Using a toilet plunger seems pretty straightforward. In fact, you likely used one yourself on an occasion or two with mixed results. You may think you know how to use a plunger, but there is actually a right way and wrong way to use it. Using it the right way may be the difference between clearing a backup and having to call an emergency plumber.
Plumbing 101: How to Use a Plunger
First of all, you should be sure you’re using the right plunger. Unbeknownst to most people, plungers do come in different types and sizes. There are two types: standard and flange plungers. The former is your run-of-the-mill plunger, while the latter has an extra ring of rubber around the cup. A flange plunger is specifically intended for unclogging toilets.
As for the size, the plunger’s diameter should be just barely larger than the diameter of the drain.
Once you have your weapon of choice, examine the water level. The water level should be deep enough to completely cover the plunger cup. Too little water, and you won’t be able to form a proper seal around the drain.
Here’s another insider tip: plug nearby drains. In other words, if you’re plunging the toilet, then place stoppers on the shower and bathroom sink. This will put more pressure on the clog.
When it comes to the actual plunging, our residential plumbers usually place some petroleum around the rim of the plunger. This helps improve the seal and ensures the rim makes contact with the drain at all times. As you plunge, be sure the stick is pointed straight up and plunge in 30-second intervals.
Sink Still Backed Up?
If the sink is still clogged, then the next step is to call South County Plumbing. Our discounts and deals make fixes affordable. Professional repairs, though, may not even be necessary if you learn how to use a plunger the right way.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Residential Plumbing for Clearing Backups
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