A very common question we get here at AdvantaClean is how to prevent water damage caused by pests and rodents chewing through plastic pipes. This is a big problem for some homeowners, and unfortunately, this question arises after the damage has already been done and they've called us to help clean up the problem. However, if you have plastic/pvc piping throughout your house, you can take steps today to prevent rodents from chewing through the pipes and causing water damage.
Plastic Hoses and Pests: A Disaster Waiting to Happen
Finding out you have rodents or other critters living in your house can be an unsettling discovery. Mice and rats are dangerous because they can bite, bring fleas and disease into a home, and create a toxic environment by defecating and urinating within the walls. But they also pose another danger; an ability to chew through plastic water pipes in hard-to-reach places.
Rodents and Water Pipe Damage
The damage from rodents chewing through water pipes can be substantial and can occur either over time, or as one big "flood."
When damage is slow, a small amount of water will continuously seep in spaces within the walls, causing buildup of toxic mold and rotting of wooden beams. Drop by drop, the damage can accumulate over weeks into a problem that can cost thousands of dollars to fix.