Plunging a Toilet the Right Way

As you are likely aware, plunging a toilet isn't exactly rocket science. Despite that fact, many people find successfully plunging a toilet much more of a struggle than it should be. If you would like to learn how to make your plunging efforts both quicker and more effective, read on. This article will provide three helpful pointers.

Be sure you're using the right type of plunger.

If you happen to assume that all plungers are basically the same, you're like most people. The fact is that there are actually two distinct types of plungers: standard and flanged. Standard plungers are designed for plunging sinks, floor drains, and other relatively flat surfaces. Their heads consist of a simple bowl-shaped piece of rubber.

A flanged plunger is designed especially for use in a toilet. It contains an important innovation where the head is concerned. The heads of these plungers have a special rubber flange. This flange can be tucked up inside of the head, thus allowing it to function like a standard plunger. When plunging a toilet, on the other hand, the flange can be untucked, thus permitting it to snug down into the toilet's outflow pipe and form a tighter seal. This will result in much more successful plunging results.

Try adding some water to the bowl.

The worst case scenario when plunging a toilet is that the bowl will overflow, spilling gross water out all over the floor. Fear of this happening spurs many people to shut off their toilet's water supply valves. Unfortunately, this tactic often has the unintended drawback of making plunging more difficult. That's because, with too little water in the bowl, the plunger isn't able to generate the suction necessary to successfully clear the bowl.

It's important that there is enough water so that the plunger's head is completely submerged. Anything less than this means you will be unintentionally drawing air in with each stroke of the plunger, which will make the task much more difficult. Consider adding an appropriate amount of water using a pitcher or bowl to transport it from the sink or bathtub.

Resist the urge to overdo it.

As far as most people are concerned, the quicker they can eliminate the clog, the better. But, if that means that you're plunging as hard and fast as possible, it may end up increasing the amount of time you spend at the task. That's because high speed plunging generally results in shallower strokes. You will find it much more effective to focus on making slow, deep plunges.

If you have a stubborn plug that you can't seem to get cleared from your toilet, contact a plumber in your area for help.