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Pet Proof Your Plumbing with These Tips

Cats, dogs, and all other manner of pet make our lives better. Like most pet owners, you’ve probably pet-proofed your home in some way or another depending on your pet’s curiosity and penchant for mischief. However, what you may not realize is that animals can wreak havoc on your plumbing if you aren’t prepared. So, let’s get prepared!

A plumber using a snake camera to investigate a clogged toilet in Eldersburg, Maryland.

Watch That Fur!

If you’ve ever had a furry pet, then you know how invasive pet hair can be. As the pet hair builds up around your home, you should be extra careful about how it builds up in your bathroom. Like human hair, pet hair can also clog your drains and cause problems throughout your home. This is particularly true if you choose to bathe your pet indoors. To minimize the pet hair accumulating in your drains, take your pet to a bathing facility or hose them down outside.

Do Not Flush Your Cat Litter!

When cat litter gets wet, it clumps up. That’s what makes it great in a litter box. This is also what makes it dangerous for your pipes. If you flush even a little bit of cat litter down your pipes at a time, it will inevitably build up and lead to major clogs. Unfortunately, because of the consistency cat litter, you may not be able to clear the clog using a plunger. You’ll need the help of a professional to restore your water flow.

Don’t Let Your Dog Dig!

In many cases, the water and sewer lines are a mere 18 inches below the surface of the ground. If you’ve ever met a determined digger, then you know they can easily clear 18 inches of depth. Once they do, they can easily damage pipes and other important plumbing lines. Not to mention the fact that digging through the plumbing can be dangerous for your pet.

Close Them Out of Spots of Interest!

Just as you keep your dog or cat out of your trash can, you should also make sure that they’re not getting into the sink or toilet. Along with the dangers of getting pet hair in your pipes, letting your pets into your plumbing fixtures is honestly bad for them.

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Whether you’re facing a clog or some digging from your dog, Michael Runk can help get your water flowing again. He can handle all manner of plumbing problems from leaky faucets to major emergencies and everything in between. Contact us today for more information and to set up an appointment for repair!

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