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How to use a plunger – Toilet Unblocking

Updated: Jan 26, 2023

How to use a plunger – Toilet Unblocking

A toilet plunger is all that is required to unclog around 90% of clogged toilets instead of drain cleaners. Purchase a toilet plunger with a rubber bell-shaped extension flange. A toilet plunger with an extended flange is designed to fit toilets better, giving the plunge more "oomph." If you fold the flange back into the bell, the toilet plunger will also unplug the sink and tub drains. A toilet plunger is definitely an unbeatable drain tool for small blocked drain issues.


A plunger is a device with a rubber or plastic cup at the end of a long handle that is used to create suction and force to remove material from containers or pipes.

A plunger usually consists of a cup, which is placed over the top of the drain or opening in order to create suction. The plunger can be made out of various materials, including plastic and metal. The most common type of plunger is made out of rubber with a metal ring on the base to help grip it securely.

Using a plunger is the most common way to unblock toilets. A plunger will work by creating a vacuum seal in the pipe and pushing water back up the pipe.





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Plungers come in three different types:

  • Sink 

  • Metal,

  • Hand.


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Each of these has its own use case. Metal plungers are best for commercial or industrial use because they are more durable than plastic plungers and can be used to unblock blocked drains as well as toilets. Hand plungers are best for home use because they are lightweight and don't need to be connected to any water source. Sink plungers can be used in a pinch when there is no other type of plunger available, but it's not recommended that you do this often because it can damage your toilet's pipes over time.


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The following 3 steps will help you unblock your toilet with a plunger.

1. Find a plunger and fill it with water.

2. Place the plunger over the drain hole, pushing it down firmly to create suction and then pull up quickly to create pressure on the clog. Repeat this action until the clog is cleared or until you have used enough force that it is not possible to clear the clog.

3. Flush your toilet and check for any remaining debris in the pipe or bowl by pouring water into the bowl or flushing again if necessary.


Plunging Techniques to unblock a toilet


A toilet plunger fits over the toilet drain and seals it. Wear rubber gloves because things can become filthy, and observe these diving tips:

Make your first plunge as mild as possible. The bell will initially be full with air. A strong shove will force the air back around the seal, causing water to spray all over the bathroom and you!

Once the air has been forced out, plunge in and out vigorously to preserve the seal. You'll be sending water down the drain in both directions, which will successfully dislodge most clogs. Continue to plunge 15 to 20 times if necessary.

Please be patient. Alternate steady strokes with occasional monster heaves.

Keep enough water in the bowl to cover the toilet plunger. Attempting to force air via the toilet trap will not produce much pressure.



A powerful clog is a clog that is difficult to remove with a plunger. It can be caused by many things, including some types of toilet paper and feminine hygiene products.

The first step in removing a powerful clog is to make sure you have the right tools for the job. You will need a plunger, bucket, and hot water. The plunger should have an extra-large opening that fits over the top of the toilet bowl. Fill up your bucket with hot water and set it in front of the toilet so you can easily access it when needed.

Next, plunge vigorously for 10 minutes or until you notice water draining from the overflow tube at the bottom of your toilet tank. If this doesn't work, try plunging again for 5 more minutes or until you see signs of water draining from your overflow tube. If this still doesn't work, it's time to call the drain-cleaning experts



Refer to this video by the Homeowner Series for the best results





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