Tips For Keeping Clean Drains as a Pet Owner

Apr 11, 2019

If you own a dog or a cat, the effects of those pets can be hard on the drains in your home; but only if the owner lets it be so. As animals have a lot of loose hair, it can be harder on drains more so than human hair can be. However, by following these tips, you can help keep drains running clear.

Use a Drain Catch

There will come a time when your pet needs a bath. In fact, it should be done regularly, but pets will produce a lot of loose hair. Combine that with any already building clogs in your drains made of soap residue and human hair, and you are going to have a big problem. It is highly recommended that if you don’t already have a drain catch, you get one. This will save you a lot of drain cleaning over time, especially if you choose one with smaller holes to better catch shorter pet hair.

Invest in a Drain Snake

For the pet hair that does get down the drain, don’t rely on harsh chemical drain cleaners, as these are particularly hard on your plumbing. It is better to just break up the clog naturally with a snake. While a drain snake is a good investment for even non-pet owners, if you have a pet with a lot of hair, then you will likely require it more often.

Beware of the “Flushable” Claim

Similar to flushable wipes and many other items that claim to be flushable, items like cat litter that claim to be flushable should not be flushed. Instead they should be place in a bag and disposed of in the trash. This also includes other items like the last bits of chew bones, potty pads, or uneaten food. They are all likely to cause clogs.

While following all the advice above can help, clogs will happen. If you have tried your best to clean a drain yourself, but have had little success, contact us today. The Plumber Guy can help with all those tough clogs and more.