Pets and Plumbing

Plumbing Solutions of Idaho expert tips

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!

  • Drain Strainers. The pipes in your house may be strong and reliable, but they do not like pet hair. Pet hair tends to be thicker, dirtier, and rougher than human hair–and unfortunately, most pets are constantly shedding, even if only a little. This hair can quickly cause a clog in your pipes. To avoid that, consider using a drain strainer; this will keep hair from going down the drain.
  • Protecting pipes. An exposed pipe or drain can quickly become a chew-toy or a claw-sharpener. Use household items to block any exposed pipes, protecting both the pipes and the pets themselves. Drains can be defended with drain covers that are installed quickly and easily.
  • Toilets. Taking care of your toilet is key to protecting your plumbing, especially when you have pets. Remember never to flush pet hair (or human hair), as this can easily cause clogged pipes, and dispose of kitty litter in the trash instead of the toilet.
  • Professionals. If your pet does manage to wreak havoc on your plumbing, don’t worry. All you need is a professional plumber–an ally with all the right answers, all the right tools, and a few suggestions for limiting the destructive power of your pets, too!

Interested in more plumbing maintenance tips? Looking for Boise Plumbers? Contact us today!

By Tim Smith

Published: January 22, 2016

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