Prevent Hot Tub Rodent Damage
Are unwelcome guests using your hot tub?
San Diego County Vector Control estimates the rodent population throughout the county increased by 50% in Spring of 2017 after the heavy winter rains. A wet winter in San Diego usually means an explosion in the local rodent population.
Human pregnancy takes about nine months. Rat pregnancy takes about 21 days. That means a single rat can produce up to five litters every year!
Each of these litters can produce up to 12 'pups' and each of the newborn rats reach sexual maturity in just 5 weeks so it's easy to see how a single rat in your hot tub can turn into an infestation in just one soaking season.
Rats often live in social groups so if you see one rat, there are probably at least 10 more family members somwehere nearby. Rat colonies often consist of one alpha male and several females each raising litters in separate nests.
Rats chewing on wires can cause electrical fires
Rats are destructive pests because their incisor teeth never stop growing. They must constantly gnaw to wear down their incisors or the teeth can grow so long the rat can't close it's mouth and eventually dies from starvation.
If you have ever had a rat get into the engine compartment of your car or inside the walls of your house you already know they like to chew on wires and this can lead to costly repairs. If you get rats inside your hot tub you can expect similar, expensive results.
While this hot tub was drained with the power turned off, rats chewed through the wires that supply 220V to the equipment. When the power was turned back on, the damaged wires started an electrical fire that smoldered for several hours and then burst into flames.
The hot tub and deck attached to the house were a total loss. The inferno of melting plastic burned hot enough to melt the vinyl siding off the house but the fire department managed to extinguish the blaze before it spread any further.
Rats chewing on pipes can cause leaks
Rats in your hot tub will also chew on pipes, plumbing and fittings eventually causing leaks. If you have one leak caused by rodent damage odds are pretty good you'll have more.
Good news: Once a rat chews through a pipe and causes a leak they usually vacate the premises in search of a drier home.
Bad news: Repairing leaks caused by rodent damage usually requires several service calls over several weeks to find and fix all the leaks. Sometimes, there are so many leaks repairing all the rodent-damaged plumbing is simply not practical.
The photo above shows how multiple chew marks on multiple pipes can mean fixing one leak after another after another until you finally decide the hot tub is not worth fixing.
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