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Why Do You Need A Drain Survey?

Rat Ingress Inspections Vs Drain Surveys

Rat ingress inspections are something WE invented because no one seemed to do a proper job of fulfilling this kind of service when we started out over a decade ago. Yes, no-one in the UK, so far as we could see, carried out this kind of work!

A drain survey is completed by drainage engineers and comes with a formal, standardised report showing where things are. Rat ingress surveys are designed from the ground up to identify rat ingress routes.

We don't claim to be drainage engineers or attempt to in any way discount the skills of such people and companies, however, they will often try and ridicule our services. Let's be clear on what we cover that they won't.

Local rat ingress inspections services cost just £418.00 while our national services beyond Bristol and Bath start at £1500.00.

What Does A Rodent Ingress Survey Include?

In practice we check the drains more forensically, more thoroughly, from top to bottom than standardised drain surveys and make multiple visits where required within the one cost.

It means we advise on what action needs to be taken to eliminate or abate a rat problem associated with your drains without the motivation to sell you expensive and pointless repairs, you could get for free through insureres or other providers.

Standard drain surveys are often ignorant of the neighbours drains, focussing on just one properties sewers and never mentioning potentially unmapped drainage. Our inspection cost will almost always cover the inspection of drains of associated properties.

Consideration of neighbouring drains is vital because we know from extensive experience that most rat infestations occur in properties that are terraced or semi-detached.

Why Should I Have A Rat Ingress Survey?

90% of the rodent control investigations we undertake each and every day in and around the City of Bristol are directly attributed to damaged or faulty drains.

80% of properties will have been extended or had the drains modified in some way in the last ten years.

80% of customers inherit a rat problem when they move home and 70% will have used three or more pest control services - council or private without success. Almost none will have ever had a professional pay any attention or even make a suggestion that their drains might be the root cause of their rat problems.

Customers who have had the guidance to have drains inspected use at least one drain company to check for drain faults and 75% of those return a verdict of no problems seen. But we have saved the best for last because almost 80% of professional drain inspections fail to identify faults that we discover and repairs carried out under insurance fail to fix the problem correctly.

Even the local water authority, responsible for the "shared" drains, sewers and storm drains, fail in 25% of cases to check for and repair drain faults properly! We know because we go back afterwards and check their repairs and findings.

As you might imagine, drain companies are not expecting us to check on their work!

Although it might seem that our statistics are a little imprecise to some people viewing, we know they are accurate based on our own data.

The sad truth is that rodent control has changed very little in decades, and the cycle of "BAIT - STINK - FLIES - REPEAT" is outdated, unpleasant and wastes your money - it almost never solves the problem with any permanence.


We "SOLVE" and avoid the traditional cycle of: Bait - Stink - Flies - Repeat! Customers across Bristol are now enjoying the tranquillity of a rodent free home because we consider everything, especially the drains!

"UNIQUE INSPECTIONS". Drains, wall cavities, roof voids, cellars and Kitchens etc, are all considered in our unique inspection process. Everything we do is focused on solving your rat problem and not just treating it. Better still, in some cases the solution is free!