Tackling blocked drains in Autumn
As the vibrant colours of summer fade and leaves start to carpet the ground, autumn’s arrival brings with it a distinct charm.
However, this picturesque season also presents challenges, particularly when it comes to blocked drains and other drainage problems. The combination of falling leaves, increased rainfall, and cooler temperatures can lead to a variety of drainage issues that can affect both residential and commercial areas. Which is why we wanted to talk about common drainage problems in Glasgow this autumn and provide essential tips to address and prevent them.
One of the most prevalent drainage problems during autumn is clogged gutters. Falling leaves and debris accumulate in gutters, hindering the flow of rainwater from the roof to the downspouts. When gutters are clogged, water can overflow, causing potential damage to the roof, walls, and foundation of a building.
To combat clogged gutters, you should make it a routine to clean them regularly during autumn. Installing gutter guards can also be a proactive measure to prevent leaves and debris from entering the gutter system while still allowing water to flow freely.
Flooding and Waterlogged Lawns
The increased rainfall during autumn can lead to waterlogging in lawns and gardens, especially in areas of Glasgow with poor drainage systems. Waterlogged soil can suffocate plant roots, leading to root rot and ultimately damaging the plants. In urban areas, inadequate stormwater management can result in localized flooding, creating hazardous conditions for pedestrians and vehicles.
To address this issue, you should consider improving their lawn’s drainage by aerating the soil and adding organic matter to enhance water absorption. Additionally, incorporating rain gardens and installing permeable pavements can help manage stormwater runoff effectively.
If you don’t have a basement then you can skip this section but if you live in one of the many older sandstone homes in Glasgow then read on because autumn’s rainy weather can also cause basement flooding. Particularly in areas where groundwater levels rise due to heavy rainfalls. And if you live near to a river. Cracks in the foundation walls and poorly sealed basement windows and doors can exacerbate the problem.
To prevent basement flooding, homeowners should inspect their homes for any signs of water infiltration and seal any cracks or gaps.
Drainage Infrastructure Maintenance
In residential areas, the drainage infrastructure plays a vital role in preventing flooding and water build up on streets and pavements. However, during autumn, the system can become overwhelmed due to an increase in leaf debris and rainfall.
Glasgow Council must conduct regular maintenance on drainage systems, including cleaning stormwater drains and catch basins. But all it takes is littering (a problem in Glasgow) or a build up of leaves and drains can quickly block.
Autumn is a beautiful season that ushers in changing colours and cooler temperatures, but it also brings specific drainage challenges that need to be addressed proactively. Clogged gutters, waterlogged lawns, basement flooding, erosion, and drainage infrastructure issues can all impact residential areas and urban environments.
By taking preventive measures such as cleaning gutters, improving lawn drainage, sealing foundations, and maintaining drainage systems, you can better handle autumn’s drainage problems.
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.
From what started as a one man operation, has grown over the last decade and a half into one of the top independent drainage companies in Glasgow. And that is not just us saying that. We are frequently being nominated as one of the top drainage and plumbing companies by ‘ThreeBestRated.co.uk” and on directory/review sites like Checkatrade.com, we have a near perfect score for reliable timekeeping, quality of service and tidiness.
So whether you have a blocked drain or you require help preparing for the Autumn rain season to begin, give us a call.