Why you should not use drain cleaners

Do you care about the environment?  Then stop using drain cleaning chemicals to unblock your drain.

The COP26 conference in Glasgow helped to increase the need for everyone to play their part in going green.  Whether that be in switching to electric cars, cutting down on their red meat consumption or one of the many other options to help reduce our carbon impact on the environment.  We all want to do our part.  But pouring nasty chemicals down the drain when you have noticed it start to drain slower than normal is not going to help the situation. And we mean that both for the environment AND for unblocking your drain.

Drain Unblocking Chemicals are bad (aka toxic)

Drain Cleaning Chemicals that you find in the supermarket shelves are highly toxic and bad for the environment.  The fumes of the chemicals are dangerous, can cause irritation to your skin and contaminate the water supply which requires a lot of energy to clean and make safe for drinking.

Drain cleaning chemicals are actually so dangerous and toxic that they can actually damage your drain pipes. They work using an acid solution designed to erode the blockage away. If you use drain cleaners a lot, you are helping to wear away the inside of the drain pipe which can lead to fractures and even a collapse of the drain pipe.

Drain cleaning chemicals are not effective

You would expect us to say this but let us explain. Drain cleaning chemicals can provide a fast solution to unblocking your drain but they are, and always will be, a short term solution. They are only effective on blockages and obstructions that are near to the entrance to the drain pipe (where a plunger would be just as effective) and most of the time, the chemical agent will not be enough to completely remove the obstruction, only reduce its impact for a period of time.

What should you do instead?

If you believe that you have a blocked drain and have noticed a slow draining sink hole then the best option is to call a drainage contractor like ourselves.

We are JSL Drainage and we are Glasgow’s leading Independent Drainage Company specialising in all manner of blocked drain problems for our customers across the city and the surrounding towns and villages.

What is the drainage problem?

Whether the drain is completely block or is simply draining more slowly than usual, calling in the professionals is always the smart move.  With the amount of things that get flushed, poured and pushed down the drainage pipes of your home, it is little wonder that eventually it will become blocked. A blocked drain is both a health risk and inconvenience. From not being able to use your toilet (an inconvenience) to dealing with the issues of bad smells emitting from a blocked drain in the kitchen sink or a blocked toilet (the overflowing human waste can cause potential biohazard health risks), a blocked drain is not something you want to leave too long unattended.

Common reasons for blocked drains

  • Grease & Fat Blockages in the kitchen sink
  • Things being flushed down the toilet like wet wipes
  • Exterior drains being blocked by mud, silt & leaves
  • Loose Hair
  • Garden Plant & Tree Roots growing in the drain
  • Other ‘foreign’ objects

How we can help

At JSL Drainage, we have been clearing blocked drains in Glasgow since 2006.  Our core focus and our company mission statement is and always has been to always offer our customers in Glasgow a reliable drainage service at an honest and fair price.  Our business model is based around doing a good job that allows us to grow the company through recommendations and referrals from happy customers who have suffered from a blocked drain but have been left happy with the service and price that we have delivered.  And since 2006, that is exactly what we have done. And it seems to be a good recipe.

Call us today

When you have a blocked drain and you are needing a reliable and recommended drainage firm in Glasgow who can be at your door when they say they will be and will actually get the job done then you need to call on JSL Drainage.  Call us today on 0141 406 1658 to book in an appointment for one of our experts to help unblock your drain and get things flowing the way they are supposed to.

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.


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