Even if you try to keep pests out of your home, one area where they may crawl up is in your plumbing. You may notice bugs flying around in your sink or you may be shocked to see a bug crawl up right out of your drain. Sometimes, these bugs come from within your home, while other times, they enter the home through the drain itself. If you want to prevent this from happening, there are fortunately modifications you can make to your plumbing to fix this.
Garbage Disposal Units
One of the reasons you might have bugs in your drain is because you have food lodged in it. If this is the case, you may want to have a garbage disposal unit added to your sink. Then, the garbage disposal can chop up debris and allow it to fall down into the drain. The garbage disposal comes with the added benefit of making your kitchen smell fresh. While the grinders can be very effective at breaking up food, the sides of the garbage disposal can become caked with sludge over time.
If your drain has become clogged, the clog becomes a breeding ground for pests. After eggs have hatched, the pests will crawl out of the drains. Fortunately, boiling water can be highly effective at clearing out the drain. The heat from the boiling water can help food debris loosen and fall down the drain. Also, the boiling water will kill pests further down in the drain.
Replacing Damaged Pipes
When a pipe is damaged, this will create a hole that will allow for a pest outside to crawl inside. Then, the pest will crawl up the drain in search for food and water. If you suspect that one of your pipes is damaged, it is recommended that you hire a plumber who will be able to replace the damaged pipe properly with a new pipe.
Covering The Drain
If you still have pests crawling up out of the sink, you may decide to build a mesh structure that allows for water to pass through, but which prevents bugs from crawling up. This structure will also prevent food from falling down into the sink, which not only feeds pests, but also clogs the sink and can cause the sink to smell. Bugs are always trying to enter your home, but with diligence, you can keep most of them out.
For more information, contact companies like Marcum Plumbing Services, Inc.