Published on April 13, 2021

Pets and Plumbing: How to Protect Your Plumbing From Your Pets

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Washing Pets Outside

If your pet is a lizard or an aquarium full of fish, then this won’t apply to you!  But, you never know – a fluffy little friend may enter your life unexpectedly, so we suggest that you continue reading! When it comes to our furry pets, plumbing can be affected. Sun Plumbing, a superior company in Melbourne, FL, is here to offer you some helpful hints on how to prevent plumbing potential problems.

Conceal Exposed Pipes

If you have any exposed pipes in your yard, we highly suggest concealing them as soon as possible.  You may need to put a protective barrier over pipes that are close to the surface.  If you notice Digger or Dutchess continually digging up the same pipes, consider covering them with a barrier, such as a piece of plywood, then covering that with dirt, grass, etc.  If a solid barrier, such as plywood isn’t working for you, i.e. not allowing enough dirt for grass to grow, then consider a barrier such as chicken wire which will allow dirt and grass to grow, but should deter your pet from chewing on or pulling up the pipe.

An Indialantic, FL resident shared this story:

“Our Chocolate Lab loved tearing off sprinkler heads.  We don’t know if he thought it was fun trying to bite the water or if he saw them as his personal nemesis!  Either way, my husband had to replace countless sprinklers over the years!”

While surrounding your sprinkler heads with chicken wire may not be as aesthetically pleasing as you like, it may prevent a geyser in your yard!

Wash Your Pets Outside to Keep Your Plumbing Clog-Free

Pets can also inadvertently damage the pipes inside your home.  This can occur the same way it does with people – hair clogs! All furry friends need baths sometimes, and long-hair cats and dogs require extra grooming.  If your pets are in need of a wash, consider washing them outside.  We understand that this is not always possible.  It can be too cold or too difficult as it is not as easy to confine a pet outside as it is in a tub or sink.

If they are particularly dirty, like on a day when they have decided to roll around in the mud, then perhaps an initial rinse off outside is possible, so you have less debris going down your interior drains.  Remember to always use drain covers to catch as much loose hair as possible.  The less hair down your drains, the less likely you are to get clogged pipes.

If Your Pooch Pops Your Pipes

Whether it’s a clogged drain or Scruffy just won his tussle with a water pipe in the backyard, Sun Plumbing is here to help!  We are located in Melbourne and serve our surrounding areas such as Viera and the beach towns.  We offer 24-hour emergency service, so if Midnight’s moonlight potty break leads to a pipe break, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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