by Zona on December 4, 2015

Pet Owners Plumbing Tips

Avoiding clogged drains due to shedding hair from cats and dogs can be frustrating for many pet lovers. But a clogged drain isn't the only hazard for our furry family members.

Indianapolis drain_cleaning_servicesKeeping pets safe around open water sources and open pipes and drains means taking a few precautionary steps, that can save not only the cost of a plumber, but a serious health issue for your pet.

Use a Drain Strainer at Bath Time

To prevent a clog in the bathtub, a drain strainer or stopper should be used to catch pet hair. Their are times when pets shed more than others, but once you start scrubbing, there is no way to determine how much hair will be shed. Just a look at your Indianapolis home couch gives you a pretty good idea of how much hair can come off a dog at one sitting.

Keep Toilet Bowl Lids Closed

Toilet cleaning products are strong and toxic, and if you use one of the drop in bowl cleaners, bleach and detergent are nearly always present in the water.

Additionally, bacteria and germs that exist in toilets, can be transmitted from your pet to children. If you own a pet that loves to drink from the toilet bowl, keep the lid down as much possible, or consider using "green" toilet bowl cleaners.

No Kitty Litter Down the Toilet

Other than toilet paper and waste, nothing else should be flushed down the toilet. While it might seem to make sense to flush Kitty Litter, and some brands advocate doing this, the build-up of the litter product will eventually cause a drain stoppage.

Re-purpose plastic grocery bags by scooping Kitty Litter clumps into them and throwing it away in an outside trash can.

Add Covers to Open Floor Drains

The unfortunate pipe clog due to a kitten or puppy down a floor drain does happen. A 4" drain pipe is plenty of room for small animals to wedge themselves into. To prevent this situation in your Indianapolis home basement or backyard, install a drain cover easily by slipping the neck of the drain cover into the open pipe.

Don't let your fluffy pup clog up your drain! If you need drain cleaning in your Indianapolis home call Griesemer Plumbing & Mechanical at (317) 881-9536 today!

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