Monthly Archives: July 2013

New Drain Doctor service keeps rats from up the drain pipes

Drain Doctor Glasgow ratflap

Jimmy Smith, owner of the Glasgow North franchise business of Drain Doctor has introduced the installation of an anti-vermin ratflap to his range of services.

Jimmy Smith, owner of the Glasgow North franchise business of Drain Doctor Plumbing, the UK’s largest combined emergency plumbing and drain repair service, has introduced a novel service for domestic and commercial customers.

Rats have always been a problem in city sewers – but Jimmy and his technicians are able to install a special flap in customers’ drains to keep them out.

The Ratflap is installed in a strategic location that creates an impenetrable barrier that prevents rats getting into properties via the sewer. Once installed the Ratflap does not disrupt the normal operation of the sewer.

Finding and fixing a rat problem once they have got into the wall cavities and roof spaces of a home or business premises can be lengthy and expensive. The Ratflap is a cost-effective way of keeping rats at bay. It is a stainless steel flap which cannot be gnawed through that is secured under the manhole cover of the sewer inspection chamber, aligned with the flow of the pipe and pushed into place.

The Ratflap is held in place by the friction that it exerts on the inside of the pipe. For deeper drains extension poles are available to create a perfect fit.

“There is definitely a need for a product like this, not just in large cities like Glasgow but in rural areas as well. We are rolling this out to our own customers. At the moment we are testing the water but if there is sufficient interest I hope the whole Drain Doctor network would take it on as an additional service nationally,” said Jimmy.

“Installation is quick and easy and it provides a permanent solution to keeping rats out of the drain pipes.”

Jimmy offers the service to homes and businesses throughout the Glasgow North area.


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Drain Doctor flies the flag at Portugal trade fair

Mike Sampson, Jan Mitman and ‘friend’ at the International Algarve Fair, Lagos, Portugal.

Mike Sampson, Jan Mitman and ‘friend’ at the International Algarve Fair, Lagos, Portugal.

The Portugal franchise business of Drain Doctor Plumbing and Drainage

– the UK’s premier combined emergency plumbing and drain repair service – has been flying the flag at the International Algarve Fair in Lagos, Portugal held recently.

Drain Doctor franchise director Jan Mitman and expat Drain Doctor Portugal business manager Mike Sampson were on hand at the show to present Drain Doctor’s services to the thousands of visitors – both local and expatriate – who flocked to the show.

Now in its eighth year, the annual fair showcases the best companies serving the foreign community in the Algarve region of Portugal.

Jan Mitman said: “The fair is similar to our Ideal Home Exhibition. It attracts not only Portuguese people but also a lot of expats who have either a permanent residence or holiday villas and apartments in the Algarve.

Attending the fair has proved a great opportunity to promote Drain Doctor and to boost Mike’s plans to expand the business to help prove that the company’s success in the UK can be replicated in Portugal.”

In the UK, Drain Doctor is a franchisor with more than 100 owner-operated businesses covering the country.

In Portugal, the company-owned operation based in Praia da Luz is demonstrating the concept of Drain Doctor’s guaranteed 24 hours per day 365 days per year service with a fixed price ‘menu’ and no call-out or out-of-hours charges. It currently covers Loulé, Faro, Silves, Vilamoura, Portimão and Lagos in the Algarve region. Once the business is fully established, Drain Doctor will start franchising the system in the rest of Portugal.

Mike Sampson said: “There is tremendous potential for Drain Doctor in Portugal. We can really shake up the market with a guaranteed fast-response plumbing and drainage service.

“Fairs like this one help us to promote a highly successful business based on the model that has proved so successful in the UK.”

Jan Mitman added: “The newspapers are full of reports on the problems of the Portuguese economy but here, as elsewhere in the world, the Drain Doctor business can be virtually recession-proof if correctly promoted and delivered.

“People will always need emergency plumbing and drainage assistance and will turn to a company that can supply a professional service with guaranteed standards and fixed prices. What’s more, Drain Doctor is the only company in the Algarve currently carrying out no-dig drain relining and working with the insurance companies.”

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