Many households own pets and that’s why it’s important to pet-proof your plumbing system to ensure our furry friends are safe and out of trouble. We have all heard how pets can damage our fixtures and fittings, but did you realise that your plumbing is in the firing line too?
In order to keep you and your pets happy and safe (and your home warm and dry!), we have put together a handy guide to pet-proofing your plumbing.
1. Protect your drains
If you own a pet, I am sure you are aware of how much hair and mud can come off during bath time! This can be a nightmare for your pipes and quickly lead to a clogged drain, as pet hair tends to be thicker and coarser than human hair. To prevent a build up inside your pipes, we recommended using a good drain stopper. Alternatively, if the weather is warm you could clean your pets outside.
2. Cover exposed pipes and drains
Pets love to chew everything from toys or shoes to exposed pipes. If your curious pet decides to chew an exposed pipe this will not only leave a dent in your pocket, but it can also be harmful to your pet. We recommend covering pipes to avoid any unwanted leaks, damage and most importantly – an emergency trip to the vet!
If you own a smaller animal, you should cover open floor drains to prevent them from entering your plumbing. Animals including hamsters, mice, small kittens and puppies can fit into the smallest of places, so it’s best to make sure any openings that lead to pipes are covered firmly.
3. Keep toilet lids down
No matter how full your pets water bowl may be, both dogs and cats are known for drinking from the toilet. Although this won’t necessarily damage your plumbing, this is something that needs to be pet-proofed in order to keep your adventurous companion safe. Toilet cleaners often contain strong chemicals that leave a harmful residue behind, which can cause health problems if ingested. Keeping the toilet lid down will prevent your pets from falling in and being exposed to hazardous chemicals.
4. Dispose of litter correctly
Even if your cat litter is labelled as flushable, there are many reasons why you should not flush this down the toilet. Cat litter can cause serious clogs and turn into a gummy substance, which will cause damage to your plumbing and could potentially result in costly repairs. We recommend you avoid flushing anything that is not toilet paper or waste.
5. Watch where your dog digs in the garden
Although sewer and water lines are normally buried deep in the ground, some may be laid just below the surface. Therefore, if your dog enjoys digging, an accessible pipe could be ripped or torn, causing damage and leaks. To prevent damages, you should block the area from their reach. Or, if you are unsure where the lines are, consider having a local technician come out to mark these for you.
With these tips in mind, you can prevent a lot of common plumbing problems that your pet can cause. However, if it’s too late, or you’re worried about a plumbing issue, please get in touch. We are highly knowledgeable, professional and trustworthy plumbers in Northamptonshire. Call us on 07983 138153 or fill in our contact form on the right.