We’ve all heard the urban legend of the snake or large spider emerging from a drain or toilet and giving a homeowner a rightful fright.
While the stories of these incidents may seem far-fetched, the truth is that insects, rodents, and reptiles in your home’s plumbing can be a more common problem than believed.
In the spirit of the Halloween season, let’s take a moment to dial down the fright of a plumbing creepy crawler, and learn more about how to detect a problem and what you can do to prevent your plumbing from becoming any pest’s nest.
How Do You Know Your Plumbing is Infested?
There are a couple of sure signs of a pest infestation that go beyond your houseguests popping out to say, “hello.”
If you start to experience clogs in your drains or a slow flushing toilet, this could be a sign that your plumbing is now home to rodents that have made a nest in its pipes. However, in order to truly determine this, you’ll need a licensed pest control or plumbing professional to shed some actual light on the situation.
However, if you start to hear scratching noises coming from your pipes or the walls where your plumbing resides, you likely have some form of infestation that could impact your plumbing.
How to Keep Pests Out of Your Plumbing
Rodents and insects in the home are never a fun time. So, here are some of the easiest things you can do to prevent a plumbing invasion from occurring in the first place.
Schedule a Plumbing Inspection
If you are noticing odd happenings around your bathroom and kitchen appliances, it’s always a good idea to schedule a plumbing inspection to get to the root of your issues.
Not only can a visit from a licensed plumber help resolve current plumbing problems, but it can also uncover issues in your plumbing that could lead to future plumbing repairs (i.e. areas in the home where rodents and insects can access your plumbing).
Perform Regular Maintenance on Your Pipes
Calling a plumber out doesn’t always have to be for major repairs. Over time, your drains will eventually create build-up that not only reduces their effectiveness but can also lead to excess moisture that attracts insects and rodents to your plumbing.
Ask About Toilet Multi-Flaps
One way to keep pests from crawling out of your toilet is to ask your plumber about multi-flap installation in your toilet. Multi-flaps are excellent features to attach to a toilet waste pipe. It essentially turns your toilet into a one-way trip for waste and prevents anything like snakes, frogs, or rats from making their way out.
Keep Your Pipes Clear of Problems With Plumbing Dynamics
If you think you need to take some maintenance steps to keep your plumbing pest-free, the licensed plumbers of Plumbing Dynamics can help. We specialize in plumbing inspections and helping clients out with both small and emergency plumbing problems.
Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment with one of our local plumbers.