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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...

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!

New Blood

Its a simple thing to give blood. It doesn't hurt at all! In fact it makes you feel really good.... and you get to help someone else. Who knows, I may get to help you or your loved ones. So what does that have to do with plumbing...... Well, only that all of your pipes need flushing from time to...

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...

Storm drains overflow

We had another storm blast through Sydney this afternoon. We were safely on a boat in Rushcutters Bay fitting the gas cooker as the 60 knot wind blew through. The rain poured down with hail stones thrown in. The storm flooded all the local street drains and in some places the gutters were up to 400mm deep in stormwater. Please...

Ready for Sydney Storm Season

Sydney storm season got under way last night with a spectacular electric light show to compliment Ed Sheeran doing his stuff. Make sure you take precautions around your home in case severe weather hits. Severe weather, heavy rain and electrical storms can affect pumps and boosters throughout our network which can affect our water supply and sewer pumping stations. 5...

Welcome to Movember. Mens Health Month

Mens health is something very close to my heart. Having lost my dad in 2009 to prostate cancer at 73 is something that changed the way I look at my own health and health checks. Over this month Movember I plan to share the personal stories of plumbing colleagues, clients and work mates. They’re all just normal men who felt...

8 Reasons to drink water!

It’s easy to take water for granted. I spend most of my life working with water, delivering it to your taps and toilets and working on blocked drains that won’t allow waste water to run away. My entire family’s leisure time is spent scuba diving and snorkeling, surfing and sailing, swimming and socialising on and in the water. And when we've finished having fun...

Water Saving Tips for your Garden.

Did you know about 35% of household water usage occurs in the garden? In my daily rounds the common theme is how the spring has unfolded, the gardens are in bloom, the Jasmine flowers have come and gone. We’ve had very little rain lately on the coast but, after recent temperatures reaching 36 degrees, our gardens are dry. It helps...

Just Add Water

Everyone is talking about the upcoming summer like the imminent return of an old old friend. My sunrise learn to surf visits to the local beaches find them full of boys and girls and boot campers getting buffed for the summer unveiling of the new bod. And everyone is drinking water out of water bottles. Now, hydration is not a...

Water saving tips for Spring

Now we are really into spring,  the gardens are blooming and after our long weekend heatwave, the lawn needs to be watered. A dripping tap can waste up to anywhere between 30 and 200 litres of water a day. That’s over 70,000 litres a year. So here are a couple of simple water saving tips to get you through spring and the...

Water….. Water everywhere!

Its been raining....... a lot! We have had blocked stormwater pipes, blocked sewer pipes, burst pipes, damaged water pipes and leaking taps of all kinds to attend too. The common denominator is Water Yes, Water. Now summer is just around the corner and it's getting hotter. We are exercising more and sweating a lot! So my simple health tip, not...

Help! Where does my Hot Water turn off?

"HELP!" "My water heater is spitting out hot water and steam. Can you get over here Urgently?" "I don't know how to turn it off and I think it's going to explode!" Monday morning brought a call from Deborah in Randwick. It sounds like a job for The Lone Drainer ......and Pronto. Of course we were able to rescue Deborah....

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

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...

Toilet Hygiene

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

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...

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...

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...

Hot Water Heaters are Big ticket items $$$$

Where is your hot water supply coming from. Is it electric or gas? Can you turn off the supply safely? The pressure relief valve (T&PR valve), usually near the top of the heater, should be eased quarterly; it does drip water under normal circumstances, but should not constantly be running. Turning your water heater off whilst on holidays saves electricity...

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...