Types Of Plungers

Plumbing Tool Guide

Cleaning: Plunger Isolated on White Background
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Plungers are perhaps the handiest of basic household tools when dealing with drain clogs of all sorts. Since clogged drains are a common plumbing problem dealing with them can become expensive if you have to call a plumber to clear every stoppage. Fortunately, learning to clear the typical clog with a plunger is quite easy. Plungers are both inexpensive and easy to use and they are very effective for clearing drain clogs.

There are various types of plungers; each designed to be used on different...MORE types of drains. There is also a range in quality in plungers. When selecting a new plunger don’t just pick the first one you come to. Consider how and where it will be used and decide from there. Selecting the right plunger can make using it correctly that much easier.

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    Sink/Standard Plunger

    This very basic plunger is what most people think of when talking about plungers. A standard plunger has a rubber cup at the end of a straight handle usually made of wood. Sometimes the handle or the cup is a different size, but the basic structure stays the same. This is considered a sink plunger because it really only works well on a flat surface, like a sink, where the cup can lay flat over the drain and create the vacuum necessary to properly plunge and dislodge the sink clog. In a pinch,...MORE this plunger can potentially be used to clear clogs in other fixtures but it will be a challenge to position the cup in a way that creates enough suction.

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    Toilet Plunger

    The toilet plunger has a cup like that of the sink plunger but it also has a soft rubber flap that folds out from inside the cup. The fold out flap fits quite well over the toilet drain making it easy to form the necessary suction to clear a toilet clog. With the flap folded inside the cup, this plunger can also be used on a sink or tub drain to create a seal. A toilet plunger is perhaps the best option for all around home use because the fold out flat provides flexibility to allow it to fit...MORE just about any drain.

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    Accordion Plunger

    This interesting looking plunger has a design better suited for clearing toilet clogs because it has a smaller cup. The size of the suction cup is not really suited for other drains beside that of a toilet. It can produce quite a bit of force but it is not very easy to use. The plastic that it is made of is quite hard, so creating a vacuum seal over the drain is a challenge. This is a powerful but not very versatile plunger.

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    Taze Plunger

    This type of plunger is used for clearing large pipes and not for the typical household drain clog. A taze plunger consists of a disc to fit a particular pipe size and a long steel rod, which pushes the disc into the pipe. Again, since this type of plunger is not meant for use on a typical household drain it isn’t an option for homeowners.