Pet Owners Plumbing Tips
Whether you own a dog or cat, there are things involved in their care that lead to plumbing problems. Some of the most common issues include bathing, changing litter boxes, and letting the dog take a drink out of the toilet bowl.
While some of these may sound out of place when it comes to plumbing problems, plumbers everywhere can attest that these issues are happening daily in homes across the United States.
To avoid these and other problems, here are some tips you can follow to keep your drains and pipes free and clear.
Keep an Eye on Exposed Pipes and Drains
If your home happens to have pipes and drains that are exposed, keep an eye on them or you’ll have plenty of problems. Young dogs will find the pipes and chew on them, while immature cats will crawl into pipes and drains and travel long distances if possible.
Either way, you’ve got problems only a plumber can solve. By covering these exposed areas or having a plumber install drain covers, you’ll avoid heartache as well as high repair bills.
Bathe with Care
When bathing a pet, most people just try to get it over with as quickly as possible. As a result, they don’t think about how much hair and other stuff goes down the drain.
That is, until the pipes become clogged to the point of needing a plumber’s help to clear. To keep this from happening, use a drain strainer to catch hair and other items before they go down the drain.
Plumbers can recommend which ones are best, including ones that are designed specifically to catch pet hair. Otherwise, high repair bills will be coming your way as a result of keeping Fido or Fluffy looking and smelling good.
Flush at Your Own Risk
Using flushable litters may be convenient for a while, but at some point all that used litter in the pipes will set up like concrete. When it does, plan on paying a plumber big bucks to fix the problem.
To avoid this, deposit all used litter in trashcans only. And while you’re at it, keep Fido from drinking out of the toilet on a regular basis. If he does, his hair will find its way into the pipes and clog them up almost as bad as the litter. By giving him a fresh bowl of water, you’ll avoid this issue.
Don’t let your fluffy pup clog up your drain! If you need drain cleaning in your Naperville, IL home call Jim Wagner at (630) 577-9341 today!