Bath overflow pipe chewed by rats

15 Apr 2010
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United Kingdom

I have been having problems with rats. They chewed the black overflow hose pipe. See link to similar item. I had a someone put black tape, over the holes. I know it was a quick and dirty job. The fix worked for more then 18 months.

It has started to leak again. I have removed the black hose pipe, put more tape on it. However, it is not leaking water. I tested it, by filling it with water. However, when the black hose pipe fitted back, it is leaking water when I take a shower. I am assuming, the hosepipe is making a poor connection on the plug hole side (or may be there is more rat damage). Hard to tell.

I desperately needed a shower, I decide to block the overflow exit. I blocked the hole, with wet wipe inside, where the overflow pipe would go in and then secured it with black tape. So far for 2 or 3 days it is holding. However, water could burst out and make a nasty flood.

I don't want to call a plumber due to COVID.

Question: Can I just replace the black hose pipe. Are they standard size between manufacturers? I bought, the item as pictured from Wickes. Can just use this black hose pipe from the new one and replace my old faulty one?. Is there a standard sizing?

If that one won't work. Can I use an alternative pipe?

I know the corrrect thing is to change the whole thing, as a set, but i am worried about making a good seal with the bath trap.
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