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How To Pet-Proof Your Plumbing

Protecting Both Your Pets And Your Plumbing

We love our pets. We also love it when our plumbing works. It’s a pain when our pets cause something that causes plumbing problems. It doesn’t sound like a common problem, but you’d be surprised. Nearly one-third of all U.S. homeowners have either a cat or a dog. That means pet-related plumbing problems at home are surprisingly common concerns for nearly one-third of all households. Plumbing Redmond specializes in all things plumbing to give us a call!

Check out these five useful tips to help you pet-proof your home’s plumbing. Incorporating these tips will help keep both your pups and your pipes safe from certain disasters. You can go on enjoying both without worrying about how one might affect the other.

Cover-Up Exposed Pipes.

Pet-proofing your home isn’t all that different from child-proofing. Most of the same basic principles apply. It’s all about hiding the dangerous stuff. First and foremost, cover up any exposed pipes or wiring. You could either purchase basic pipe covers or do it yourself.

It doesn’t matter how you do it, it’s important that you just do. Simple covers will help make sure your dog can’t chew through your pipes. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it really helps.

Install Pressure Balancing valves.

If someone flushes a toilet while you’re showering, does your hot water scald you all of a sudden? If it does, that’s probably because your home doesn’t have pressure balancing valves. That’s a problem. Without pressure balancing valves, hot water could jet out of any of your faucets all of a sudden, scalding whoever happens to be using that water.

Sudden bursts of hot water might sound like a minor annoyance for you, but they’re a major problem for pets. Luckily, you can install pressure-balancing valves cheaply and easily.

Use Drain Guards

Do you know what the leading cause of clogged shower drains is? Hair. Not necessarily human hair, either. Dogs and cats can let loose a lot of fluff while you’re bathing them. Luckily, you can install drain guards cheaply and easily. You’ll be amazed at how much a couple of drain guards help prevent clogged drains.

Keep The Toilet Lid Closed

We never recommend the use of chemical drain cleaners, because they’re acidic. They might dissolve your clogs alright, but they’ll usually dissolve your pipes at the same time. Pipes aren’t the only thing chemical drain cleaners can damage, either. If your pet ingests chemical drain cleaner, it’ll be a big problem. If you use a chemical drain cleaner in your toilet, keep the toilet’s lid closed while it does its thing.

You do not want your pet ingesting toxic leftover chemical residue from your toilet bowl water. Luckily, this is pretty easy to prevent. First, just keep your toilet lids closed at all times–even if you don’t use chemical drain cleaners. This will help keep them from learning that they can drink out of the toilet. Second, take the time to top off their water bowl at least twice a day. If they always have water, they’ll never need to look for it elsewhere.

Watch Your Dog While They’re In The Yard

Some sewer lines might only be a foot and a half deep under your yard. If your dog loves digging, make sure they’re never in the backyard unsupervised. Dogs can easily dig their way down (and through!) sewer line pipes, rupturing the pipes in the process.

 If your family’s dog, cat, gerbil, parrot, lion, or other beloved pet caused a plumbing issue, don’t fret! Instead, call up the pros at My Plumbing Redmond. We’re happy to fix the existing issue. We’re also happy to equip you with the knowledge to keep it from happening again. We want to keep you and your pets happy!

 

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