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HVAC and Plumbing Maintenance Tips for Pet Owners

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HVAC and Plumbing Maintenance Tips for Pet Owners

Having a pet is one of the most fun aspects of home ownership. However, an arch nemesis of a tidy home is pet hair. It can also get you into some actual hairy situations with your HVAC and plumbing if you’re not careful. Follow these simple rules so pet problems don’t get “out of hound.”

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Bathe and groom your pets regularly

Pet hair can be a “shed-ache,” as it somehow finds its way into every nook and cranny of your home. It can also get stuck in your air filter. Clogging your filter causes decreased efficiency if not properly maintained.

Other than having a lint roller on hand at all times, homeowners should plan regular bath times and pet cleanings to help wash away some of the stray hair. Vacuuming as often as possible is also key to preventing excessive buildup. Dusting and sweeping are important, too, but with people constantly going in and out of your home, it may just shift hair around rather than vanquishing it completely. Getting your AC cleaned and checked will also clear any hair that is out of sight.

Use drain stoppers in your tub/sink during bath time

When you do clean your furry friends, use a drain stopper in the tub or sink to block hair from entering your drain. Clearing the drain of hair after each bath or scheduling a power rodding reduces drain backups and keeps your drain running swiftly.

Exposed wires

Freestanding wires might as well be handing your pets their favorite chew toy on a silver platter. It’s not the size of the teeth in the fight, but the size of the fight in the teeth; even the tiniest animals can pounce and damage wiring. Encase exposed wiring in a conduit and tape any slack to the wall to prevent an electrical or choking hazard. If you wouldn’t let your kids touch it, your pets shouldn’t either.

Cat litter should not be flushed

Despite what a label may tell you, kitty litter is not flushable. Litter is made to clump and cling together so disposal is easy. If flushed, the water will have the same effect and your pipes will be filled with bunched up litter. Think inside the {litter} box on this one and throw away litter in the garbage.

Outside condenser units are off limits

Dogs and cats like to dig and claw at hard surfaces for fun. As the saying goes, “Curiosity killed the cat.” Your air conditioner may become their next target. Other than damaging their feet on the coils or vents, your unit may get roughed up with every play session. Male dogs also mark their territory by urinating. If your dog or neighborhood dogs sniff out your unit, the urine may leak into the fins and cause them to erode over time. This can cause refrigerant leaks that can be costly to repair. To prevent dogs from ruining your outside unit, put up a fence or some kind of boundary.