HOGS: A Great Way To Remember The Major Causes Of Drain Clogs

Nobody likes dealing with a clogged drain. At its worst, you may not be able to use the sink at all, and at its best, you have to wait forever for the water to trickle down! Thankfully, clogged drains are easier to prevent than you might expect. You just have to remember the acronym HOGS, which stands for Hair, Objects, Grease, and Scum -- the four main causes of drain problems.

Here's a closer look at each one, the trouble it causes, and how to keep it out of your drain:

H: Hair

The "H" in HOGS stands for hair, which is a major component of clogs in most shower drains and bathroom sinks. You may get hairy clogs in your washer drain or in a laundry tub drain if you bathe a pet in the laundry sink, too. To keep hair out of the drain, all you need is a $1 plastic sink basket from the dollar store. Make sure you get one with really small holes, as this will let more hair through. Use the drain basket whenever you shower, wash your hair, or bathe a hairy pet.

O: Objects

"O" stands for "objects," or more accurately, foreign objects. This would be things like toys your kids put down the drain, or socks that your dog may drop in the toilet when you're not looking. A strainer basket can keep objects out of the drains in your sink and showers as long as the kids are good about not removing the basket. If you have mischievous toddlers, consider a toilet seat lock that only parents can open. 

G: Grease

Almost all clogs in kitchen drains have at least some grease within them. It hardens when it reaches the chilly drain pipes, forming tough buildup that grows over time. The easiest way to prevent grease clogs is, of course, not to put grease down the drain. But it's not quite as simple as that. Make sure you are using a good-quality dish soap that really breaks up the grease. Also, avoid putting fatty foods into your garbage disposal drain, since they stick even after they've been chopped up.

S: Scum

The "S" stands for "scum", which is really soap scum. Most soaps leave minimal scum behind if you have soft water, but if you have hard water, the soap and minerals may interact to form a scum that clogs your drains. Installing a water softener is the only real long-term solution. Also, avoid using clay-based soaps, which leave scum behind even with soft water.

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