Plumbing Problems And Pests? There’s a Connection
Plumbing Problems and Pests
Have you ever noticed that a majority of the insects and rodents found in homes are often found in bathrooms, unfinished basements, and crawl spaces? The reason – these areas harbor high levels of moisture.
Pests LOVE moisture
- Book Lice
- Carpenter Ants
How to Repair your plumbing to prevent pests
It’s not always easy to catch a leak from a sink faucet or shower head until it’s too late. At least once a month, make sure to inspect all parts of a faucet. Most leaks go unnoticed under the sink so don’t just do a surface inspection.
If you have a basement (or even a crawl space) in your home, this may be where most of the plumbing that runs through your home can be identified – usually along the ceiling. Unfinished basements have a higher likelihood of pest infestation because of high moisture levels. Be sure to inspect for leaking plumbing or condensation around exposed plumbing. For finished basements, look for any sort of brown ceiling stain that might signal a leak in your pipes.
The two appliances that use the most water are dishwashers and washing machines. If either is too old, has a malfunctioning part, or if there’s a clog in the water line, a leak can happen. Ensure these appliances (and any others that utilize water) are working efficiently.
Water heater maintenance:
The water heater is another plumbing fixture that can quickly leak if a part is broken, especially if it’s not maintained. To prevent leaks that can cause water damage or invite pests into your home, have a professional like A-Abel service and flush out this fixture annually.
It might come as a surprise that plumbing issues could be the cause of your pest infestation. To avoid pest infestation, inspect your plumbing system and water utilizing fixtures/appliances regularly. If you need a plumbing problem fixed or pests exterminated, contact A-Abel today!