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Unread 08-12-2012, 06:30 AM   #1
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Rats

This is a new one for me. I tore out a shower the other day that was leaking at the curb. The same Mickey Mouse tile work that we all see. CBU on all sides of the curb. The liner didn't even go over to the outside of the curb but just to the top. They did add a strip of thin plastic to the top of the curb, like the plastic bag you get at the grocery store. That did a lot of good.

After getting the pan out and laying it open on the back of my truck, I noticed a hole down at the bottom, where the floor meets the wall. This wasn't a cut but rather a jagged hole about the size of a golf ball. After measuring how far this was from the corner, I could see that the hole was right at the spot where there was an opening in the subfloor between two water pipes. I also noticed while we were replacing some rotten lumber, a small plastic bag under the house that had "Rat Poison" on it. After asking a few questions, the homeowners said they have had rat problems in the past.

The plumber thought those two pipes were leaking but they weren't. It was the hole in the pan. He also said that rats and mice can sense water and will chew to get to it, especially after eating poison. I have heard that before but this is the first time I've had them chew thru a liner to get to it. Thought I'd pass that on.
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Yikes!! Thanks for the info.

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The rat problem we saw was in the side of the liner;
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