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How to Choose the Right Plunger for the Job

 

If you have a clogged drain or toilet, reaching for your plunger is a good idea. However, there are different types and it’s best to use the right one for the job.

 

Here’s what you should know about the kinds of plungers available and how to use them.

 

Types


Using the right plunger makes it easier to create a seal around the drain. There are two kinds:

 

1. Cup plunger
This type of plunger is generally made of rubber and shaped like a cup. It’s perfect for unclogging drains in sinks, bathtubs and other flat surfaces. Its flat surface help to create the seal necessary to dislodge the clogs.

 

2. Flange plunger
Also called a toilet plunger, a flange plunger looks like a cup plunger but has an extra collar protruding out of the bottom. This extra part helps to create a seal around the toilet’s curved opening.

 

Technique


Once you’ve chosen the right type of plunger, you’ll need to use it to unblock your drain. Here’s how to plunge the different types of clogs you’ll run into.

 

• For sinks, tubs and showers
Using a wet rag, block any nearby drains or overflow openings to make sure you can create the necessary seal. Optionally, you can put a layer of petroleum jelly on the rim of a cup plunger. This isn’t necessary but can help to improve suction.

 

Place the cup plunger securely over the drain and run enough water to submerge the cup entirely. Push down on the handle to force the air out and then pump the plunger up and down for at least 20 seconds or until you feel the clog dislodge.

 

• For toilets
If the water in your toilet has risen, wait at least 10 minutes or until it drops. Make sure the collar of your flange plunger is completely pulled out from the cup and place it securely into the drain opening of your toilet.

 

If necessary, add some water to make sure the cup is completely submerged. Pump the plunger up and down, making sure not to break the seal created until the toilet empties by itself.

 

Professional drain cleaning in the GTA


While it’s important to have the right type of plunger on hand, using it doesn’t always yield long-lasting results. If the clog comes back soon after plunging, or you find that your drain empties slowly, you may need a professional drain cleaning service.

Black Forest Plumbing provides drain cleaning and other plumbing services to people all over the Greater Toronto Area. Call us today to schedule a visit or learn more about our plumbing services.

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