Combat Pests By Controlling Water Around Your Home

leaking faucetWater is essential for life. We need to get enough of it every day for our well-being while at the same time preventing it from falling into misuse. After all, we are not the only ones that are dependent on the liquid. Pests need water to survive as well. A moist environment is exactly what they need to thrive.

Make sure that your home offers them no shelter so that they don’t wreak havoc on your property or your family. The presence of mosquitoes, for instance, can be quite troubling as they carry all types of diseases. Control the water around your home through the following tactics:

Fix Plumbing Leaks

The plumbing system is one of the biggest sources of pest frustration in many homes. Leaks can appear at any time and anywhere. This could be a leaking faucet, a broken plumbing pipe, a malfunctioning water heater, or some other plumbing issue that causes water to pool in or around your home. Fix these problems as soon as possible. Don’t wait for puddles to build up and pests to come in. Furthermore, when you find insects, such as mosquitoes inside of your home, this can be indicative that you have a water leak inside of your home. Additionally, leaks also trigger structural damage especially as the water makes its way into the foundation. Find an experienced plumber who can help you trace the root cause and apply a suitable solution.

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Remove Stagnant Water

pests around the homeYou should also inspect every inch of the house and its surroundings to look for stagnant water. Mosquitoes are known for laying their eggs in this kind of environment. The usual suspects include:

  • gutters
  • old tires
  • land depressions
  • empty pots
  • buckets
  • open containers
  • bathrooms
  • basements

After it rains, try to empty these problem areas. If they were caused by water leaks, then clean the mess after the plumber has sealed them. If there is a low-lying spot in your home, then you may want to consider regrading it to prevent water from collecting there every time.

Use Prevention Tactics

Indeed, prevention is much better and cheaper than mounting heroic solutions. Simple things like covering all of your outside containers can go a long way towards keeping pests out. Even clean the pet’s water dishes routinely. Don’t allow them to stay unattended for very long. Cover garbage bins as well. Organic matter will decay quicker with moisture. It will give off a foul smell that will attract insects, rodents, and other types of pests. Non-biodegradable items, on the other hand, may end up collecting stagnant water from rain and dew. Cover the bins and make sure that they have drainage holes.

Clean the gutters regularly to get fallen leaves and debris out of the way. This ensures the continuous flow of water down the chain. Otherwise, clumps will cause blockage and leave moisture trapped in between. If you can’t reach these because of the height, then ask professionals to do the job for you.

water leak in a macungie pa homeThe same holds true for the home’s plumbing system. Get an expert to check things once a year or so just to make sure that everything is in order and catch problems at the soonest possible time. Many plumbing leaks are not noticeable to the untrained eye. It is surprising how many leaks go unattended until a major issues occurs. The last thing that you want to deal with is an unattended plumbing leak on top of a pest problem. Prevent them by scheduling a plumbing inspection annually with a licensed plumber.

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Keeping your plumbing system in top shape can prevent numerous issues. A plumbing inspection prevents water leaks which leads to pests, water damages, and much more. These issues are inexpensive when they are caught early on. However, the longer they go undetected, the more expensive they are. Unfortunately, water leaks can go undetected for quite some time because some water leaks are not as obvious as others. If you live in a home that has not had the attention from a licensed plumber, be sure to schedule a plumbing inspection. When you need professional plumbing services, contact Robinson Plumbing.

We offer many different services including locating water leaks that are not as obvious in your home, plumbing fixture replacements, and much more. For a list of our services, click here. Contact us if you have any plumbing questions and one of our trusted and certified plumbers will gladly answer them for you.

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