How to Plunge Sinks and Toilets Like the Plumbers Do

How to Plunge Sinks and Toilets Like the Plumbers Do

Your bathroom sink can easily become clogged over time due to hair, soap scum, and other items becoming trapped in the drain. A toilet can become clogged even more easily. While natural occurrences--like an overabundance of toilet paper--can quickly clog a toilet, kids are also notorious for flushing things down the toilet, causing a deep clog that only a plunger or professional plumbers can fix.

If left unattended, a sink or toilet clog can cause foul odors to drift through your property. The problem can also quickly become worse, resulting in more costly repairs and, over time, can even lead to foundational damage.

Soften the Rubber

The best way to quickly clear out a clog is to choose a quality plunger that can create a vacuum seal. Choose a soft, pliant plunger that can be used more easily. If you have a stiff plunger, run it under hot water before you use it to soften the rubber. This will allow you to get a better seal on the bowl so that you can achieve a more effective plunge.

Get to Plunging

Once you have formed a good seal, it is important to focus on both the upward and downward movement of the plunge because they both help to clear the drain. Once you have given several good strokes with the plunger, check to see if the water is going down. Flush the toilet and if the water drains quickly, then you have achieved a successful plunge.

If the toilet begins overflowing again, shut off the water supply by closing the flapper inside of the toilet bowl. Then, continue to plunge until the clog is gone.

If there is not enough water in the bowl, consider adding several cups of hot water to the bowl to help break up the clog. You may also consider adding dishwasher detergent, soap, or shampoo to the mix to help break up the clog more quickly as well.

Call in the Pros

If all else fails, call your local plumbers. If you notice water backing up in the sinks or shower when you flush, the problem may be worse than you thought, and it is time to call in the pros. Your plumber can take care of the problem for you, or advise you on what needs to be done. If you have any questions, make sure to rely on these professionals for the assistance and information you need.

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