What do you think is one of the most difficult things for a drain to handle? You probably didn’t say pet fur. Washing your pet, especially your dog can easily clog your drain.  

All of the water that comes into your home must leave through your drains. The drains in your shower are meant to handle debris and high water flow. However they do have their limit and are vulnerable to fibrous material like hair or pet fur.  Pet fur can clog the drain causing water to back up or slow draining.  

Dog Breeds that Shed

While cleaning your pet can be fun, it can be stressful for your home’s plumbing.  Dogs can shed a lot.  

According to the hilspet.com, the top ten worst shedding breeds are:

  1. Saint Bernard
  2. Great Pyrenees
  3. Akita
  4. Chow Chow
  5. Siberian Husky
  6. Golden Retriever
  7. German Shepherd
  8. Labrador Retriever
  9. Alaskan Malamute
  10. Alaskan Husky

Washing Your Dog

Washing your dog releases extra fur. This can be a significant amount of excess fur which is hard for a drain to handle. Fur will collect in the drain pipe. It will make a thick mass which the water won’t be able to flow through. Once the mass of fur is in place, water will be unable to move.   

Prevent Clogs

As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is easier to prevent a drain clog then to unclog a drain.  

  • You can remove excess fur by brushing your dog before a bath. This will cut down on the amount of fur in the bath.
  • You can prevent fur from going into the drown by putting a screen over the drain. That way the water will drain while the fur will be strained out.

How To Unclog Your Bath

You can attempt to dislodge the fur blocking your drain. 

  • First, take off the drain guard
  • Once you have removed the drain cover, you can access the drain pipe
  • Look to see if there is a mass of fur 
  • Remove the mass of fur
  • Test to see if water will drain

If you can’t get the drain to work, call a Master Plumbing today. Our professional staff can get your drains working again. We pride ourselves on providing quality quick service. Your pet deserves the best and so do your drains.  

Turn to the right Idaho plumber, call today for a free quote!

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Jackie Zimmerman
Jackie Zimmerman
21:06 05 Jan 23
Austin went over the job, gave me a workable estimate, and got the repairs done on my water pipe. He was friendly and patient-and fixed things in a quick manner. Recommend this company and if Austin is how all plumbers are in this company- recommend put them on speed dial!! Love this outcome!
Mackenzie Johnson
Mackenzie Johnson
21:05 04 Jan 23
Jim Colburn was wonderful to have on this project. He took his time explaining what the issues could be and offered multiple solutions which I appreciated. He was knowledgeable and was very professional. Master Plumbing has helped myself and my clients multiple times and I will continue to use their services and refer them. Thank you Jim for your time!
Dan Haws
Dan Haws
17:28 31 Oct 22
Jeff came over and got us taken care of and was incredibly professional. He was so efficient and managed to work around the chaos of us getting ready for a gathering in our home. He even took on more jobs than we initially had in mind. He’s a veteran and was respectful and considerate to everyone in our home! Next time we have them come out I’ll be asking for Jeff!
Luann Gray
Luann Gray
20:21 13 Oct 22
I was very pleased with Frank from Master Rooter in the recent service he did on pumping our septic system. He took the time to give me some extra information and guidance about our system. He also detected what appeared to be a water leak coming from inside the house and gave me advice on detecting the source. We have used this company for many years and are very grateful for their quality service.
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