As the weather gets warmers, bugs start to hatch. Including nasty drain flies, also known as sewer flies or moth flies. They are small flies that can be found around drains and can be a nuisance. Here are some steps you can take to get rid 'em before they take over your house:
Clean and Remove Debris: Drain flies lay their eggs in moist organic matter, such as decaying food, hair, and other debris that can accumulate in drains. Regularly clean your drains and remove any debris, food particles, or hair that may be present. Use a drain brush or a wire brush to scrub the drain and remove any buildup.
Use Boiling Water: Boil a pot of water and carefully pour it down the drain. The hot water can help flush away debris and kill drain fly eggs and larvae.
Use Baking Soda and Vinegar: Mix equal parts of baking soda and vinegar to create a fizzy solution. Pour the mixture down the drain and let it sit for about 15 minutes. The fizzing action of the mixture can help break down debris and kill drain fly larvae. Follow up with boiling water to flush the drain.
Use a Biological Drain Cleaner: You can also use a biological drain cleaner that contains beneficial bacteria that feed on organic matter and help break down debris in the drain. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully when using a biological drain cleaner.
Clean Drain Covers and Screens: Drain flies can also breed on drain covers and screens. Clean and remove any debris or buildup from drain covers or screens to eliminate potential breeding grounds for drain flies.
Seal Cracks and Leaks: Drain flies can enter your home through cracks or leaks in pipes. Contact Paradise Plumbing to inspect your plumbing for any cracks or leaks and seal them using appropriate sealants or plumbing repairs.
Maintain Good Drainage: Ensure that your drains are functioning properly and that water flows freely. Avoid allowing water to stand for extended periods in sinks, showers, or other drains, as stagnant water can attract drain flies.
Preventing drain flies from infesting your drains in the first place is the best approach. Regular cleaning, proper maintenance, and prompt repair of any leaks or cracks can help keep your drains fly-free. If you're unable to get those little buggers under control and think they may be coming from a cracked drain or seal, contact Paradise Plumbing to set up an appointment. No matter what plumbing issue you have, our licensed plumbers are well-equipped to handle it.