In addition to higher than normal water bills, the steady drip of plumbing leaks can cause far more plumbing problems than you might be aware of. Aside from potentially hazardous mold and mildew growth, water leaks also allow pests such as insects and rodents into your home. Like humans, pests need water to survive, and a single water leak can support an entire pest colony!
Do you really want to share your water, let alone your home, with pests? Of course not! Not only can they potentially carry disease, but they can also cause severe structural damage to your home. Plumbing leaks and pests can be difficult to find, but the professional plumbers here at Bienvenu Brothers know exactly what to look for. Take advantage of our expert water leak detection service to prevent plumbing leaks and the pest problems they cause!
Here’s how you can close the door on uninvited pests and plumbing leaks in New Orleans.
- Be on the lookout It doesn’t always mean you have a water leak if you suddenly begin to see pests or signs of them, but it’s still worth it to do some investigating. Take a close look at the areas where you’ve seen pest activity. Do you also see signs of a water leak such as discoloration? If so, this leak could be encouraging the pest problem.
- Check under your refrigerator This area is often a prime location for cockroaches and other pests because it’s prone to pooling water. The water line of refrigerators that have automatic ice makers should be checked on a regular basis for signs of a damage or leaks, as even the tiniest of leaks is still big enough to support a large amount of pests.
- …and under your dishwasher The water lines of all your other plumbing appliances, such as your dishwasher and washing machine, should be visually inspected as well for signs of damage such as cracking. Other popular hang outs for pests include the area under kitchen and bathroom sinks, so keep an eye out for chewed wood or droppings, which can indicate recent pest activity.
- Inspect your plumbing seals Don’t forget to take a good look at the areas surrounding your plumbing pipes. Because of their location, plumbing seals are particularly vulnerable to water leaks. Keeping these areas tightly sealed with metal plates, rubber gaskets, or foam insulations will prevent water leaks and keep pests out!
Remember that pest control will only get rid of the pests themselves and not the source of the problem; water leak. If you notice pest activity or signs of a plumbing leak in any of these areas, call us right away for professional plumbing service in New Orleans!