Nothing provokes panic quite like a clogged toilet. That water starts to rise, your eyes open wide, and you’re left in a worried frenzy. We can’t live in a world with perfect plumbing all of the time. That’s where a good old plunger comes in handy. It can get you easily out of those panicked situations in a matter of minutes. But you’d be surprised at just how many people use a plunger incorrectly.
Believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to do it. When you’ve been plunging away for a few solid minutes with no successful results, it could simply mean that your plunging method needs a few tweaks. So the next time that water starts to rise and your eyes reach maximum aperture, use this guide to make sure you can get the job done and put your mind at ease.
Buy a Good Plunger
Plungers come in a variety of sizes. Rather than grabbing the first one you see, it’s important to know that size is an important factor for it to be effective. Look for one that has a diameter slightly larger that your drain. There are also two different styles of plungers – the standard one and a flange one. Both are effective, however, the flange is generally best.
Sure, it may seem a little difficult justifying the need for buying the more expensive plunger, but when it comes down to that moment, you want to ensure that the head on that plunger won’t fall off in your toilet, with you having to go in after it. Spend those few extra dollars and get a sturdy one.
No matter what type of drain you’re trying to unclog, the water level is important to take note of before you start plunging away. If there’s a significant amount of water, you might need to bail some out. Excessive amounts will make for a messy result. The aim is to have a level just slightly covering the plunger. Alternatively, if there isn’t enough water, it can make it difficult to get a decent seal with the plunger. So ensure the water level is deep enough to cover it.
Take the Plunge
The most important part about your technique is ensuring the plunger fits around the drain for achieving a good seal. Once it is, place the handle straight up rather than at an angle, and plunge away. Keep the plunger straight and in a consistent motion for about 30 seconds or so.
If it feels like you’re not getting a decent amount of pressure while plunging, trying covering any nearby drains, such as the sink or bath tub. This can help to maximize that pressure.
Call a Plumber
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