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Did you know that plumbing leaks can increase the presence of pests in your home? It’s absolutely true. How is that possible? Think about what insects, bugs, and rodents need to survive. Aside from food (which there’s always plenty of in our homes), they need water. All of these tests will help you to determine if there are leaks in your home that could be inviting pests and rodents to move in.

Finding Leaks

Finding leaks in your plumbing isn’t always easy. Sometimes you can spot water droplets or a trickle of water leaking out of your faucets, but most of the time, the leaks will be small enough that they’re hard to notice.

Check for water drops 

 Even a few small drops can be enough to invite pests into your home. Keep an eye on your bathroom, kitchen, and washrooms to ensure there are no water droplets on the floor, soaking into your carpet, or dripping between your tiles.

Check the tub 

If you have a bathtub, check the caulking connecting it to the wall. If the caulking is damaged, water that splashes from the tub may trickle down the wall and leak onto the floor.

Look for stains

 Not all leaks are consistent drips or trickles. Some are only occasional problems. Look for stains around your faucets, showerheads, drains, and on the floor. Water stains could indicate a leak.

Look up

Not all leaks will be visible on your floor, but you may have to look up. If you have a second-story bathroom, shower, or toilet, check the ceiling beneath the pipes. Any bowing, sagging, or chipping of the paint/texture could be a sign of leakage.

Test the sink rim 

 Your kitchen sink should be properly sealed where it meets the counter. Use a sponge to drip water on the counter around the sink, and check underneath the sink to see if the water is leaking through. If so, the caulking/sealant is damaged.

Check the tiles 

 The grout between your tiles isn’t just for appearances’ sake, but it’s also there to prevent water leaking between the tiles and soaking into the wall. Check for signs of damaged, decayed, or chipped grout. If you find any, repair ASAP.

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