When the average person thinks of plumbing problems, they tend to think about toilets that do not flush, pipes that burst, and water that doesn’t heat correctly. But plumbing problems are not limited to these issues alone. A working, effective, and efficient plumbing system that has been properly installed allows you to protect your property from mold, water your lawn better, and – perhaps most importantly – protect yourself and your family from pests.

Companies that offer pest control in Rocklin, CA and throughout the United States often point to plumbing as one of the issues that can bring in all different types of pests. That is because pests come indoors for three things: food, shelter, and water. When there is a plumbing problem, water is likely to attract pests for a wide range of reasons.


Pests are going to come indoors. Even without plumbing problems, your property is going to have spilled food, warmth, shelter, and even water that is going to attract pests. It’s why every property, whether you’re in Orland Park or the Sacramento and Rocklin area, is going to need pest control services. Not even the best plumbing in the local area is going to be a completely pest free without help.

But there are many specific plumbing issues that can lead to a higher pest population. These include, but are no way limited to:

  • Leaking Pipes – It’s possible for pipes to leak for months or years without being noticed. Leaking pipes can attract essentially any pest, as the water will pool and create smells that will attract rats, mice, cockroaches, ants, and more. Any leaking pipe, anywhere on your property, has the potential to bring in pests.  
  • Black Water – Water that backs up into the home from someplace like the toilet and septic system is known as black water. Black water can be exceptionally dangerous. Not only can it carry pathogens and lead to property damage, but it also attracts all sorts of pests – especially flies, which are attracted to the smell of waste water. If the properly has mold or pathogens, other pests may try to come inside as well. 
  • Leaking Faucets – Like leaking pipes, leaking faucets have the potential to bring in essentially any pest. That is because the leak in the faucet becomes a steady pool of water that can nourish all sorts of bugs in the house. All leaking faucets will need to be addressed not only to save water, but also to prevent an ongoing pest infestation. 
  • Standing Water – Outdoors, standing water is known to attract mosquitoes, which lay their eggs in the water. But indoor standing water is not much better. When your sink doesn’t drain very well, for example, it can bring in pests known as drain flies. Drain flies are more of a minor nuisance than they are dangerous, but – when a property has pests, like drain flies – it can bring in other pests, like spiders, which come indoors to feed on the insects.
  • Mold and Moisture – Mold and moisture caused by leaks in plumbing or poor drainage can lead to their own problems. For example, moist environments with high humidity attract house centipedes, a common pest in the Rocklin, Roseville, and Sacramento area. These pests – which look like giant, long, fast spiders – thrive in moist environments. Other pests, like silverfish, also need these types of environments. Fixing leaks is one way to reduce their indoor population. 

These are only a few of the many examples of plumbing problems that can lead to a greater need for pest control. It can also be used to explain why pests may congregate around a specific area. If you’re finding that your property consistently has bugs in a single room or area, that may be a sign of a plumbing problem. Only a trained pest control company will be able to determine why your property has pests, but plumbing issues can be to blame.


We know that all properties will eventually have plumbing problems, whether they’re in the Greater Sacramento area of California or across the US in Illinois. We also know that all properties will have pest problems. But what very few families realize is that the problem may be avoidable as long as you first check your plumbing. Plumbing problems are not going to cause all pest issues, but if you do have a plumbing problem, it is not uncommon for pests to soon follow.


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