Pets and plumbing are two topics that rarely get discussed together, but they actually have more to do with one another than you might think. Check out these pet owner plumbing tips to ensure your pets don’t have a negative effect on your plumbing and vice versa.
Protect your drains during bath time
When giving your pet a bath, you should always use a stopper or strainer to block animal hair from getting down the drain. Since (most) pets have so much more hair than (most) humans, bathing your pets in a tub or sink significantly increases the likelihood that your drains will get clogged.
Make sure your faucets and shower heads have pressure balancing valves
Pressure balance valves prevents the water temperature from getting extremely hot in your shower when someone flushes a toilet or turns on a sink. By installing these valves you can avoid the risk of scalding your pets during bath time!
Keep the toilet lid closed!
Do your pets love to drink out of the toilet bowl even though they have a bowl after perfectly good water available to them? If so, everyone in your home should get in the habit of keeping the toilet lid closed when not in use, The residue left from the chemicals and cleaners you use in your toilet can be very harmful to your pets when ingested.
Cat litter doesn’t belong down the toilet even if it’s “flushable”
To avoid a clogged toilet, you should refrain from flushing anything besides bodily waste and toilet paper. Any other items, kitty litter included, is likely to clog your toilet.
Pet-proof your home
Make sure that any floor drains or heating valves are covered if you have small caged animals
Keep all chemicals, human food, and any other potentially dangerous items out of reach of your pets
If you have animals that like to chew on things, make sure your power cords are covered to prevent damage to electronic devices
Don’t let your dog dig too deep in the yard
Water and sewer lines can sometimes be as little as 18 inches under your lawn. If your dog likes to dig holes, make sure they’re not digging deep enough to potentially put a hole through a water or sewer line.
Water and/or sewer lines cansometimes be found as shallow as 18 inches below the surface of your lawn. If your pup loves to dig holes, make sure that they’re not digging deep enough where they can potentially put a hole through your water line or sewer line.
If these pet owner plumbing tips don’t prevent plumbing problems, contact a professional!