Plungers are critical for resolving pipework issues. With that being said, it’s important to keep in mind that not all plungers are created equal. Some are made to do different jobs. This is why it’s every home may need 2 plungers. One for the sink, and one for the toilet.
Also, do you really want to use your toilet plunger in the sink? We didn’t think so.
What Plungers Do
The physics principle behind the plunger is called Boyle´s Law. The formula described in Boyle’s Law can be seen in many applications. Just to name a few: syringes, scuba diving, and even pistols. The law dictates that gas pressure increases when the volume of a vessel decreases.
The air creates pressure as it is being pushed. The pressure forces the displacement of the gas or material in the adjoining vessel. A plunger uses air to force movement. It can then dislodge whatever is in the way. When the cup is pulled up but not lifted, it also creates a powerful suction.
How to Use a Plunger
Plungers are generally needed when there is a clog in a drain. You know you have a clog when water is visibly pooling or draining very slowly.
As always, safety is essential. Do not plunge with cleaning chemicals. This includes bleach, ammonia, drain cleaners, and anything else with a toxic composition. A good plunge can send chemicals splashing towards your body. Chemicals can and will bring harm to eyes and skin.
Remember to mind your posture. Make sure that the plunger is standing upright and avoid extreme angles. Secure the plunger squarely over the hole and push down. The created pressure will force clogs down the drain and free up water flow. The procedure should be repeated as necessary with continuous pushing and pulling action.
Sink plungers are easily identifiable by their flat, oftentimes red, cap. These types of plungers also tend to have a shorter handle so you can have a better and closer grip.
The flat cup makes a strong seal over any flat surfaces, like a sink or tub. Simply fill the sink with water, place the cup over the drain, and you’re ready to get to work.
Once in place push down and pull up several times. The normal recommended time for this procedure is 20 seconds. If the clog is being stubborn, then check that the plunger is firmly in place, then continue to exert a greater measure of force.
Toilet plunges are different because they have a small rubber flap, which is sometimes called a flange. Hence this reason why a toilet plunger is also known as a “flange plunger.”
Before inserting the flange plunger into a toilet bowl, take note of the water level. There should be enough water to submerge the plunger. If there is too much water, then you can always remove the excess. If there is too little, just add a little more.
A toilet plunger and sink plunger are great to have in your arsenal of cleaning supplies. If you can’t manage, or simply don’t’ want, two plungers for your maintenance needs, just be sure to disinfect the plunging device before moving it between the toilet and sink.
When to Hire a Professional
Despite pushes and pulls some clogs are too stubborn to yield. Not even homemade or commercial cleaners seem to fix the issue. Stubborn clogs can even indicate a larger problem with your main sewer line.
Plumbers are trained in several trades and are sufficiently equipped to handle trouble. A plumber will correctly determine if the fault lies with the septic tank. With their superior tools and experience, plumbers can solve issues speedily. Trusting a licensed plumber is the right choice for fixing your more complicated plumbing issues.
Dealing with bigger plumbing issues? Contact the experts at Moore Home Services to take care of your plumbing needs.