Having a pet can give us joy in a way few other things can. However, owning a pet comes with plenty of responsibility, which usually involves raising them to not make it difficult to keep your home clean and tidy. One way that they can cause a mess is by playing with your plumbing, whether it’s playing too much in the yard or drinking from the wrong places.
That’s where pet-proof plumbing comes in. Managing different parts of your home to keep your cat or dog from messing with it will keep your plumbing running without any problems. Here are three ways to pet-proof your plumbing and enjoy a clean living experience with your fluffy friends.
Close Your Tubs, Sink, and Pipes
One way that furry friends like dogs and cats can be a problem for your plumbing is by clogging your pipes. This usually happens when you give your pets a bath, as some of their hair can come off during the scrubbing process and flow into the drain with the water. This can happen whether you’re cleaning a moderate to big-sized dog in the bathtub or a cat and small-sized dog in the kitchen sink (which may not be a good idea if you want your food to stay clean, as well). Shedding can also lead to hair storing up in the pipes, and the bigger the animal, the thicker the fur might be.
The solution for the situation is a stopper or strainer, which you can put above the drain in a sink or tub before the bath to block the animal’s hair from getting into the pipes. When the bath is over, you should remove as much dog or cat hair as possible before removing the stopper. You can also avoid filling your pipes with animal hair by cleaning your pets outside. You can use a hose and a plastic tub to get the mud and grass off of your pets. This may be a harder process than cleaning them inside, so be sure to do some extra rinsing before letting them back into the house.
Keep Your Pets Away from Toilets
It’s rare to come across a dog that doesn’t try to take a drink from the toilet bowl. Even cats are known for checking toilets out for something to drink. Not only is it bad for pets to get that close to places used as restrooms, but it can also get your pets sick. Toilet cleaners and bleaches can leave residue behind after you clean the toilet, and they can be hazardous to animals. Another problem can be your pet, if it’s small enough, falling into the toilet while trying to lick around and leaving hair behind when it gets out. The hair can clog up the drains and lead to your toilet and sinks not working properly.
In addition to training your pets to stay out of the bathroom when you don’t want them in, it’s best to find a way to keep the lid closed when you’re not using it so that your pet can’t get inside. You should also know before getting a cat that their litter is not flushable as it can build up in your toilet over time and clog up your plumbing. The only things you should be flushing down the toilet is waste and toilet paper, and garbage bags are best served for getting rid of the litter.
Prevent Dogs from Digging
Dogs can be a pose a problem if you want to maintain a good-looking front and backyard because of their habit of digging holes. However, their digging can become a problem for your plumbing, especially if they get far enough into the ground. Most water and sewer lines are built 18 inches beneath the surface of yards, and if your dogs are left unattended, they can get far enough to reach pipes and start digging into and chewing on them. This damage can increase the chances of the pipes breaking or leaking. Your dog can also get sick from the chemicals that leak out with the water. Luckily, services such as Pipe Surgeons can help you repair this type of damage and prevent it from happening in the future.
One way you can keeping your dog(s) from digging in your yards is to give them something fun to do as a distraction. This may include playing catch with a ball or frisbee, A squeaky toy or other toy for him/her to play with will give them something to occupy their time in case you’re too busy to play with them. If keeping your dog in a part of the yard that isn’t above your pipes isn’t enough, having them play inside will provide extra assurance.
Keep these tips in mind so that you can enjoy the company of your pets without worrying about your plumbing.