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Blogs from April, 2021

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How to Plunge Correctly

If you’re like us, you say a small prayer after pressing the toilet handle that the water wooshes away like it’s supposed to. But for the occasional time the action stops, it can be deflating.

You probably grab the plunger and start going to town, hoping nothing splashes back at you. But believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to perform a toilet plunge.

You’re Probably Using the Wrong Plunger

We all know the standard toilet plunger. If you asked for one, pretty much anyone would bring back the same thing: a round, burnt-orange-colored rubber cone attached to a wooden stick. It’s a common misconception that these are used for toilets when they are actually better suited for sinks.

When plunging, it’s essential to create a seal around the drain. A plunger uses suction to dislodge any clogs deeper in the pipe. Without a proper seal, it’s the equivalent of trying to put out a fire by blowing on it.

Opt for a plunger with a round protrusion on the bottom. This little extra piece will insert into the drain, allowing the main plunger to create a seal.

Don’t Work Harder than You Need To

It’s not hard to work up a sweat while plunging a blocked toilet. But there are ways to make the job easier.

For example, it’s unnecessary, but plugging up your sink and shower drains while plunging can help make the job easier. These drains are connected in the plumbing network, so reducing places where air can escape can help ensure your suction is solid.

It may seem hopeless sometimes, but following these tips will give you the best chance at busting that blockage.

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