Rats in your drain pipes? Here’s what to do
Finding signs to having rats in your drain pipes can be your worst nightmare. Maintain Drains have years of experience with a range of drainage problems, including animal infestation in drain pipes. The most common animal to be found in your drains are usually rats or mice. If you are unsure if you have an animal in your drains, check our blog post for all the signs you should look out for.
Step 1 – Find out where the animals are coming from
The first step is to assess the drains to find out exactly where the rats in your drains are coming from. Once we have found this, we can see how big the issue is to discover the next steps. To find this out, we would recommend undertaking a full CCTV survey of your drain. This allows us to see everything that is going on underneath your home so we can find the exact location and evaluate the severity of the problem.
The CCTV footage will be able to show exactly entry point for the rats in your drain pipes. Maintain Drains have found that it is usually the last manhole on your property before your home but the footage will be able to give us definitive proof. We will also need to investigate any holes or cracks in your drains to see if the rats can escape into your home.
Step 2 – Fixing the entry points
From using CCTV surveys, we will be able to find the rats route into the property. Once we have found this issue, we can fix it. Each situation will be different due to the amount of damage or the location of the entry point so each case may have different solutions.
One of the most common ways to fix these cracks is drain relining. It is a cost effective way to fix any problems in your drains without having to dig up the ground or replace the entire drain pipe. This is also one of the quickest ways to fix any drain issues, once the lining has sealed, you will be able to go back to using your drains as normal.
Once the drain has been relined, the rats cannot gain access to your house as all of the entry points have been covered.
Step 3 – Future preventative measures
One of the best measures to stop rats from entering your drains is to add a protective guard over any openings on your external drains, this means rats cannot squees their way into the pipes. This can be in the form of a sewage drain flap, it allows for waste to leave but nothing will be able to enter your drains.
Ensure you do not use pet food outdoors, the rats will be able to small this easily can become the start of drains in your house. This includes any food rubbish as well. Try to keep food in a robust container with a lid instead of a rubbish bag that stays on the floor.
How Maintain Drains Can Help
Maintain Drains are experts on all drainage issues. Our team, will be able to assist any rat problems in your drains using a range of services including CCTV surveys, smoke tests and drain relining. We ensure the best service and choose the best option for your drains, ensuring a cost effective solution with the least disruption to your property. Contact Maintain Drains today or call us on 01202 300040 to find out how we can help you with rats in your drains.