Do rats enter a building through the plumbing?
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Yes, in short. Rats can enter a building via so many means, and the
plumbing is just one of them. If there is a way into your home, and the
rat can get inside it, it's going to. There's no question about that.
A rat only needs a space the size of a quarter in order to get its body
through, and that means that many locations around your home can be
“soft spots” for rodents. The plumbing of your home, for example, is one
way that mice and rats often crawl into your home, and this is through
the space next to pipework where the gaps haven't been sealed correctly.
Drains are another culprit - if the drains aren’t covered, with a metal
grate, for example, rats have been known to crawl up and along pipework.
They can swim, so that's sewer pipes also leading them right into your
home. Not only that, but there have even been reports of rats coming up
through an open toilet. It certainly makes you think twice about leaving
it up next time you do your business, right?
Rats can enter your property in so many ways, plumbing is really just
the tip of the iceberg. Any small gap can easily be made bigger with
sharp teeth and claws, and it doesn't take long for them to make a very
small hole a very big one, especially when the rat’s cousins start
coming along for the ride too. If you have pipework coming in and out of
your home, you will need to make sure you inspect it regularly. If you
don’t, a very small hole could soon turn into a very big problem. We're
sure that's not what you want.
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