They’re part of the family.
They can do no wrong, right?
Fido steals food off the table?
He’s still a “Good boy.”
Miss Meowingon scratches the sofa?
Ah well, it was time to get a new one anyway.
But when it comes to plumbing there are some steps you can take to help prevent your pets from
being the cause of issues.
Because while you can live with a scratched sofa, plumbing issues can be a lot more costly to deal with.
Of course, you can always call your local London Ontario 24 hour emergency plumber if you need to.
How Can Your Pets Affect Your Plumbing?
From bath time resulting in extra fur going down the drain, to claims of “flushable” cat litter, having pets can mean extra wear-and-tear on your pipes.
Read on for some of the ways having pets might affect your plumbing, and what you can do about it.
How To Protect Your Plumbing, And Your Pets
Pet-proofing your plumbing is about more than just protecting your pipes (say that 5 times fast…).
It’s also about keeping your home safe for your furry friends.
Being mindful of chemicals you’re using, and whether they may be toxic to animals, or fixtures that could cause injury is important in keeping your home safe for everyone.
Let’s look at some tips, to keep your pets, and your plumbing, safe:
1. Don’t Flush Your Cat Litter, No Matter What
Do you keep your cat litter box in the bathroom?
This is a common spot in the home for this essential cat accessory, and many people also decide to purchase “flushable” litter to make the clean-up easier.
But here’s the thing – no type of cat litter should be flushed down the toilet.
Really the only things that you should be flushing down the toilet are human waste and toilet paper.
Anything else, including “flushable” cat litter is putting you at risk for a clogged toilet.
2. Keep Your Toilet Lid Closed
Does your cat or dog like to drink from the toilet?
Although it may make for a cute social media video, you’re best off keeping the lid closed and encouraging drinking from a water dish instead.
Chemical residue from cleaners can be dangerous and cause you pets to become sick, or worse.
Best to keep the lid closed, and make sure they have plenty of fresh, clean water available to them instead.
3. Don’t Let Your Dog Dig Too Deep In The Yard
Does your dog like to leave little holes all around your yard?
In some instances, water or sewer lines can be as close as 18 inches, or just 45 centimeters underground.
If Fido accidently punctures a hole in a water or sewer line, it could be quite costly to fix.
So if you’re going to let your dog dig, either supervise closely to ensure he’s not going too deep, or make sure you have an area where there is no risk of doing any damage.
4. Use A Strainer In Your Sink
If you give your pets baths in the sink or bathtub, be sure to use a strainer to prevent hair from going down the drain.
Pets shed a LOT, and if you’ve ever had to clean out human hair from your drain, what you will experience after bathing your pet is probably going to be a lot worse.
Using a strainer can help mitigate the risk of a clog from hair going down the drain.
5. Rinse Your Dirty Pets Outside
Does your dog like to roll in the mud?
While it might be fun for the dog playing outdoors, it’s always best to give them a good rinse with the hose before coming back inside, lest your bathtub get clogged up with muddy and matted fur.
If you really need to give your dog a bath indoors after an afternoon of rolling in the mud, rinsing off the worst of it before they come in can help save your drains.
Call Triton Plumbing & Service
Got a clogged drain you just can’t fix?
Did the dog damage a pipe while digging in the yard?
Contact Triton Plumbing & Service today, to help with all your plumbing needs.