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3 Types of Plungers: Which is Best?

January 10, 2016

Plungers are a necessity in every household. They are an inexpensive and easy-to-use way to clear clogs. The hardest part about using a plunger is knowing which type to use. Toilet plungers are the most versatile. However, it’s not a bad idea to have a common sink plunger and an accordion plunger on hand.

Plungers are the most common of basic household tools for dealing with drain clogs. They are extremely effective in unclogging most simple clogs. But did you know that different types of drain clogs call for different types of plungers? Keep reading to learn which plungers you should have in your home!

How do plungers work?

Plungers work by applying suction and pressure within the clogged drain. When the tool is sealed down over the drain opening and you move it up and down, the water pressure dislodges most clogs. This allows water to continue through the drain pipes.

What types of plungers are there? 

Common Sink Plunger 

The common sink plunger is the type of plunger that most people are familiar with. Sink plungers have a rubber cup at the end of a straight handle. This plunger is good for sinks in bathrooms and kitchens—it can also be used in bathtubs. This type of plunger works well on a flat surface where the cup can lay flat over the drain and create the vacuum necessary to dislodge the clog. However, this plunger will not work well for a toilet clog since it won’t be able to seal properly to create suction.

Accordion Plunger 

Unlike the common plunger, however, the accordion plunger is designed for clearing toilet clogs. It has a smaller cup that fits over the drain perfectly inside the toilet bowl. Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest plunger to use; the smaller cup can make it difficult to control. But it is extremely effective when controlled!

Toilet Plunger 

Toilet plungers have a similar cup to the sink plunger. However, a toilet plunger also has a soft rubber flap that folds out from inside the cup. The flap fits well over the toilet drain, making it easy to form the necessary suction to clear a clog. With the flap folded inside the cup, this plunger can also be used on a sink or tub drain. The flap provides flexibility so it can fit to just about any drain.

Which type of plunger is best? 

It’s not a bad idea to have one of each of these plungers in your home. But if you’d prefer to have just one, the toilet plunger is the best all-around home plunger. It is easy to use and the most versatile out of the three plungers.

If your plunger is not solving your clog, or you’re experiencing frequent clogs, there may be a larger issue in your home’s plumbing system. Get in touch with Applewood today—we will send a licensed plumber to your home to get rid of your clog once and for all! 

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