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How do I know if there are rats living in my drains?

How do I know if there are rats living in my drains?

Drains make the perfect home for rats. Underground they will find plenty of water and food from the wastewater that we flush away. While it may not sound like a problem, rats and other rodents can cause serious trouble in drains, particularly if the drains are already worn out.

It is common knowledge that rats make the sewerage systems their main home, due to the amount of nutrition they can find there and their ability to survive and thrive in those conditions. Rats are excellent swimmers, and can survive in the water for up to three days, but this is where it begins to be a problem for you. It doesn’t take long for a rat to swim its way through the public sewers and find itself in your home drainage system. Once they’ve found their way into your drains, they can cause all sorts of chaos, so it’s important to know the warning signs in case you need to call a professional drain engineer to come and take care of the problem.

is there a rat living in my drainThe number one sign for rats and other rodents is rat droppings. Dark pellets will usually be found in places where the floor meets the skirting board, and will be much bigger than you would expect from a mouse. You might also notice holes that have been gnawed. You can check the teeth marks on these holes to determine if they are big enough to be a rat’s. Rats are also nocturnal creatures, so you might hear the sound of scratching and scrabbling in your home at night – this could be in the floor, the walls or even the ceilings.

These signs will be the first thing you notice, so if you’re not looking for rats and you’ve come across them then it is likely you have a rodent somewhere in the house that may have entered through the drains. The next step is to check the outside of the house for signs of where they may have entered. You can look for holes in brickwork, especially where old pipes might have been removed leaving open holes for the rat to gain access.

If you’re hearing noises from the ceiling, go upstairs and check to see for signs of rats. To prevent encouraging more rats from finding their way into your property, ensure that there is not an excessive amount of daylight coming in. This is particularly important around the eaves, where it is easy for a rat to climb up the drainpipe and chew its way through the boards.

After taking all these precautionary steps, you should know whether the rats are entering the house through the drains or not. If the signs continue to show up then you may have a problem with a rat infestation in your drains. The most common cause of a rat infested drain is if your drains are particularly old and worn out. After years of use, if you have not been updating your drains regularly, drainage systems can become weak and start to show signs of decay. Very old drains may even show signs like cracks, which can cause a huge problem. Not only can they lead to burst pipes or collapsed drains, they are incredibly vulnerable to the gnawing teeth of a rat.

If you want to prevent rodents from making their way in, the best thing to do is to call out a professional drain engineer to conduct a CCTV drain survey on your property. Using the latest software and technology they can identify and locate any problem areas in your property’s drainage systems. If anything is found during the survey, it will be dealt with then and there, and the technician will provide you with a fully comprehensive and useful report of the findings, as well as some friendly advice and guidance on how to proceed.

How do I know whose responsibility it is to unblock my drains?

How do I know whose responsibility it is to unblock my drains?

There are many reasons behind a blocked drain. Before you begin unblocking the drain, you will need to know where the blockage is in the system. This is important because it may be that it is not your responsibility to get the blockage removed, but the responsibility of your local water board’s. If you have any questions about this, a blocked drain Leeds professional will be happy to advise you.

If you are experiencing problems with your drains, the first step you will need to take to locate the blockage is to speak with your neighbours. If they are experiencing similar problems, then the likelihood is that the blockage is somewhere in the public sewer system, as this is something that will affect the drains of all the properties connected to that particular system. In this case, the water board is responsible for sorting out the blockage, given that it is on public property.

However, if your neighbours are not experiencing issues with their drainage systems then it is likely that the blocked drain is somewhere on your property. In this case, you will need to arrange for the blocked drain to be cleared yourself. There are ways you can do this manually, but we highly recommend calling a professional drain technician to deal with the drain as they are thoroughly trained and have years of experience in the industry. They will come equipped with the correct tools and equipment, as well as knowledge and understanding, prepared to do the job to the highest of standards. If you attempt to unblock a drain yourself without fully understanding the nature and cause of the blockage, there is a high chance that you will cause more damage to the drains.

whose responsibility is it to unblock my drainIt is important to know the causes of blockages in order to prevent them from occurring. That way, you can save yourself the time and money that would be spent rectifying a blocked drain. The number one cause of a blocked drain is incorrect disposal of waste. Particularly in kitchens, food waste is often washed away down the sink when it should be thrown in the bin.

