Water is a fantastic resource that pretty much everything on earth needs to survive – I mean, it makes up 75% of the planet and most of our body for a good reason! However, when I say everything needs water, and that includes nasty pests like roaches and other unwanted guests. Plumbing leaks are very problematic and often hard to spot, so it’s imperative that if you suspect that you have a leak you immediately seek out help from a professional plumber.
If you have a pest problem, try not to immediately freak out. That being said, if you do freak out, try to keep it relatively short and sweet so that you can get to work. Now, the first thing you need to do is identify the leak. Try to figure out where these nasty pests are coming from. Are they ants? If so, try to follow their trail back to the source. It might be a sugary treat, but it might be a plumbing leak. Same thing with roaches, although with roaches it’s much more likely to be a plumbing issue because roaches love water and damp locations.
When you identify the source of your leak, you should do everything in your power to seal that bad boy up. Kill the pests around the leakage source and seal it up if you’re comfortable doing so. I’d recommend sealing it up with rubber gaskets if you have them, but any physical object will do in the short-run. After you create your makeshift water blockage device, immediately call your plumber if you don’t have professional experience in stopping leaks. Having a leak can be a sign of a bigger problem and you might have more that you aren’t yet aware of, and a professionally-trained plumber will be able to identify and stop those too. Need help patching your pipe leak? Check out this article: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/patching-leaking-metal-water-pipes-20717.html.
After you get rid of the leak, your work still is not over, unfortunately. Because you had a pest problem, it is always a safe bet to call in an exterminator of some kind to get an assessment of the damage – if any – that was caused by the pests, and whether or not more of them are in the area. The last thing you want is a pest problem even after you have fixed your leak, so it’s best to take care of that at the same time as your leak.