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Drain Flies, Roaches & Mice: How Plumbing Can Invite Pests Into Your Home

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Leaks in your home are bad enough, but what if they’re also the source of your pest problem? Or perhaps you’ve noticed that you have a pest like ants, cockroaches or mosquitos in your home, but haven’t been able to get rid of them by using regular do it yourself solutions. It could be that your plumbing’s to blame.

But, what does your plumbing have to do with pests?


Leaks, whether they result in standing water or only cause a bit of moisture in the form of a very slow drip, attract bugs and pests. Mosquitos love humidity and mainly thrive wherever there is standing water. In addition, termites, ants, cockroaches, and mice are all attracted to water. So, if you have a leak, no matter how small, it may be the cause of your pest problems.


Plumbing problems can also provide pests with easy access to your home. How?


Even slow leaks that can go undetected may create tiny cracks in your home’s walls. These cracks may seem too small for anything to get inside, but for ants and cockroaches, they might as well be gaping holes. These pesky pests find their way in through the tiniest cracks and holes initiated by a small leak.

Sewer Mice and rats often get into your home through damage to your sewer line. Similarly, cockroaches can also make it into your home through the sewer lines. Through repair of your sewer lines and drains, you can once again seal off your house, avoiding a continued infestation.

A skilled plumber can fix your leaks and sewage issues. However, you may also have to repair cracks in your walls and contact a pest control company to eliminate the problem.

The good news is that you can also avoid many of these issues through simple prevention. Have your plumbing checked if you notice any of the following signs of a leak:

  • Decreased water pressure
  • Moisture
  • Increased water bill
  • Mold and mildew appearing in your home
  • Foundation cracks

The sooner you take care of the leak, the sooner you can prevent unwelcome guests from entering your home. Not only that, but you’ll reduce the amount of damage done to your home in general and avoid wasting water.

Sewer line issues may appear with different signs such as:

  • Regular backups and blockages (The occasionally blocked drain is one thing, but if it seems to be a frequent symptom in your home, it may be due to a more significant issue)
  • Odor
  • Extra green grass
  • A sunken spot on your lawn or pavers
  • Foundation cracks

As soon as you notice any of these issues, speak to your trusted plumbers here at Orange Coast Plumbing. We’ll help with the repairs to your sewer pipes and line so that you can reduce the chances that rodents and insects will take advantage of the situation to make their way into your home.

Taking care of your plumbing is essential not just because it ensures that you have a good water system, but also because it can prevent pest problems.

Need a good, reliable, affordable plumber? Call Orange Coast Plumbing! We look forward to serving you soon.



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