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Randwick Council trees are responsible for my Blocked Drain?

Blocked drains are a large part of our workday, every day! And 85% of blocked drains are caused by tree roots. Our home is Coogee Randwick, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney Australia. Tree-lined streets in Randwick Council are the reason for a lot of the blocked drains we go to. They damage the sewer drains and stormwater pipes that...

Know your water heater #2

The hot water tempering valve Knowledge about your water heater will save you money! Second in the series, This 44-sec clip will show you a typical tempering valve on a gas water heater. That's the blue valve on the side of the heater. It should be checked by your plumber annually and replaced every five years. The tempering valve is...

Get into hot water this Winter!

With the winter season underway, its time to think about hot water. Take 10 minutes to check on your water heater. Is it gas or electric Check it's location. See that it's not leaking on any of the pipes or connections. Check the cold water control feed tap, usually on the bottom left of the heater. Make sure it turns...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries. Madrigal Communications

The Lone Drainer Coronavirus Diaries has been a chance to check in with small business to find out how they have been getting on during the Coronavirus lockdown of 2020. In this clip, I speak with Tim Entwisle from Madrigal Communications. Tim writes tender documents for Aussie companies that are applying for large government contracts in the construction, energy and...

Know your water heater #1

Hi, Its Dave Conroy here from The Lone Drainer and Pronto As we approach the winter of 2020, my message for today is hot water. I want you to know how to turn off the water supply to your water heater. And importantly, I want you to know what a temperature and pressure relief valve is. This 1min 48 sec...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries The Fudge Shop #1

The Lone Drainer Coronavirus Diaries is a chance to catch up with some friends and businesses we help to see how they are affected during the Coronavirus lock down of 2020. In this short clip I chat with Adam Joseph, owner of The Fudge Shop in Darling Harbour Sydney NSW The Fudge Shop has been shut down. Adam shares how...

The Lone Drainer And Pronto Coronavirus Diaries #1 Wylies Baths

The Lone Drainer Coronavirus Diaries is a chance to catch up with some of our friends and businesses that we help and that help us to see how they are affected during the Coronavirus lock down of 2020 In this short 4.33 minute youtube clip I speak with Courtney Tallon, the manager of Wylies baths in Coogee NSW https://youtu.be/kifE-4UcqgY

Can Coronavirus be spread through wastewater pipes in a home or hospital?

Sydney April 15th 2020 “Staying connected” has become a part of our language lately. Did you know we are all connected through the wastewater pipes in our homes? Whether you live in a single level detached home or a multi-storey building, all our plumbing fittings drain to the same city sewer. That’s your shower, bath, basin, your WC, kitchen sink,...

Sydney Water restrictions

Sydney November 29th 2019 The continuing drought is having an affect on all Australians. The dry conditions have added bushfires to that list, and the forecast is for a hot summer. Here in greater Sydney we sometimes forget about our country cousins, the farmers that produce most of our food supplies and how the lack of rainfall is affecting them....

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…)

Storms bring blocked drains

The well-needed rain that arrived in Sydney over the last few days has created many blocked 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 you can clean...

The Lone Drainer’s Recipe #3

The Lone Drainer’s Mushroom Sauce for Pasta (which doubles as a fabulous addition as a sauce for steak the next night, and takes care of two of the five vegetables per day you are meant to eat.) This recipe is an example of The Hardworking Plumber’s Secret Timesaving Tip: Cook It Once, Use It Twice, (tastes sensational both times!) This...

The Lone Drainer’s Recipe #2

I scream, you scream, we’ll all scream for The Lone Drainer’s Passionfruit Ice Cream I, Dave Conroy, the master of the fast but excellent tasting recipe, have developed a speedy, easy, no- equipment- necessary recipe for fantastic icecream. OK, it’s not super healthy, but it is home made, you know every single good ingredient (3) that’s in it because you...

How much will it cost 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...

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...

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...

Wipe your bum for a good cause!

We all poop. Most of us daily, and some of us do so in style. Now your idea of style can be different to mine, but style is a luxury some simply don’t have. That’s exactly what the World Poop Day is about! You might have noticed I have been recently ranting about the ‘poop day’ or to be more...

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...

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.

My bathroom is flooding!

Pipes burst in peoples homes every day. Knowing where your hot and cold water turn off could be the difference between having a few wet items under the kitchen sink and having a total flood. Yesterday morning we had an urgent phone call for an emergency plumber with a difference. Allan, the homeowner knew exactly where to turn off the...

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....