The Right Way to Use a Plunger

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Follow these recommendations for choosing and using a plunger to clear clogs quickly, simply, and accurately in Salt Lake City.

Woman Plunging Salt Lake City Kitchen Sink

It’s time to take the plunge if your toilet is overflowing or your sink is clogged. Approximately 90% of the time, a blockage may be removed with just a few plunger thrusts. To make the nasty process go more smoothly, you’ll need the correct plunger and the perfect approach. It turns out that not all plungers are made equal; some are better suited for sinks and showers, while others are better suited for toilets. Success is all about form once you’ve selected the right instrument for the job. Contrary to common belief, flushing repeatedly while furiously pumping will not speed up the removal of the blockage; instead, it will damage the plunger’s seal and destroy the suction. Avoid these rookie blunders and learn to plunge like an expert with these helpful hints to keep the water running easily down your pipes.

Pick the Perfect Plunger

Begin from the beginning: The cup plunger and the flange plunger are the two most popular varieties of plungers available for purchase at your local supermarket or home improvement shop. It’s a good idea to have one of them on hand and familiarize yourself with their benefits so you can figure out which one is best for your mini-emergency.

The Cup: When you think of a plunger, the picture that most typically comes to mind is of a basic wooden handle connected to a rubber cup. The gadget is known as a “cup plunger” because of this cup. This design works well with flat-surface drains like those in the sink and bathtub. The cup plunger can clear a clog in a sink, shower, or bathtub, but it can’t make an airtight seal in the curve of a toilet drain to provide enough suction.

The Flange: A toilet clog necessitates the use of a flange plunger, which features an additional ring of rubber around the cup (the flange). The flange is put into the toilet drain, which seals off the air and boosts suction force. You may fold the rubber ring back into the plunger’s bell and use it to unclog a tub or sink drain in an emergency, but a real cup plunger is more effective.

Plunging a Sink, Shower, or Tub

Start by covering the overflow drain, if there is one, with a damp cloth when using a normal cup plunger. As a result, air cannot escape and the suction force is reduced. To guarantee better outcomes, shut off any surrounding drains in sinks or tubs while you’re at it. Create a tighter seal by covering the rim of the cup with a little bit of petroleum jelly to boost the plunger’s suction power even further.

After that, secure the rubber bell over the sink or shower drain and submerge it completely in the standing water. Plunging may be messy, so if there’s too much water, scoop it into a nearby bucket to keep the mess to a minimum. Gently press down on the handle to force the air out. Then keep diving with rapid and careful thrusts, guiding the pressure down the drain without breaking the seal. Carry on in this manner for around 20 seconds. The obstruction should be freed when you remove the plunger.

Note: Do not use a plunger while using drain-clearing chemicals. You risk splashing about caustic, poisonous liquids that can cause burns or even blindness if they come into touch with your eyes.

Plunging a Toilet

If your toilet appears to be going to overflow owing to a blockage, don’t keep flushing the handle in the hopes of draining the bowl. Allow 10 minutes for the water level to decrease instead. Then, on the wall behind the toilet, locate the water supply hose and close the valve by turning the handle clockwise. Next, check the amount of water in the toilet bowl. Move the extra water to a bucket if the dish is overly full. However, if the bowl is nearly empty, add enough water to fill it halfway. The suction will be improved if there is enough water in the bowl, which will lead to a more successful plunge.

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