For many of us, the first thing we do when we have a clogged drain is reach for the plunger. A plunger is an effective tool for clearing a drain but many times fails if used incorrectly. Don’t think that 4 or 5 plunges is going to fix your clogged drain. Here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of your plunger.
- Your plunger should have a suction cup large enough to completely cover the drain opening.
- Make sure there is enough water in the fixture to cover the entire plunger cup.
- TRICK: Apply petroleum jelly to the rim on the bottom of the plunger cup. This ensures a tight seal.
- Make sure all other outlets (overflow drain – bathroom sink; second drain – kitchen sink) are plugged with wet rags. This will create a vacuum.
- Insert the plunger into the water at an angle so that no air gets trapped in it
- Hold the plunger upright and apply 15 – 20 vigorous strokes.
- NOTE: Clogs are most often dislodged on the upstroke
- Apply the plunging strokes 2 – 3 times before throwing in the towel. If the clog doesn’t dislodge after 2 – 3 times, it’s time to use either clear the drain with a chemical cleaner or clear the drain with a plumber’s snake.