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5 Major Types of Plungers

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A common misconception when referring to a “plunger” is that there one type of plunger. That cupped rubber at one end of a long handle made of wood comes to mind. What most people use in their toilets is the type of plunger that should be used in the sink. Yes, there are plungers for the sink. Here are other types of plungers you should know about:

  1. Cup Plunger

This is the usual type of plunger you see and use at home. Its structure is akin to that of a rubber bowl with a wooden wood usually with the height of 21 inches. The rubber bowl or cup is either red or black.

This plunger is ideal for sink and drainage unblocking but not for toilets. No matter, this is usually the type that people use for toilet blockage.

With its flat cup, the cup plunger is not capable of creating a strong air tight seal to suction the toilet. This type of plunger is very efficient for flat surfaces alone.

  1. Flange Plunger

This is also known as the Toilet Plunger. As the name suggests, this plunger is specially structured for toilets. This is the right tool to unblock toilets. The flange that surrounds the cup makes a useful tool to seal the opening of the toilet, the mouth of the syphon while allowing the cup enough strength to provide suction and do the job.

You might not know it but you can also use this type for unblocking your sink and other blocked drains. Next time you make a run to the store, secure two of this and you are set.

  1. Accordion Plunger

This plunger is made out of plastic and fashioned with ridges and a cup at the bottom. As the plunger is compressed down, it holds the air inside and creates a suction to push the blockage. The plunger must be fully submerged to be functional. Remember to add an extra inch of water into the toilet bowl if you think that the water level is too low for the plunger to work.

In using an accordion plunger, you must be mindful that this type of plunger is made of plastic which means that it can leave catches in your toilet bowl after use.

  1. Suction Plunger

It is safe to say that this plunger is a combination of two previous ones; the cup plunger and the toilet plunger. It is used to clear blocked toilets. A suction plunger is composed of two plates; a rubber plate and a plastic plate.

The plastic plate deflects the rubber suction plate from curving. Too much displacement in the structure of the rubber could lead to tearing. The plastic plate also creates an opposite force from the rubber plate that prevents it from flexing too much.

  1. Concertina Plunger

This hand tool has out-dated and replaced the cup plunger. This is because this tool is much easier to handle and produces better results because of it mechanisms. This is much like the suction plunger in structure. This plunger is designed to unclog drains, sinks and baths.

A concertina plunger works by increasing water force through deep-structure body shape. Because this plunger does not have a flange, it will fit through gullies and fix blockage by forcefully pumping the clog.

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