|Posted by John Scates on March 03, 2003 at 22:23:51:|
|In response to Re: Can rats enter through toilet?|
I doubt you want to hear this, but a rat appeared in my Mom's toilet one night, awaking her with a splash as, we presume, it fell back in. Now, years later, we laugh about her calling Animal Control in the middle of the night (they couldn't do anything that late) and how she put something heavy on the toilet seat lid to keep it contained. She managed to pour an entire gallon of chlorine bleach into the toilet without lifting the lid, and waited (sleeplessly) for the rest of the night. By morning, when she was sure it was no longer a threat, she lifted the lid to find one very-white rat floating in the water. Wasn't funny at the time, but it makes a great story these days.
- John Scates
: I went ahead and intalled the toilet. It works just fine. I flushed it like crazy to encourage the rat to go back to wherever it came from. I also poured a couple of kettles of boiling water down the adjacent bathroom sink drain. The boiling water flowed past the exact spot I saw the rat. I'm trying to give the rat a few subtle hints.
: My only question is: Is there a problem with having a rat in the waste pipe in my house? I would prefer that it wasn't there, but other than banging on the pipes and pouring boiling water down the drains, is there anything I can do (without harming myself or my family) to get rid of this rat. My 3 year old daughter has a hard time remembering to close the lid on the toilet after she uses it, and the idea of a slimey rat climbing out of a toilet and into my house kind of grosses me out. The idea of lifting the lid and seeing a rat sitting in the bowl also gives me the heebs.
: Here are some facts about my situation. I live in the suburbs of Washington D.C. I'm on Arlington County's sewer system. There is a residential construction site across the street from me. (Maybe the rat got into the system from an open pipe there.) I have cast iron pipes. Amazingly, the rat had to climb at least 6-7 feet up the inside of a vertical stack of cast iron pipe to get to the horizontal pipe I saw it in. How does it do that? What do rats live on while they are in the pipes? If we stop using our kitchen garbage disposal, will that deny it a food source? I always thought the stories of rats in pipes were the stuff of urban legends or were at least rare. Just how common is it to have rats in your pipes? Are PVC pipes better for keeping rats out, because they are slick inside? Can a rat really climb up out of my toilet? After all, it would appear that the only barrier is a couple inches of water. We have 1.6 gpf toilets, so maybe the narrower traps will keep the rat(s) out.
: I made the possible mistake of telling my wife about the rat I saw. She's not too happy about it.
: If you have any advice and/or comments, please let me know.