The American Pet Product Association revealed as results of one of its most extensive studies that as many as about eighty-six percent of all American households have a pet. Translating this figure into an actual number turns out to about a hundred million households, which is massive.
But as most pet owners know, having a pet comes with its own set of challenges, and plumbing problems are one of them. However, you can avoid most of them by following some simple tips explained below.
Using Drain Stoppers and Strainers
This simple tip can go a long way in protecting your drain from getting blocked and working much slower than they can. This is because when you’re giving your pet a bath, their hair tend to get into the drain which can lead to a clogged drain.
This is especially true for dog owners, as they tend to shed a lot during a bath.
Make Sure the Toilet Lid is Closed
Dogs are unpredictable, and they can do all kinds of strange things. One of them is licking the toilet bowl water.
Needless to say, this is absolutely something you want to avoid, not only because it sounds ugly, but due to the fact that it can also be very harmful for your dog.
Toilet bowl water might contain residue from all types of chemicals and cleaners you may have used, which you obviously don’t want finding its way to your dog’s digestive system.
So always keep your toilet’s lid closed and also ask everyone in your family to do so.
Avoid Flushing Down Cat Litter
If you ask an expert plumber, they will tell you that you shouldn’t be flushing down cat litter down the drain. Some would go on to say that you shouldn’t do this even if the packaging says it’s flushable.
This is because toilets and plumbing and sewer systems are only designed for human waste, and most of the other things you put into them can very well damage them in more ways than one.
Keep a Watch on Your Dog’s “Digging”
Well, all dogs dig, and we have nothing to say about that. However, what we only want to say is that in some cases, the sewer lines can be very shallow, say just about 18 inches deep.
What this means is if your dog digs the ground above these lines deep enough, they might end up causing damage to it. So just keep a watch on your dog’s digging if you know your sewer lines are very shallow where they are digging.