It seems like it should be common sense, but plunging out clogs in your home plumbing takes a little more thought than one might anticipate.
First, are you using the right plunger for the job at hand? Your standard sink plunger (think what would you commonly see in cartoons) works well on flat surfaces. An Accordion Plunger works best in toilets, as the smaller cup fits snuggly in the drain, creating a tight seal for optimal suction. Hybrids of these will fit specific scenarios a little better than others, but owning both of these types should address most of your common drain clogs.
Now that you have the right plunger, creating a tight seal is your first objective. To do this, make sure the plunger is submerged. Add water if needed, as having the water around the cup helps create pressure.
Next, slowly press down on the plunger to release any air that may be hiding in the cup. Pulling back up on the handle will lock the plunger in place and create suction.
Using some force, push up and down on the plunger. Try your best to do this vertically, as an angle will only hinder the power created by each push.
If there is an open hole (think in your sink or bathtub), be sure to plug it so air does not escape.
The vacuum created by the seal and constant back and forth suction will hopefully dislodge any clogged materials that may be wreaking havoc in your pipes.
While plunging may solve some clogs, others may need to be examined by a professional. Know when to quit. If your clog does not clear within the first few minutes of plunging, it’s likely something that’s out of your control and will require use of more advanced / complex tools to help break it up.
Luckily, your friends over at Resolve Trenchless Solutions are always available and at affordable prices for any problematic clogs you may encounter.
Give us a call 24/7 & toll free at 888-973-7658, or 215-441-5544 local.