How to Use a Plunger the Right Way in New Orleans
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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.

No one can remove drain and toilet clogs likes Bienvenu Brothers! Tough clogs are no match for our highly reviewed sewer and drain cleaning services in New Orleans, but you can remove minor clogs on your own with the right plunger technique.

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!

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We have used Bienvenu Brothers several times over the last few years, and we have always been extremely satisfied with the service and quality work. Bienvenu always makes every effort to get someone out as soon as possible. They just finished a job that has increased my respect even more. Seven weeks ago, to the day, one of our bathrooms backed up in the early afternoon. Bienvenu had a sewer cleaning truck out later that day. Unfortunate, they were unable to clear the line and it was determined that we needed video inspection to determine the problem. When the video crew came out they determined that there was a problem with the parish sewer line. The parish would come but couldn’t clean the line because of a lift station problem. This repeat every couple of days for weeks. Keith and Louis made calls and did all they could to try to get the problem resolved. Finally, the parish fixed the lift station, cleared the line and corrected an issue with our connection to the main line. The next day, today, Bienvenu had Frank and his crew out, and they made the necessary repair to my line in a couple of hours. FINALLY, we can again use our own shower and toilet. Keith and Louis were persistent in trying to keep things moving, and Frank did a quick and great job of finishing up. I can’t imagine ever using anyone else!

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Desiree E.

I just wanted to thank you for the outstanding service on my new State water heater. I bought the unit from Coburn’s and my husband and a friend installed it. It kept coding out and would not work. I called the manufacturer (State) and they recommended that I call you guys. Vint came out and did some troubleshooting. He contacted State Technical Support, and they sent the part over-night to me. Unfortunately, when the new part was installed, it still did not work, so I called Vint, and he called State again for another part. I have never had such wonderful customer service and was very impressed with the employees’ diligence in staying on top of the matter. Vicki called me to set up my appointments and was so sweet and friendly. Louis Bienvenu originally took my call and was very attentive to my problem and made everything happen. It was a very pleasant experience all the way around, and I just wanted to say “THANKS!”  Next time I have a plumbing problem, I will definitely be giving you guys a call. Thanks again and may God bless you, your family and your business!  

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Dear Keith: A brief thank you note for your help with our recent plumbing problems. We were appreciative of your prompt attention. You, Kirk, Louis, Robbie and Chris were all extremely professional, good attitudes and were very efficient. We would recommend you highly to anyone we know needing plumbing-heating-cooling repairs. Again, thank you.

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