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Thunderstorms cause blocked drains

The headline may seem quite obvious but after the heatwave that we had, it should be no surprise that the following thunderstorm and heavy downpour of rain cause quite a few drains to block.

But it wasn’t just the huge amount of rain that fell, it was the top soil that gets washed away with it that causes the problems.

The heatwave dried out the top of the soil leaving it dry and crumbly.  The organic matter which normally binds the soil together is non existent so when the rain does come, it clears a lot of this soil away with it.

This build up of soil can then easily block drain pipes which were already heading towards a blockage and because the drain gets blocked further down the pipe, it is not the work of a plunger.  You need something stronger.

Enter JSL Drainage. With no call out charge and all our drainage work and parts guaranteed, our reputation and quality workmanship has seen us constantly grow through the years to become one of the leading drainage experts in Glasgow and the surrounding Towns and Villages to deal with your burst pipes and blocked drain emergencies.

Founded in the outskirts of Bearsden in the North of Glasgow, we started out as a simple plumbing and drainage business. But as our reputation grew so to did our client list as we kept building up referrals and recommendations from customers who had used our services and were impressed at the consistently good drainage work that we were doing. Over the years, we have expanded, invested and strengthened in all areas; bringing in new staff who are fully trained and qualified to cope with your drainage emergencies as well as investing in some of the most sophisticated drainage equipment available.  All done so that we can consistently excel in offering the best drain repair service in the city.

We have grown to become a complete drainage service provider that can match and exceed the service levels offered by some of our more well known rivals.  So when you suffer from a blocked drain in Glasgow and you need to call in the professionals – call JSL Drainage. As our list of testimonials and recommendations would back up – we get the job done!

So after the heatwave and heavy rain, if you have noticed that your drains are draining more slowly it is most likely because you have the beginnings of a blocked drain and need to get it fixed before it becomes a real problem.

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School may be back but the chaos continues

The Scottish School holidays are now over and across Glasgow, parents can breath a sigh of relief as their children go back to school.

No more ‘can I have a snack’ for at least the hours between 9 & 3 Monday to Friday now.

But just because the kids have gone back does not mean the chaos has stopped.  And that is exactly why we found ourselves in the North of Glasgow unblocking a drain for a customers how because of ‘arts and crafts’.  During the summer holidays, one of the home owners daughters was passing the day with some arts and crafts which as many parent will support, can become quite messy.  So on this occasion, it is clear that what they were done was pour the left over glitter, plastic crystal beads, tin foil snowflakes etc down the kitchen sink.

As we always say, there are only three things that should be flushed down the toilet and they are the three P’s.  Pee, Poo and Paper (specifically toilet paper).

arts and crafts in the kitchen sink

Arts & Crafts do not fall under any of those categories so it was no surprise then that the drain became blocked.  When you have a blocked drain, you can try and fix it yourself with a plunger but when this fails and you need a professional drainage company, there is only one call you should make and that is to JSL Drainage.  We are a local, Glasgow based drainage company specialising in all forms of domestic drain unblocking.  So whether your kid has poured their arts and crafts left overs down the drain or someone has flushed nappies down the toilet, we are just a phone call away.

 

How many sheets of toilet paper should you use?

It may seem obvious but the most common cause of a blocked toilet is toilet paper itself.  If you use too much toilet paper, you run the risk of blocking the toilet.

It may seem strange that a toilet can block because of one of the three things that get flushed down the toilet (the three P’s) but it is true.  And that begs the question.  How many sheets of toilet paper should you use when going number 2?

You have probably never had to think about how much toilet paper you use?  That is of course expect during the initial Covid-19 outbreak when, for some strange reason, people were buying up toilet paper left right and centre.

toilet paper

A household of four people in the UK needs just over one roll of toilet paper a day which equates to 8 rolls a week and 32 rolls in a month.  Most people use the toilet on average 4 to 10 times a day depending on age, strength of bladder etc.  And the average consumer uses just shy of 10 sheets of toilet paper per ‘sitting’.

