When it comes to plumbing repairs a clogged drain is one of the most common types of plumbing problems we see. Which is why having a plunger can be a lifesaver. But do you have the right plunger for the job? Did you know that there are different kinds of plungers? Many people are unaware that there a different kinds of plungers made for different types of drains. When it comes to plungers, it's not one size fits all. Not having the right plunger on hand can make your attempts at clearing a clog futile. Here are some plunger variations and their uses to help your find the best plunger for the job.
The cup plunger is the plunger you probably picture in your head when you think about a plunger. It is shaped like a cup, hence the name. Cup plungers are designed to clear flat drains like sinks, tubs, and showers. The cup forms a solid seal around the drain which allows for the best possible suction.
A flange plunger is basically a cup plunger, but with a lip at the end. This variation makes the flange plunger appropriate for round drains like toilets. The lip fits snugly into the drain, which allows for better suction. If you tried using a cup plunger on a toilet drain, there could be gaps around the seal, which means that the suction will not be as good. In order to clear a stubborn clog, you really need good suction.
An accordion plunger is shaped just like and accordion with a small lip at the end. This type of plunger is also designed to clear toilet. While the accordion plunger takes a little more effort to use, it is highly effective at clearing a clog.
When using your plunger it is important to make sure you are using your plunger correctly. This save a lot of time, energy, and helps your plunging efforts be more effective.
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