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Understanding the different types of plungers

There are three types of household plungers, and each of them has a particular function. When you have a clog on your hands, it helps to know which one you should wield — and how to wield it.

Sink plunger

When we think “plunger”, most of us see a sink (or “flat”) plunger, complete with its classic red cup. Many people don’t realize that this plunger isn’t designed for use with toilets. In fact, they’re meant to be used with sink, shower, bath and floor drains. Because of their shape, they only work effectively on flat surfaces. 

Here’s how to unclog a sink, bath or shower drain with this kind of plunger:

  • For better suction, apply petroleum jelly to the lip of the plunger cup.
  • If the sink has an overflow drain, seal it with a rag.
  • Run the water.
  • Place the cup over the drain and vigorously plunge up and down several times.
  • Repeat until you’ve loosened the clog.

Flange plunger

If you have a clogged toilet, this is your go-to. Flange plungers are similar to flat plungers but have a flap, or “flange”, inside the cup. The flange is designed to fit inside the toilet drain and provide a good seal.

Use a flange plunger in the following way:

  • Make sure the toilet bowl has a normal amount of water in it. If there isn’t enough, pour some more in. If there’s too much, scoop some out.
  • For better suction, apply petroleum jelly to the lip of the plunger cup.
  • Pull out the flange and fit the plunger into the toilet drain.
  • Vigorously plunge up and down several times without breaking the seal.
  • Flush the toilet and repeat the process as needed.

Accordion plunger

These all-plastic plungers with accordion-like ridges deliver a lot of force and are designed to break up the toughest toilet clogs. 

To use an accordion plunger effectively, fit it into your toilet drain and apply downward pressure in a slow, steady motion.

Emergency plumber in Greater Vancouver

Even if you have the right plunger, there are some clogs that simply refuse to budge. When that happens, put down the plunger, pick up the phone and call up the 24-hour emergency plumbers at Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating.

For any other issues, contact us today to make an appointment with a plumber. We’re also happy to answer any questions about our plumbing services in Vancouver, Richmond and throughout the Lower Mainland. If you need parts or fixtures, drop by our plumbing supply store in Vancouver.
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