Four Plumbing Mistakes To Avoid If You've Got Pets

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If you have pets in your home, you need to take special care to ensure that your plumbing system continues to operate safely and effectively. Pets produce special types of waste and put some unique demands on your plumbing system.

Fortunately, you can prevent plumbing malfunctions caused by pets by avoiding the following four mistakes:

Not equipping your bath or sink with a hand sprayer attachment for pet baths

It's pretty cumbersome to bathe a pet of any size in a bathtub or sink without a hand sprayer. A lot of animals aren't too crazy about being submerged in water, so it will be almost impossible to give them a good cleaning without a spray attachment. 

Trying to bathe pets without a sprayer could put added stress on your bathroom fixtures and potentially cause damage to your faucets and drains. It's therefore a good idea to equip your sink and/or bathtub faucet with a spray attachment if you'll be doing your own grooming for your pets at home. 

Leaving pipes and other plumbing fixtures exposed so pets can chew on them or tamper with them

Dogs and cats tend to get into mischief around the house. You don't want this mischief to lead to costly plumbing repairs and even potentially put your pet in danger.

Exposed pipes in your basement or anywhere else in your home need to be secured and protected so that your pets don't damage them by chewing on them or tampering with them in some way.

Giving a pet a bath or shower without putting a strainer or drain stopper over the drain

Your pet is probably going to leave a lot of loose fur in the water after getting a bath or a shower. This could easily cause severe drain clogs if you're not careful.

By simply using a strainer or drain stopper, you can keep pet fur from getting down your drains and causing plumbing headaches.

Flushing pet litter down the toilet

Don't flush cat litter and other types of pet litter down your toilet. Doing so can create clogs.

Not only can flushing pet litter be damaging to your plumbing system, but it can also create health risks for your community. Cat feces are known for transmitting a parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii. Flushing cat litter down the toilet can allow this parasite to get into the public water supply. 

Always dispose of litter in the garbage to be safe and to protect your plumbing system.

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