How To Choose The Correct Plunger

How To Choose The Correct Plunger

A plunger is one of the most important tools you can have in your home. Made for the purpose of unclogging drains, they surely come in handy when your plumbing pipes are congested. Likewise, they are sometimes the last line of defense between an overflowing toilet and a brand new hardwood floor. The proper use of a plunger can save you plenty of money on repairs and water damage. They can also provide a quick fix to what could be a very bothersome problem.

However, when in need of a plunger, how can you be sure you’ve got the right one for the job? There are many different designs and purposes for plungers that can leave you wondering which one would work best. With all these questions considered, we’ve decided to provide a guide to choosing the right plunger for your home.

Sink or Toilet?

The first thing you should consider when deciding on a plunger should be which drain it will be used for. If you are prone to have a lot of sink clogs, you’ll obviously need a sink plunger. Sink plungers tend to have a flat head, which looks somewhat like a rubber bowl on the end. This is different from a toilet plunger, which has a protruding flange shaped head. When you try to use a sink plunger on the a toilet, the results will most likely not be what you want. This also goes for using a toilet plunger on a sink. To achieve the best results, use the correct plunger for the clogged drain.

Keep The Seal

Another thing to consider when you need to use a plunger is the seal. When using a plunger on a sink or toilet, you’ll want to create this seal that connects the head to the drain. This seal is critical to the function of the tool itself. By creating this seal, it creates the suction that will dislodge any debris in the pipe. When choosing a plunger, you’ll need to know how tight that seal will get.

Furthermore, this carries over to why you need different plunger designs for sinks and toilets. When you try to use a sink plunger on a toilet, it won’t create a tight enough seal to be effective.


You’ll also want to make sure your plunger is comfortable to use. This means taking a hard look at the design of the handle. If a handle is made with a rubber grip, it could make it easier when trying to unclog a toilet. When a handle is made of wood that isn’t well sanded or taken care of, you could damage your hands with callouses and splinters. This would most likely happen with older plungers.

Call Christian Brothers

If a clog turns out to be too tough for even the handiest of plungers, give Christian Brothers a call! We will have a plumbing technician down to your home as soon as possible to rid your pipes of any congestion. Our technicians are fully licensed and background checked to ensure your safety and access to outstanding customer service. Give us a call today! (623) 499- 9794.

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