Would you believe that nearly three-quarters of all homes across the country have a pet? That is a lot of animal and potential problems for both the owners and pets if the house has not been pet-proofed. Unfortunately, not all new pet owners in Brighton or across the country are aware of some of the hazards around the house that could harm your furry friends or the issues they could create for your home’s plumbing system. But with a few tips from our licensed plumbers, you can be sure that your pets will remain safe and happy in your home.
Secure The Cabinetry
Several hazards could be lurking behind your cabinet doors that could harm your new pet. The first is any cleaning product or chemicals that are used around the house. Be sure that cabinet doors are secured so that a curious kitten or puppy cannot enter under sink storage and access harmful chemicals.
Keeping these curious critters away from the water and drain lines and any electrical wiring under sinks is also essential. Pets can chew on wires and plumbing lines, causing damage to your home and creating life-threatening safety issues for themselves. Use childproof locks to keep your pets and plumbing lines safe.
Have Multiple Water Bowls Available
Pets drink a lot of water over the course of a day or night. So having multiple water sources is essential. There is always the possibility of a playful pet dumping a single bowl and then searching for another water source. Unfortunately, that source is often the toilet which can be very dangerous. Not only is that water contaminated by human waste, but it can also contain many harmful chemicals from cleaners and disinfectants.
Create A Pet Rinsing Station Outside
Your pets can get covered in dust, dirt, and pollen when playing outside. And many owners tend to rush their pets into the bathroom for a quick bath to eliminate that mess. While this is an easy way to bathe your pet, it can be a fast track to a nasty drain clog. So before taking a pet inside, it is best to brush and rinse them outside to remove any dirt and loose fur.
If you must bathe your pet indoors, be sure to use a mesh screen in the drain to capture any loose pet hair. The screen will clog up rapidly with fur, so be prepared to clean it out several times during the bath. Also, wipe all the loose hair from the tub or shower walls after you have completed the bath. Even a small amount of pet hair is likely to create a clog that will have you rushing for a plunger and the phone to call in a professional plumber
If you have questions or concerns about pet-proofing your home and plumbing, call (720) 740-0452 to use our online request for an appointment. Our experts are happy to provide cost-effective solutions to help you and your home get ready for this new addition to your family.