Greasy, oily, or fatty substances are the most common foods that are washed down the drains. However, they stick to the walls of drains very easily, and this can create build ups that will eventually cause a blockage. If you continue to dispose of this waste down the sinks then the size of the blockage will grow and as it gets bigger it causes a larger scale of damage that is far more expensive to fix. Avoid disposing of waste down the sink to prevent a build up from beginning.

Toilets are also one of the top places where foreign objects are responsible for blockages. Nappies, baby wipes, and sanitary items are made of materials that do not break down fast enough to be washed away with the wastewater, and will cause a blockage in your toilet very easily. Because they are large items, it does not take long for a blockage to occur when these items are flushed down the toilet, and so to ensure that you are not faced with a blocked toilet, it is important to throw away all of these items into the bin, where they can be correctly disposed of.
Many blockages are inevitable, but no matter what the cause is a blocked drain will never resolve itself.

It is important to act as soon as you notice the warning signs of a blocked drain, before the problem can increase in severity. Flooding is a very serious result of a drain that has been left blocked for too long, and is something that must be avoided at all costs. Flooding can cause a great deal of damage to your property, as well as posing a health risk. The waste in the water carries plenty of bacteria and disease that is waiting to contaminate the surfaces in your home, and if you come into contact with this bacteria then you can become very ill. To be safe, make sure to take all the precautionary steps to ensure that you prevent a blockage.

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What should I do if my drains are blocked?

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If your drains is blocked use the right pipe cleaning tools plunger pumpIf you are confident in your abilities to get rid of a blockage, particularly if the blockage is very small, there are many things you can do. If the blockage is in your toilet, using a toilet plunger is your best bet. Make sure that the plunger is shaped to the base of the toilet bowl to create a tight seal, as this will create the pressure that is needed to either bring up or push out the blockage. It’s unusual for blocks to be caused by rodents and rats in the swears but not unheard of.

Coat hangers also make a very useful tool, should you find yourself without a plunger. Stretch the hanger out to create one long rod, and then bend slightly so that it can be inserted into the pipe leading from the toilet bowl to the chamber. Gently wiggle the rod around until you are sure that you have cleared away whatever was blocking the pipe. It is very important that this step be done carefully, as a coat hanger can easily scratch or damage your toilet if not used gently.

If the blockage is in your kitchen sink, and it is a small blockage, there are some simple home tricks that may work. Pouring hot water and baking soda down the drain, followed by hot vinegar, can dissolve away any small build up of waste. The chemical reaction between the soda and the vinegar will dislodge the blockage, and another flush of hot water will clear it away down the drain. This method can also be used as a way of regularly maintaining your drains to clear any potential buildups. However, if this doesn’t work, you should give blocked drain Leeds a call today.

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What should I do if my drains are blocked?

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What should I do if my drain is blockedA blocked drain can be a huge inconvenience and source of stress. Depending on where the blockage is, there are plenty of options for you to get rid of the blockage.

If the blocked drain is in the public sewer system, then you will need to contact your local water board. The main way to establish if the problem is in this area is to check with your neighbours and see if they are experiencing the same issues as you.

If, however, your neighbours are not having the same problems with their drains, then the blocked drain is likely somewhere in your property which means it is up to you to clear the blockage. You can either do this yourself, or you can call a professional drain technician. We highly recommend calling a drain engineer, as there is a large amount of risk in doing it yourself, particularly if you do not know the size or nature of the blockage.

A professional drain engineer is trained in all blockage removal techniques and is skilled and experienced in clearing blockages, so will always guarantee a high quality service. If you are unsure of what you are doing, or do not have the right equipment, something will inevitably go wrong and this can lead to a multitude of bigger problems that will end up costing you more time and money.

It is far better to nip the issue in the bud by calling a professional blocked drain Leeds contractor, who will be more than happy to help you get rid of the problem quickly and efficiently, and for a great deal.