How to use a plunger

Do you often have problems with blockages? An ordinary plunger will help you to get rid of them! Yes, it is a plunger. It takes up little space, so it can easily be placed in the kitchen or in the bathroom, that is, in any free corner, and it is better away from the eyes.

Many still do not know how to use a plunger. The principle of work on punching a blockage with a plunger is quite simple.

Device and species

A plunger is a rubber cup-shaped nozzle on a wooden or plastic handle. It helps to eliminate traffic jams that were formed at the very beginning of the drain, so the plunger is very effective for simple blockages. It turns out that such a simple, even in some way primitive thing is reliable and practical.

To clean the sewers use several types of plungers, which are used depending on where the blockage occurs and how intense it is.

Simple plunger (the cheapest, suitable for dealing with the constant minor blockages in the kitchen).

Cone-shaped plunger (the nozzle is made of black rubber in the form of a cone, which contributes to the best adhesion of the edges of the plunger to the drain hole).

Pneumatic plunger (has the form of a syringe and is an improved model that allows to cope with blockages in the bathroom, and at any part of the drain communication).

Today manufacturers offer professional plungers. They are equipped with special nozzles. These nozzles allow you to use the same plunger for the sink and for the toilet. Their cost is much higher than that of conventional products, but they are simple to use and effective.

I would like to say a few words about the pneumatic valve. Depending on the manufacturer, model-pneumatic differ in design and equipment. So, pneumatic plungers are:

  • With one wide suction cup. Due to the flexibility of the rubber part, such products are capable of cleaning sinks, bathtubs and shower drains.
  • With swiveling rubber nozzle. It allows you to maneuver inside the drain pipe and provides free passage of the plunger through the clogged drain.
  • With additional nozzles.
  • Professional. Included is an adapter for the sink, as well as a large nozzle for the toilet.

Principle of operation of the plunger

During operation, a plunger creates a hydraulic shock that helps push the waste that has accumulated in the pipe further into the sewer. Since in most cases clogging occurs in the narrowest points of the drain pipe, it is problematic to remove blockages in another way.

When you work as a plunger, you are guaranteed not to damage the inner surface of the pipe. The plunger can be used an unlimited number of times.

If we talk about the pneumatic plunger, its principle of operation differs from the models with a rubber bowl and a wooden handle. Before use, it is necessary to cut off all the plums and to ensure tight contact of the rubber part of the plunger with the drain surface. The piston creates a vacuum over the blockage. This allows you to "suck" the blockage from the pipe and push it up into the bowl of the bath or sink. To loosen the blockage and lift it through the pipes will require several presses of the handle. With the help of water poured into the body of the plunger, a hydraulic shock occurs, which pushes the dirt broken into small particles into the pipe. If the blockage is small, then one surge is enough to clear the pipe. Sometimes it takes 2? 3 hydraulic shock.

Pneumatic models have more power and speed than ordinary rubber plungers. In appearance, they resemble a huge syringe with a capacity of up to 2 liters, but instead of a needle it has a rubber nozzle at the end.

Pneumatic plungers push dirt into the pipe, rather than pulling it out to the surface, like ordinary rubber products.

Removal of a blockage by an ordinary plunger

Removing clogging in the toilet and in the sink occurs in similar ways. First you need to install the rubber bowl of the plunger directly above the drain hole and press firmly. An important condition is the presence of water, which should cover the rubber cup. Then you need to sharply and quickly press the handle of the plunger up to 3 times. Repeat the manipulation 3 or 4 times. From the speed and force of pressing the handle of the plunger depends on the efficiency of work. After making jolts, you need to sharply tear the plunger away from the bottom of the drain hole so that the blockage can go outside.

If everything is done correctly, there will be no trace of the blockage. However, in advanced cases, the problem cannot be solved by a plunger. For difficult clogs, the use of chemical agents for cleaning, and sometimes the intervention of plumbing is recommended.


Technique of cleaning the bathtub plunge:

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