Pets are man’s best friend. In fact, according to research by the American Pet Product Association, about 68% of American households have a family member of the four-legged variety.
That’s why it’s necessary to pet-proof your plumbing system. It doesn’t matter how lovely your pets are, if they’re left on their own, they can ruin furniture, mess up the living room, or damage your plumbing pipes.
So let’s talk about the best ways to pet-proof your plumbing system and keep it safe:
1. Cover Pipes
Pets love to chew everything including exposed pipes. If your animal friend makes this a habit of biting through your exposed pipes, it could lead to a damage in the furnishings and home finishes like your flooring, walls, or even the facilities used to install the plumbing.
If the pipe in question is installed is an exterior one that conveys water throughout the home, then it could damage important facilities.
Consequently, the pet could incur an injury from chewing the pipe. To prevent spending money taking your pet to the vet and even repair work, cover up all the exposed pipes and wires in and around your home.
2. Use Drain Stoppers
We often give our pets a bath. It’s a good measure to keep them healthy. However, you have to cover the drain with a drain stopper or strainer (as it’s often called).
Dogs, for examples, have coarse and thick hair that sheds a lot.
The hair can shed while you’re bathing a dog and if you fail to use a drain stopper to protect your drain, then you should be ready to hire a plumber soon. Don’t clean your pet without a strainer, it’s recommended by professional plumbers.
3. Keep the Lid on the Toilet Closed
If you’re a pet owner, you know it’s common for your pet to want to drink from the toilet bowl. This is a bad habit that any pet can adopt and it’s unhealthy for you as well since you’ll be spending time with your pet.
Why is this dangerous? Well, there’s a residue from toilet cleaners which are harmful. Also, the residue from bleaches can cause severe health disorders.
If the pet falls into the toilet, it could shed its fur and this can lead to clogging of your drains if you don’t stop it.
4. Don’t Flush the Cat Litter
Don’t be deceived by those cat litter commercials that claim they’re flushable. Instead of risking it and getting your toilet clogged, don’t flush it. When the cat litter builds up over time, it can clog or gum up the plumbing system. To safeguard your pipes and entire system from being affected by this, it’s advisable to only flush toilet paper and waste. Trust me, most of those pet products are not as flush-friendly.
5. Prevent Dogs from Digging in the Yard
Dogs can be tricky and reliable at times. When properly trained, a dog knows what to do to make the owner happy. But it’s not always the case. Hence, do all you can to stop your dog(s) from digging.
When a dog digs, it can ruin the look and layout of your yard and also affect your pipes and other plumbing lines. There are homes where their sewer and water lines are just 18 inches beneath the ground.
Consequently, a little digging from your powerful and lovely dog could expose the pipes and reach the sewer pipes and damage it.
Serious plumbing problems usually occur when the sewer pipes are broken and everywhere is messed up.
At that time, a reasonable dog will run away while you face the consequences of not watching over your dog. You have to spend money to repair it.
6. Outside Rinses
Most pets especially dogs usually get dirty rolling in the mud and whatever environment or element they perceive is conducive to their furry nature. A good way to pet-proof your plumbing system is by rinsing your dog outside.
It’s not recommended to wash your dirty dog in your bathtub or bathroom floor because he or she will shed a lot of muddy, matted fur.
In the end, this fur will clamp and clogged in your drains, potentially preventing dirty water from passing through. You can prevent clogs when you bath your dog in different stages.
Start by rinsing the dog outside. This will eliminate most of the dirt and toughest clumps from their body. Next, you can use the bathroom to give your furry family member a proper bath.
If you have enough time and you’re not rushing off to work yet, allow your dog to dry first to reduce the amount of after bath cleaning you’d have to do in your house if you let your dripping pet walk through it inside your house to the bathroom.
7. Use Perfume to Keep Dogs Off Plumbing Lines
If your dogs continually distort your plumbing lines and wires, shedding hair all over the place and not making you happy, the simple solution is that doesn’t require an expensive dog therapist is this:
Use strong perfume or mixture of essential oils on and around the environment.
When your pet approaches the lines or the environment, as strong flowery smells are not friendly to dogs, they’ll not be comfortable.
These smells tend to be overpowering and unpleasant to dogs; causing them to sneeze. Try out several scents and oils to easily determine the one your dog dislikes the most.
When it comes to our lovely pets, we never can predict the damage they can produce when left alone. Be one step ahead with by following our tips. The goal is to help you save money through prevention.
You should only hire a plumber if, at the end of the day, you were not able to fix the plumbing issue by yourself. If this is the case, please call us at Bredahl Plumbing. We can resolve any pet-issue damage in your home.
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