Tips to Keep Your Plumbing Pet Proof

January 25, 2019

The American Pet Product Association estimates that about 68 percent of all American households have at least one pet, which means there’s a pet in more than 100 million households throughout the nation. While our pets are definitely lovable members of the family, they also occasionally can put a bit of a strain on the various fixtures we have in our homes, including our plumbing systems.

Depending on the nature of your plumbing and the behavior of your pets, you might need to take some steps to protect your plumbing fixtures from your pets. Here are just a few tips that can help you pet-proof the plumbing in your home to prevent you from having to call a plumbing company in Vacaville, CA to come and make repairs necessitated by your misbehaving animals:

  • Cover up any exposed pipes: Some dogs have a hard time resisting anything that’s out in the open and is capable of being chewed on. If you start to see your dog taking an interest in exposed pipes, you should cover up the pipes, just as you would take steps to childproof your home. It’s better to be safe than sorry—if you have a dog that chews through a pipe, the burst that results could end up being very pricy. This is especially likely to be problematic if you have PVC rather than metal pipes, though dogs can do damage to metal pipes as well.
  • Keep water out for your dogs: Dogs often take an interest in toilet bowls because of the fresh water inside them. Typically they only go into the toilet bowl because they’re thirsty, so you can resolve this issue by giving your pet plenty of water to drink in its bowl. Check the pet’s bowl a couple times a day to make sure they’ve got plenty of water to drink.
  • Rinse off pets outside: If you are going to bathe your pet, it’s better to do it outside if possible, or at least rinse your dog off outside before doing more intensive cleaning inside. Washing a muddy dog in the bathtub will result in lots of muddy, matted fur going down the drain, which will quickly clog it up. Instead, get the worst of the grime off outside, and once you’ve removed enough mud, you can give them the rest of their bath indoors.
  • Keep pets away from cleaning chemicals: A lot of times, people keep cleaning chemicals in their plumbing cabinets. If your pets are capable of getting into those cabinets or spaces, then it stands to reason that they’re also capable of getting at those chemicals if they’re within reach, so make sure they’re out of reach or kept behind locked doors. Exposure to these chemicals could result in severe illness to your pet.

For more information about keeping your plumbing and plumbing supplies pet proof, we at ABC Plumbing encourage you to contact the experts at our plumbing company in Vacaville, CA. We look forward to working with you.

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