How to use your plunger properly

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A blocked drain is all you need after a hard day’s work, or at the weekend when you have things planned or visitors coming. And sometimes no matter how many times you flush or prod the plug on a sink or bath, the water just stays there, no sign of it draining!

You’ve got people due round in a few hours, and it’s just not budging, plus it’s not creating the nicest smell. 

The key – always make sure that you have a good plunger in your house for whenever you need it! But do you know how to use one? It might look simple enough but here are some good plunging tips:

  • Make sure that you always keep a good plunger for use when you need it, sometimes if there are tears forming in a rubber plunger then it just isn’t up to the job, and there will be no point in using it and it won’t do the job. A tip- always keep plungers in a clean and dry place to stop damage from occurring.

  • Make sure you use the right plunger for the job! There are plungers out there for each individual job around the house, for example cup plungers are more suited to sink, bathtub and showers. A flange plunger is better used for toilets.

  • Try to remove most excess water before you start plunging away. Firstly, it will make a huge mess! Leave a little left, to give something for the plunger to hold onto and create a seal of pressure. If there isn’t any water there in the first place, you may need to add some to ensure that there is a little there.

  • Don’t use a plunger with drain cleaning chemicals at the same time. If you plunge, then the chemical could get onto your skin, face or clothing. Try a plunger first, then try chemicals if it doesn’t work.

  • Ensure that there is a tight seal around the plunger, if you can’t get this, try and use a little petroleum jelly to help.

  • Block all other nearby outlets. It will give you better results, block over with a cloth and stuff into the drain.

  • Once you are all set with the above, you are ready to start plunging! Use an up and down action, keeping the plunger handle straight. If it isn’t straight, you won’t get the best use out of your plunger, and the seal can become loose.

  • How do I know if I have fixed it? If the water drains out of the toilet, sink, tub, or shower, then it’s safe to say you have been successful in removing the blockage. If not, keep going, it may not work the first time and need a few attempts.