How Pet Owners Can Prevent Drain Cleaning Problems


Pets bring us joy and fun, but they also bring potential plumbing problems. Protect your residential plumbing and keep your pets safe with these helpful plumbing-related tips from our expert plumbers.

Bath Time Tips

When your dog or cat needs a bath, it’s better to do this outdoors using a hose or an outdoor shower. However, we know that’s not always possible. If you like to bathe your pets indoors using the bath or shower, install a drain strainer. This inexpensive plumbing accessory is available at home improvement stores and keeps fur and hair from clogging the drain. We recommend drain strainers even for hypo-allergenic breeds (non-shedding). Even if it seems like their fur isn’t getting in the tub, if need to do a lot of scrubbing, it’s a possibility. Strainers also keep clumps of dirt out of the drain.

Cover Floor Drains

Do you have floor drains in your laundry room, garage, or basement missing their covers? If so, get these covers replaced ASAP. Dogs or cats could accidentally trip and break a paw or leg, but there is an even bigger concern. Small pets like rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, hamsters, lizards, and snakes allowed to roam the house find exposed drains enticing. Even if you’re not one to let your small pets out and about in the home, if they accidentally get out of their cages, they could get into the drain. If this happens, the chances are good they won’t get out and then your drain pipe becomes clogged. Do your plumbing and your pets a favor and keep these drains covered at all times.

Also, if pay attention to the drains in your yard. If you have trench drains or storm drains on your property, make sure they’re properly covered. You don’t want your pet running around and falling into one of these drains.

Toilets Are for Humans Only

It’s tempting to flush cat litter, but this is a big no-no. Even products claiming to be “flushable” shouldn’t be flushed, and here’s why. Did you know cats eat things they can’t completely digest? This includes items like paper, twist ties, bits of toys, and other things they find lying around the house. These items end up in the litter and, if you flush the litter, end up causing problems in your drains and pipes. Likewise, don’t toss dog waste or any other animal waste in the toilet. It’s always better to throw your pets’ waste away.

Don’t Let Your Pets Drink from the Toilet

Not only is this gross, but it could lead to clogged drains. If your pet is playing with a toy and they drop it in the toilet before taking a drink, it could slide down the drain and cause problems. Also, from a non-plumbing perspective, drinking from the toilet isn’t sanitary. Train your pets to stay away from the toilet or keep the lid shut. Also, make sure they always have fresh water available.

Cover Exposed Pipes

Do you have exposed piping in your home? If you’re in the middle of a kitchen or bathroom remodel, you probably have exposed plumbing. Even if it’s temporary, you need to keep pipes and open drains covered. Pets are curious and they explore their territories with their mouths and paws. The last thing you want is for your pet to chew on exposed piping and mess up your plumbing. Or, in the worst-case scenario, injure themselves.

At My Lakewood Plumber Hero, we want your home to be safe for you and your pets. If you need exposed piping fixed, drain covers installed, or have other plumbing needs, we’re here to help. Our licensed 24-hour plumbers in Lakewood are available right now to help you out.

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