When preparing for a new four-legged addition to your home, there are several things to consider. You need to make sure your home is suited for a pet and you have all the necessary gear to accommodate their needs. Also, much like baby-proofing, certain things in your home should be “pet-proofed”. As you prepare your home for a new pet, don’t forget to prepare your plumbing! Follow these tips from your friends at Drain Genie Plumbing Services to ensure a safe environment for your furry family member.


Pets and Your Plumbing

Bathe Outside

It’s no secret that pets, especially dogs, get messy and need regular baths. However, if you choose to bathe them inside, mud, matted fur, and other debris can easily cause serious clogs in your bathroom drains. To avoid costly drain problems, we recommend bathing your pets outside, taking them to a professional groomer, or using a removable strainer to keep your drains running smoothly. Many pet stores even have DIY pet bathing stations so you can still bathe your pet yourself without putting your home’s drains in harm’s way.

Conceal Exposed Pipes

Exposed piping in the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room may look appealing for your pet to chew on. You can imagine the damage that can be caused by even the smallest amount of chewing, so make sure not to tempt your animals! Keep cabinets with exposed pipes closed and add child locks if your pet is especially crafty. For other exposed pipes or wires, basic pipe covers can be purchased at your local hardware store.

Keep Your Toilet Lid Closed

Finally, to protect both your toilet and your pet, keep the lid closed! Pets should never ingest any type of chemical cleaner that may be lingering in your toilet water or around your toilet bowl. It may seem funny or cute to see your dog drinking out of your toilet, but it can quickly cause health problems for him, and potentially toilet problems for you. Depending on the size of your pet, they could be putting undue pressure on the toilet or they could scratch the porcelain. Discourage your pet from drinking out of the toilet by always supplying them with fresh water in their own bowl.

At Drain Genie, we love pets as much as you do! So keep them and your plumbing safe by following these tips. Contact us today at (407) 710-0210 for more tips and all of your plumbing needs in the Orlando area.