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The Relationship Between Your Pets and Your Drains/Pipes

When a pet owner is scooping out a litter box or letting the dog get a drink of water from the toilet bowl, little do they think that these things could eventually lead to plumbing repairs that could be rather expensive.

Yet that’s what happens time and time again, with pet owners everywhere finding themselves amazed at what can happen to their Tucson drains and pipes. To make sure you don’t find yourself facing an unexpected plumbing repair, here are several tips that will hopefully keep your drains and pipes clean.


Cover Those Pipes

In some homes, pipes are exposed and within reach of dogs who love to chew on them. As a result, the pipes are sometimes so badly damaged by the dogs that they need to be replaced. If that happens, be prepared to shell out plenty of dollars when you receive the repair bill.

Likewise, cats will always see an open drain line as an interesting place to explore, so in all likelihood a plumber will be called to rescue the cat from deep within the drain at some point. Rather than let this happen, have the plumber install drain covers to keep inquiring kitties out of trouble.

Bathing With a Strainer

When it’s time to give your pet a bath, be sure you have a drain strainer as part of your equipment. This will help to keep large amounts of pet hair and other items from finding their way into the drain and pipes, which can lead to extensive clogs and expensive repairs. For best results, use a drain strainer that is made specifically for giving baths to pets, since it will be sure to contain much more hair than an ordinary strainer might.

The Myth of Flushable Litter

While flushable litter sounds like a great idea, most plumbers agree it’s wishful thinking. In fact, most litter that bills itself as flushable is anything but that. Rather than flowing freely through pipes, it instead stays there and sets up like concrete.

As a result, major clogs develop that are difficult to remove. Instead of letting this happen, simply scoop out the box and put its contents into a trashcan. And by the way, don’t let the dog drink from the toilet on a regular basis. If you do, you’ll have clogged pipes in your Tucson home from the hair that accumulates in the toilet bowl.

Don’t let your fluffy pup clog up your drain! If you need drain cleaning in your Tucson, AZ home call Spartan Plumbing at 520-617-1000 today!