We get it, taking the time to pet-proof your plumbing might seem like an annoying, unneeded task. But as pet owners, you know these fur-babies are like our children and we want to protect them from any potential danger.
That includes pet-proofing your plumbing to avoid expensive and consequential dangers. Here are our team’s tricks and tips to protecting our pets and our plumbing:
4 Tips on How to Pet-Proof Your Plumbing
The following tips will help ensure a safe, disaster-free space for your beloved pets.
Close Toilet Lids
Your pets don’t have the ability to run to the fridge every time they need to quench their thirst or hunger. When their water bowls run dry, they search for alternative sources of water which most often leads to them finding the toilet. Drinking from the toilet is unsanitary and hazardous for all animal health.
Remember to close the toilet lid and keep their water dish full.
Cover Exposed Pipes
Covering exposed pipes outside or inside the home is pertinent to ensuring your pet’s safety. As you would for a child, utilize child-lock systems on cabinets with pipes underneath and cover any exposed pipes to prevent harm to your pet or plumbing.
My dear friend, Diana Snouffer, has a dog that chewed through her toilet’s supply line and flooded her house. Ever since, covering exposed pipes has been one of my tips for how to pet-proof your plumbing.
Protect Against Hairballs
We know you don’t enjoy cleaning hair out of your drains. There are two ways we advise avoiding a hair-ball fiasco and pet-proof your plumbing.
- If you bathe your pet in the bathtub or sink, install a drain guard to catch all the shed hair. A lot of clogging can be prevented easily and for a relatively low price.
- If you don’t want to bother with drain guards, another option is washing your pet outdoors; avoid the mess and clogged drains! Click here for tips on how to get hair out of a drain.
Test for Water Pressure and Temperature
When bathing your pet, it is important you use a safe water pressure and temperature.
One option for pet-proof plumbing is to utilize pressure balancing valves, which ensure the water pressure is always safe for humans and pets. Additionally, as you would yourself or your children, always check the water temperature before bathing your pet.
Should you and your furry friends need any plumbing problems resolved, you know where to call! 1-Tom-Plumber is happy to provide quality service to protect you and your pets.