What are the Different Plunger Styles?
You may have a central sewer system or a private septic system. This could mean differences in the system size, as well as the sizes of its pipes. You may want to explore the different types of plungers out there in the world.
Cup Style Plungers
You are probably most familiar with the cup style plunger. They have the classic dome-like rubber force cup. Working best on showers, sinks, and bathtubs, cup style plungers create a strong seal on flatter surfaces. Contrary to its popularity, the cup style plunger isn’t the best for toilet use.
Flange Styles Plungers
The flange style is designed for the toilet bowl because it has a funnel on its underside. This extension fits better to the shape of the porcelain throne. With this type of plunger, you’re able to get closer to the drain and form a better seal around it too for maximum plunging.
Accordion Style Plunger
You can tell from the name that this plunger has an accordion-like structure that extends the size of the force cup. It can generate quite a bit of pressure. However, the accordion style plunger can be harder to use. The accordion extension makes the plunger more rigid, and it requires more force. This can make it hard to maintain the seal around the drain.
Plunger Do’s and Don’ts
Even if you have used a plunger before, there are some things that you might want to review. Below is a list of Dos and Don’ts that could make your plunging experience more pleasant.
- Do not ever use a drain cleaner alongside a plunger. This chemical may be helpful with getting rid of pesky clogs but should not be part of the plunging process. The chemicals could splash onto you during mid-plunge and cause you skin irritations or injuries. Nobody wants to say they received their scars from a plunger mishap…unless it was used to fight off a bear. (Unfortunately, they don’t make a sword plunger…yet.)
- Don’t break the seal that you made with your initial plunge. This is what creates the suction that helps dislodge your drain’s blockage.
- Do keep towels or dishrags around on the floor when plunging. An emergency is hard to foresee. However, preparing for the mess made with a clogged toilet will help you in the cleanup process.
- Do wear gloves when working on your toilet.
- Don’t plunge when there’s enough water to overflow. Giving your toilet 5 to 10 minutes to drain will help you out in the long run.
- Do make sure to be prepared with the right plunger for you! Having the best plunger style for the job will make an annoying toilet issue much more comfortable on you.
Natural Agents to Unclog a Toilet
We never suggest harsh chemicals, many which are common in products guaranteeing to unclog your clogged toilet. But, what about natural remedies? When plunging just isn’t doing the trick and store-bought remedies are too harsh, look to natural remedies for a clogged toilet like boiling water, vinegar and dishwashing soap.
The type of plunger you have in your bathroom and knowing how to us a plunger properly can change how you deal with a clogged toilet. If the clog turns out to need more than a simple fix, give us a call at Advanced Septic at 352.242.6100.