How to pet proof your plumbing.

When you’re a pet owner, the world tends to revolve around your pet. You think about their comfort. Their health. Their grooming. You think about everything you can possibly think of. And typically, the last thing on your mind is your plumbing. And rightfully so – it’s not like plumbing could ever compete with your pet. Here are some tips to make sure you can still put your pet first, without letting your pipes fall to last:

Bath Time
If your pet tends to shed, we don’t have to tell you that pet hair can get absolutely everywhere. The floor, furniture, dishes, ceilings, pillows, etc. No place is safe. Especially your drains. And, on top of that, just think about all the mud and grime hiding in your pet’s fur that can jam up your plumbing. With this in mind, avoid getting even more hair in your pipes by washing them off outside or in a portable tub you can dump out somewhere else. If this isn’t an option, then invest in a good drain stopper. Considering pet hair is thicker and coarser, every little bit you can do will help prevent a clog.

Litter Disposal
Take a look of that bag of kitty litter at your home. Does it say it’s flushable? Don’t believe it. The truth is that cat litter may claim to be flushable, but it can build up in your toilet and damage your plumbing. Over time, that kitty litter will cause some serious damage and will turn into a gummy nuisance in your pipes. The truth is there are no products that are safe for flushing down the toilet except for human waste and toilet paper. Anything else and you run the risk of ruining your plumbing system and paying for potentially costly repairs.

Digging
We probably don’t have to tell you this, but digging is a natural behavior for dogs. However, did you know that if the digging gets deep enough, their dirty paws can run into water and sewer lines. Many plumbing lines are only about a foot and a half below the surface. Depending on your dog – this could well be within their paw’s reach. It’s not a bad idea to call a plumber before you add a new pet to your household. Have them make sure that the plumbing is up to snuff and help you identify ways that you can make sure your plumbing is safe for pets and vice versa.

If you have any other questions on how to pet proof your plumbing, call your local Louisville Dauenhauer, any hour.