Rats infestation in the home can be a disturbing and frustrating problem, but drain non return valves can protect your drains and stop rats affecting your homes.

Common signs of rats infesting your property include:

  • Rat droppings
  • Whole gnawed in walls, bins, rubbish or doors
  • Scratching under the floor boards or in the roof
  • Nests

Can rats run up drain pipes?

Yes, rats often enter your property via the drainage system. Due to flexible vertebrae and ribs cages, rats are able to squeeze into tight spaces and even round the U-bend of a toilet. If you don’t believe us, check out this video on Youtube of a rat climbing up a toilet.

Why are rats in my drains?

Rats are needy animals that require food and water every day. They need small amounts of regular water, so the drainage system provides the perfect environment for them to live. With a damp environment and excess food, the drainage system is a great habitat for rats. Given drains provide the perfect environment for rats, and the sheer number of rats in the UK, we won’t be able to stop them in the drainage system. But we will be able to stop rats coming into your property and affecting your home.

How to stop rats in my drains?

  1. Ensure no foodstuffs left out of containers
  2. Make sure no pet food is left for a prolonged period of time
  3. Keep a clean garden, remove clutter to reduce the areas where rats can burrow
  4. Do not leave clutter leaning up against the building for prolonged period of time
  5. Place rubbish in bins with a closed lid
  6. Walk around and seal any entry points into the property
  7. Install a drain non return valve to block rats coming up the sewer pipes
  8. Check the gap underneath doors, and seal prevent any gaps where they could squeeze under the door

Why install a rat blocker non return valve?

Where your soil pipe leads to the inspection chamber is the main way rats will enter your property via the drainage system. By installing a non return valve on the sewer pipe into the inspection chamber, you will block rats coming up from the sewage system. The best drain protection is a non return valve with a single flap, which stops rats from coming up the drain pipe and into you home. The flap needs to include a stainless steel plate.

The non return rat blocker works by using a single flap to allows the rats to leave your property but not go back up. Rats go for the easiest route to food and water. If they come to a pipe and it is blocked, it will stop them from going up the drain pipe. They will turn around and find an easier way to the next meal.

Will rat poison stop rats in drains?

Rat poison can be a useful tool to prevent rats, but it has a couple of flaws. Rat poison works by dehydrating the rats, which will cause them to panic and can lead them to chewing threw pipes which can lead to a bigger issue down the road. The rat poison is also a one hit solution, it will not prevent other rats from coming back in the future. Therefore, rat poison can be used but installing a rat blocker non return valve can be a longer term solution.

Where can I buy a rat blocker?

We have a range of non return valves with stainless steel flaps to stop rats in the drainage system. Click the link below to our non return valve options.

Alternatively, call us on 01484 505509 or email us to info@thefloodcompany.co.uk