If you’re like most pet owners, you may not realize that there’s a correlation between caring for your pet and maintaining your home’s plumbing system. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep both your furry friend and the plumbing system safe from harm:
Use a Drain Strainer at Bath Time
Most pets tend to shed clumps of fur during a bath, which can cause sluggish draining and eventually clog the drain lines. To avoid this, invest in an appropriately-sized drain strainer for the sink or tub where you usually bathe your pet and make sure that it’s in place for every bath. When the water has drained away after each bath, simply dump out any collected hair into the trash.
Never Flush Cat Litter
Although there are litter products on the market that claim to be flushable, it’s never wise to put this material down the toilet since it tends to form into clumps that can block the sewer pipes and cause a backup. Instead, always put used litter into a plastic bag and dispose of it with your other household garbage.
Mind Your Water Temperature and Pressure
Getting hit by scalding hot water during a bath can injure and scare your pet, potentially making future baths a stressful ordeal. You can keep your pet safe from harm and less stressed about having a bath by turning your water heater thermostat setting down to 120 degrees. You can also have pressure-balancing valves installed on the fixture’s faucet or showerhead so there’s less risk of scalding if a toilet gets flushed during your pet’s bath.
Make Sure Water Dishes Are Always Full
An empty water dish can send your thirsty pet to the bathroom in search of a drink from an unsanitary source that may contain cleaning chemicals. Making sure your pet always has a full water bowl can help prevent this, but you should also get in the habit of closing the toilet lid or even the bathroom door.
Contact the Monmouth County plumbing pros at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors to learn more helpful plumbing tips for pet owners.
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