Plungers are the basic tools used when we’re faced with a clogged drain dilemma. They’re our go-to tool every time there’s a drainage outbreak. You have probably read about all kinds of drain blockage but never even considered on what type of plunger is compatible with a certain situation. So, here are 6 varieties of plungers to choose from during drainage distress.
1. Cup Plunger. This is the most common type of plunger, probably the only one you know and use at home. This plunger is typically used in sinks, baths, toilets and other drains with flat or slightly curved surfaces. It has a rubber cup at one end of a wood handle and uses the cup for suction and vacuum. When using this type of plunger, you must always allow water to fill the cup as the water is much more effective than when plunging with just air in the fixture. In this way, the clog in the toilet can receive the force from the plunger through the water.
2. Flange Plunger. This type of plunger is mostly used for toilet bowls. The part of the rubber which extends from the bottom section of the cup is called the flange – hence, the name. It creates a seal in the toilet gulley to suction the clogged toilet drain. The flange can be folded inside the cup which allows it to transform into the traditional cup plunger. But you can’t seriously use it both in the toilet and kitchen sinks, can you? That’d be gross!
3. Power Plunger. An efficient and easy-to-use plunger that comes with two interchangeable tips. The tips can either be used for small or big drain openings. This plunger is quite powerful -hence the name, as it uses air pressure to remove the awful things that block your drains. In order for you to pump air into the power plunger easily, try resting it against a hard surface. This type of plunger can bring no harm to your pipes as it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals.
4. Suction Plunger. This other variety of plunger is made up of two plates, the rubber plate and the plastic plate. These plates have specific tasks to perform. The rubber plate is for pumping the water down the drain when plunging while the plastic tape keeps the rubber one from flexing itself far too much which may cause a tear or a rip in it. By pushing the T-handle of the plunger, the blockage can be removed as it forces the water down the gulley under pressure. This one is also known as the coopers plunger. The soft rubber disc of this plunger helps in creating a suction without scratching the pan.