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Mastering the Basics: Know Your Plunger in Thomasville Homes

When it comes to household tools, the plunger stands out as a quintessential instrument for addressing minor plumbing hiccups. While many of us have one tucked away in a bathroom or under the kitchen sink, are we truly aware of its variety and proper usage? Bohannon Plumbing is here to plunge deep into this topic and help you get to know your plunger better!

Plungers: More Than Just a Suction Cup

A plunger, at its core, is designed to create suction, helping to dislodge blockages in your pipes. However, not all plungers are created equal, and the design matters depending on the task at hand.

Types of Plungers:

  1. Cup Plunger (Sink Plunger): This is the most common type that people recognize. It has a simple rubber cup-like shape. It’s best for flat surfaces like sinks or bathtubs, ensuring a good seal for maximum suction.
  2. Flange Plunger (Toilet Plunger): This has a flange, or a soft rubber flap, that extends from the bottom of the cup, making it specially designed for toilets. The flange fits snugly into the toilet bowl’s drain, creating a tight seal.
  3. Accordion Plunger: Made entirely of plastic, this plunger has an accordion-like design and is narrower at the bottom. While it’s designed for toilets, its unique design can make it harder to use for some people.

Using Your Plunger Effectively:

  1. Ensure Water Cover: For effective plunging, the plunger’s cup should be submerged. If necessary, add water to the sink or toilet to achieve this.
  2. Seal and Position: Place the plunger directly over the drain, ensuring a good seal. For toilets, the flange should be inside the drain, with the cup fully covering the drain opening.
  3. Push and Pull: With a firm grip, press down on the handle, then pull up forcefully, maintaining the seal. Repeat several times to create a vacuum and dislodge the clog.
  4. Final Flush: Once the clog is cleared, flush the toilet or run water down the drain to ensure everything is flowing smoothly.

Plunger Care and Tips:

  1. Clean After Use: Always rinse your plunger with water after using to remove any residue. For added sanitation, soak it in a mixture of water and bleach.
  2. Store Properly: Allow your plunger to air dry completely before storing to prevent mold growth. It’s best to hang it or store it in a way that the rubber end isn’t compressed.
  3. Have Both Types On Hand: Given the difference in design and purpose, having both a cup and a flange plunger in your home is advisable. They’re cost-effective tools that can save you from calling a plumber for minor blockages.
  4. Safety First: Always wear gloves when using a plunger and wash your hands thoroughly afterward. If you’ve recently used a chemical drain cleaner, be cautious as plunging can splash the caustic solution.

In conclusion, while a plunger may seem like a basic tool, knowing its types and proper usage can be the difference between a quick fix and a prolonged plumbing problem. And for those stubborn clogs that resist even the most determined plunging, remember that Bohannon Plumbing in Thomasville is always here to help. Your home’s smooth operation is our priority!

In conclusion, your drains are an integral part of your home’s plumbing system and deserve respect and proper care. A little mindfulness goes a long way in maintaining smooth-running drains and avoiding unnecessary headaches. And remember, whenever you’re in doubt or face plumbing challenges, Bohannon Plumbing in Thomasville is just a call away. Our mission is to ensure every home in our community enjoys hassle-free plumbing!

Click here to learn about the Top 10 Plumbing Tips Every Thomasville Homeowner Should Know.


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Thomasville, NC – High Point, NC – Denton, NC – Asheboro, NC – Lexington, NC – Archdale, NC – Sophia, NC – Hillsville, NC

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Owner of Bohannon Plumbing, Robert Bohannon

Author: Robert Bohannon
Robert is a licensed plumber with over 40+ years experience in both residential and commercial plumbing projects. Robert is a proud veteran and has enjoyed over 20 years of serving our communities of Thomasville and High Point, NC – all from the same location!

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