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What may seem like a nightmare scenario of having a rat crawl up through your pipes and into your toilet is actually a very real possibility. Damaged and unmaintained storm drains and sewage pipes can give rats easy access into the main drainage systems. They then travel through sewers and up pipes until they find their way into your toilet bowl.
This situation will be extremely distressing for the vast majority of householders and is one you’ll want to do everything to avoid. Fortunately, there are steps you can take both to avoid attracting rats in the first instance, and preventative measures to stop rats that have taken a shine to your property from breaching your defences.
Here’s what you can do to stay rat free this winter…
Your first job is to make your property as unfriendly to rats as it can possibly be. To do this you should:
Opportunistic rats cannot only enter your property through your pipes. They can also come in through:
Your property is now safe from entry by every means other than your drains. Your drains are connected to the sewers, which are of course teeming with rats, so it’s essential to ensure your drains are in good working order to prevent access. Depending on the particular type of drain, you may also need to put additional measures put in place.
Steps you can take to prevent rats entering your property through your drainage pipes include:
This means there are no openings between the drainage pipework of your property and the sewer. This type of drainage will require regular access covers for inspection and allow for maintenance of the drainage pipes from the surface.
There are a number of devices that can be installed in the pipes that do not allow the rats to pass. This can include one-way valves in the underground drainage and downward facing fins the rats can’t bypass.
Placing plastic covers or metal gratings in the pipes that allow waste through but which rats cannot bypass is one of the simplest solutions.
There are also metal cages which can be placed in the ventilation pipes to block that route as a potential point of entry.
If you’re not sure where to start with this problem, or don’t know what to do next just get in touch with the Drain Doctor team and we’ll explain how our drainage experts can help.