Among other things, pets are surely one of the greatest joys in life – just think about all the happiness that they can bring!
If you’re a pet owner, then you know that this is true, but have you also ever stopped to think about how they affect your home?
No, we aren’t just talking about how cats may scratch at your furniture and how dogs may make a bit of a mess as you train them – we’re talking about the impact they can have on your plumbing.
To ensure that plumbing problems don’t result from having a furry friend or two at home, today we’re here to share some of our favorite plumbing tips for pet owners – check them out below.
Use drain stoppers in the tub.
Just like human hair, animal hair can clog up your home’s pipes too! If you prefer to bathe your pets in the tub, make sure you put down a drain stopper first so that it can collect any fur that your pet may shed.
Keep the toilet lid down.
Not only is this important for your pet’s safety, but it’s also necessary to prevent more clogs. If your pet is constantly sticking their head into the toilet bowl for a drink, or if you have a cat that uses the toilet for help to climb up to higher ground, any hair that they shed could wind up in the water and eventually, in your pipes.
Avoid having exposed pipes.
Anyone with pets knows that animals love to chew on anything they can get their teeth on! And yes, that could definitely include exposed pipes. If your pet’s teeth are strong enough, or if they continue to chew day after day, you could end up with a leak – something that is easily preventable by keeping pipes hidden, and by providing your pets with safer toys!
Watch what you flush.
This one is more on the part of the homeowner – don’t be fooled by pet products that say they’re flushable! While they may be designed in a way that is safer than other products, the only thing that should ever truly be flushed is toilet paper. So, even if your cat litter says it can go down the toilet, think twice before flushing it.
Even if you’re as careful as ever and follow all of the above, we at Barker and Sons Plumbing & Rooter know that a plumbing problem can still arise at any time! That said, never hesitate to contact us for help – big or small, we have s solution for you and your home. To learn more about our plumbing services, please call 714.630.8766 or continue to check out our website.