Sinks, showers and toilets can often become clogged for many different reasons. For many such jobs, a plunger can do the trick and get things rolling again.
However, in order to ensure a job well done, you must think like a professional plumber and make sure you are choosing the right plunger. Here are three points to keep in mind when shopping for a plunger:
1) Get the right tool for the job
There are two main types of plungers, and each type serves a unique purpose. The classic flat-bottomed plunger is meant, perhaps quite naturally, for flat surfaces like sinks. In contrast, the more curved bottom of a toilet requires a protruding flange plunger, which looks like a flat plunger just with an extra bit coming out the bottom.
2) Make sure it can form a tight seal
Plungers work by creating a vacuum within the drain, and then allowing you to use this vacuum to your advantage to unclog things. In order for this to happen, however, the plunger needs to be able to make a tight seal around the drain in question. This is why older plungers with cracks or holes in them don't work very well. Before getting a new plunger, be sure it is able to create a good seal both today and well into the future.
3) Is it comfortable to use?
Sometimes, plungers don't work unless you put a little elbow grease behind them. Be sure you buy a plunger with good grip that is comfortable to use, as you don't want to strain yourself while clearing a drain.
If you find that even the best plunger is not doing the trick, fret not. Some clogs are just too big or tricky for a plunger to handle. In those situations, you're much better off calling in a professional plumber. A professional plumber as more than just a plunger at his or her disposal!