How to Stop Rats Getting in Your Drains

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Discovering that you have rats setting up shop inside of your drainage system can bring many problems to your home or business. Clogs, backups, and the ability for the rats to enter at will are just a few of the problems you could face. It is essential to correct the problem and to prevent rats from getting into your drains in the first place.

How do you stop rats getting in your drains? To stop rats from getting into your drains, make sure that you leave no food or attractants in the drains. Make sure all entry points to drains are sealed and consider placing a drain valve on drains to stop rats from entering the home. 

Rats can be a serious problem and cause damage to your home, drains, and possibly even spread diseases. This article will explore what you need to know about rats and drains as well as ways to prevent rodents from getting into your drains.

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How Do Rats Get In Drains?

You may be wondering how rats can get into drains in the first place, and it is actually a lot more common than you may think. Rats and other rodents have long been associated with drains and sewers.

These habitats are moist, dark, and safe, which are three attractive qualities to rats. Rats are also drawn to homes and businesses, especially restaurants since an abundance of easy-to-reach food and water is available, as well as a range of places to make a nest.

Rats can get into drains by traveling along the sewer lines and smelling along for food, which will naturally lead rats to residential homes and businesses. The rodents are highly-skilled when it comes to climbing, therefore, rats will easily find holes or cracks in drains which can lead them right into a residence.

It is important to point out that there is really no way to remove and prevent rats from infesting sewers and drainage systems; there are just far too many of them. But, you can certainly prevent the rodents from getting into your drains and crawling up inside of your home.

You may not visibly see the rats, however, if you ever notice signs of rats droppings, chewed paper, and electrical wiring, noises and thumps inside of the walls or even the drains or, small holes in the walls, there is a high possibility that your home or business has rats.

To get rats out of your drains, there are many things to keep in mind and numerous ways to prevent the rodents from setting up shop.

Inspect the Drains and Pipes

You will obviously want to ensure that your pipework is sealed and has no easy entry points for the rodents to enter. This basically means that there are no obvious openings around the discharge stack or worse, openings or holes within the pipes themselves.

If you perform a routine inspection around your home and notice any openings, you can immediately call a drainage professional to address the problem. There are many ways to address these problems with a wide range of products and procedures to prevent the rats from gaining access to your home.

Use Rat Blockers

You are likely to have an inspection chamber outside of your home that is covered. This is great because this gives you an easy access point to stop the rats from entering into your home from the sewage system.

You can block the rats from entering from the sewer with a device known as a non-return valve, which is a stainless steel flap that attaches to the sewer drain (flush your toilet to see which pipe takes the waste out). The valve has a flap on the end which allows the wastewater to pass under the valve but locks in place on the other side to prevent rats from entering through the valve from the other side.

This device is relatively easy to install and can stop rats from the sewer dead in their tracks.

Rat Traps

Rats can also gain easy access to your home through the ventilation pipes, which will require something a bit more like a trap to keep the rats from entering the home. If you have a discharge stack, the rats may also try to enter from the outside when wandering around on your property.

You can install small, metal cages right above the pipes in the discharge stack. These cages will trap the rats and prevent them from entering the discharge pipe.

This procedure is not for the squeamish since the rats will have to be removed.

Who Is Responsible for Rats in Drains Under House?

Obviously, if you are renting, the landlord would most likely be responsible for addressing the issue of rats entering your home. You may also be able to receive help from your water company who may pay for a CCTV survey to be undertaken to find out if rats are entering your home through drainage.

How to Stop Rats Going Up Drain Pipes

Rats are highly skilled at running and climbing both horizontally and vertically across pipes, drains, and along surfaces are just some of the ways that rats can use drains to their advantage. In addition to these capabilities, rats can also swim up to half a mile across the water in one go and even dive through the water to enter exposed pipes.

This means that rats can easily climb up drains, which is aided by the presence of water where they can swim. Once a rat has decided it wants to enter your home, it can easily swim and climb up the u-bend of a toilet to gain entry.

This is also possible for rats who climb up pipes from the outside. To prevent this from happening, you can install rats guards on the pipes that will prevent the rats from climbing around the guards and blocks the entrance from the rat being able to enter further into the drains while also allowing the wastewater to drain out effectively.

Remember, there is no way to stop the rats from attempting to come into your home, but you can install devices to keep them from entering your home.

How to Stop Rats Coming Up Toilet

Yes, you can feasibly just remember to keep your toilet lid closed, yet this doesn’t stop the shock of opening the lid and seeing a rat swimming in the toilet. Stopping rats from coming up the pipes and into your toilet is a ghastly thought, yet there are ways to prevent this from happening.

This problem is definitely best addressed with the installation of non-return valves that will block the rats from getting near the toilet. You can also place guards within the pipe, but installing a non-return valve will be the much easier solution to consider.

Get a CCTV Drain Survey for Rats

Apart from not being able to easily access drains, it can also be difficult to find the rodents, who will likely run away if they hear or see human beings in their dwelling.

Thankfully, there are ways in which a drainage professional can do a full scan of your underground drains to look for evidence of rats. A CCTV Drain Survey is a method that can use video technology to probe your drains and look for rats.

Having a drain survey performed is always a good method since this will bring the condition of the drainage system into full view. Alternatively, a CCTV survey can also be used to identify virtually anything that is inside of a drainage system, including rats.

This process is really a one-stop-shop for all of the possible drainage issues that can come with the presence of rats. Rodents will usually find a way into a home through broken or burst pipes, which with a CCTV survey, can diagnose the presence of rats in the drainage system and locate areas of drainage that need to be fixed.

Final Thoughts

KJC Drainage has over 20 years of experience diagnosing, treating, repairing, and replacing a wide variety of drainage issues, including the operation of CCTV Drain surveys that can pinpoint a wide variety of problems, including rats. We work with equally professional and thorough pest control professionals to fight against invasive rodents or insects.

Contact us today to discuss any problems or concerns you think you are experiencing with rats or other pests in your drains. We are here to help.

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