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Safe Plumbing Tips For Pet Owners

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Your pet is undoubtedly an extension of the family and just like any other family member, your pet can easily wreak havoc on your home. This is especially the case when it comes to your plumbing system. Learning how to care for your pet without putting your plumbing system at risk is important.

Careful Digging

For dogs that enjoy digging in the backyard, owners need to be watchful of how deep they go. Contrary to widespread belief, sewer and water lines aren't always buried deeply. They are sometimes buried just below the surface.

Particularly when it comes to severely worn pipes, the force of your dog's digging claws could be enough to cause a puncture. Should you have exposed popes in your home, such as in an unfinished basement, cover them as they could easily suffer the same fate.

Cat Litter Disposal

Proper cat litter disposal is important. Cat litter should never be disposed of down the toilet. This practice is advised against even when the packaging claims that the product is toilet safe. Doing so is an easy way to cause a clog in the line.

If the clog is deep enough, you will have to call on the help of a professional. When it comes to ensuring proper toilet function, waste and toilet paper is all that should be flushed.

Install A Drain Strainer

Make sure you install a drain strainer in the sink where you plan to wash your furry friends. Animals like dogs can shed excessively during bath time. Without a stopper, their hair ends up in the drain where it can cause an issue with slow draining. If this type of behavior is repeated, over time, your drain could become completely obstructed.

When looking for a stopper, it's better to go with a wire mesh option. While they might cost a little more than plastic, they are more durable and will last longer.

Keep Lid Closed

Keep your toilet lid closed. No matter how much water you provide your pet, the toilet bowl will always look like a refreshing place to take a drink. First, residue from the harsh chemicals you use to clean the bowl can be dangerous if consumed by the animal.

Secondly, when they put their entire head in the bowl, shed hair can also end inside and eventually get flushed. As previously mentioned, anything aside from waste and toilet paper can clog a toilet.

It's important to take care of your pet, but it's equally important to do so without causing costly and time-consuming plumbing repairs. Make sure you know what to do. Contact plumbers in your area if you need assistance.