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Scariest Creatures Found In Plumbing and Sewer Systems

Plumbing problems can be scary, especially when you consider the price to fix certain issues. Contacting a plumber to make a house call can end up costing you thousands if the problem is significant enough.

However, in this article, when we use to words plumbing and scary, we’re not talking about the bill. We’re talking about the scariest creatures ever discovered in plumbing systems of homeowners.

Creatures? Really?

If you weren’t aware of the fact that creatures and critters could surface in your plumbing system, the following section might come as a shock. There have been many reports worldwide of several types of animals being found in plumbing systems and toilets, and they don’t always have to necessarily be water creatures.

Live Badger

In Scotland, plumbers were cleaning the sewer lines around a house. It was a routine cleaning – nothing out of the ordinary. That is until they found a live badger in the sewer line.

Nobody knows how the badger got in the sewer line, but you’ll be happy to hear he made a full recovery. It’s unknown if he ever made a second attempt.

Rats

Rats are everywhere and are a lot more common than you think. They’re on the streets, they’re in fields, in your trash, and apparently, in your drains.

If they can’t find any other suitable place, these animals will make a home in your drainage system. There have been multiple reports out of places like New York that include live rats emerging from the toilets of unsuspecting homeowners. Talk about an unwanted visitor.

Frogs/Lizards

Besides rats, frogs and lizards are the most commonly found animals emerging from toilets and drains. They’re attracted to warm and damp locations, so they’ll also try to make a home in your plumbing system. Luckily, they’re not as dangerous as rats, so there’s no chance of you getting hurt if you encounter either one of them.

Possums

Okay, this one would freak us out. These animals have been found in plumbing and sewer systems several times in the past. If you ever encounter one, don’t try to handle it on your own.

These marsupials will become aggressive if provoked, and they have extremely sharp teeth and claws. However, they’re very unlikely to be carrying rabies.

What would you do if you found one of these animals in your toilet? While it’s almost impossible to keep them out, covering up any holes or cracks that expose your plumbing system can help. Additionally, putting a mesh vent on the pipe that connects your plumbing system and exhaust can keep them out.

If you’re unsure about handling one or can’t remove them, call animal control or the professionals at Elk Grove Village Sewer & Plumbing.

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