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Flushable wipes block drains

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 blocked drains 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,...

Be careful what you flush down the toilet!

Sydney March 31st 2020 As we work through COVID-19, our work, social distance, hygiene and consumption habits are being challenged daily. The run on toilet paper in our supermarkets has left me bewildered. I had to see it for my own eyes. And did! The take away for me is that those who couldn't purchase their normal supply have resorted...

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...

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...

Home Buyers Beware of non-compliant plumbing

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 your blocked drain with a 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...

Don’t flush those flushable wipes

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.

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!

Be careful what you put in 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 #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...

Finely tuned athletes create blocked drains!

The 19th Commonwealth Games in New Delhi India have made headlines for several reasons. Firstly, the Australian athletes have done exceptionally well. I have personally enjoyed the efforts of swimming legend Geoff Huegill on the comeback trail after a long break from the discipline of training. Huegill, the man they call Skippy, swam the best race of his life in...

Emergency blocked drains affected by the full moon??

Blocked drains happen everyday in Sydney and all the plumbers on our team love getting out there to help people clear their blocked drain, clean up any mess from an overflowing sewer, and get on with their lives. We track the most common cause of blocked drains and apart from the very unusual, like a small puppy as seen on a previous post http://thelonedrainerandpronto.com.au/blog/plumber-rescues-puppy/  there...

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,...

Blocked Drains…Minimise the Pain

If you have a history of blocked drains at your home, you should read the following to learn more about your drains. Get a drainage diagram from Sydney Water and keep it handy; it's part of your contract of sale. Tree roots will grow into your sewer, year in year out, through the joints in earthenware pipelines or where they...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto!

At The Lone Drainer and Pronto we're not like other cowboy plumbers... We fix your blocked drains, leaking taps and toilets with Silver bullet speed and without making a mess. And before we start, we provide you with our legendary no-surprise fixed quote that blends over 40 years of plumbing experience, technology and training so good.... even other plumbers seek...

Even Wizards need a Plumber

To be a plumber is to be a Wizard (ace, adept, champion, genius, hotshot, magician, mavin, sensation, star, superstar, virtuoso, whizz, wiz) This was taken from the Sydney Morning Herald on 26th August, 2009. SSSSSire CCCCertainly SSSSSounds like a job for The Lone Drainer and Pronto https://www.thelonedrainerandpronto.com.au/index.php

Fixing a Blocked Drain with The Electric Eel!

I asked Bruno, the plumber, to attend to a blocked drain at a well-known food shop in Bondi as I was on crutches and could not do so myself. Whilst Bruno was fixing the blocked drain he 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...