How to Pet-Proof Your Plumbing
As much as we absolutely adore our pets, it simply isn’t fun when they get at the plumbing or end up in danger due to a plumbing error. Stay ahead of the curve; keep your wallet and your pipes dent-free by pet-proofing your plumbing. Here are some plumbing issues that can be caused by your pet or could possibly harm your pet and how to take care of them:
Shield Your Exposed Pipes
You can start your pet proofing process by covering up any exposed wiring or pipes. And you can easily do this by purchasing basic pipe covers. It doesn’t matter what you choose as long as it can simply stop your pet from chewing through the pipes.
Make Sure to Use Drain Guards
You already know that the main culprit behind clogged drain is hair, but it is not necessarily human hair. Especially when bathing your pets, a good deal of fluff falls out. You can easily stop this blockage by using drain guards.
Keep Your Toilet Lids Closed at All Times
Chemical drain cleaners aren’t the best option for cleaning since they are acidic and will dissolve your pipes in the long run. Not only are they harmful to your pipes, they can be extremely harmful if your pets ingest them. So if you do use a chemical toilet cleaner, keep the toilet lid closed while it’s doing its work. If your pets ingest any chemical residue off the toilet bowl, it could be a severe problem. Practicing keeping your toilet lid closed not only prevents your pets from getting access to these chemicals, but it also trains them that the water bowl in the toilet is not for drinking purposes.
Install Pressure Balance Valves
When you are having a calming, warm shower, have you ever experienced the water leaving you scalded as soon as someone flushes the toilet in the other bathroom? This is your plumbing hinting at you to install pressure balancing valves. This is important to prevent sudden outbursts of hot water. It may sound like a minor inconvenience to you but when it comes to your pets, it isn’t. Get yourself a pressure balance valve installed. Not only is it safe, it is also cheap and easy to install!
Dispose of Litter Properly
If you think you can happily get rid of your cat’s litter by flushing it down the toilet , think again! Flushing down the litter can easily causing serious clogging by turning into a sticky substance in your pipes. Keep in mind that the only things you are allowed to flush down your toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Anything other than this will definitely clog your toilet and end up ruining your plumbing system.
It is a very important step to pet proof your plumbing for the safety of your plumbing, the safety of your pets and also for the safety of your wallet! If it’s too late and your pet has already done harm to your plumbing, call us at Access Plumbing and get your plumbing checked and repaired in no time!