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5 Common Types of Plunger

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Plungers have been one of every homeowner’s plumbing essentials at home. This is because they are the handiest tool in solving the most common plumbing dilemma which is drainage clog. But when a person hears the word “plunger”, what comes into our minds is a rubber cup with a wooden handle. However, there are many types of plunger nowadays and each of them differs in form and purpose though they may function just the same. They only differ on where they are used. Take a look at the different kinds of plunger presented below:

Cup plunger or Sink plunger

This is the most common type of plunger that is why its form is the one coming directly into our minds when we encounter a clogged toilet. This commonly has a red rubber cup fixed into its long wooden handle. This is usually used to restore clogged baths, drains and sinks but is not favourable for toilet usage despite of its increasing popularity. When used for unclogging a toilet, the flat cup it has won’t be effective in creating an airtight seal over the toilet drain. When the airtight seal is not perfectly achieved, it would be hard for the operator to generate suction. This type of plunger is suitable for flat surfaces only.

Flange or Toilet Plunger

A flange or toilet plunger is yet the most suitable plunger for toilets. This is because of the flange that surrounds the cup which allows it to create an airtight seal or to seal over curved surfaces. The flange will help seal the opening of the toilet in order for suction to be achieved as this is necessary so you could complete the unclogging task.

You might not want to use the same plunger in your toilet and sink and your reason is well understood. But when you try to fold the flange around the cup, it will alter into the traditional plunger which can be used to unclog bathroom floor drains and seek if needed.

Suction Plunger

A suction plunger is basically used to take out clogs in your toilets. This usually has two plates involved and these are the rubber plate and the plastic plate.

The plastic plate’s specific duty is to avert the rubber suction from curving which would then lead to tearing or splitting. On the other hand, the plastic plate is expected to create a plunging force by preventing the rubber from flexing.

Accordion Plunger

This form of plunger is said to be a piece of fashioned plastic. It usually has some flexible ridges and a small cup on the bottom portion of the plunger. In this plunger, the air will be held and will be pressed down the drain. When you press it down, the flexible ridges will squeeze and shoot the air down so it can push the clog further. Complete submerging of the plunger is necessary before you try fixing any clog that is why sometimes, it is necessary to add some water to the toilet bowl.

Concertina Plunger

Because of this plunger, the traditional plunger has out-dated in unclogging drains, baths and sinks. This plunger is specifically designed to increase the water’s force through its body which can have several plunges for tough clog purposes. This plunger can be used for toilets though this does not have a flange. The narrow part of the plunger will then fit into the gulley of the toilet and can mend toilet clogs through forceful pumping actions of the plunger.