If you're a pet owner, making sure that your pet is safe is a top priority for you. You also want to make sure that your property is safe from any hi-jinks that a curious and energetic pet might get up to. You've probably already done all of the usual things, like making sure your pet can't run out into the street and buying toys so your pet will play with those instead of scratching on your furniture. But you may not have thought about how to ensure that your household plumbing is pet-proof. Take a look at some plumbing tips that every pet owner needs to know.
Beware of Deep Digging
If your pet likes to dig in the backyard, you'll have to be careful of the plumbing lines in your backyard. The requirements for water and sewer line burial vary by location, but in some places, the minimum depth is only 18 inches. A determined dog could easily dig that far, and end up causing expensive damage to your water and sewer lines.
It's a good idea to find out where your lines are buried and how deep they are. If you have a septic tank, those lines usually follow a straight line between your basement and the tank, unless there are obstructions in the way. You can also visit your local zoning or building office to check out a property map. Once you know where they are, you can discourage your pet from digging in those areas or block them off if you need to.
Practice Bath Safety
Grooming is an important part of pet care, and you should absolutely bathe and brush your pet regularly. But if you're going to use the bathtub or sink for baths, make sure that you have a strainer or drain stopper that prevents hair from going down the drain. Pet hair can cause clogs as easily as human hair can.
You'll also want to make sure that your hot water doesn't scald your pet. The recommended setting for a hot water heater that heats water for human use is 120 degrees. However, that's much too hot for your pet – a dog should bathe in water that's between 70 and 80 degrees. Make sure that your faucets and shower heads have pressure balancing valves. These prevent the water from becoming scalding hot when someone flushes a toilet or turns on a sink elsewhere in the house. And always check the temperature before putting your pet in the water.
Take Toilet Precautions
It's a good idea to get in the habit of leaving the toilet lid closed when it's not in use. To your pet, it just looks like another source of water. However, aside from waste residue, there may also be residue from cleansers or drain cleaners that you've used in your toilet, and these can be very dangerous to your pet's health.
Another thing that you need to know, if you have a pet that uses a litter box, is to never flush the litter down the toilet. The litter can clump together and clog your pipes and it can also damage your toilet.
These tips will help you keep your pets healthy and safe, and protect your plumbing system from pet damage. Don't forget that your plumber has probably seen plenty of pet-related plumbing mishaps. They will be happy to give you pet-related plumbing tips that apply to your specific pet and your plumbing system. For help with your plumbing, contact a company, such as Allcounty Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning.