Metex Knowledge Base
How do rats get into buildings
Drainage systems and pipework play a critical role in maintaining a functional home. However, drains connect to sewers and sewers contain the rat population – which like to nest within houses. Defective drains or pipework often lead to a rat infestation. After all, an adult rat can fit through a 12mm horizontal gap and a round hole of 25mm diameter. The most common points of entry in a drainage system are via:
- Built over defective drains
- Cracked clay pipes
- Uncapped inlet pipe
- Soil vent pipes
- Plastic to clay pipe joins
- Guttering downpipes
- The exposed leading edge of PVC pipes
- Gaps around the edge of waste pipes
- Flexible toilet pan connectors
One device, full protection
Most dwellings have one main drainage outlet point before connecting to the main sewer, by installing the Rat Blocker here the whole upstream drainage system is protected from Rat intrusion.
- A – Terraced Housing
- B – Detached Housing
- C – Main Sewer Lines
The Metex Nordisk TX11 is a benchmark for rat-proofing and has been extensively developed and comprehensively tested.
The Metex Nordisk TX11 Rat Blockers are now the only Rat Blockers to achieve Water Research Centre (WRc) Approval in the UK. WRc Approval is the benchmark within the UK Water Industry and sets the Metex Nordisk range apart from all other rat valves. It ensures recognition in the UK as a product that offers exceptional quality and performance.
For over a decade the Metex Nordisk TX11 Rat Blocker has been covered by VA approval issued by the Danish certification body, ETA-Denmark, and is inspected by the Danish Technological Institute.
- The TX11 passed a two-week-long test with live rats. Food was placed on one side of the Rat Blocker and rats on the other with a fan to push the food smell towards the rats. No rats were able to pass the unit.
- The TX11 successfully passed a high-pressure water test and remained intact and operational.
- The TX11 has been proven to be self-cleaning in normal use.
With many thousands of TX11 units installed and working in the field for more than a decade and a legislative requirement in Denmark, this Rat Blocker is the market leader.
Nordisk TX11 installation instructions
The Nordisk TX11 Rat Blocker is simple to install from street level using the installation pole. It has an easy unique zero friction installation method and once installed is securely located in place. The position of the flaps can be adjusted for a perfect fit. For full details, download and follow the installation instructions. All Rat Blockers should be inspected and maintained according to the installation instructions.
Installation configuration for manhole chamber inlet/outlet
All models of the Nordisk TX11 Rat Blocker are supplied with reversible flaps so that the same unit can be used in either inlet or outlet pipes.
Guide to eradicating rats from a building
Fitting a Rat Blocker from Metex will prevent rats accessing the building through the protected drains. However, a Rat Blocker alone may not guarantee the removal of rats already in the property. We recommend consulting a professional Pest Controller to ensure the correct measures are taken to ensure all rats are removed and cannot return. For details of suitable professionals, see our list of Approved Installers.
Rat Blocker Maintenance is ESSENTIAL
We are often asked if Rat Blockers need servicing – the short answer is yes, BUT not for the reasons you may be thinking!
All Metex Rat Blockers are high-quality robust units, manufactured from Stainless Steel and will give many years of trouble-free service. However, drains are a hidden world that harbour, not just rats and rodents, but all sorts of other items that have been flushed away but should not be there! Blocked drains are often caused by seemingly harmless wet wipes, also fat tipped down the drain can solidify and can cause a blockage due to a build-up or ‘fat berg’. Therefore, every drain is at risk of blockage unless the waste that flows through it can be carefully controlled.
As a result, it is essential that all Rat Blockers are maintained at least once every year by checking and cleaning, which is also an opportunity to visually inspect the drain. Without these annual checks, there is a risk that should a blockage occur the Rat Blocker may be incorrectly blamed.
Ease of Maintenance
Rat Blockers from Metex can be easily removed and re-installed for drain cleaning and maintenance purposes. Ensure the installation instructions are followed carefully when re-installing the unit.
During the first three months, it is important to check that the Rat Blocker is operating correctly. During inspection the unit should be removed completely from the drain, cleaned thoroughly and its condition inspected. All moving parts should be assessed and lubricated as necessary. A Rat Blocker that is showing signs of wear or mechanical issues should never be refitted. Should there be in any doubt as to whether to refit a Rat Blocker please contact Metex for advice.
It is recommended that a service agreement is put in place with an approved installer for the inspection and maintenance of the installed Rat Blocker.
Quality products from Metex
All Rat Blockers from Metex are high-quality stainless steel devices. The Nordisk TX11 Rat Blocker, previously sold in the UK as the Vermend Rat Blocker has been successfully installed in over 100,000 locations which is testament to the quality and durability of this product range.