Plumbing leaks can wreak havoc in your home, costing you money in wasted water and repairs. What some homeowners don't realize is that a sudden influx of household pests can be indicative of a plumbing leak. Insects and other household pests rely on water for survival, and a good leak in your home can be the perfect source. If you notice an insect taking a drink in leftover water in your shower frequently, it's time to take a closer look to see if you have an insect problem caused by a plumbing leak.
Check for Leaks Where You Find the Pests
Rodents and insects can be found anywhere in your home, but if you find them in a certain area more frequently, it's time to check that area for leaks. Many plumbing leaks are in places that are easily accessible. Look for water stains on your walls, floors or ceilings that can indicate that water is present. Look in areas that have running water nearby, and check under your refrigerator for any infestations. If you find signs of a plumbing leak but you can't identify the source, it's time to call in a professional plumber to assess the situation.
Common Areas Where Small Leaks are Discovered
Even a small leak from the hose that is the water source for the ice machine on your refrigerator can create a large enough amount of water to attract all kinds of insects. Common areas where leaks are found include around the base of the toilet, under the bathroom sink and under the kitchen sink. If you have insects frequently in your kitchen, this could be because of a leak below your kitchen sink. It's important to fix leaks right away so that when you take care of the insect or rodent problem, it won't reoccur.
Insects Also Sneak In Through Loose Plumbing Seals
As you check around your home for leaks, also look at the fittings where the pipe comes out of the wall. These should be well sealed, and are often a way that insects get into the home. If there isn't a metal cover or gasket over the pipe against the wall, this leaves a space for insects to crawl through. If you notice signs that these areas are not sealed, you can either do the work yourself or have a plumber do it for you.
When you have a pest problem in your home, remember that it could be plumbing related.