You don’t actually have to be a professionally-trained plumber to know how to use a plunger. There’s a good chance that you’ve encountered a clogged toilet in the past, at which time you probably reached for a plunger and tried to resolve the issue. After all, plunging a clogged toilet isn’t exactly on the same level as a complex sewer line repair. In fact, you probably have one or two plungers in your home right now. However, there are several different types of plungers, and each of them is meant to perform a different task. Understanding these tasks and the differences between the plungers could help you out in a tight spot some day.
Let our professional plumbers from Oak Plumbing Inc. share with you the different kinds of plungers, what they do and their intended purpose.
Standard Sink Plungers
When you think of a plunger, perhaps the first image that pops into your mind is that of a red rubber head shaped like a wide-brimmed cup at the end of a wooden handle. Many homeowners mistakenly use this type of plunger to unclog their toilets, when it’s actually meant for use on sinks and drainage pipes. The shape of the cup itself is meant for use on flat surfaces, which means it’s not really very effective when used on anything other than sinks.
This type of plunger is a stronger version of the standard sink plunger, and is intended for pipe leak repair jobs or unclogging large pipes. This plunger is typically only meant for professional use, so most homeowners usually don’t have one readily available.
Toilet and Accordion Plungers
Toilet plungers look completely different from sink plungers. Their unique cupped shape is meant for conforming to the uneven surface of a toilet’s hole and creating a vacuum inside. An accordion plunger is the new and improved version of a toilet plunger, designed to increase the pressure difference in a toilet’s U-bend.
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