Rats with attitude (01/11/2017)
We have had one of the most testing months with rats to date this year, some jobs are quick and simple where entry points are located through drain surveys, visual inspections, and simple proofing or maintenance measures. These jobs are run of the mill and fairly easy to solve – then you get hit with a job where there is damage on 2 properties from what we think is 1 rat totaling nearly €22,000. This problem started through shoddy building practices and really is infuriating for all involved – especially the householder footing the bill!
The main property involved had a burst water main under a subfloor for a number of weeks and the more areas were stripped back the more problems involved – chewed electrical wires – damp and mold due to the burst pipe – Cause of all this damage? – A builder left an open drain under the extension of the property next door. Please make sure any person carrying out any sort of work on your property is fully qualified and also has public liability. Which in this case the cowboy builder had neither.
The Rat flap (05/10/2017)
We have used the Rat Flap over the last few months with brilliant results. It basically turns the waste pipe leaving your property into a “one way” system. The flap is installed in the junction box leading into your property. It allows water and waste to leave the property through a one way metal hinged paddle. Thus eliminating anything entering up through the pipes i.e Rats!!. This will normally happen if there is an old unused waste or drainage pipe or a damaged pipe under a sub floor of your property . This can happen normally after renovation work has been carried out on the property.
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