by Duane Blanton on December 4, 2015

Pet Owners: 3 Plumbing Tips to Keep Cat and Dog Hair Out of Drains and Pipes

As plumbers everywhere can attest, pet owners have plenty of plumbing problems to keep them busy from time to time. Whether it’s such simple things as giving the dog or cat a bath or changing litter boxes now and then, the fact is Round Lake homeowners can find themselves facing one plumbing problem after another and one repair bill after another.

To keep problems such as these from happening, it’s a good idea to pay attention to several small things that could lead to big changes with the plumbing. If you’re curious, here are some tips you can follow.

Round Lake, IL Drain Cleaning ServicesFido’s Water Bowl

Contrary to what Fido may think, the home’s toilet bowl is not his personal drinking bowl. At least, it shouldn’t be. If it is, chances are you’re getting lots and lots of dog hair working its way down into the pipes, which will eventually create a big clog at some point.

Rather than let this happen, it’s best to make sure Fido cannot drink from the toilet any longer. Instead, buy him a new water bowl and fill it up with plenty of fresh water.

Pipes and Drains

Many homes still have exposed pipes and drains in many areas, including basements, garages, and crawlspaces. When this is the case, dogs will often seek them out and chew on them. Since the pipes are made of PVC, dogs can chew holes in them easily and also get plenty of their hair in them at the same time.

In addition to pipes, exposed drains may also get clogged with hair when cats sit on them or crawl inside them to explore. But by keeping any pipes covered and having a Round Lake plumber install drain covers that are pet-proof over any drains that are exposed, you can significantly reduce the chances of having clogged pipes.

Drain Strain

Rather than let your drain strain with lots and lots of dog or cat hair during a bath, it’s a good idea to use a drain strainer each and every time your dog or cat has a bath. If you don’t, you’ll have clogged drains and pipes that will need the services of a plumber to get cleared.

Many of today’s drain strainers are made with very small holes, which enable them to catch much of a pet’s hair before it finds its way into the pipes. If you can’t find these strainers, any type will suffice.

Don’t let your fluffy pup clog up your drain! If you need drain cleaning in your Round Lake, IL home call Duane Blanton Plumbing at (847) 855-0000 today!

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