Household pests need water to survive (just as humans do), and often search out water sources in your home’s most vulnerable places. Have you noticed an unexpected house guest like an insect (or worse) taking a quick sip from the water that collects around your bathtub’s drain? This common occurrence may catch you by surprise from time to time, but have you ever thought about what else may be going on behind the scenes in some of the more questionable areas of your home’s plumbing?
A plumbing leak is more than just a source of irritation, it’s a nuisance that can attract all sorts of unwelcomed house guests looking for a steady supply of fresh water. Some of the most common types of thirsty little pests include a variety of creepy crawlies, insects, and rodents.
Can Pests Lead to Undiscovered Leaks?
You shouldn’t assume you have a leak in your plumbing at the first sign of a bug in the bathtub. However, it’s important to keep in mind that sudden recurring sightings of unwelcomed pests could lead to undiscovered leaks. Be sure to thoroughly investigate any areas where rodents or bugs seem to be gathering, and take an especially close look at any nearby plumbing or sources of running water.
On the bright side, if you do discover a leak, it’s much more likely to be in a location that’s easily accessible as opposed to being buried deep within your drywall. Some of the most common areas you should inspect include:
- Under your bathroom and kitchen sinks
- Under your refrigerator
- Your freezer’s water line
- The water line to any appliances using water (dishwasher, washing machine, etc.)
- Under your sink traps and garbage disposal
Make sure you play close attention to any areas where your pipes are entering through your walls to be sure they are sealed tightly using one of many alternatives including foam insulation, rubber gaskets, or metal plates. Proper seals not only help keep your pipes in place … they to keep those unwanted pests out.
If any creep critters have lead you to a plumbing leak, contact Action Plumbing today talk with one of our experts and find out how we can help get your issue fixed fast!