Childproofing a home is common practice for those with toddlers, but pets can cause a mess or get hurt too. Your pup’s digging can threaten those pipes underneath your yard and your witty kitty can open a cabinet and try a taste of cleaning chemicals. If you want to protect your pets, and your plumbing, from such issues, then keep reading this article to learn about some ways to pet-proof your plumbing. Remember, the folks at Mr. Rooter Plumbing are always ready to take your call if you need a consultation or repair. We can have a nearby plumber at your location in as soon as within the hour.
Keep Mud Out
Dogs and even some cats love going outside to play in their natural habitats. Their fur can collect dust and dirty, and they can get muddy quick. Washing that grime and mud down your drains can cause blockages in the drain line. It can be a pain to eliminate such clogs and ignoring them can cause serious damage to your plumbing system in the long-term.
Instead of dealing with such headaches, start to hose your pets off outside before putting them in the tub. Even after the rinse, you should cover the drain with a filter to catch remaining debris and falling hair. Prevention is better than cure!
Keep Your Pets Hydrated
Your pets are going to get thirsty and seek out water. If they cannot find water in their bowl, then they may head over to the bathtub or toilet to get a sip of something to drink. That something might not always be harmless. Bacteria, microbes, and contaminants in that water can be hazardous to your pet’s health.
Avoid potential poisonings and illnesses by keeping your pet’s water bowl full at all times. You should also keep the toilet lid closed because some pets are awfully curious, stubborn, and do not know what is good for them.
Know Your Plumbing
You already know that puppies and dogs love to dig but you should also know that there are many utility lines and pipes buried throughout your yard. Some of these pipes can be shallow, meaning your dog can find them and damage them if he/she digs deep enough. Knowing where these plumbing pipes are located is the first step in keeping your dogs away from the areas and avoid pipe damage.
Keep Cabinets Locked and Secure
Under your cabinet are pipes as well as many chemical cleaners and products that can be fatal if ingested. Keep the cabinets locked and secure so that your pets do not get in, chew on pipes, and ingest anything harmful.
Do Not Flush Kitty Litter
The only things that should be going down the toilet are toilet paper, pee, and poo. Many cat owners make the mistake of flushing kitty litter down the toilet. This can cause serious clogs and plumbing damage. Toss that litter in the trash instead.
Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing
Has the damage already been done? If you need urgent plumbing repair, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to speak with one of our friendly representatives.