The 3 Basic Plungers You Need to Know
Plungers are handy tools that solve most clog problems with drains or toilets. A lot of people tend to use any type of plunger in clearing the clogs. Each plunger has actually a specific use and type of drain it should be used for. We’re going to take a look at the 3 basic plungers and on what drains it must be applied with.
The Standard or Sink Plunger
This plunger is characterised by its rubber end and a handle that’s either made of plastic or wood. The standard or sink plunger is mostly used for drains that have a flat surface. Using this type of plunger on a toilet is ineffective. It’s because the flat rubber cup isn’t designed to suction the curved drain of the toilet. The standard plunger will give you a difficult time plunging because of the lack of suction and force. Most sinks have a flat surface so the drains are perfect for the standard plunger.
The Toilet Plunger
Now it’s pretty obvious what this plunger is used for. The toilet plunger design is quite the same with the standard plunger. Toilet plungers have a flat rubber cap just like the sink plunger. As what you have read earlier, the flat rubber design won’t create enough vacuum for the toilet drain. The toilet plunger has an added rubber flap that can be folded in or out of the base cup. The additional rubber flap can perfectly cover the whole toilet drain. This creates enough suction to pull the clogs out. The toilet plunger can also be used for drains with flat surface like the drains on the bathroom floor. The rubber flap can be folded to turn the toilet plunger into a standard/sink plunger. This makes the toilet plunger a versatile plumbing for your household.
The Accordion Plunger
Accordion plungers have a distinct design from a standard or toilet plunger. Its distinctive design actually makes it viable for plunging toilets. The head of the accordion plunger is designed to cover the drain and create vacuum. Most accordion plungers are made from hard plastic. It may take time to get used to using this plunger due to its weight. The accordion’s heavy weight makes it a challenge to create a proper suction. It does have a powerful suction that can clear heavy clogs. The accordion plunger is great for unclogging the toilet but it’s not as versatile as a toilet plunger
Additional tips for plunging
- Again, you need to use the correct plunger to make the plunging easier.
- Keep your plunger clean to make it effective and lengthen its lifespan. Mould and mildew can grow in plungers due to moisture so be sure to remove this fungus.
- Don’t use a plunger after you poured chemicals into the drains. The chemicals will splash and may come in direct contact with your skin.
- Press the plunger slowly to have a better suction.
- Keep the plunger in a straight and vertical position when plunging. This will help create a better seal and give you more force.