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Pet Owners: 3 Plumbing Tips to Keep Cat and Dog Hair out of Drains and Pipes

As most pet owners know, combining pet hair and soap scum in household plumbing creates a drain pipe time bomb. Pet owners who bathe Fido in the bath tub or sink and choose to leave the drains "out of sight and out of mind" are sure to eventually have a tub that drains painfully slow or not at all.

Not to worry, your trusty Oklahoma City plumber is here for you with a few tips to help keep your pipes draining the water from your tub or sink instead of draining money from your pocket book.

Install a drain strainer

Purchase a plastic or metal fine strainer to catch pet hair before it makes its way down your drain during pet bathing. These strainers are inexpensive and easy to clean out as hair accumulates in them.

You may be surprised at just how much of your pet's hair you will find in the strainer after only one bathing session. This is hair that could be making its way down the drain.

Regular maintenance rules

Simple maintenance can go a long way in keeping your pet's hair from clogging up your drains. If you own a sink or tub with a pop up stopper, be sure to lift the stopper out of the drain periodically and remove any accumulated hair that may be hung up on it.

Wash the stopper off thoroughly to remove any soap residue before you put it back in the drain. You can use a bacterial drain cleaning product once a month to help keep build up from forming on drain pipe walls.

Sticky soap scum is great at catching pet hair in your pipes and adding it to the offensive concoction you may have seen your plumber remove from a clogged drain.

Upgrade your trap

In extreme cases, the ultimate upgrade you may choose to make to your sink drain is to have your Oklahoma City plumber remove the standard household trap (the "U" shaped section of drain pipe directly below your sink) and replace it with a salon hair trap.

These super traps usually have an easy access mesh or screen inside the trap itself that can be quickly pulled out and cleaned.

Don't let your fluffy pup clog up your drain! If you need drain cleaning in your Oklahoma City, OK home call Hull Plumbing at (405) 246-9763 today!

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