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Posted 22 August 2022 - 08:07 PM

Hello,

 

Do downspouts that come directly from the roof to the ground with no entrance to the interior of the facility have to have a screens at the ends? 

 

From the articles that I've read it seems that it is best practice even thought it would prevent pest creating homes in the pipe, clogging it or dying therefore creating other problems.

 

Has anyone every been dings from an auditor not having the spouts ends covered?

 

 



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Posted 22 August 2022 - 10:02 PM

I've never had an auditor look for screens

Based on home experience, I wouldn't want screens on drains.  They could become clogged and overflow.  You would need someone checking/cleaning them on a regular basis.

We had old rubber boots over a couple downspouts on our house, to disperse water.  The boots filled up with silt and debris from the roof, clogged the holes, and in the next big rain, the gutters were overflowing. Got rid of the boots and haven't had an issue since.  No more



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Posted 23 August 2022 - 12:38 AM

In my experience, no auditor look at it initially. Depending on other PRPs/GMPs, for example, if your IPM showed high rodent activity or roofrat, the auditor may ask controls for it. But as to have downspout with no screen as a finding initially, I think no auditor cite it.

 

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 03:42 AM

As an Auditor I don't think I ever saw screens on down spouts.

What I did see however was dowmspots included in PCO records and written procedures for cleaning and ensuring pest free, rats, mice, etc.

Now I have seen animal up spout preventors that included rather nasty sets of pain inflicting materials such as spikes and razors.

In Costa Rica and Panama I saw downspouts in the urban areas but out in the more jungle cut out areas nome at all and that is because snakes love going up them to get to the roof to bask in the sun.


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Posted 25 August 2022 - 06:50 PM

Thank you guys!





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