Issues with your plumbing fixtures can suddenly become a pest issue. Pipe leaks that affect your walls and cabinets can dampen the wood and lead to water pooling in an area. This can create an inviting environment for different kinds of pests. Checking up on the plumbing fixtures can help you avoid pest infestations that can spread from an area in your home to another. An important part of effective Austin pest control is not to invite pests into your home in the first place.
How Pests and Water Leaks Can Damage Your House
You should be worried about water leaks when they occur in the plumbing lines underneath sink cabinets, walls, or subflooring. When water drips out from the leak source, it will wet insulation, wood, concrete, and laminate. Over time, mold and mildew will build up near the water leak. Also, the wood will begin to soften and rot and the excessive water can soak into the drywall’s backside. When the drywall gives up, water will run out of your wall or from the ceiling into your house. If the water leak occurs under the shower, toilet, or tub, the floor can become spongy and may give way. Additionally, your tub, shower, and toilet may fall through the floor.
And when the water leak and its damage attract pests, you will be facing more serious issues. The extent of the damage pests may cause depends on the kind of pests you have in your house.
Pests that Leaky Pipes Attract
Leaky pipes can attract different pests, especially the following:
- Termites. Termites tend to bore through the wooden structures of your house near a newfound source of water. If a leak in your house has caused water damage, you may find termite activity.
- Ants. If one of your plumbing fixtures is leaking during the summer, you have probably seen ants near the leak. The heat of summer hydrates ants, causing them to find a cool, damp place where they can live.
- Roaches. Cockroaches require constant access to a source of water to thrive. Thus, they can find refuge when your home has a leak.
Avoiding Pest Infestations Around Leaky Pipes
If a pipe in your house has leaked, you should address it immediately. You can avoid pest issues because of leaks by sealing identified cracks with silicone-based caulks. Also, ensure the areas where leakage occurs are well-ventilated to prevent moisture buildup. Lastly, speak with a pest control expert to have an inspection done. Then, the expert can terminate the problem using the right products and methods.