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Tips to Help You Plunge Your Toilet Correctly

How to use a toilet plunger

If you have a clogged toilet and you can’t seem to fix it no matter how many times you flush, most homeowners begin to panic a bit. While you can call a plumber to unclog a toilet, it’ll take time for a licensed plumber to get to your home and you’ll have to pay for the service. Dor some, this can be a huge inconvenience when there is only one bathroom in the house.

If you’re desperate and want to try to unclog a toilet yourself, there’s one thing you need to know: how to properly plunge a toilet. When you understand the proper technique and how plunging works to combat toilet clogs, it can make the job go quicker and help you avoid messy work.

Luckily, Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is here to show you the ropes regarding how to plunge a toilet! Read on for everything you need to know about plunging toilets, plus our tips for getting the job done like a professional plumber.

Types of Plungers

There are many types of plungers available on the market. The most common plunger is the cup plunger. This plunger has a rubber cup on the end that creates a seal when inserted into the drain. Another type of plunger is the flange plunger. This plunger has a rubber flange on the end that creates a seal when inserted into the drain. The flange plunger is often used to unclog toilets because it creates a more powerful seal than the cup plunger. Accordion plungers can also be used on toilet clogs.

Flange Plunger

Toilet plungers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they all serve the same purpose: to unclog your toilet. The plunger has a cup like that of the sink plunger or cup plunger type, but also includes an extra soft rubber flap that extends from the bottom of the cup and can be unfolded from inside. This helps to fully cover the edges on your toilet’s drain hole for smoother operation and better suction needed when plunging!

To use a plunger, simply place the suction cup over the drain hole and push and pull the handle up and down. The plunger will create a seal around the drain hole and pump out any water that is clogging your toilet. It’s important to note that you should only use a toilet plunger on toilets – never on sinks or other drains. Plunging a toilet is a relatively simple process, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure that there is enough water in the toilet bowl to cover the suction cup of the plunger. If there isn’t, add more water until it reaches this level. Second, be patient – it may take a few plunges to completely clear the clog.

Accordion Plunger

Accordion plungers are a quick, easy and cheap way to unclog your toilet. The key to good plunging is in the bellows design: by using these plungers, you can create more suction that does not reverse as you plunge. Plastic plungers are quite durable and will last for a long time. The additional handle reduces hand strain during extended plunges.

Sink Plunger / Cup Plunger

Sink plungers are usually cone-shaped with a flat rubber suction cup at the bottom. They are used to create suction in order to dislodge and remove any objects that may be blocking a sink drain. To use a plunger, first fill the sink with enough water to cover the suction cup. Then, place the plunger over the drain and push and pull the handle up and down to create suction. Once the plunger is properly in place, continue pushing and pulling until the blockage is removed. In some cases, you may need to repeat this process multiple times before the blockage is completely dislodged.

Make the Best Plunger Selection

Clogged toilets are one of the most common household plumbing problems. Fortunately, they are also one of the easiest to fix. In most cases, all you need is a plunger. However, it is important to choose the right type of plunger for the job.

Cup plungers are designed for sinks and bathtubs, and their smaller size makes them ineffective at unclogging toilets. Accordion plungers have a flexible bellows-style plastic cup that conforms to the shape of the drain, making them ideal for clearing toilet blockages in tight spaces. Flanged plungers have a rubber cup with a collar that fits snugly over the toilet drain, ensuring a tight seal. For best results, it is always best to use a flanged plunger or accordion plunger specifically designed for toilets.

How to Plunge a Toilet

There are a few ways you can clear your toilet when it’s blocked. Plunging is one of the most effective and least invasive methods, but be sure you plunge the toilet the right way!


If you’ve ever experienced a clogged toilet, you know how frustrating it can be. But before you call a plumber, there are a few things you can try to get your toilet flowing again. First, make sure you have the right tools for the job. You’ll need a rubber gloves and a plunger. The plunger will create suction that can help to break up the clog and the rubber gloves will protect your hands from any debris or splashing water as you work.

Try Troubleshooting

As anyone who has ever dealt with a clogged toilet knows, the experience can be quite frustrating and even a little bit gross. Before reaching for the plunger, there is a simple trick that may help to clear the blockage. First, remove the tank lid and lift the flapper valve so a cup or two of water can rush into the toilet bowl. If the water goes down, flush the toilet to see if the clog has been cleared. However, it is important to have towels ready in case the toilet floods. If the water does not go down or the toilet overflows, it is time to break out the plunger. With a little patience and a lot of elbow grease, you should be able to get your toilet running smoothly again.

Plunge the Toilet

Most people have experienced a clogged toilet at some point in their lives. When it happens, it can be tempting to reach for the nearest bottle of drain cleaner. However, this is not always the best solution. Not only can drain cleaners be harmful to your pipes, but they can also be dangerous to use. If you find yourself faced with a clogged toilet, here are a few simple steps that you can take to clear the obstruction without resorting to harsh chemicals.

The first step is to assess the situation. If there is only a small amount of water in the bowl, you may be able to clear the blockage by simply plunging a few times. However, if the water level is too high, you will need to remove some of the water before proceeding. To do this, use a cup or pitcher to remove as much water as possible from the bowl. Once the water level has been lowered, you can begin plunging.

When you first start to plunge a toilet, the plunger cup is still holding air. A vigorous plunge could send water flying up out of the toilet bowl. The best way to avoid this messy scenario is to start with a gentle plunge. Slowly push the plunger down, allowing the air to escape from the cup. Once the plunger is fully submerged, give it a few firm pumps.

With the plunger in place, push and pull quickly to create suction. You may need to do this several times before the obstruction is cleared. Sometimes it can help to alternate between medium and heavy force as you plunge. Continue for 15 to 20 times, or until the clog begins to break up. Once you’ve made some progress, stop and assess the situation. If the water is draining more slowly but is still not flowing freely, continue plunging until the obstruction is completely cleared. If plunging does not seem to be doing the trick, you may need to try a different method. If all else fails, you may need to call a plumber for assistance.

Help with Clogged Toilets

Plunging a toilet is an important skill that everyone should know how to do. It’s not difficult, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind if you want to plunge the toilet correctly. We hope this article has taught you everything you need to know about plunging a toilet and given you the confidence to tackle any clogs head-on. If you still need help unclogging a toilet, don’t hesitate to call our plumbers for assistance.

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