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Plumbing Hacks: Steps to Unclog Your Drains Using a Plunger

by Andy Butler

Clogged drains can disrupt the entire plumbing system of your home, and when they occur, they can feel like an immediate emergency. While there are some plumbing problems such as clogged sewer lines which require professional services, minor clogs can be resolved at home using a plunger. Plungers are easy-to-use plumbing tools; however, the plunging techniques applied will determine the amount of time and effort you exert into the project. Here are some tips that you should utilize when using a plunger to unclog your drains.

Choose the right plunger

Plumbing plungers come in various sizes and configurations. When choosing one, ensure that its diameter is larger than your drains. This will help in maximizing the pressure between the plunger and the drain opening. Also, note that the most efficient plungers have a cup and an extension for easy handling. They are suitable for unclogging kitchen, bathroom, and toilet drains without creating a messy situation.

Work with the ideal water level

The level of water you work with can make the plunging process easy or cumbersome and messy. Ensure that the water is neither too much nor too little. Ideally, the water level should slightly exceed and cover the plunger cup. Too much water can splash around and create a mess during plunging. This can create an unsightly scene, especially when unclogging the toilet. If you have to reduce the amount of water on the sink or toilet, use a bucket and wear a pair of gloves.

Maximize the pressure

Maximum pressure is necessary to push the contents down the drains and unclog them. To achieve maximum pressure, put stoppers on other drains that are near the clogged one. For instance, when unclogging the toilet, put stoppers on all the sinks in the bathroom as well as the shower drain. This will help in directing maximum pressure into the clogged drain.

Seal the drain

The idea behind sealing the drain is to ensure that the plunging cup remains in contact with the drain during the plunging process for maximum pressure. The best way to seal the drain is by applying some petroleum jelly around the rim of the plunger cup before positioning it on the drain. This will hold the plunger in place. Exert maximum pressure as you plunge into the drain until the water begins to flow into the drain.

Once the drain unclogs, clean and rinse it. When unclogging sink drains, ensure that you get rid of all the solid contents that may have backed up into the sink.

Unclogging indoor plumbing drains with a plunger is an easy DIY task that every homeowner can undertake by following these steps. However, if the drains fail to unclog, you may need to call a professional plumber with advanced unclogging tools and techniques.