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Summer heat and problems with drains

The warm weather may be an all to infrequent occurrence in Glasgow but just because it is not raining doesn’t mean that you won’t suffer from drainage problems because of the hot weather.

You may think it sounds ridiculous to suggest that a bit of heat in July may damage your homes drainage system but it can and does happen.  And here are 5 of the most common problems that you can suffer from during a Glasgow heat wave.

1 – Leaking Pipes

Leaks in pipes generally happen because the pipe is suffering from more stress and strain than usual.  In the summer sun, the the heat can cause the ground the expand then contract during the cooler evenings.  Combine this with the extra stress on garden hose pipes, sprinklers and the long drawn out affair of filling up a paddling pool and a leaking pipe could be just around the corner.

2 – Clogged and Blocked Drains

Whether is the dry dust and mud that gets blown into a drain pipe or scraps of food from the bbq, a blocked drain can happen come rain or shine.  And in the summer, when a blockage does happen, it can great an awful smell as old pieces of food get stuck in the blockage then heat up and become a seriously smelly problem.

3 – Sun damaged pipes

External down pipes are generally made from plastic and the excess sun and heat can cause these pipes to crack.  And it is not just external pipes that can suffer.  Underground pipes can suffer the same fate if the weather gets very hot.

4 – Beach Sand Blockages

Okay so we admit this is less common.  But there are a number of beaches near Glasgow so a shower after a trip to the beach can help release enough sand grains to contribute to a blockage in a drain pipe.

5 – Plant Roots

The summer is the big growing season and that small tree that you planted a few years ago may now be causing havoc with your gardens drain pipes.  Plant roots can work their way into any small crack in your drain system and as these roots grow they can make the problem worse.


At JSL Drainage, we are your local drainage company that can get the job done.  We are completely independent, we offer fair prices and we guarantee all of our work.

Call today to book a time slot to have your drainage problem repaired.

Where we cover:

G1, G2, G4 City Centre | G3 Finnieston, Kelvingrove, Woodlands, Park Circus | G5 Gorbals, New Gorbals | G11 Broomhill, Thornwood, Partick | G12 Hyndland, Hillhead, Kelvinside, Kelvindale | G13 Knightswood, Anniesland | G14 Jordanhill, Yoker, Scotstoun | G15 Drumchapel | G20 Firhill, Kelvinside, Maryhill | G31 East End, Dennistoun, Alexandra Park | G32 Tollcross, Mount Vernon | G33 Stepps | G40 East End, Bridgeton | G41 Pollockshields | G42 Govanhill, Queens Park | G43 Shawlands | G44 Cathcart, Croftfoot | G45 Castlemilk | G46 Giffnock | G51 Govan | G52 Hillington | G53 Silverburn, Darnley | G60 Bowling, Old Kilpatrick | G61 Bearsden | G62 Milngavie | G63 Balfron, Strathblane, Kilearn, Blanefield | G64 Bishopbriggs, Torrance, Balmore | G65 Kilsyth | G66 Kirkintilloch, Lenzie, Milton of Campsie, Lennoxtown | G67, G68 Cumbernauld | G69 Moodiesburn, Baillieston | G71 Uddingston, Bothwell | G72 Blantyre, Cambuslang | G73 Rutherglen | G74, G75 East Kilbride | G76 Clarkston | G77 Newton Mearns | G78 Barrhead, Neilston | G81 Clydebank | G82 Dunbarton | G83 Balloch, Alexandria | G84 Helensburgh | ML1 Motherwell | ML2 Wishaw, Newmains | ML3 Hamilton, Ferniegair, Quarter, South Lanarkshire, Limekilnburn | ML4 Bellshill | ML5 Coatbridge | ML6 Airdrie | ML8 Carluke | ML9 Larkhall | PA1, PA2, PA3 Paisley | PA4 Renfrew | PA5 Johnstone | PA7 Bishopton | PA8 Erskine | PA11 Bridge of Weir | PA13 Kilmacolm | PA14 Langbank |

Call us today for all your blocked drain services in Glasgow: 0141 406 1658

JSL Drainage Glasgow

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