Are You Using the Right Plunger?
Most home and business owners have been faced with a clogged drain at one time or another. The quickest and least expensive solution is to grab the nearest plunger and get to work, but here is something you should consider: you may not be using the right plunger for the job. Just as there are different types of drains, there are different types of plungers, and using the right one is critical.
How Do Plungers Work?
Plungers form a seal around the surface of a sink or toilet bowl drain and use water pressure to create a vacuum. This helps to dislodge whatever is causing the blockage so that the pipes can be cleared and allowed to function normally again. And, because blockages can happen anywhere, your everyday toilet plunger may not work in every situation. Here’s where knowing your plungers comes in handy.
Plungers: 101 – Get to Know the Four Main Types
Whether you have a septic system or you’re part of a central sewer system, choosing the right plunger is the key to clearing a clogged drain and avoiding the need to call a professional plumber. We have outlined the four main types of plungers below.
- Sink Plunger: When you hear the word “plunger” you probably picture a sink plunger. Its simple design has a rubber suction cup at the end of a wooden or plastic stick. Sink plungers work best on flat surfaces such as sinks, tubs or shower drains where they can lay flat and create a good seal.
- Toilet Plunger: Toilet plungers look a lot like sink plungers but include small cup attachment inside the larger suction cup to improve suction inside a toilet bowl. Because this type of plunger can be adjusted to fit most drains, it is a good plunger to have on hand if you only own one.
- Accordion Plunger: Like the name implies, this type of plunger has an accordion-like extension at the end of the stick, along with a small cup attachment. They are designed specifically for clearing clogged toilets and may be more effective for tough clogs.
- Taze Plunger: Taze plungers are used primarily by plumbing professionals to clear larger pipes and should not be used for normal home plumbing. The taze plunger features a long steel rod attached to a small disc, which is snaked through the drain to clear the clogged area.
Two Quick Tips for a Successful Plunge
The average homeowner knows how to use a toilet plunger, but clogs can also happen outside of the bathroom. Here are two quick tips to remember:
- Straight angle, strong suction. Holding the plunger at an angle makes it harder to create a good seal, while holding the handle straight up will ensure the best suction. Remember to lower the plunger slowly to release excess air for a stronger seal.
- For toilet clogs, make sure your plunger is submerged. If not, fill a bucket from the sink or tub and add water until the head of the plunger is underwater.
Take Good Care of Your Plumbing with Regular Maintenance
Even the best toilet plunger is no match for the problems that can arise from poorly maintained plumbing, which is why preventative maintenance is so important—especially if you have a septic system. If you want to know more about avoiding clogged drains, contact Paradise Septic today. We have been serving the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas for more than 50 years to provide efficient, cost-effective solutions to meet your residential or commercial septic system needs.