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Picture this: you’ve flushed your toilet, and to your horror, the water slowly rises, threatening to overflow. Or, you’re enjoying some time in the shower, only to notice that the water level has reached your ankles.
We understand the panic that happens when situations like this happen- your first instinct may be to grab the plunger immediately. However, contrary to popular belief, a plunger isn’t always an effective solution. Some are better suited for sinks and showers, while others are for toilets. Sometimes, you shouldn’t use a plunger at all. To learn the best plunger techniques, read about these tips and tricks recommended by the Southern Air team!
The first order of business is to select the proper plunger for whatever is clogged. There are three most common types: the cup, the flange and the accordion. We recommend purchasing at least two types, so you can use whichever is best suited for the occasion.
The flange is primarily used for clogged toilets– it has a longer handle than the cup and has a small flap that extends downwards at the bottom half of the plunger. Plungers like this work best on toilets because they are designed to reach into a toilet drain, creating the necessary suction needed to clear a toilet clog.
This is the standard plunger that comes to mind for most people. It has a rubber, cup-shaped head and is attached to a straight wooden handle. This is what gives it its name as a ‘cup plunger”. These are most effective on flat surfaces, such as sinks, showers, and bathtubs.
Accordion plungers are designed specifically for toilets, especially tough clogs. Similar to the flange, the bottom half has a smaller cup that extends out, while the top is shaped like an accordion. While it may have a bit of a learning curve at first, when used properly, accordion plungers create a tighter seal and stronger suction to unclog the drain line.
Although it might seem self-explanatory, there are proper plumbing techniques to follow when attempting to unclog something.
If you find yourself struggling with a clog, give Southern Air a call today! We have the plumbing repair and services you need in Leesville, Shreveport, Pineville or Alexandria, LA..
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