Pet Proof Your Plumbing | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Pet Proof Your Plumbing | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

If you have a four-legged family member, make sure your plumbing is safe for them and from them. Billy the Sunshine Plumber offers some tips.

There are probably thousands of computer memes out there that make a joke about who runs the home – you or your pets. While you laugh at them, you have to admit that your dog and cat hold a cherished place in your home and you definitely don’t want anything bad to happen to them. Likewise, you don’t want anything to happen to your home so you sometimes wonder about the best way to handle those situations during which your pets interact with your home. 

While many pet owners are aware of making sure electrical cords and other such items are out of the way of a curious, chewing critter, many don’t realize that pets and plumbing sometimes don’t mix. offers these tips for making sure your plumbing and pets don’t collide:

Wash your pets outdoors if possible. 

“If you have a dog or cat who loves to go outside after it rains, you’re going to have a lot of mud to clean up. When you wash your pet in the tub or shower, all that mud and matted fur will come off and go down your drain. This has the potential to cause a serious clog – one that you shouldn’t try to remove with harsh store-bought chemicals or a snaking device since these items could cause damage to your water lines, says.

You should try to rinse your dog outside when you come back from the dog park at Bluebird Springs (or elsewhere). If you can’t, then stick in the plug and scrape up that hair before you unplug the sink or tub.

Keep pets’ water dish full.

If you don’t, they might try to drink from the toilet, which can be toxic to them. Even if their water dishes are full, some pets still seem to like toilet water, so:

Make sure you keep the toilet lid down.

Keep plumbing chemicals out of reach.

Generally speaking, you shouldn’t be using harsh chemicals in your plumbing because they can destroy pipes. But, if you insist, be sure to keep them – and other cleaning and similar products – out of the way of your pets and your human children.

Conceal exposed piping.

This prevents a puppy or other critter from chewing on the pipe and harming himself or the plumbing.

Of course, clogs and other issues do happen. If they do and you need professional, certified plumbing help, be sure to call Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

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