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Protecting Your Plumbing From Your Pets

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Common plumbing problems strike almost everyone from time to time. Clogged toilets, leaky pipes, and slow running drains are bound to occur in your home. You may not realize that your pets are the culprits for some of these problems. These furry little friends can wreak havoc on your system if you do not take certain precautions.

Cover Your Drains and Pipes

Open drains and exposed pipes are real hazards for your pets. Kittens, puppies, hamsters, and other small animals have been known to get trapped in open drains or spaces around pipes, sometimes injuring themselves and requiring a call to the plumber to rescue them. Adding drain covers and covering up exposed pipes prevents these problems. In addition, keeping pipes covered stops your pets from chewing on them and causing expensive damage. 

Drain Strainers

Human hair alone can cause your drains to develop horrible clogs. Pet hair is much worse. Even if your dog doesn't appear to be shedding, a bath can remove handfuls of fur. If you have a golden retriever or other particularly hairy dog, you can end up with the plumber on speed dial. Using a drain strainer is a simple and effective way to keep your pet's pesky hairs from clogging up the works. 

Flushable Litter

Even if your cat litter says it is flushable, do not put it down your drain. You can create a super clog full of pet hair, pet waste, and litter chunks that can solidify in horrifying lumps and clogs in your pipes. Even professional plumbers can have a truly difficult time removing these blockages, meaning you can expect a pretty steep repair bill. Always dump your litter into the trash, no matter what the litter label says. 

Toilet Drinking

Leaving the lid up on your toilet can expose your pet to some seriously unhealthy water. The biggest danger isn't from the germs but from the presence of cleaner in the bowl, which can cause your pet to become ill. Although the pet drinking out of the toilet is more of a pet health issue, you still do not want the toilet water from being splashed around the bathroom, exposing your family to fecal matter. You also do not want your pet to drop items into your plumbing system. Keeping things covered is best for your pet and your plumbing. 

You can take several steps to protect both your plumbing and your pets from harm. In addition, you will benefit from having fewer annoying plumbing problems, saving you time and frustration. For more tips, contact companies like Hillside Plumbing and Heating.