Not knowing how to use a plunger will only add to the stress and hassle of a clog, and that can make a bad situation worse. While plungers might seem like a no-directions-necessary kind of tool, the wrong plunger technique will leave you frustrated while the clog remains firmly in place.
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Learn how to use a plunger the right way with these easy tips from our expert plumbers!
- Choose the right plunger You might already be familiar with red, cup-shaped plungers, but did you know that plungers come in a variety of diameters, shapes, and sizes? Selecting the right plunger for the job is a big part of getting it done right, so be sure to choose a plunger that’s slightly bigger than the drain. And in terms of shape, flange plungers are more effective in removing clogs due to their shape, which provides better suction.
- Take note of the water level If there’s too much standing water around a clogged drain, this will make using a plunger harder and messier than it needs to be, especially when it comes to plunging a toilet drain. On the other hand, too little water will make it nearly impossible to form the tight suction seal needed to remove a clog. The ideal water level is just deep enough to completely submerge the plunger cup.
- Under pressure The more pressure you put on a clog, the easier it is for a plunger to do its job. So next time you have a toilet clog, try putting stoppers in the bathtub and sink drains around your toilet to put pressure on the clog as you plunge. You’d be surprised how big of a difference a little pressure makes!
- Creating a secure seal Mastering the perfect plunger technique is all about creating a tight seal between the rim of the plunger and the drain. This is why flange plungers are so effective, as their shape automatically lends itself to forming a seal. You might even want to slap a small smear of petroleum jelly around the rim of the plunger to help create a seal. Once you feel the seal, keep the handle of the plunger pointed straight and begin plunging for up to 30 seconds at a time. A few good plunges should remove the clog, but if not, it might be time to call us.
Learning how to use a plunger properly can help you tackle clogs with confidence. But if you have the proper plunger technique down pat and the clog just won’t budge, it’s time to call us. Between our video camera inspections and eco-friendly drain cleaning treatments, no clog is a match for Bienvenu Brothers!