When you think of clogged drains, the first thing that comes to mind is hair and soap scum. Not many people would consider amphibians or snakes when trying to figure out what’s blocking the water flow but, surprisingly, these critters can find their way into home plumbing. Here are some simple precautions to prevent this from happening in your home.
It only makes sense that amphibians would be attracted to your drain pipes. After all, they need constant moisture to survive. Sometimes frogs can slip through cracks in drain pipes, and other times they fall into plumbing vent pipes. If they are flushed out of a toilet drain, they’ll simply make their way back in time.
Finding frogs and other amphibious creatures in the plumbing is a fairly common occurrence in tropical and sub-tropical areas when the dry season hits. There’s only one way to get rid of the nuisance without making a dent in the native amphibious life. First, the environmentally conscious resident will provide an alternative such as a man-made pond in the backyard.
Next, any creatures living in the pipes need to be removed, either by hand or by calling in a plumber Ajax. Once the pipes have been cleared of the amphibious squatters, any drain vents or other openings can be protected against reentry. The best way to do this is to cover them with wire mesh that allows air flow while keeping out unwanted guests.
For some people, the very idea of a snake sends chills down their spines. Imagine finding one in your toilet bowl! Believe it or not, this very thing has happened a few times. Like amphibians, snakes can find their way into the pipes through cracks or vent openings. It doesn’t help that the cool, dark area below a house is an attractive resting place for a snake during the day.
Garter snakes are common throughout the United States, and they’re actually useful reptiles that help keep the rodent population in check. That doesn’t make them welcome in our drains, however. Some plumber’s tips for avoiding the problem in the first place are:
- Check that there are no unwelcome guests in the crawlspace underneath your home, then cover any openings with wire mesh.
- Keep bushes trimmed and leave one foot of space between shrubbery and the house.
- Mow the grass regularly and don’t leave piles of debris in the yard. This will cut down on hiding places for snakes.
City water and sewer infrastructure has screens and other devices to keep animals and debris from entering the water system. The usual point of entry is located at an individual home, and following these tips will make the chances almost non-existent that you’ll find a snake in your sink or a frog in your toilet!