4 Plumbing Tips for Pet Owners

Some Advice from Our Plumbing Repair Specialists


There are probably not many times when your pets and your plumbing are in the same thought, but they’re actually quite related when you’re a homeowner with furry friends. Our Exton plumbing repair specialists have a few tips for you to help keep your plumbing flowing smoothly and to protect your pets:

Don’t flush cat litter.

Even if the litter you use is considered “flushable,” you shouldn’t put it down the toilet. Litter can stick together to form clumps and those clumps can actually clog your toilet pipes.

Keep your toilet lit down.

If you and your family members have a habit of leaving the toilet lid up, start making a point to put it down – especially if your pet likes to drink out of the toilet. The chemicals and cleaners you use on your toilet can be harmful to your pet, so do them (and yourself) a favor and keep it closed.

Use a hair strainer/stopper.

If you bathe your pet in the sink or in the bath tub, make sure you use a hair strainer or stopper to keep their fur from going down the drain. Like human hair, too much fur can cause clogs in your pipes (especially when mixed with soap scum). To avoid this problem, you can always to just wash your pet outside.

Keep an eye on the digging.

Do you have a dog that loves to dig in your back yard? If so, keep an eye on how deep they dig. Water lines and sewer lines can sometimes be buried as shallow as a foot and a half, and you don’t want your dog to dig too deep and damage the lines.

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It’s not a plumbing tip, but we’re going to give you another tip when it comes to pets: Change your HVAC filter once every two to three months. This is especially helpful in the summertime, when many pets shed more of their fur. Your HVAC filters work to trap your pet’s fur and dander and prevent it from recirculating. When these filters get filled, however, your HVAC system won’t work as efficiently. That’s why it’s important to change them on a regular basis.

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