Let's Talk Plungers

April 12, 2019

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Usually you only seek out a plunger when there is a plumbing emergency but plungers are not a one size fits all kind of tool. When you think of a plunger, it's probably the flat plunger and as its name suggests, it is a half over rubber cup with a flat bottom.  Yet the flat plunger should not reside in your bathroom or at the very least not be used to unclog toilets.  As its name suggests, it works best in a sink or tub that has a flat surface. The flange plunger is what you need for your toilet.  Similar to the flat plunger, it has a soft rubber flange on the inside of the cup designed to fit inside the toilet drain and can be easily maneuvered. Hard plastic accordion plungers feature accordion-like ridges that generate additional pressure—essential for breaking up extreme toilet clogs. Be cautious when using this plunger, as the extra pressure can make it a bit unwieldy and the hard plastic could damage or scratch your toilet bowl. When the need arises for a plunger, remember to start by centering the plunger on the hole (whether that’s in the toilet or the sink), and apply downward pressure in a slow, steady motion. Take your time and increase the pressure and speed to unclog your drain. And one final thought, purchase a separate plunger for toilets and one for other drains.

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SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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