Using a plunger on a sink or a toilet might seem like a simple and easy task. However there are a few things to consider when using a plunger:
Ensure You Use the Proper Plunger for the Job.
All plungers are not made the same. There are fundamentally two sorts — one is called a Cup Plunger and the other is known as a Flange Plunger. The classic cup type ( which tends to be the most common ) is best for sinks, baths and showers. Whereas the Flange Plunger has a broadened elastic lip that gives a far superior seal to toilets, making the plunger more effective in its job.
Keep Your Plunger in Excellent Condition.
Any tears of the cup or bell (that’s the elastic piece of the plunger) will bring about a poor vacuum seal and loss of power. Your Plunger(s) ought to be kept clean and dry when not being used to prevent any breaking or tearing.
Never Use a Plunger The Same Time As Using Any Kind Of Drain Cleaning Chemicals!
Your plunging efforts will almost certainly splash and spread any hazardous chemicals onto your skin or clothing or environment. Chemicals should only really be considered if a plunger neglects to carry out the employment. The chemicals are often caustic and can cause burns.
Try To Remove Any Excess Water.
An excessive amount of water in the bath or sink will cause a mess if you need to use a plunger. Try to use a bucket or jug to remove the water. Often the water is dirty or soiled and you definitely don’t want to be splashing that around. In any case, don’t completely remove all of the water however – if there’s no water, the cup of the plunger won’t have the ability to form a decent vacuum seal and therefore will not be able to produce any decent amount of force to clear the blockage. There should really be sufficient water to submerge the plunger’s cup. If there isn’t enough water you could even add some to achieve this.
Ensure You Form A Really Good Tight Seal.
You can enhance the seal from a plunger by applying petroleum jelly to the rim as well as helping to prevent drying/aging of the cup.
Don’t Forget To Block The Other Outlets.
It helps to cover the overflow holes if you are attempting to plunge a blocked sink – a wet cloth serves well.
Plunge With A Straight Up And Down Motion.
Ensure to keep your plunger handle as straight and vertical as you can. If there is any tilted angle then the efficiency of the plunger is massively reduced. You need to ensure a tight seal for maximum efficiency.