Plumbing leaks can cause many problems at home. Not only do they make a mess, they also waste water and can make your monthly water bill go up. But there is another problem with plumbing leaks that many people don’t think about – they can attract household pests into your home. Insects and rodents need water to survive just like we do. If you’ve noticed a sizable increase in the amount of pests in your home, you may need to contact a professional plumber to patch up the leaks in your plumbing system. Here are some checks you can make yourself.
Preliminary Checks to Make
There are some other signs you should look for that indicate plumbing leaks in your home. When you notice pests in a particular part of your home, inspect the nearby areas which have access to running water. You might get unlucky and have a break in a pipe that is very hard to reach without professional help, but most of the time these leaks are readily accessible.
A few places are more likely to be favorites of pests than others, so you should check these out first. Pools of water often form underneath refrigerators which can attract cockroaches. If your refrigerator has an ice maker, check this water line too as it is often made of plastic rather than sturdy metal. Other places to check include below kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, and around garbage disposal units.
Don’t Forget to Check Piping Seals
One other way that plumbing problems can bring in pests is through the seals that surround the plumbing pipes coming through your walls. Examine these spots where pipes go into a wall as you check for leaks. These areas are sealed with metal plates, foam insulation, rubber gaskets, or another physical barrier. If there are any gaps in these seals, insects can get into your home this way as well. Contact a professional plumber to have these areas resealed.
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