Checking Your Drainages for Unwanted Creature Guests

Kenneth Wilson

I suspect that almost everyone is aware of Florida’s more than abundant wildlife. From birds, reptiles and small mammals to the insects, they are all extremely gathered inside of Florida’s state line’s. The wildlife flock to the state’s abundant habitable forests and other habitats perfectly designed to suit the animals’ needs. Especially in the southern-most tip of Florida where our nation’s only tropical hardwood forest resides, is where most of the variety of animals can be found. This forest is also considered an actual jungle!

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I know many people have heard horror stories about residents in Florida finding snakes or vermin in their sink, bathtub and toilet without any idea of how they got there. The fact of it is, these critters can usually only get through to your appliances and home if there’s a break in the drain pipe or in your city’s main sewer. The abundance of wildlife definitely does play a factor within it as well but in most cases you hear about, there’s been a faulty drain or sewer involved. In the few years I’ve spent living here I have yet to find a creature in any of my home appliances and thank god or else you would’ve heard about it from across the country. My wife would have thrown a full fit and screamed her lungs out upon seeing any kind of living thing within our home which wasn’t invited. I can’t say I’d be too pleased either, but who would? Here are my main tips on keeping these unwanted creature guests out of your toilet and out of your home.

The first thing I’d recommend would be to ensure that your underground drainage pipes within your yard are not faulty or broken. Usually you’d be able to notice this right away if your appliances in your home aren’t working properly or flooding in your yard. Be sure to call a professional right away upon noticing any of these things. If your toilet isn’t flushing correctly, chances are there’s something wrong with the pipes. Try flushing multiple times and if you notice a small amount of water gathered around the bottom of your toilet, this can be an indicator of faulty plumage.

If your drainages have been broken or previously been inhabited by critters and is now “fixed”, there could still be some kind of animal nesting within the pipe. To get rid of them I’d recommend flushing some drain clearing solution down your drainages. You can find these solutions for cheap at any of your local Walmarts or other big markets. If this doesn’t solve your problem, then you’ll need to call a professional to come take a look and diagnose the problem for themselves. Another solution which you wouldn’t have to buy from the store, would be to mix up some bleach and water to pour down your drain instead of having to go out and get drain solution from the store. Chances are, you’ll already have bleach within your home so just mix half bleach and half water together, each portion should be the same size.


Kenneth Wilson
August 24, 2017
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Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done. I also operate remodeling design service for homeowners.

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