Pets have lived side-by-side with humans for ages. From dogs and cats to parakeets and hamsters to horses, ducks, and goats, pets have made a huge impact on the way we live our lives--and because of the differences animals have made to the human world, we have been constantly expanding the term "pet," always eager to welcome new species into our homes and hearts. But whether it barks, purrs, gallops, or flies, we know all too well that a pet can occasionally wreak havoc.
As we find new ways to integrate animals into our lives, we also find new ways that these furry (or feathery) friends impact our homes--and, unfortunately, plumbing is one of the most vulnerable targets.
Most pets don't try to cause trouble, but somehow, they manage it anyway. Dirty paw-prints on the hardwood floor. Hairballs in inconspicuous corners. A shredded pillow. The list goes on and on--but when it comes to the plumbing, pets can become somewhat of a hazard. The truth is, your home's plumbing wasn't designed to handle pets. Those pipes, working day in and day out to supply you with water throughout your home, are vulnerable to pet hair, pets' teeth and more, and even the smallest issue can quickly turn into a catastrophe. Luckily, it's possible to have the best of both worlds; you can keep pets--dogs, cats, horses, ducks, fish, you name it--and protect your plumbing at the same time, all by taking a few simple precautions.
Protecting Your Plumbing
So, how can you protect your plumbing against your pets? Here's a quick look!