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How to Choose the Right Toilet Plunger and Use It Properly

How to Choose the Right Toilet Plunger and Use It Properly

A plunger is one of the most versatile and valuable tools in your home, but only if you know how to choose the right plunger and use it properly. The type of plunger you need depends on the type of toilet you have.

Bellows or Cup Plunger

You will need a bellows or cup plunger if you have a standard toilet. If you have a plunger with a flange, make sure the flange is the right size for your toilet. To use a plunger properly, start by wetting the rubber cup and then placing it over the drain. Apply firm, even pressure to the plunger and ensure the entire cup covers the drain. Pump the plunger up and down slowly, and then increase the speed if necessary. You should feel the pressure building up in the cup as you pump. Once you feel resistance, continue pumping for a few more strokes before removing the plunger from the drain. If the water level in the toilet bowl goes down, you have successfully unclogged the drain. If not, repeat the process until the clog is cleared.

A Bell-Shaped Plunger

A bell-shaped plunger is one of the most common plungers and is also one of the most effective. The bell-shaped head helps to create a tight seal around the drain, and the long handle provides plenty of leverage for a mighty plunge. To use a bell-shaped plunger, position the head over the drain and press down firmly. Then, push and pull the plunger up and down in a quick, vigorous motion. Continue for several minutes until the clog has been cleared. Once you are finished, flush the toilet to ensure everything is flowing smoothly.

S-Shaped Plunger

If you have a low-flow toilet, you need an S-shaped plunger that can create suction. These plungers have a small cup that fits over the drain and a long, snake-like handle. To use an S-shaped plunger:

  • Insert the head into the drain and push down firmly to create suction.
  • Move the handle up and down in a quick, snake-like motion.
  • Keep the head of the plunger pressed firmly against the drain to maintain suction.
  • Continue for several minutes until the clog is cleared.

When using any plunger, be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands from bacteria. If you have questions about which plunger to use or how to use it properly, consult the professionals at Modern Plumbing Co.

Accordion Plumber

Accordion Plumber

An accordion plunger is a handheld tool that is used to unclog toilets. The accordion plunger has a long, flexible handle with a rubber cup at the end. To use the plunger, you will need to insert the rubber cup over the toilet drain hole and then push and pull the handle to create suction. The suction will help to loosen the clog and remove it. If you have a clogged toilet, it is essential to use an accordion plunger so that you do not damage the toilet or cause further blockages.

Conclusion:

If your toilet is still giving you trouble after following these steps, it may be time to call a professional plumber. Modern Plumbing Co. in Oregon offers reliable and professional plumbing services that can get your toilet back up and running in no time. Give us a call today at 503-691-6166!

Frequently asked questions about toilet plungers.

1. What is a toilet plunger?

A toilet plunger is a tool used to unclog a toilet or sink by creating a seal around the drain and then using air pressure to push the clog out of the drain.

2. How do I know if I need a toilet plunger?

If your toilet is clogged or your sink drains slowly, you may need to use a toilet plunger.

3. How do I use a toilet plunger?

To use a toilet plunger, place the plunger over the drain and then push and pull the handle up and down. The movement of the handle will create a vacuum that will help to push the clog out of the drain.

4. What should I do if my toilet is still clogged after using a plunger?

If your toilet is still clogged after using a plunger, then you may need to use a chemical drain cleaner or call the pros at Modern Plumbing Co. at 503-691-6166.

5. Can I use a toilet plunger on my kitchen sink?

Yes, you can use a toilet plunger on your kitchen sink if it is clogged. Place the plunger over the drain and push and pull the handle up and down to create a vacuum.

6. What are some ways to prevent my toilet from becoming clogged?

There are several ways to prevent your toilet from becoming clogged:

  • Flush only when necessary.
  • Avoid flushing feminine hygiene products and diapers.
  • Do not flush anything other than human waste and bathroom tissue.
  • Periodically clean your toilets with baking soda and vinegar.

7. What should I do if my kitchen sink is clogged?

If your kitchen sink is clogged, then you can try using a plunger or a chemical drain cleaner. If these methods do not work, you may need to call a plumber.

8. Will using chemicals harm my pipes?

Using harsh chemicals can damage your pipes over time. If possible, use natural methods such as plunging or snake drains before using chemicals.

9. Can I make my homemade drain cleaner?

For example, one recipe calls for 1 cup baking soda mixed with 1 cup vinegar.