It’s no secret that owning a pet can improve your life. Owning a dog lowers the chance of heart disease, as dog owners tend to walk more. Taking your dog on a walk or going to the dog park is a great way to meet people and connect with your community.
The presence of a dog or cat can positively decrease your blood pressure, reduce your stress and in some cases can even help with depression. Raising kids around pets may reduce the likelihood of allergies and asthma.
More than anything though, for many of us, our pets are like members of our families, just covered in hair. Most plumbers know that dog or cat hair can cause some problems in your home.
Pet Plumbing Problems
Pet hair can wreak real havoc on your drains and pipes—but it doesn’t have to. When you bathe a cat or a dog in the bathtub, you start to realize the oil from the hair has combined with soap scum; clumps of hair have built up behind it; and your drain no longer does the one very simple thing you need it to do. Drain.
What about your air-conditioning system? Having a pet in your house can lessen the effectiveness of your HVAC system as it increases the amount of dust and hair in your home. Having our beloved furry friends
can rapidly clog your system’s filters and cause unnecessary ac repairs.
Preventative Plumbing Tips for Animal Lovers
Fortunately, both of these situations are easily prevented or remedied.
Pet owners should change their HVAC filters at least once every season. Take note if you use a thicker filter you may not need to replace it as often. Whenever you vacuum, take an extra minute to vacuum your filter if it’s easily accessible. This will help you breathe easier and decrease allergens in your home.
As for your drains, buy a bathtub “drain catch” or “hair snare” for every drain you plan to use to bathe pets. If you invest you could end up saving the cost of a repair. In the warmer months you can always give baths outside in a kiddie pool or on the grass.
If it’s too late for preventative tips…
If it’s already too late for any of these preventative tips—for instance, if your drain is already clogged beyond anything you know how to deal with, call a professional plumber to clear your drain line and help you with drain maintenance
to prevent further problems.
Or, if you’re experiencing problems with your heating or cooling system due to pet hair and dust call an HVAC professional. A professional can assist you with finding the best filters for your home and provide guidance for proper maintenance.