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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!

Check your storm drains

The well needed rain that arrived in Sydney over the last few days has created many blocked storm water drains and grates that can easily be fixed. Take the opportunity in between showers to check any pits or drains around your home that may be blocked by leaf debris or dirt. Put on your gardening or washing up gloves and...

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...

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.

Where is your Drain survey?

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 home owners 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...

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...

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...

Happy Plumbers + Great Service = Happy Clients

We have a great team of plumbers here at The Lone Drainer and Pronto! They are good at their job. They Love their work. We call it "Furk"! Having FUn..at..woRK So on Monday afternoon, 27th October 2014, I got this email. Hi Dave, Thank you so very much for taking my phone call early this morning and organising Chris and...

My Plumber is a Wizard

Sometimes its great to laugh at ourselves. I've always loved the Wizard and this is a good one!

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

So you think you’re having a bad day?

Today's blog post is from Exponential Growth Strategist Dr Marc Dussault. (http://www.MarcDussault.com). Some days when you think you are home free, there is a trap waiting for you. Have you ever had a day like that? Marc takes business growth very seriously, but insists we plumbers take time to have a laugh, even at our own expense. Thanks for the...

Tree Roots Growing In Sewer Pipes

Are the Roots of my Neighbours Trees, or the Trees Growing Out the Front of My Property, Growing in my Sewer Pipes? One of the major plumbing concerns is trees that send roots into sewer lines, especially in homes that were built over twenty years ago. Trees are equipped with water finding capabilities that send tiny roots in every direction...

Expensive Kitchen Sink Repairs

During  Advanced Business Mastery I had the pleasure to meet Peter August  from Australian Bullion Company www.austbullionco.com.au. Peter's knowledge of Gold and other precious metals, his wealth of experience, and his stories about the mystical and precious metals he deals in, had us all amazed. In the early 1980s, when the price of gold was around $400 per ounce, I was...

Holy S_ _t! A Gondoliers impressions

Today's post comes courtesy of  the World Famous Venetian Gondolier, my mate Giovanni Giudice I met Gio in the summer of 07 -08. He was visiting Australia, learning to surf and was escaping the Venetian winter because "business is slow". Gio was staying in Coogee at the home of a client who funnily enough had a blocked drain. We hit it...

Eradicating tree root problems

Tree roots are a very common cause for blocked drains, however the extent of damage that roots can create before a problem is recognised can vary greatly. To get rid of a tree root problem you must know the condition of the pipes. The Lone Drainer and Pronto has a great number of weapons in its arsenal to combat those...

George Bush Toilets

The reign of US President George W Bush has come to an end, but as this piece of urinal art proves when it comes to "Dubya", many people will never grow tired of taking the piss.... The creator of this fantastic piece is a subscriber to "toilet humour". His bathroom creations are unbelievable; I will soon share with you some of his...

PVC Pipes Blocked by Hills Weeping Fig

The Hills weeping fig (ficus microcarpar var.) is a beautiful tree which in some cases  provides a shady archway for many streets in our Sydney Eastern suburbs. But why are the residents of these streets pulling out their hair? The Hills weeping fig is like Jekyll and Hyde. Dr Jekyll brings shade in summer; tree lined streets become a breezeway,...

Never Underestimate The Power of Water an its Effects on Drainage

The awesome power of water and the damage  it can cause has been widely witnessed in the past month, not only throughout Sydney, but along the entire eastern coastline of Australia. These problems have been caused by freak weather patterns and the failure of man-made stormwater systems to cope with the sheer volume of stormwater. Large storms in South East Queensland have caused the largest...

Vaporooter Guarantee

Blocked drains are a major problem - any way you look at it! Tree root invasion of sewer lines is a common cause of such blockages -- BUT, when left unattended, tree roots will cause major damage to your sewer pipes (which, as you might imagine, can be far more troublesome than just any old blockage and the resulting sewerage backflow). Replacing broken or collapsed sewer pipes...

What Happens When Tree Roots Grow In Sewer Pipes

The intrusion of tree roots in sewer pipes is probably the most destructive single element that faces those maintaining a sewer collection system today. Sewers are ageing expensive assets that only attract public attention when they fail. There are more than 35,000 kms of water and sewer pipes in Sydney and 60% of all collection systems are made up of...