When it comes to your pets, you want to keep them safe in your home. Undoubtedly, you wish to keep your plumbing safe from any expensive problems that your furry friends could inadvertently cause. By following these practices, your house will be a safe environment for your pets to thrive.
Clean Your Pets Outside
Animals have an uncanny knack for their ability to get filthy. The first inclination you may have is to clean them in the bathtub, but stop to think first. Cleaning them in the tub allows for a substantial amount of muck and grime to go directly into your drain. Your situation is even worse if the animal is shedding; loose clumps of hair can build up quickly to clog your drain. You can’t always rely on pouring chemicals from the store down the drain to fix the problem. Plumbers warn that over time, those chemicals will damage your water lines. Instead, clean your pets outside on a nice day if possible.
Conceal Exposed Piping
Pets chew on many different things, including pipes. If they successfully chew through your piping, you could face water damage. Keep any cabinets that contain exposed piping firmly shut. Cover floor drains with rugs, especially if you have a smaller pet, like a hamster.
Don’t Let Animals Dig in Your Yard
Often, dogs and other animals dig through yards. This can make your yard look messy, but more importantly, it can damage any waterlines you have in your yard. Waterlines sometimes lurk right below surface level. If your pet enjoys digging around in the yard, it is highly recommended to consult a utility technician. Block these areas off and train your pets not to dig in those areas. Knowing where your waterlines are located can make all the difference in avoiding a busted waterline.
Close your toilet lids
Dogs and cats alike may try drink from open toilets. They can pick up dangerous diseases, such as E. coli by doing this. Stop them any time you catch them drinking from the toilet and train them to stay away from it. Keep the lid closed and make sure your pets have a clean bowl of water to drink from instead.
When it comes to being a pet owner, be smart and follow these five steps to pet-proof your home. Not only will you keep your furry companions safe, but you will save yourself a huge plumbing bill.