A week ago there was a pretty serious flood in our basement. The insurance company insisted we turn off our water, and they sent a plumber. The plumber pulled up the kitchen floor, and found that rats had chewed a two-inch long hole through out water pipe. A day later a new leak started in a different part of the cellar. We turned off the water again. We waited for the same plumber to return (he’s great btw). This time he pulled up the floor in the living room, and identified that the rats had chewed through the boiler pipes. Then the nightmare began... Then, after inspecting each and every pipe, he found that since we shut the rat’s drinking pipe off earlier in the week, they have systematically chewed through the entire length of our underground pipe system - our boiler pipes, more sections of the water pipe, a waste pipe and even the dishwasher. He’d never seen anything like it. We got a pest control guy in yesterday. I went around the building with him lifting up drain covers, and looking for points of entry. Turns out there are clear signs they have gained access through the drainage system. Looks like we could be without running water or heat for weeks. We have bought electric heaters, and have gas fires in some rooms, so we can deal with the heat. It’s the no water though. You just don’t realise how much you take running water for granted.