Pest problems can cause multiple headaches for homeowners, from property damage and spoiled foodstuffs to worries about diseases. Termites, cockroaches, rodents, and other unwanted guests gravitate toward ready sources of food and water. Unfortunately, plumbing problems may offer both.
If you struggle to control a pest issue in your home, you may need to determine whether an undetected plumbing issue lies at the heart of your frustration. Take a look at four kinds of plumbing problems that can create a more hospitable environment for pests.
1. Clogged Drains and Garbage Disposals
Whenever you dump scraps of food into your kitchen sink or garbage disposal, you create a potential feeding ground for pests. Food debris clogging a drain or snagged in the garbage disposal’s grinder can attract and sustain cockroaches, drain flies, ants, and other creatures.
If you don’t have experience unclogging a sink, or you simply don’t want to deal with the mess involved, contact a pest control specialist who can remove the debris without harming your pipes. A hopelessly clogged or damaged garbage disposal may also require either professional cleaning or outright replacement.
Don’t assume that your kitchen serves as the only possible site for clogs that appeal to pests. A slow-draining bathroom sink or shower drain can also harbor drain flies, water bugs, and cockroaches. Make sure to get clogged or sluggish bathroom drains cleaned by a professional to avoid accidental pipe damage.
2. Faucet Leaks
Even if you manage to keep your kitchen miraculously clean of any potential pest food sources, you may still offer those pests a valuable source of water without realizing it. A tiny drip from a kitchen or bathroom faucet can do its part to keep rodents and other pests alive and well in your home while also wasting water.
Fortunately, dripping faucets typically suffer from minor, easy-to-fix issues. Your plumber may simply need to replace a worn O-ring, tighten up a loose washer, or clean your disc cartridge faucet’s inlet and outlet seals. Some leaky faucets may need a new plastic valve seat or valve cartridge.
3. Wall and Crawlspace Leaks
Not all of the plumbing issues that attract pests occur before your eyes. A leaking pipe component hidden inside a wall, crawlspace, or subfloor can dampen wood and other organic materials. As these materials rot, they offer ideal conditions for termites, beetles, and carpenter ants. Rodents may also lap up puddled water.
While you may spot plumbing leaks in obvious spots such as behind your refrigerator or under your kitchen sink, a hidden plumbing leak may become evident only from wall or ceiling stains or a loss in water pressure. Periodic plumbing inspections can identify these issues early, minimizing pest problems and property damage.
4. Sewer Line Failures
Assuming that your home connects to a municipal sewer system, all the water that enters and exits the residence does so through underground sewer lines. Unfortunately, these lines can break due to tree root infiltration or age-related material failure. These breaks may allow sewer-dwelling pests to invade your property.
Signs of a potential sewer line break include unusual changes in your lawn, a foul smell, new mold growth, low water pressure, and an increase in rodents or other pests. Your plumber can replace a worn-out sewer line. To identify and deal with such problems in their early stages, schedule regular sewer line inspections.
If you want to create a more pest-free environment for yourself and your loved ones, contact Spartan Plumbing Inc. Our experienced team can evaluate your home for issues that can encourage pest infestation, providing recommendations and repairs as needed. Contact us today to schedule service.