow indicator moves and you know that all the water outlets are off, both inside and out, you can be sure that there is a leak somewhere in your lines. The continuous drip of a leaky tap, or a constantly running toilet, will add...