Dec 06, 2023
We all love our four-legged family members. As a pet owner, you may expect your pets to chew up household items, dig up your lawn, and leave traces of their hair throughout your living space. However, you may not have thought about how your pets could affect your plumbing. Sunshine Plumbers shares tips on how to protect your plumbing from your pets. Here are the top tips to pet-proof your home’s plumbing.
Whenever possible, wash your pets outdoors to prevent excess fur, dirt, and loose hair from entering your indoor plumbing. Outdoor baths help keep your pipes free from pet-related debris.
Identify and cover any exposed pipes in and around your home. Pets, especially curious puppies and kittens, might chew on or play with pipes, which can lead to damage and potential plumbing issues. Call an experienced plumber to help you cover up exposed pipes.
Even if your kitty litter is advertised as flushable, resist the temptation to flush it down the toilet. Cat litter can clump and cause blockages in the pipes. Dispose of it in a trash bag instead. As a general rule, you should avoid flushing non-flushable items down your toilet. Examples of things you should never flush down the drain include:
Ensure your pets have access to clean and fresh water at all times. This discourages them from seeking alternative water sources, such as the toilet, which can introduce foreign objects into the plumbing.
Keeping toilet lids closed safeguards your pet's well-being. Toilet water may contain harmful residues from cleaning products or bleach, posing a risk of poisoning and severe health issues if ingested by your pet. Keeping the lid closed ensures your pet stays safe from these potential hazards.
Dogs like digging, but this behavior can easily leave you with broken pipes and contaminated water. If your dog digs deep enough, its paws can run into the water and sewer lines below the surface. Here are some tips to help you stop or manage the digging:
Perhaps you need a skilled plumber to help you pet-proof your plumbing, or maybe you need professional plumbing repairs. No matter what your needs are, the team at Sunshine Plumbers has the expertise and specialized tools to provide you with top-notch plumbing services. From sewer repair to drain cleaning, water line replacement, leak detection, pipe repair, water heater replacement, and gas line repair, our knowledgeable and experienced plumbers can do it all.
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