Pet Proof Your Plumbing
Having a pet at home is a source of happiness. Who doesn't love to come home to a happy dog or cat that just wants to see you? You would not normally think that little Fido or Fluffy could cause damage to your home plumbing. Plumbing issues can be expensive so we put together a list of ways you can Pet Proof Your Plumbing.
What You Can Do
1 - Keep Toilet Seats Down
Many dogs love to drink out of the toilet. Yes it is gross and it can also be dangerous to your fur baby. Dogs sense of smell is many times what ours is and since dogs are curious by nature strange smells will attract them. We definitely do not want them to think about the cleaning chemicals that are popular to clean toilets. To help deter our pets from drinking from the toilet, ensure that they have plenty of fresh water to drink from.
Drinking from the toilet is not the only danger, small pets have known to jump up and get stuck in a toilet that was left open.
2 - Be Careful What You Flush
Most of us flush non-human waste down our toilet. Food waste, cooking grease and cat litter are commonly flushed. Cat litter is designed absorb moisture, it will do that in your toilet and pipes.
Even though some litters are marketed as flushable, it can still build up in your pipe and cause damage. Eliminate the chance of cat litter causing damage by not flushing it down your toilet.
3 - Discourage Digging
Some dogs just love to dig. Since water and sewer lines lie underground, normally quite deep, some may be not very deep and can be ripped or pierced by a digging dog.
In the case that you are unable to stop the digging behavior, call a plumber to mark where your lines are. With that information you can focus on discouragement digging in that area.
4 - Wash Pets Outside
What dog owner has not had an instance where Fido has not been covered in dirt and mud? This would normally signify that it is time for a bath. We recommend that you do not use your bathtub for bathing Fido. The dirt, mud, debris and hair can cause blockages in your pipes.
By cleaning your dog outside you can save yourself a possibly expensive plumbing issue. Here are what we recommend as the alternatives to bathing Fido in the tub
- Bath the dog outside entirely
- Take Fido to a pet groomer and have them bathe them
- Some pet stores like Bosley’s and Petco have self service bathing areas. After your muddy walk stop in and use this service. Fido wouldn’t mind a treat as well.
- If these options are not possible then rinse off Fido outside and remove the majority of the dirt and mud. Finish in your bathtub but install a drain catcher to stop anything that could cause a clog
5 - Cover Exposed Pipes
As we have already mentioned, dogs are curious. Exposed pipes are not immune to their curiosity. Whether the pipes are exposed in your basement or under a sink, protecting them from your pets will also protect your pets from them.
Some pipes can be toxic to our pets depending on the material and some can be easily damage by a chewing or scratching animal.
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