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Enough time has passed that it seems safe to call the winter "squirrel in the sewer pipe" episode officially over.
One of the many furry rascals that populate our backyard ventured down one of our roof vents, became stuck, and clogged up the sewer line. Handling the mess inside was one thing, taking care of that squirrel was another.
When I wrote about this several months ago, the plumbing expert could only give us his best hope that the squirrel clog was cleaned out. He surmised from the furry evidence, that at least part of the squirrel had been removed. What would happen to the rest was the question.
If in lodged further down the drain, the only remedy would be to dig up the yard and open up the pipe. Time would tell.
The good news, the drains continue to flow freely.
We know from past experience that spring time brings another potential problem. About ten years ago when we were still raising our young children, a nesting squirrel ripped off the air vent screen under our upstairs eve, and delivered her babies in our attic.
We first noticed the scratching sound coming from the ceiling, then a few other visible clues that need no elaboration. We had squirrels in the attic.
No expensive expert was needed to remedy this problem. A google search gave me several plans of attack. In the end, a bright line and the constant drone of a radio did the trick. The squirrels high-tailed it out of there, and we reinforced the screen behind them.
What next? A future blog topic for sure.