Most people don't associate plumbing issues with their pets, but problems
can crop up unexpectedly when you share your home with a dog or cat. Several
common pet-related plumbing problems exist. Your pet may drink from the
toilet or like to splash in the sink or bathtub. While this is fun for
the pet, it wastes water and can put strain on your pipes. Additionally,
pet hair can clog drains every time your dog or cat gets a bath. To keep
your drains and pipes clean with pets around, follow our proven plumbing tips.
Keep Hair from Clogging Pipes with a Drain Strainer
Many pet owners think their pets shed less than they actually do. If you
own a short-haired dog or cat, it can be tempting to think he or she doesn't
shed at all. The truth is: all pets shed, and they do so more than we
think. Large amounts of hair can come off when cleaning a pet, especially
if it squirms during bath time. A drain strainer can keep all that hair
out of your pipes and will make cleaning the tub easier.
Use Drain Covers and Secure Exposed Pipes
Open pipes and drains spell disaster for your plumbing and pets. In particular,
puppies and kittens chew on pipes or drains to develop their teeth. Additionally,
sometimes small pets become trapped in pipes or drains. To prevent these
mishaps, buy drain covers and make sure all exposed drains are secure.
You can also wrap your pipes to discourage chewing or block exposed pipes
with heavy furniture or other objects. Make sure your pet has chew toys
to keep his or her mouth occupied. Cover your floor drains if you have
puppies, kittens, or other small animals like hamsters.
Never flush your cat's litter or any other "flushable" pet
products. Most of these products will harm your plumbing system. At the
very least, they will dirty your pipes, which allows more clogs to build
up. Change cat litter often and don't flush pet waste down the toilet.
Check the Pressure
During bath time, pet owners often use water that's too hot or cold
without knowing it. The problem is usually the water pressure. Install
a balancing valve, or double-check the ones you already have before bath
time. Test the water temperature before putting in your pet. If it's
too hot for you, it's dangerous for your pets. Additionally, make
sure the water pressure isn't too fast or slow. Too much pressure
might overwhelm your pet with water, and too little could make bathing
an endless chore.
Make Sure Pets Have Plenty of Water
Some pets can't seem to get enough to drink, so they sip from the toilet
or sinks. Be vigilant to stop this, particularly if your pet figured out
how to turn on the faucets. Your pets need fresh water often to stay hydrated.
Keep clean, filled water bowls in the same place every day. Consistency
conditions your pet to use the same bowl and location to drink. As much
as possible, keep toilet lids down and bathroom doors closed when pets
are inside. If your pet drinks excessively, see your veterinarian.
These pet-friendly tips can help you prevent some major plumbing problems
and health concerns for your favorite furry friends.
For more plumbing tips and information,
contact The Eco Plumbers at any time.