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Tips to Plunge Like An Expert

Plunging Tips and Techniques

Clogged drains can be a significant inconvenience. A clogged drain can cause your sinks or toilets to flood a room, and cleanup can get messy. While you may be rushing to unclog a drain before it overflows, your plunger may not be getting the job done quickly enough to fix the problem before it becomes an issue.

Not all plungers are the same; some are better than others at getting the job done to unclog a clogged drain or toilet. There are some ways you can up your plunging game and plunge like one of the experts! Keep reading for some of the best tips to plunge away blockages.

Find the Right Plunger for the Job

Using the right plunger from the beginning can significantly improve how effectively you plunge your drain. There are so many plungers available to buy in stores that you may not know that there are two different types of plungers that are the most common to use. These are called cup and flange plungers.

Cup Plunger

The cup plunger is one of the most simple and standard plungers sold in stores. You may have seen this plunger before. It has a wooden handle attached to a rubber cup, which gives it its name, “cup plunger.”

This type of plunger is best for flat surface drains like in your sink or bathtub. However, they’re not very practical for unclogging toilet drains because of the airtight seal in the curve of a toilet drain that makes it hard to produce enough suction.

Flange Plunger

If you have frequent clogs in your toilet and you’re on the prowl for the perfect plunger for your toilet, the flange plunger is your guy. Flange plungers have an extra ring around the cup inserted into the toilet drain to seal in air and increase the suction power.

Plunging a Bathroom Sink

If your bathroom sink is blocked, you should try using a cup plunger. Before you plunge, remove the pop-up assembly to prevent air from escaping while you plunge. You want the ultimate amount of suction!

Plunging a Kitchen Sink

Plunging a kitchen sink is similar to plunging a bathroom sink, and you should use a cup plunger. Follow the same steps like removing any stops in the sink for the right amount of suction. Remove anything that’s inside the sink near the drain you want to plunge, seal the side of the sink you’re not plunging, and be ready to clean a mess!

Plunging a Toilet

When you plunge your toilet, be sure to use a flange plunger so you can seal the bottom of the toilet bowl with the ring around your plunger. To effectively plunge your toilet, push the plunger to press it firmly against the bottom of the bowl and press it to create a seal around the drain, and lift the plunger repeatedly without breaking the seal.

This action allows enough suction to pass through the drain so that the clog can break free and you can flush your toilet again without clogging the drain. If you start to see air bubbles when you push down the plunger, try to press it against the bottom of the toilet again to make sure it’s sealed and continue to plunge until the drain is no longer clogged.

Plunging a Bathtub

Your handy, dandy cup plunger is the right tool for this job, too! Be sure that your plunger is completely covering your tub’s drain before you begin plunging. If needed, wrap a wet towel around the drain before you start plunging.

Be sure to fill your tub with enough water to submerge the cup of the plunger in water. Push the plunger to remove excess air and then place it over the drain to form a seal. Once you have a good seal, push the plunger firmly and repeatedly without breaking the seal to allow whatever is clogging the drain to break free.

Hire the Experts at Beacon Home Services

If your drains are stubborn and it’s difficult for you to clear your drains, our team of experts at Beacon Home Services is here to help! We specialize in plumbing services and know everything there is to know about clearing clogged drains.


Give us a call today at (703) 343-9884 to schedule an appointment or visit us online!

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