This doesn’t really answer the question ‘How many sheets of toilet paper should you use?’ but the answer comes down to common sense.  A toilet is designed to flush away pee, poo and toilet paper.  It is not designed to flush pee, poo and an entire roll of toilet paper in one flush.  If you need more toilet paper than usual, keep this in mind.  There is no harm in having a mid point flush to clear the basin and make the rest of the ‘sitting’ easier to flush away.  Remember, the average person flushes the toilet up to 2,500 times a year.  All it takes is one flush with too much toilet paper and you have yourself a blocked toilet.

And what are you going to do in that situation?  Call JSL of course.

With no call out charge and all our drainage work and parts guaranteed, our reputation and quality workmanship has seen us constantly grow through the years to become one of the leading drainage experts in Glasgow and the surrounding Towns and Villages to deal with your burst pipes and blocked drain emergencies.

Founded in the outskirts of Bearsden in the North of Glasgow, JSL Drainage first started out as a simple plumbing and drainage business. But as our reputation grew so to did our client list as we kept building up referrals and recommendations from customers who had used our services and were impressed at the consistently good drainage work that we were doing. Over the years, we have expanded, invested and strengthened in all areas; bringing in new staff who are fully trained and qualified to cope with your drainage emergencies as well as investing in some of the most sophisticated drainage equipment available.  All done so that we can consistently excel in offering the best drain repair service in the city.

We have grown to become a complete drainage service provider that can match and exceed the service levels offered by some of our more well known rivals.  So when you suffer from a blocked drain in Glasgow and you need to call in the professionals – call JSL Drainage. As our list of testimonials and recommendations would back up – we get the job done!

Prescription Medicine down the drain

The three P’s for toilet flushing do not stand for Pee, Poo and Pharmaceutical products.

The third P is in actual fact P for Paper as in Toilet Paper.

It may seem like a good idea to flush unused and out of date medication but it is not.  And not just because of the potential for blocked drains.  Flushing old medication down the toilet can kill off important bacteria in the water supply and contaminate groundwater, even having an impact on wildlife further down the road.

Flushing medicine down the toilet does not means that it will dissolve automatically.  It can take around 30 minutes for medicine to breakdown in a stomach.  And that is full of acids designed to break things down.  Mucky toilet water may be nasty stuff but it is a lot less acidic that what you have in your stomach.  So those medical pills can take hours, even days to break down.  And in all that time, they are acting as solid roadblocks that can only help to cause a blockage in your drain. Everybody Pees and Poos.  It is as sure a thing as death and taxes.  A toilet is not designed to flush anything other than Pee, Poo and Toilet Paper.  If you flush medicine down the toilet then decide to go number two, that medicine can help to create a blockage stopping the human waste from properly draining. And you would be truly amazed at how long a human poo can take to breakdown.  The rise in camping thanks to the Covid pandemic has created a real problem in countryside locations as the poo is simply not biodegrading quickly enough.  In America, certain locations are now selling special backs for human waste that can speed up the process.

But all those medical pills with at least one poo a day getting flushed down the same toilet can easily lead to a blocked drain.

And that is where we come in.

We are a local, reliable blocked drain repair expert since 2006. At JSL Drainage, we have become one of the top Glasgow drainage companies for workmanship, timekeeping, courtesy and tidiness.

With no call out charge and all our drainage work and parts guaranteed, our reputation and quality workmanship has seen us constantly grow through the years to become one of the leading drainage experts in Glasgow and the surrounding Towns and Villages to deal with your burst pipes and blocked drain emergencies.

So what should you do with your old medicine?

Keep the medicine in its original container (marking out the patient details of course) and return to your local pharmacy who can dispose of the medicine safely.

Can your poo block the toilet drain?

If we have said it once, we will say it a thousand times.  Everybody pees and poops.  But what happens if that big poo blocks the toilet?

It may sound childish but it is a serious issue and it can indeed happen.

