One day, water suddenly started pouring through the ceiling beneath the upstairs bathroom.
I tried to fix the problem myself but in the end called the plumber in.
He hacked his way through layers of polystyrene insulation and announced: “There’s your problem.” Rats had gnawed their way through the plastic trap beneath the shower. It must have taken them a long while and a lot of hunger. The plumber replaced the trap but then it really was my problem.
Any old house is alive. Its inhabitants were here long before we came and they do not easily acknowledge a change of ownership. Some are merely annoying – spiders and other creepy-crawlies. Others, such as owls, bats and lizards, may be welcome as long as they are discreet – but rats and other serious intruders need to be taken more seriously.
I have to admit that I haven’t got the problem definitively cracked but I’m working on it.
The first thing is to listen and observe –…