Tips to Pet Proof Your Plumbing

Mac Plumbing shares some tips on keeping your plumbing safe from problems caused by your furry friends.

Bath time

  • Use a hair stopper or strainer when bathing your dog in the bathtub or shower. Pet hair is notorious for blocking drains and causing clogs.
  • Brushing your pet before bathing will result in less hair shedding.
  • Consider washing your pet outside, weather permitting.

Keep the toilet seat down

  • Dogs love to drink from the toilet, however, the residue from cleaners and chemicals you use to clean the toilet can be harmful to your pets.
  • Train your dog to drink only from its water dish and encourage your family and friends to always put the lid down. 

Cat litter

  • Cat litter should not be flushed even if it claims to be “flushable”. Here is a list of items that should never be flushed down the toilet:
    • Facial tissue
    • Baby wipes
    • Paper towels
    • Feminine products, condoms
    • Vitamins, medicines, or other pharmaceuticals
    • Plastic of any kind
    • Diapers (even so-called “flushables”)

Pressure balancing valves

  • Do you notice when showering and someone flushes the toilet that the water pressure declines and the water suddenly gets hotter? This could potentially scald your pet while bathing. Installing pressure-balancing valves can reduce this problem.

Floor drains

  • If you cage your pet make sure the floor drains in the lowest level of your home are covered.

Don’t let your dog dig in your yard

  • Some of your outdoor pipe systems are buried only 18” underground. Your dog could easily dig down and claw through a pipeline causing a rupture.

If we have given you these tips too late you can always call Mac Plumbing to help. Be prepared with a plumbing check-up from Mac Plumbing and if you do find yourself with plumbing problems, be sure and Contact Mac Plumbing or call us at (931) 552-5555.