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How Plumbing Leaks Can Lead to Insects

Plumbing leaks and insect infestations—two things you hate to see in your home. But did you know they can go hand in hand?

Just like you, insects need water to survive, so they often gravitate toward water sources in your home. This could mean water droplets near a tub or sink drain, cups of water or a water leak.

Now, you shouldn’t assume that you have a water leak just because you see a bug or two in your home. The first thing you should do is determine if there is a place or room where the insects gather. Once you pinpoint the location, and it happens to be near one of your plumbing fixtures, it’s time to check for a leak.

There’s always the chance that a plumbing leak occurs in a hard-to-reach interior pipe, but many household leaks are relatively accessible.

The first places you should check are under your sinks and refrigerator. Kitchen and bathroom sink leaks often go undetected if the homeowner doesn’t regularly use the cabinets beneath them. And pooling water under your fridge is a favorite hangout of cockroaches and other common household pests.


Other potential leak areas include:

  • Freezer water lines
  • Dishwasher and washing machine water lines
  • Under sink traps and garbage disposals
  • Tubs and showers
  • Hot water tanks

What should you do when you notice a leak?

The first thing you should do is clean up any standing water in your home. This will help with remove insects and prevent further damage to your floors, walls and fixtures.

Fixing the leak can be tricky and may require replacement instead of repair depending on the size of the leak. Luckily, the experts at Superior Drain can fix your leaks for a standing water and insect free home.

Call us or request an appointment online to get your leak fixed in no time.

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