If you've been having a problem with rodents in your home and there is something suddenly wrong with one of your drains, there could be a connection. A rodent could have smelled food debris, waste or other bacteria and crawled down the drain, which could have gotten it stuck.
This could be blocking your water, causing odors to come up the drain, and it can attract other pests and cause bacteria problems. The mice or rat will most likely get stuck in the drain traps. You'll want to call a plumber to your home right away.
Get the Pipes Inspected
The plumber can come to your home with a video camera that goes throughout your pipes, to see exactly where the clog is at, and what the clog is. No matter what the clog is composed of, it will need to be dislodged to make the water flow normal again. The plumber can examine the entire plumbing system to see if there are multiple issues. If they find the problem is in the main sewer line, you may have to call a sewer maintenance company.
Have the Clog Removed
If the clog is near the drain, it may be easiest for the plumbers to pull it back up and out with a drain snake. If it's a rodent that is trapped, or something that is lodged so tightly the drain snake can't move it, the plumber may have to remove the pipe. The water main will have to be shut off, and the pipe will be cleaned or replaced. You don't want to attempt this yourself, because the body could fall apart or come back up the drain.
Have the Plumbing Cleaned
Rodents can leave a variety of diseases behind. The plumbers can disinfect your pipes and your drains, to kill all of the bacteria that were developing because of the clog. This can also help remove odors that are coming up through the drains around the house. Have them clean the entire plumbing system, not just the areas where you had a clog. If water overflows in areas around the home, they affected areas should be disinfected as well.
Rodents are attracted to the odors that come out of your drains, so keeping your drains clean is going keep the rodents and insects out. Call a plumber as soon as you realize the clog can't be relieved with a plunger, especially if you know you have rodents coming in and out of your home. Once the drain is repaired, work on getting the rodents out of your home, before they start to affect other structural components like the electrical wiring or insulation.
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