Back To Basics: How To Use A Plunger

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What Is A Plunger?

Nearly every household has at least one plunger, and when a clog occurs in the bathroom, it?s essential to have on hand. No homeowner wants to be left without a plunger, but have you ever wondered if you?re using your plunger right?ÿNot only will we tell you how to use a plunger the correct way but we will also discuss the different types of plungers and the best way to use them.

You?ve probably seen a plunger tucked away behind a toilet tank. To some, a plunger is a sign of problematic plumbing.

While the design of a plunger is relatively simple, it is a powerful tool. When the plunger is pressed down, over a clog, it forces air into the drain and increases pressure. When the clog is moved, the air will continue to move through the pipes. Pulling back up on the plunger creates a vacuum and forcing anything in the pipe upwards and out.

Most people reach for the plunger when the toilet becomes clogged and isn?t flushing correctly. You can use a plunger on other clogs throughout the house, such as in sinks, and many times a plunger will fix the issue and save you a call to your plumber.

When is it time to grab the plunger? Whenever there is evidence of a clog, it?s a good idea to try out a plunger. While it may not fix every plumbing issue, it?s an easy and convenient first step to take before you call a pro.

Even though all plungers are designed to unclog a drain, some plungers are best suited for different types of clogs. Let?s take a look at some of the different plungers, so you know which one is best for you.

If you have a plunger, you probably the standard plunger. This type typically has a wooden handle and an orange rubber cup. Standard plungers come in a variety of surfaces, and while they can be used for a variety of clogs, they are best used for flat surfaces over a sink drain or in a slow draining bathtub.

While a standard plunger may help unclog your toilet, it?s ideal to have a plunger that?s specifically designed for a toilet. Like a standard plunger, toilet plungers have a long handle and a rubber cup (often black).

The design difference is a flap (or flange) that folds out from the inside of the cup and is intended to fit into the toilet drain opening; which helps form a better seal and apply more effective pressure when plunging. Since the flap folds back into the cup, this type of plunger is also suitable for sinks and tubs.

When selecting the type of plunger you want, it all comes down to personal preference. It?s a good idea to have one plunger for each toilet in your home and one other standard or multi-purpose plunger for other non-toilet clogs.

How To Use A Plunger?

Plungers are relatively inexpensive and available everywhere from your local grocery store to online.

Now that you know more about plungers and which ones are best for certain clogs let?s take a look at how to use a plunger.

Choosing The Right Plunger

When your toilet looks like to overflow, wait about ten minutes.

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