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How To Use A Plunger

October 6, 2022 | Blog

It’s the traumatic situation every homeowner experiences at one point or another: a dreaded clogged toilet. Although the circumstance can be stress-inducing, it’s a common problem among most households. The right tools and proper course of action can help you navigate a backed-up commode!

At Southern Air Mississippi, we want to help you remove chaotic clogs from your plumbing fixtures. Using a plunger may seem self-explanatory, but the correct technique can significantly reduce the severity of a clog. Read ahead to take the plunge, and learn how you can better your plunger technique!

Choosing The Correct Plunger

Before you begin, make sure you have the correct type of plunger to unclog your toilet. Different models help maintain certain plumbing fixtures. Using the correct one will help ensure you reach optimal results!

The Cup Plunger

This type of plunger works best on sinks and tubs. Though the name is misleading, the cup is not something you drink coffee out of in the mornings. It’s a dome-shaped cup made out of rubber. Its flat bottom fits tightly around sink drains and tub basins.

The Flange

The cup on a flange plunger is taller than one made for a sink. It has a sleeve extension, known as the flange, that is able to fit in the hole of your toilet bowl. This tool creates a tight seal around the hole, giving it more suction power when removing a clog.

How To Plunge A Clogged Toilet

If your toilet is clogged and looks like it might overflow, don’t keep pushing the handle! More water will emit from your commode and be unable to make it past the obstruction, leading to a bigger mess. Allow time for the water level to drop halfway before using a plunger.

Position The Flange

Submerge the plunger at an angle and allow the cup to fill with as much water as possible. Insert it over the drain hole and position the cup to sit over the opening. The cup must create a tight seal around the drain so it can apply enough pressure to the obstruction.

Apply Pressure To The Plunger

Once you have positioned the device, push up and down on the plunger for 10 to 15 seconds. The repeated compression and suction help loosen a clog and usually provides enough force to clear it up. Try to keep pressure on the tool at all times to prevent breaking the seal around the cup.

When To Call A Plumber For A Clogged Toilet

You can almost always fix a clogged toilet without the help of a plumber. A plunger is usually able to loosen any buildup in your commode. However, there are a few cases where it’s better to leave a backed-up toilet to a professional. You should not use a plunger if:

  • A foreign object is lodged in the drain
  • Cleaning or clog-removing solution is poured in the toilet bowl
  • You detect an abnormal odor
  • Toilet backs up regularly

If you’re not dealing with an occasional clog, you should call a plumber for assistance. Certain obstructions can damage your plumbing system or indicate a need for repairs. Using a plunger after using chemical cleaners can also be harmful and potentially damage your skin.

Contact Us For Bathroom Plumbing Services In Mississippi

Are you dealing with a clogged drain that simply won’t go away? Not to worry, the team of professionals at Southern Air Mississippi are here to help with all your plumbing needs! We offer a variety of plumbing repairs to help your system function at peak performance. Contact us today to schedule your service!

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