Pet Owners: 3 Plumbing Tips to Keep Cat and Dog Hair Out of Drains and Pipes

While clogged drains and pipes in your Sterling home can be frustrating and inconvenient to deal with, they are in fact very easy to avoid most of the time. However, for people who have dogs and cats, avoiding these problems may take some additional work. That’s because between the bathing of Fido and Fluffy, changing litter boxes, and even allowing a drink or two from the toilet now and then, plumbing problems can ensue. To make sure you don’t find yourself facing unnecessary plumbing problems caused by your dog or cat, here are some tips you can try.

No Exposed Pipes or Drains

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If your home happens to have any exposed pipes or drains, you’re bound to have a plumbing problem at some point. That’s because dogs and cats are magically drawn to anything they can chew on or crawl inside of time and time again, so they will make sure to investigate exposed pipes and drains.If you want to make sure you’ll have no problems, have a plumber cover any pipes that are exposed and within a dog’s reach. In addition, have them install drain covers over any exposed drains to keep curious kitties away. By doing this, you’ll save plenty of money on plumbing repairs.

Catch That Hair

Everybody loves a good bath now and then, even your dog or cat. However, whether they are relaxing during the bath or not, chances are their hair is working its way down the drain and into the pipes. When this is the case, the hair will eventually become clogged in the pipes and make it virtually impossible for water to pass through. This will require a Sterling plumber’s services in order to get cleared, which can prove to be costly. But by using a drain strainer, especially one designed particularly for bathing pets, you’ll be able to save money on plumbing repairs while making the bathing experience much more convenient for you and your pet.

Step Away from the Litter

When people change a litter box and flush the so-called flushable litter down the toilet, they think they’ve made their lives easier. However, all they’ve done is guarantee their pipes will be clogged. Flushable litter, with tons of pet hair and other debris mixed in, sets up like concrete inside a home’s pipes and guarantees a large repair bill to get fixed. Instead, change the litter box by emptying its contents into a trashcan. Don’t let your fluffy pup clog up your drain! If you need drain cleaning in your Sterling, VA home call Cardinal Plumbing, Heating & Air Inc. at 703-721-8888 today!