4 Plumbing Tips for Pet Owners

plumbing petsIt might seem odd to have an article between pets and plumbing, but it’s actually more than meets the eye. You see, your pets’ activities as well as your fixtures can directly and indirectly affect each other. Check out the tips below to safeguard your friendly pets while keeping your plumbing appliances in tip top shape.

1. Bathing Pets in the Tub or Sink

Some pet owners love to wash their furry friends like dogs and cats in the tub or sink, but what they seem to overlook is that the falling pet hair can actually block the drain. Of course, we know what happens if the drain is clogged: slow water movement, drain flies, etc. Don’t worry, you can still bathe your pets in the tub or sink but make sure you install a drain strainer. This can help prevent the hair from accumulating in the drain and it allows you to easily pick up the hair. You have to do extra cleaning when it’s the season for your dogs to shed their hair in copious amounts.

Another important thing you need to consider when bathing your pet is that there isn’t temperature balance. At one time your bathing pet with cool water and suddenly it cries since the water became warmed. In this case, you need to set up pressure balancing valves. With this equipment, you can now safely wash your pet without worrying about the sudden change in temperature.

2. Don’t Flush Cat Litter into the Toilet

It seems to be a trend to flush cat litter as well as other trash into the toilet, which is something you really don’t want to do. Cat litter can easily accumulate together with other garbage flushed in the toilet so its best if you just throw it properly in a trash can. Even if the package says the cat litter is flushable don’t flush it. You see, the cat litter can still be flushed but that doesn’t mean it won’t clog the toilet. As a general rule, the only things you will ever need to flush into your toilet are human waste and toilet paper.

3. Always Keep the Toilet Lid Shut

This is to avoid your pet from licking the water from the toilet bowl. After all, we all know that the water is unsanitary and may contain chemicals, bacteria, debris, rusts, and other awful rubbish that will harm your pet.

4. Pay Attention to Where and How Deep your Dogs is Digging

It’s natural for dogs to indulge themselves by digging random dirt in the lawn. However, you need to pay attention on how deep your canine is digging since he/she might be close to unearthing a pipe line. This will depend if some of your pipe linings are shallow enough for your dog to dig. Aside from exposing the pipes, your dog might be curious and nibble it, something you want to avoid as much as possible.