What Plunger is Right For Your Needs?


You may have a plunger, but did you know different ones have different applications?

Unless you are a plumbing expert, it can be hard to know what the right plunger is for your needs. Whether you are dealing with a sink or a toilet, and sometimes even the nature of the clog itself, can all play a role. If you want to make sure you are using the right plunger for the right sort of job, read on.

The Cup Plunger

This is the classic orange that many homeowners consider to be the one and only plunger, which can be used in any situation. For many it is the only plunger in their home. However, if your collection stops here, you may be making more work for yourself. The cup type actually works best on bathroom or kitchen sink clogs. Due to their seal, they are actually not ideal for toilet clogs. If you have ever spent way too long trying to fix a minor toilet clog, it is probably because you were using this type of tool. Save the cup for your sinks.

The Flange Plunger

This is the tool you should have on hand in case of toilet clogs. It’s odd shape with an extra flap of rubber provides a complete seal around the toilet’s opening, which makes unclogging it much easier. Instead of fighting minor clogs with a cup plunger, the flange will solve most problems in a snap. While the occasional toilet clog is normal, especially if you have multiple people sharing one, if you find yourself constantly whipping out your flange plunger to tackle toilet clogs, it is probably time to call in the experts. Constant clogging is not normal and may be indicative of deeper structural problems with your plumbing itself.

The Accordion Plunger

This type of plumbing tool can be used for toilet clogs, but is less commonly used for a number of reasons. For one, some people find it more difficult to use than a cup or flange plunger. Unlike the other types of plumbing tools, the accordion is made out of plastic. This means that when you use it you run the risk of scratching your toilet bowl. The flange and cup kinds do not pose this problem.

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Mahon Plumbing has been serving the Baltimore region’s plumbing needs since 1994. We’re ready to offer quality plumbing services and gas installation for both commercial and residential uses. Our tracks and employees are ready to handle the toughest of jobs.

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