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Discuss rat ate through a soil vent pipe in the Plumbing Forum area at UKPlumbersForums.co.uk.

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  1. Ted808

    Ted808 Plumber GSR

    Any advice to repair not replace... please! It's obviously in the tightest space and in the smelliest tiny room. As in RIP ratty. It's also on the joint of a 100"-90" reducer!
    Was thinking fibreglass wrap?
     
  2. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    Whatever way you repair bear in mind rats usually head towards light sources and will eat way through thin pipe walls if they can see light thro it. Thus the thin flexi pan connectors let light thro and are prone to being gnawed through. So your repair ought to be light proof, ie thick and wrap some chicken wire into the fibreglass eg. Rob Foster
    aka centralheatking
     
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  3. OffshoreGas

    OffshoreGas Active Member

    You can get rat gates for sewers, never fitted one myself. May be worth some research to see if they lead to blockages.
     
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  4. CBW1982

    CBW1982 Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Denso tape?
     
  5. OffshoreGas

    OffshoreGas Active Member

    At least if the Denso tape doesn’t stop the rat it will give it some form of hideous disease :):)

    I hate that stuff, didn’t even know they still made it.
     
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  6. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    McAlpine market an anti rodent trap and they are a reputable outfit. its an easy fit
    when coupled with their pan connector. centralheatking
     
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  7. WC1

    WC1 Active Member

    Pics?
    Rat blockers can work but that horse has bolted.
    Also they need to be installed carefully (usually on last i/c before main), and all rats upstream of the blocker need sending to the great sewer in the sky and all other potential access points into the upstream area need blocking (cracked pipes, dry traps etc.).
    A fernco over the hole might temporarily stop the rats seeing and smelling a way out while you consider your options. (but clearly they will chew through if so minded)
     
  8. Ted808

    Ted808 Plumber GSR

    Yeah I tried to add pics but they wouldn't load... Will try again. Hopefully rat catcher will sort the rats.
     
  9. Ted808

    Ted808 Plumber GSR

  10. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    Just go mad with fibreglass matting, some chicken wire. It does not need to look pretty. If thats the stink pipe going upwards carefully stuff some chicken wire in the pipe in a ball as well. Get an air pistol and have some fun. If you live near Ormskirk my mate lends his little dog out overnight he is
    very effective on vermin.
    centralheatking
     
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  11. WC1

    WC1 Active Member

    Sorry mate, customer needs to pay you to cut that out and replace. You'll be in the stink later on personally if it floods because of a bodge...
     
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  12. Steve weightman

    Steve weightman GSR

    Cut pipe replace reducer ,replace pipe with a straight slip coupling
     
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  13. king of pipes

    king of pipes Trusted Plumber GSR

    I see your issue here its all glued fittings and with limited access it needs sorting though let the client make the decision. Kop
     
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  14. Ted808

    Ted808 Plumber GSR

    Client wants the cheapest option of course! I made a bespoke ali plate and attached it with jubilee clips and then covered it in a setting compound! Not easy , let alone the stink of dead rat still in my nostrils today- smelt like the stinkest cr*p ever!! arghh, i gagged several times. Plus, i was in such a twisted position that I've probably done an injury- blood sweat and gristle, for a few bucks- WHY?
    I'll try a few more photo's when I get a chance...
     
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  15. WC1

    WC1 Active Member

    Ok then but I'd be making well sure it is clearly documented the repair spec'd by cust. was against my advice if I were you...
     
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