Are there different kinds of plungers? Yes! The key is to know which one is the best one for a particular plunging task.
Do you have a clogged drain? Sink or tub? A plunger is a convenient tool that will help get things moving again, unclogging toilets, and usually doing so without the help of an experienced plumber.
But not all plungers are the same.
Here are some of the most common types of plungers and where you should use them.
Sink Plunger (or Cup Plunger)
This is the most familiar type of plunger. They have a rubber cup at the end of a straight handle. The plunger can be used for bathtubs in addition to sinks in the bathroom and kitchen.
These plungers can also be helpful when used on a flat surface where the cup lays flat over the drain. By creating a vacuum, it can easily remove the clog and get the water flowing again.
This type of plunger is not usually good for toilets, because it’s hard to create a seal that’s tight enough for suctioning.
Just like the name suggests, this plunger looks like an accordion. These are created specifically for toilet clogs. They have a smaller cup that fits over the drain inside of the toilet bowl. It can be a little bit difficult to use at first, but it’s very effective in clearing clogs once you get a good seal over the drain.
Toilet Plunger (or Flange Plunger)
These plungers are just like sink plungers, but they have a soft rubber flap that folds out from the inside cup. This flap fits over the toilet drain and forms a tight suction for clearing the clog. If the flap is folded on the inside, the plunger could also be used on a tub or sink drain.
It is very frustrating to be using your plunger and not see any result. So, when you’re using the plunger, be sure you get the air out of the plunger cup by pressing it down slowly to create the suction. This will reduce air in the cup and seal it better.
In addition, be sure you’re pushing the plunger straight and vertical in the drain to create suction. Don’t be tempted to angle the plunger, as this will not give you the amount of force that’s needed to keep the seal in place.