Jun 19, 2018

Using a plunger for your sink or toilet

An obstructed drain or sink is one of the most frequently encountered plumbing issues in homes. Most times we are stock and confused about the right action to take when the drains are blocked. The common remedy at such situations is to pour hot water down the drain or use a cloth hanger to remove the annoying substance obstructing the drain. Now, these have their place, but you find that more often than not, a plunger is the best remedy.

Get Prepared

The first thing is to make sure you get the right plunger for your sink. The divers exist in sizes, and there is not one that could be used for all sinks and drains. There is the piston made for the sinks, and it is usually cup-shaped. They have rims flattened at the bottom that fits into the drain hole. There is also a funnel diver made to clean the blocked toilets. Its dome is large and has a flange that extends from the bottom edge.

Now, while the pistons are pretty easy to use, if you discover that your drains are still clogged, you may want to see the professionals and let them know what the main cause of the backup is. Rooter Hero Plumbing can help you with this.

Apply heat to the Plunger

The first thing you want to do is apply heat to the plunger. This could be done by running hot water over it. This will make it more flexible. You should also pour hot water and some detergent into the sink or toilet a few minutes before using the plunger. Plungers work best on wet surfaces.

Check against spills and overflows

When using a diver, there is a high probability of experiencing a spill. To prevent this from happening, you can use a towel or cloth to fill the floor drain. It works if you work on a sink or bath.

If you are working on clogged toilets, place a cloth or towel on the floor and make sure that the isolation valve on the wall is turned off.

Sinks and drains

You will need a cup plunger for this.

The first thing is to allow the water level to rise above the plunger cup. It should be half full. If you are dealing with a shower, let the piston act as a plug. Then, let the water fill the base of the shower while you place the plunger on the clogged drain to completely cover the opening.

Push the plunger down and make sure it touches the drain. Shoot quickly, making sure you do not break the vacuum. Push and pull until you feel the blockage give way.

Plunging Toilets

A funnel plunger is used here. A rag should be placed on the floor to soak in the spill. You must turn off the water by closing the shutoff valve. Use the plunger to cover the flush hole, but make sure there is water left outside. Make sure the hole is properly sealed by straightening the piston.

Repeat the steps described to clean the sinks and drains described above. Push and pull several times until the blockage is dislodged.

If after several attempts the blockage remains, you should call a certified plumber in Atlanta.

Rooter Hero Plumbing is a professional plumbing service with the knowledge and expertise to meet your plumbing needs. Call us today.



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