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The Basics of Plunger Use: How to Unclog a Drain

Updated: Aug 20, 2023


A toilet plunger is an essential tool to have in any home. You can use that plunger to unclog toilets, tubs, and sink drains quickly and easily and to prevent clogs from forming in the first place. A plunger is excellent, but knowing how to use one properly is essential. Read on for tips on maintaining your plunger so it can work its best for years.

How to Work a Plunger

When using a plunger, create a seal around the drain to be cleared. Be sure to form a tight seal, or the work you put in next may be for nothing. Next, you will force air into the drain with quick downward pressure. After pushing downward, you'll want to maintain the seal while pulling back on the plunger to create a suction. A few good pumps of the plunger will hopefully dislodge the drain blockage. If a plunger doesn't do the trick, you'll likely need some more specialized equipment.

Clean Your Plunger After Each Use

It may not be the most glamorous task, but cleaning your plunger after each use is essential. To do this, take the plunger outside to rinse off the rubber with hose water and let it air dry completely before storing it. Cleaning your plunger will help keep bacteria from building up and ensure you use a clean tool whenever needed.

Store It Properly

Don't just toss your plunger in a dark corner when you're finished unclogging a drain with it; make sure you store it properly. Ideally, it would help to hang your plunger by its handle so it will stay out of the way and take up only a little space. If you don't have anywhere to hang it, store it upright so that the rubber end doesn't get damaged by sitting on the floor or other surfaces for long periods.

Replace When Necessary

If your plunger has seen better days or is starting to show signs of wear and tear, don't hesitate to replace it. Purchasing a new one every few years ensures that your toilet plunging needs are met effectively and efficiently without worrying about whether or not your old one will hold up.

Maintaining a toilet plunger isn't difficult—it just takes some basic knowledge and regular upkeep! Cleaning your plunger after each use and storing it will help ensure that it lasts many years without needing replacement, saving you time and money in the long run. Have questions about maintaining or replacing a toilet plunger? Contact our experts today! We'd be happy to answer any questions you may have!

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