5 Tips to Pet Proof Your Plumbing

5 Tips to Pet Proof Your Plumbing

All pet owners will agree when I say that pet proofing your home is extremely important. After all, your pet needs to have a safe space to run around and enjoy without you on top of their heads worrying about their whereabouts. 

Now, when it comes to pet proofing, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Poisonous plants? Exposed electrical wires? Easy to swallow objects? While all these things are an important aspect of pet proofing, people often forget about plumbing. 

That’s right!

The plumbing in your home may put your pet’s safety at risk. So, if you haven’t had the time to think about it, I can help you make a start. 

Keep Chemicals Out of Reach

If you have any harsh chemicals laying around in the open and a pet running free, take the first pet proofing measure and put those chemicals away. While these chemicals are hazardous for humans, they can be equally dangerous for your pet, if not more. 

Dogs and cats are curious creatures. If they see a bottle lying around the house, there’s a high possibility that they will put their noses where they don’t belong. And if these chemicals are ingested by your pets, it may require an emergency visit to the vet. Getting a dog is more work than you think, right?

Conceal Exposed Piping

If there’s something that can fit into a dog’s mouth, you will find it all chewed up as soon as you look the other way. Exposed plumbing offers this temptation to your pet. This can further lead to several problems. 

First, your pet can swallow shards of pipes which can be risky for their body. Secondly, it’s possible that they chew up a gas pipe and cause leakage. I’m sure it’s pretty clear that this can be dangerous for you, as well as your pet. 

So, if you forgot about a leaking or exposed pipe in your kitchen or bathroom, you don’t have to wait for long. You can call an emergency plumber in Walsall and get it fixed in no time. 

Use Toilet and Drain Guards

It’s very common to find pets drinking from toilet bowls or even swimming in one. If you own a small sized breed, the chances of you hearing a ‘plop’ are high. Besides, drinking water from toilet bowls also exposes your pet to a number of germs, bacteria and infections. 

So, instead of waiting for all these things to happen, make sure that all your drains and toilet bowls are covered. Keep your toilet lids down at all times and use drain guards to cover any open drain in or around the house. 

Improve Bath Time

Having bath time with your pet may look cute but when the hair clogs the drain, the sight can quickly take a 180 turn. You avoid this from happening by either using drain stoppers to collect all the dirt and hair or taking your pet’s bath time out of the bathroom. 

Also, when giving a bath to your pet, ensure that water temperature is optimal. In some cases the water temperature can change when water pressure changes in the house. Avoid this situation by installing pressure balancing valves so that you don’t have to face sudden outburst of cold or hot water. 

Avoid Flushing Cat Litter

Cat litter is designed in a way that it absorbs all the moisture. What do you think will happen if you flush it down the toilet? It increases in size (up to 10 times) and once that happens, it can easily block your drain and create a plumbing havoc for you. In addition to this, cat litter is home to several parasites that can contaminate water supply. 

Now, many cat litters claim to be flushable but it is advisable to not do that. Instead, take a trash bag to dispose it. It is a safe and advisable way to throw cat litter. 

Pet owners are extremely possessive about their furry friends. There are a number of things you must do before bringing a new puppy home and pet proofing is one of the most important aspects. So, ensure that you have checked the plumbing in your home using the tips we have discussed above.