What To Do When Critters Get Inside Your Plumbing
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about your home plumbing? Is it critters in your pipes? If not, we have news for you. Residential plumbing isn’t immune to unwanted houseguests. In fact, we’ve seen quite a few take up residence in our customers’ plumbing. That’s why we put together these tips to keep these nuisances far away from your house.
Keep Rodents Away with These Tips
Of all the critters getting into homes, squirrels, mice, and rats are the most frequent guests. Did you know a tiny mouse only needs a one-quarter-inch hole to get into your home? Yeah, that’s crazy! Once the mouse is in, it has free reign to your home and its plumbing. The best way to keep mice and other rodents out of your home is to seal all gaps and fill in all holes in the house. This includes taking care of damaged weather stripping, cracks around the foundations and gaps between windows and doors, including gaps in your garage and basement doors. Don’t forget your drains! Many rodents find their way in through floor drains, especially when the drain grates are damaged or missing. Take care of these home maintenance projects and keep rodents away from your house and its plumbing.
Are snakes really a problem in toilets? That’s what people want to know, especially since there are so many myths floating around on the Internet. While opening your toilet and finding a snake hissing at you is rare, it’s something you want to avoid at all costs. Finding a reptile in your toilet isn’t only startling, it’s also potentially dangerous depending on the species.
So, how do reptiles get into toilets and other plumbing? Most sneaky reptiles get in through stack pipes. These are the vents that stick up from your roof. The purpose of stack pipes is to vent sewer gases. Each stack pipe you have connects to a drain in the home and the sewer. Prevent snacks and other critters from getting into your toilets and other plumbing fixtures by covering the vent stack opening with wire mesh or a hardware cloth, but don’t cover it with something solid. Doing so prevents the vent from doing its job and it subjects your home sewer gas and other problems.
How to Deal with Critters
When you find a critter in your plumbing system, first call animal control or a private pest control company. These individuals have the skills and tools to remove the animal and put it back safely in nature. Next, if the critter was in your plumbing, call a plumber to come to your home and figure out what steps to take to stop this from happening again. If the critter came in through a cracked pipe, you need pipe repair not only to prevent critters from getting in again but to prevent additional plumbing problems.
Plumbing repair costs for fixing pipes and drains damaged by critters can get expensive if you don’t take care of issues right away. The longer problems exist, the more damage they do to your plumbing system and even to the structural integrity of your home. For example, if a critter has been living in a drainpipe, it’s not unusual for the pipe to cave under the pressure or from the critter sharpening its teeth on the pipe. If you suspect you have a mouse, squirrel, or other critter in your pipes, take action now!
Do you need plumbing service in Los Angeles or another Southern California city? Contact Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter. We’re not afraid of critters and reptiles. While we won’t remove these animals, we fix any of the destruction they left behind. Call us today at (888) 668-8922 for all your residential plumbing repair, replacement, and installation needs.