Large poos can come along because you have, surprise surprise had a large meal or have been struggling with constipation.  And that large poo can easily get caught in the toilet drain, especially if the drain was already on its way to being blocked because of other things that have been flushed down it – such as sanitary wipes, cotton buds etc.

So what can you do about it?  Well, from a health point of view, try eating more fibre.  From a blocked toilet point of view – call the professionals.  We are JSL Drainage and as the name would suggest, we are a drainage contractor.

Founded in the outskirts of Bearsden in the North of Glasgow, we first started out as a simple plumbing and drainage business. But as our reputation grew so to did our client list as we kept building up referrals and recommendations from customers who had used our services and were impressed at the consistently good drainage work that we were doing. Over the years, we have expanded, invested and strengthened in all areas; bringing in new staff who are fully trained and qualified to cope with your drainage emergencies as well as investing in some of the most sophisticated drainage equipment available.  All done so that we can consistently excel in offering the best drain repair service in the city.

We have grown to become a complete drainage service provider that can match and exceed the service levels offered by some of our more well known rivals.  So when you suffer from a blocked drain in Glasgow and you need to call in the professionals – call JSL Drainage. As our list of testimonials and recommendations would back up – we get the job done!

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

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.

Is it okay to flush hair down the toilet?

The human body is covered in hair but it is the hair on the head that can cause the most problems when it comes to flushing things down the toilet.

The human body can loose around one hundred strands of hair PER DAY! Don’t  panic though because we have on average around 100,000 hairs on our head so this is small potatoes on the grand scale of things.  Anyway, the big question is this. Is it safe to flush you down the toilet without causing the toilet to block?

It is an easy question to ask. After all, a lot of people brush their hair in the bathroom and if your hairbrush gets clogged with loose hair strands, it is easy to simply turn to the toilet and flush your old hair away.

However the answer to the question is a big NO!

loose hair down the toilet

You should never flush hair down the toilet.  Yes it may seem like the easy option and you are probably thinking what can a few loose strands of hair do.  A lot is what they can do.

Hair does not dissolve in water and can easily get caught in the drain pipe.  One strand can catch and tangle another, and another, and another.  Eventually you have enough of a bundle of hair, waste and toilet paper that the toilet drain pipe can become blocked.

Remember that the humble toilet is designed for one thing.  Flushing pee and poo down the drain.  The drain pipe that connects to the toilet is sized accordingly to cope with the demands of just this.  It is not designed to also be a garbage disposal for your greasy Sunday roast, wet wipes, ear buds etc.

So if you flush a clump of old hair down the toilet, what you are effectively doing is casting a fishing net to try and capture more waste in the future.

You may now be thinking ‘well I have been doing it for years and nothing bad has happened’.  Well in that case you have been lucky.  And if you feel like ignoring our advise then that is fine.  We just ask that you save our phone number into your phone so that when you do get a blocked toilet drain because of all the hair that you have been flushing down there, you can call us to fix the blocked drain.

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 Glasgow and the surrounding towns and villages. 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.

At JSL Drainage, we offer a full range of drainage services for our customers in the Glasgow area. This includes:

Blocked Internal Drains

Blocked External Drains

Drain Repairs

Sewage Decontamination

Bad Smells from Drains

Slow Draining Sink

High Pressure Jetting

 

We are a fully trained and qualified firm who understand that your home is your own personal space.  We will always do our utmost to insure minimum disruption to you and your family whilst we fix your blocked drain problem.

If you would like to know more our drainage services, please call 0141 406 1658

Welcome to 2022

A new year means New Year Resolutions.

You may be thinking – what kind of new year resolution requires a drainage contractor?  Well, the ones where your new years resolution starts with….

‘This year, I am going to fix….’

If you have a slow draining pipe of your toilet flushes slowly or you can smell bad odours coming from your drain then now is the time to be proactive and get them fixed.  Think of it as a home improvement step.  This year, you can get your homes drainage system cleared out and flushed out so that the risk of a blocked drain is kept to a minimum.

