Which Type Of Plunger Is Best For Your Clogged Drain?

The type of plunger you use will be determined both by the location of the clog and your attachment to your old plunger. There are variations in plunger styles that should be explored that will not only achieve greater success in unclogging your drain, but also allow you to do so with less mess and physical effort. Plunger options include:

The cup plunger

Most households that own a plunger have one of these traditional style plungers. They consist of a long wooden stick handle with a concave rubber cup-shaped attachment. This attachment is placed over a drain and pressed down to form a vacuum seal.

The handle is then pushed up and down repeatedly to force air into the drain pipe and dislodge the offending clog. While this type of plunger is effective on sink and tub drains, which provide a flat surface on which a tight seal can be produced, it is much less effective on toilets.

Because a cup plunger can't form a proper seal on a toilet drain, efforts to dislodge a toilet clog are often met with failure and the additional humiliation of putrid toilet water being splashed into the air, soiling the room and the person doing the plunging alike. 

The flange plunger

A better choice for plunging toilet clogs is a flange plunger. This style of plunger resembles a modified cup plunger and is used in the same fashion. While the cup shape is retained, an additional flap of rubber is added to form a tube shaped opening that fits snugly into the toilet drain, creating a tight seal for better efficiency and less smelly collateral damage.

The pump plunger

If you feel confident enough to abandon the stick completely, there is a newer style of plunger that is gaining in popularity. This "pump" type of plunger resembles a small air pump that is used for filling sports balls. It has a threaded end to which a cup or flange shaped attachment can be threaded, according to the location of the clog.

The appropriate attachment is then placed over the drain and the handle depressed repeatedly as if pumping air into a soccer ball. The clog is then forced through the drain as air pressure builds inside the pipe.

Because the body of the pump remains stable and only the handle moves, a consistent seal can be achieved, providing greater efficiency with less mess.

If you need more information, contact a plumber in your area for help.

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