Posted by John Fasoldt on 7:11:57 1/7/2011 from 220.127.116.11:
Just finishing up a local job, originally the customer had discovered her basement floor was wet in one area and there were some small wood shavings (she thought they were "droppings") also on the floor.
I looked up from where the wooden shavings were coming from, and discovered that SOMETHING had chewed through the two inch galvanized soil pipe coming from her shower drain. My guess was either a rat or a squirrel. After checking the outside and finding no signs of rats and no obvious signs of any kind of entry, from my ground-level inspection, the guess was a squirrel in the basement, unable to find his way out.
My first inclination would be to leave the doors open that lead to the outside and station someone to watch until the squirrel emerged, then close all the doors up. The problem with that is the fact that the animal would then be free again, and since I did not discover how he originally got in, there was no point in allowing an escape, possibly only to go through this whole affair all over again. In the basement, since he had been breaking into stored Christmas tree decorations, eating painted decorative pine cones, I figured he would find my peanut butter in my trap more to his liking and could be trapped pretty easily.... ( Took overnight.)
Yesterday, a chimney sweep discovered the chimney cap was rusted and breached. He installed a new stainless cap.
Although I realize that anything can happen, I think this is the end of the matter. At least we hope so!
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