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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…)

World Toilet Day 2018

November 19th 2018 is World Toilet Day With the population of the world now at approximately 7.7 billion people, many of us would be surprised to learn that over 4.5 billion people do not have a clean toilet or running water to wash their hands. According to a UN report, a third of schools worldwide don't have any clean toilet...

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 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...

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...

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.

Plumbing Emergency – Can’t turn the water off!

When you have a plumbing emergency... On Thursday night a client rang after 9.00pm to say her basin tap that had been leaking for a few weeks was now gushing water... and the water meter at the front of the house wouldn't shut off. We were able to rescue her family quite quickly. However it was an expensive process. What's...

Broncos and Cowboys Long Weekend

The October long weekend brings a sporting feast to Sydney. NRL fans will descend on our city for the Grand Final between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys. The Lone Drainer and Pronto loves cowboys and horses. My heart says Cowboys but the head says Broncos. The Epsom Handicap will be run at Royal Randwick. I'm tipping Sadlers...

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...

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 #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...

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...

Common pipelines; easements, ownership and liability #3

One recurring topic of 2010 is the Ownership and liability of common water, sewer and gas pipes. When we send out an emergency response team to a ruptured gas or water pipeline or an overflowing sewer, the first thing our team thinks about is rescuing the property under threat. Often, it is after the emergency, that ownership and liability of...

Common pipelines; easements, ownership and liability #2

One recurring topic of 2010 is the Ownership and liability of common water, sewer and gas pipes. When we send out an emergency response team to a ruptured gas or water pipeline or an overflowing sewer, the first thing our team thinks about is rescuing the property under threat. Often, it is after the emergency that ownership and liability of...

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.

Common pipelines; easements, ownership and liability #1

  One recurring topic of 2010 is the Ownership and liability of common water, sewer and gas pipes. When we send out an emergency response team to a ruptured gas or water pipeline or an overflowing sewer, the first thing our team thinks about is rescuing the property under threat. Often, it is after the emergency that ownership and liability...

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...

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...

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...