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Picking the Proper Plunger

Picking the Proper Plunger

Choose the Right Plunger & Get the Job Done Right Every Time

Not all plungers are created equal. Most plungers are specifically designed to work with certain types of drains and choosing the correct type of plunger for your minor plumbing job can make all of the difference in the world. The primary design difference between various plungers on the market is the size and shape of the suction cup – or compression container – and the material of which the plunger is made from.

Standard Plunger / Sink Plunger

When most people think of a plunger, this tool comes to mind. The standard plunger is designed with a rubber bell-shaped suction cup attached to the end of a wooden or plastic handle. The rubber cup may vary in size, but the design remains the same. Try using this type of plunger on a clogged toilet and you’ll discover that you are working very hard for very little results. Due to the shape of the suction cup, this plunger only really works well on flat surfaces such as those of sinks, tubs, and basins. To be used properly the cup must lay flat over the drain to create the vacuum needed to dislodge the clog.

Toilet Plunger

A toilet plunger may resemble a standard or sink plunger but it also features a soft rubber flap that folds out of the primary suction cup. This extra piece of rubber allows the plunger to make a complete seal around the curved opening of any shaped toilet. Because the rubber flap is flexible, a toilet plunger may also be used successfully on other types of drains and even on flat surfaces. This makes the toilet plunger one of the most versatile, easy to use, and overall best option to own for any homeowner.

Accordion Plunger

The first thing you will notice about an accordion plunger is the ribbed shape of its suction cup. Accordion plungers also tend to have smaller compression containers and are made from a very hard plastic material. While an accordion plunger can work well on toilets, it may be difficult for novices to use properly due to its design.

Clog Types

It is important to keep in mind that plungers work best on simple drain or toilet clogs where the clog itself can be broken into smaller pieces and flushed the entire way out through the plumbing system. Homeowners should avoid using plungers on solid clogs that cannot be broken up. Clogs created by large pieces of harden soap, children’s’ toys, or other miscellaneous items should always be handled by a professional. Attempting to remove obstructions such as these with a plunger can make the clog worse, by jamming the objects tighter into place.

Horizon How-To Video

In this Horizon How-To video we show you how to identify the 3 primary types of residential plungers and provide insight on which type you should use depending on your plumbing problem.

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