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Attic Rats – Making A Meal Of Your Electrical System

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As a homeowner you will encounter many unexpected costs and unwanted issues, perhaps the most frustrating the issue of pest control and attic rats! A warm, dry attic is a haven for rats looking for shelter and food which can quickly become a costly and hazardous affair.

It is estimated that a single female rat can produce up to 15,000 descendants per year. Rats breed fast and regularly, and so leaving an initially ‘minor’ rat problem to continue in your roof can lead to a major infestation. This can cause damage to your roof structure and also to your electrical wires, costing thousands of dollars to repair if left unattended. As professionals in the home and electrical department, Art Plumbing, AC & Electric has the solution to your rat problem – not only can we rid your home of it but we can also make repairs to any potential damage caused in your electrical wiring!

Damage Caused by Attic Rats

Places such as attics and spaces surrounding water pipes are ideal living conditions for rats! The problem is often that rat dens can go unnoticed for a long time, until the point where the damage caused costs you as the homeowner greatly to fix. There are several ways in which rats can cause damage to your home.

  • Electrical Damage

    It is commonly known that rats chew up electrical wiring! Rats’ front teeth grow continually at an alarming rate every year, in the same way humans need to trim their fingernails, rats gnaw on anything in order to prevent their teeth from growing too long. Electrical wires are often the chewed substance of choice, leaving homeowners with not only faulty wiring that is costly to repair but also dangerous! Bare wires can be the cause of an electrical fire, which can put residents’ lives and the property in jeopardy. If a rat comes into contact with electrical panels, it may even be that your home’s entire electrical system is threatened.

  • Critical Building Systems Damage

    If air conditioning units or air ducts become infiltrated by rodents, the equipment’s ability to perform can be compromised and you could become exposed to dangerous germs that filter through the air. This is not only a building hazard, but a health one too!

  • Structural Damage

    The continual gnawing of rodents can affect your home’s materials and structures too! Holes and marks will get made in the foundations of your home’s structure, especially in materials such as wood and sheetrock. This can lead to water damage and also allow other pests to enter in and make a home of your attic.

  • Contamination and Odor

    Rats often carry disease, and will leave their droppings and germs around your home. These germs can become airborne, so simply sweeping up feces is not sufficient to protect you. Foul odors can arise in your home as a result of a trapped dead rat.

Why Hire a Professional?

The key to avoiding massive damage and expense is early detection. Often rat infestation can go unnoticed until it is too late, and calling in professional technicians such as Art Plumbing, AC & Electric will save you money in the long run! Not only will we be able to quickly identify the issue and remove the rodents, but we can also repair any electrical damage at the same time. Let us offer you the convenience of ‘remove and repair’ in one go, and give you peace of mind that your home is rat-free. Call us at 1-800-475-1504 today.

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