On January 1, 2017, the updated Seattle Building Code takes effect. The updated code requires all applicants to complete a rat eradication program as a condition to getting a demolition permit. Only projects that apply under the 2015 Seattle Building Code will be subject to this new requirement.
The rat eradication program must be in place on the project site at least 15 days prior to the start of any demolition or any clearing or grading on the site. Applicants must provide proof to the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections that a licensed pest control agent successfully completed the eradication.
Rodents (rats and mice) are common pests in our area and can be dangerous. They can ruin your food, destroy things in your home and start electrical fires. Rats and mice also carry diseases that can make people sick.
Rodent Damage to Commercial Business Buildings Homes Insulation Cars & vehicles
Homes Damage from gnawing can occur to roofing materials, siding, vent covers, garbage cans, modern plastic plumbing. wiring and stored items.
Rodents particularly rats and squirrels have been known to gnaw on wires causing shorts requiring extensive electrical work, and they’ve been known to even cause house fires.
Insulation rodent damage results in compressed, disrupted or contaminated insulation. This damage most often occurs in the attic or substructure crawlspace. Compressed, shredded or moved insulation becomes ineffective resulting in high heating & air conditioning costs. The contamination isn’t pleasant so close to your living space either.
Home this damage and/or filth will be caught by the home inspection and is normally required to be repaired before the sale is completed.