The only thing worse than dealing with the hassle and potential embarrassment of a toilet clog is trying to remove one using the wrong plunger technique. Although using a plunger might seem fairly self-explanatory, the improper technique will leave you frustrated and tired from plunging away in vain!
While some toilet clogs require professional removal from the experts at Rick’s Plumbing Services, others are small enough to be cleared using a plunger. And although Westport, CT plumbers are happy to remove your tough toilet clogs, they’re also happy to help you perfect plunging technique!
Perfect your plunging technique and remove minor toilet clogs in Westport, CT with these easy tips!
- Not all plungers are created equal Plungers come in in a variety of shapes and diameters, and choosing the right kind of plunger for the job is a big part of getting the job done right! Unlike standard cup-shaped plungers, flange plungers have a slight extension that make them a better choice for removing toilet clogs. Standard plungers do work, but flange plungers are much more effective because of their unique shape.
- Pay attention to the water level Regardless of what kind of drain clog you’re removing, the water level is always a key factor. Too much water will create a splashy mess, especially if you’re removing a toilet clog. Too little water will prevent the plunger from forming the proper suction seal. Before you start plunging, check the water level and adjust accordingly.
- Put the pressure on Pressure helps to clear clogs, and temporarily “clogging” the drains close to the clog you want to remove can help the plunger do its job. For example, if you’re plunging a toilet, putting a stopper in the bathtub and sink drains will put pressure on the clog and help you remove it.
- Create a tight seal When it comes to perfecting your plunging technique, it’s all about the seal! Forming a tight seal is crucial for creating enough suction to remove a clog. The trick is to ensure the rim of the plunger is in full contact around the drain before plunging while keeping the plunger handle pointing straight up. You can even smear a small amount petroleum jelly around the rim of the plunger for a tighter seal.
Learning how to use a plunger in Westport, CT can make handling a toilet clog seem a lot less intimidating, but remember, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and call us if a clog is especially stubborn. This could indicate a bigger problem that requires professional repair. For toilet clog removal in New Haven and Fairfield County, Rick’s Plumbing Services is the clear choice!