After all the holiday festivities and god only knows what that has been flushed down the drain, get the drains in your home cleared out by a professional drainage contractor like JSL Drainage.

With no call out charge and all our drainage work and parts guaranteed, our reputation and quality workmanship has seen us constantly grow through the years to become one of the leading drainage experts in Glasgow and the surrounding Towns and Villages to deal with your burst pipes and blocked drain emergencies.

Founded in the outskirts of Bearsden in the North of Glasgow, JSL Drainage first started out as a simple plumbing and drainage business. But as our reputation grew so to did our client list as we kept building up referrals and recommendations from customers who had used our services and were impressed at the consistently good drainage work that we were doing. Over the years, we have expanded, invested and strengthened in all areas; bringing in new staff who are fully trained and qualified to cope with your drainage emergencies as well as investing in some of the most sophisticated drainage equipment available.  All done so that we can consistently excel in offering the best drain repair service in the city.

We have grown to become a complete drainage service provider that can match and exceed the service levels offered by some of our more well known rivals.  So when you suffer from a blocked drain in Glasgow and you need to call in the professionals – call JSL Drainage. As our list of testimonials and recommendations would back up – we get the job done!

Festive Opening Times

We are only three days away from Christmas and many of you will already be on your festive holidays.

But what about us? Well why a blocked drain can strike at any point, we all need time off in the year and, considering how the last year (and the one before that) have gone, we deserve a few days off as well.

And that is exactly what we are doing. The JSL Drainage office will be shut from the 24th December to the 5th January.

We hope you have a fantastic (and safe) Christmas Day and while restrictions may limit how you celebrate New Year, a great Hogmanay as well.

Where does the coffee grounds go?

For some of us, the morning ritual is a hot shower.  For others it is a good cup of tea.  And for a lot of residents in Glasgow (and the World let’s be honest), a morning cup of joe is the essential first steps to a good day.

We are of course talking about coffee.  Now while some of us use instant coffee for our caffeine boost, others prefer something closer to the real thing that you would get in a coffee shop.  Whether that involves filter ground coffee or a bean to cup machine – there are a lot of options out there.

coffee grounds block drain

But when the coffee has been made and the precious caffeine been consumed, what do you do with the coffee grounds?

Some of us flush it down the toilet, others scoop it into the bin.  And others pour it down the sink.

Guess who is going to get a blocked drain at some point?

In the past, many home owners assumed that it was absolutely fine to pour coffee grounds down the sink drain.  There were some who assumed that the granules of coffee actually helped clean the drain of other obstructions (as if it was sandpaper or something).  But as many wise people will have noticed, coffee grounds are actually quite sticky and tough and do not simply degrade like some other waste that gets poured down the sink.  And because of this, coffee grounds can all too often create a fairly impressive blockage in a drain that takes some real effort to unblock.

And that is exactly what happened this week for a customer in the West End of Glasgow.   With so many people still working from home as part of a hybrid working model, the amount of coffee consumed at home has naturally gone up.  And for this customer, it finally caught up with them as they drain became blocked.  It is not obvious that coffee grounds will block a drain so they tried to use drain unblocking chemicals which are pretty nasty things anyway but are also pretty useless for any blockage more than just below the main drain sink hole (which is exactly where a normal plunger would work wonders anyway).

So after trying and failing with this method, they turned to google and who should they find but one of the best drainage companies in Glasgow (if we do say so ourselves (and backed by hundreds of 5 star reviews)), JSL Drainage.

Local, reliable blocked drain repairs since 2006. At JSL, we have become one of the top Glasgow drainage companies for workmanship, timekeeping, courtesy and tidiness. With no call out charge and all our drainage work and parts guaranteed, our reputation and quality workmanship has seen us constantly grow through the years to become one of the leading drainage experts in the area and we are more than equipped to deal with your burst pipes and blocked drain emergencies.

So if you have been pouring coffee grounds down the kitchen sink and have noticed the water draining slowly recently then give us a call.


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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 |

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