They thought the smell was the bins – they were wrong

Incase you didn’t notice, Glasgow City Council changed the collection days for Green coloured wheelie bins earlier this year.  It meant that rather than a bin collection every two weeks, it went up to three weeks.

The reason for this – studies conducted by the council suggested that if used correctly, a green wheelie bin provided enough space for up to three weeks worth of rubbish.

But this change in collection date, combined with a summer holiday meant that a customer has been living with quite the stench the last wee while.  They missed their bin collection because they were away on Summer Holiday. So when they started smelling a ‘bad smell’ in their garden, they naturally assumed that it was the bins which by this point had been sitting there for five weeks.  But when the bins were collected, the smell did not go away.

What could be causing the bad smell?

Another week went by and the smell was getting worse.  And at around the same time, they noticed that their downstair toilet was draining slowly.  They tried the plunger but that didn’t work and like so many people, simply assumed that they needed to live the rest of their lives with a slow draining toilet. But then one day, the toilet would simply not flush.  And that is when they needed to call JSL Drainage.

Why not call a plumber?

As you can see from this illustration…

plumber or drainage contractor

…the waste water that leaves your home is a drainage issue (whereas the water that comes into your home is plumbing).

What was the problem?

We arrived at the home and conducted an initial inspection.  We sourced the main drain pipe in the garden which was under a patio slab and found a very obvious blockage.  Using our pressure jet blaster, we pushed through the obstruction and as soon as it was clear, weeks or poo began to flow through the drain.  We then ran the toilets through some test flushes to confirm that everything was working properly (the toilet now flushed properly and did not drain slowly.

The cause of the problem was a simple obstruction.  Not big enough to completely stop the flow of waste water leaving the property but big enough that is stopped larger objects (mainly poo) from draining properly.  Overtime, this built up and eventually caused the toilet to drain slowly as the nature drainage system was no longer operating at a consistent level.

Blocked drains can happen to anyone.  Sometimes it is because we flush the wrong thing down the toilet and other times it is because a heavy rain storm simply overwhelms a drainage system and creates a blockage.

And wouldn’t you know, as soon as the drain was unblocked, the bad smell that the owners through was the bins, but was actually the blocked drain, went away.

So if you notice a bad smell building up in your garden and know where your homes external drain pipe is, have a check to make sure it is flowing properly.

Whatever the reason for your blocked drain, we are just a phone call away for all our drainage needs.

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

A reliable, professional and trusted drainage firm covering Glasgow and the surrounding areas. For quotations, emergency call outs and commercial contracts please call our head office on 0141 406 1658.


For all plumbing services in and around Glasgow, visit www.jsl-plumbing.com

For all heating services in and around Glasgow, visit www.jsl-heating.com