Proper Plunging!

Indoor plumbing is a comfort we take for granted, and when it’s suddenly taken away due to a clogged drain, it can feel like an all-out emergency. Some clogs do require professional assistance, and Reasonable Rooter will definitely be there to assist, but others are minor enough that you can clear them yourself with your trusty plunger.

Plungers are fairly self-explanatory tools, but depending on your technique, you could find yourself plunging away to no avail. The next time you attempt to clear a clog on your own, keep these tips in mind to maximize your efforts.

Choose Your Weapon

Plungers come in a wide variety of sizes for a variety of drain types and sizes, so the first step is to choose a plunger with a cup diameter that is just slightly larger than the drain. There are also two styles: standard and flange. A standard plunger has a simple cup that looks like a half-circle, whereas a flange plunger has an extension that makes it the more effective choice for plunging toilets.

Not Too Much, Nor Too Little

No matter what kind of drain you are plunging, the water level is important. Too much-standing water and the plunging will cause it to splash all over — especially gross if you’re talking about a clogged toilet. If there is too little water, you won’t be able to get a proper seal around the drain. Make sure the water level is just deep enough to fully cover the plunger cup. If you need to bail water out, wear rubber gloves and use a bucket or cup.

Maximum Pressure

You will put more pressure on the clog if you plug up the drains located nearby. For instance, if you’re planning to plunge the toilet, put the stoppers in the bathtub and sink drains. If you need to temporary stopper, you can use a wet washcloth.

Seal It

When you’re ready to take the plunge, it’s all about the seal. A trick of the trade is to apply a little petroleum jelly on the rim of the plunger or flange. But most importantly, you must ensure the rim is making contact all the way around the drain, and that the plunger handle is pointed straight up.

Plunge Away

With your seal secure, plunge straight up and down for up to 30 seconds. You can try this a few times if necessary, but if a few rounds with proper plunger technique doesn’t get the job done, it’s time to give Reasonable Rooter a call! (289) 241-1146