There aren’t too many homes in Port Charlotte or Punta Gorda that don’t have pets. We treat them like family members, so it makes sense that we would want to make sure that they’re safe. We know that pets can cause damage to our homes when left unattended, but did you ever think about your plumbing? Here are some of our tips on how to pet proof your plumbing.
We are always reminded to keep ourselves hydrated, our pets need to stay hydrated too. If they don’t have water in their bowls, they will go straight towards the toilet, so keep their bowls full of water, and keep the toilet lid shut. The toilet should be the last place they go when looking for water.
As mentioned above, keep the toilet lid closed. There can be harmful residue, or even chemicals in the water. You also don’t want your pet drinking from it. An open toilet can be dangerous to smaller pets too, they can fall in and potentially drown. If you have rodents in your home, they can go down the drain, create a clog and make their way through the plumbing. In that case you would need to call a professional plumber to come out and find them.
If your home has exposed pipes, you will want to get them protected. Animals are curious creatures. Covering the pipes will protect your pet from an emergency trip to the vet, as well as protect your pipes from an emergency visit from a plumber!
When bathing your pet, try rinsing them off and brushing them ahead of time to remove excess hair. We also recommend using a hair catcher on the drain to help avoid clogging the pipes with all of that hair.
If your dog enjoys digging, be aware of where they dig. Most plumbing pipes are situated far enough underground that digging shouldn’t be a problem, but there are some pipes that can be close to the surface of your lawn. Dogs can easily dig through sewer lines, so be sure to supervise them while they’re outside.
At McDonough Plumbing we can handle all of your plumbing needs from that annoying drip to a complete remodel or restoration; we have the know how to get the job done right. Contact us online or give us a call at 941-624-4343.