Pet Proof Your Plumbing

Your furry family members can cause unwanted problems for your drains and pipes, if you aren’t careful. Luckily, there are ways to prevent these issues before they become serious and require the help of a professional plumber. Common pet-related plumbing problems include clogged drains, gnawing on or digging up pipes, and the dreaded drinking from the toilet bowl.  We have compiled some do’s and don’ts that we recommend implementing to protect your plumbing and your pet.

DO

  • Wrap and conceal pipes. This will prevent teething puppies from damaging or puncturing an important pipe.
  • Wash pets outside. In the cold winter months, when this is not possible – install drain guards in the tub or sink to catch the pet hair before it gets sucked down the drain.
  • Close the toilet lid. This will prevent any pet hair from going down the drain and protect your pet from ingesting any leftover chemicals in the toilet bowl.

DON’T

  • Leave pipes exposed. This can lead to a pet injury or an expensive visit from the plumber when things go wrong.
  • Flush cat litter or pet waste. These items can easily clog your pipes and create a large amount of damage to your drains, pipes or septic system.
  • Let your dog dig outside. Your dog may find and damage important pipes buried out there.

Sometimes even despite our best efforts, a drain may still get clogged or a pipe gnawed. When that happens, give the plumbers at Miller’s Services a call at 804-758-4314. 

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