How Plumbing Leaks Can Attract Pests

You might have wondered why you can commonly find rodents and insects living in crawl spaces and unfinished basements. The reason they are attracted to these spaces is because there are high levels of moisture present in these areas.
When there are leaky pipes and plumbing fixtures in need of repair, the moisture this creates will provide pests with the perfect living environment. Avoid getting pests in your home or business by regularly maintaining your plumbing and addressing any leaks as soon as possible. Pipes leaking

Pests That are Attracted to Moisture

Drain flies: Decomposing organic matter, commonly found in garbage disposals, dirty drains, showers, and sinks, attracts drain flies, which then lay their eggs in the organic matter. If you’ve noticed a lot of these pesky flies around your drains, it’s time to have them inspected and cleaned by a professional.
Ants and Cockroaches: A leaky faucet or sink in your kitchen or bathroom can attract ants, flies, and cockroaches. A fitting that was installed incorrectly, a loose joint or a crack in your sealant can cause a leak, which allows waste and food particles escape, attracting insects.
Termites: These insects are attracted to damp wood, so if you have an older property, it’s vital that your plumbing receives regular maintenance from a professional plumber. Make sure that you regularly check for leaks if your hot water system is in the attic, as any leakage can drop into your walls or roof, attracting termites.
Spiders, mosquitoes and other insects: When you have a blocked gutter, you get pools of water, which attract mosquito larvae, spiders, and other insects.

Where to Inspect for Leaks

There’s no need to jump to the conclusion that you have a leaky pipe or faucet at the first sign of an insect in your bathroom. However, you should keep in mind that you could have an undiscovered leak if you are continually encountering unwelcome pests in your bathroom or kitchen. If this is the case, it’s essential that you take a look at any areas where bugs or rodents seem to be gathering, and thoroughly investigate any nearby sources of running water or plumbing.
On the plus side, in the case that a leak is discovered, the chances are that it’s in an easily accessible location, instead of being buried deep within your walls. The most common areas for leaks where you need to take a closer look are:
● Underneath your refrigerator
● The water line of your freezer
● Underneath your kitchen and bathroom sinks
● The waterline to any appliance which uses water (washing machine, dishwasher, etc.)
● Underneath your garbage disposal and sink traps
Seal It Up
Any areas where plumbing pipes are entering through the walls need to be scrutinized, and you need to make sure they are sealed tightly. All spots should be sealed with foam insulation, rubber gaskets, metal plates or another form of solid insulation. Any gaps you find means an easier way for insects and pests to enter your home.
If you find a leak or any gaps that need to be sealed, or if you need regular plumbing maintenance, make sure to contact a local and reputable plumbing company today.