When most people imagine a plunger, they think of a wooden stick with a black or red rubber suction cup on the bottom. But did you know there are actually several different types of plungers that all have unique qualities? The plunger you choose for your home should depend on the situation you are using it in. So, lets take a look at the different types of plungers you may use in your home.
The first type of plunger we will look at is the Common Sink Plunger or the Cup Plunger. As the name suggests it is the most common type of plunger. It is probably the image that pops into your head when you hear the word plunger. The basic principle of this plunger (and most plungers for that fact) is that they create a vacuum in order to push a clog through your plumbing system. In order to create the vacuum, it is necessary to have a flat surface so that it creates a tight seal. Generally this type of plunger is used on bathroom and kitchen sinks, tubs, and anything with a flat surface.
The next type of plunger is a Toilet Plunger or a Flange Plunger. A toilet plunger is similar to a common plunger, but it incorporates a rubber flap that allows it to create suction on surfaces with curves like inside a toilet, hence the name. The flap or flange that extends on a toilet plunger can also be tucked in and used as a common plunger, making it very versatile. It is important to note that it is probably a good idea to only use a toilet plunger in the toilet. You should get a separate plunger if you plan on using it on sinks or tubs.
Lastly we have the According Plunger. Most accordion plungers have the handle and suction portion attached in one piece, whereas toilet and common plungers have handles that detach easily. Accordion plungers tend to work best in toilets, but can be a bit harder to control than other types of plungers because of their small cup size. Accordion Plungers are mostly used on toilets rather than sinks or tubs.
Call In A Pro
Plungers are a great tool all homeowners should own in case of an emergency. It’s always smart to own a plunger before and emergency hits, and ensure the plunger you own will work properly. Unfortunately, sometimes a plunger alone can’t solve your plumbing problem. In cases like this, it is always a smart choice to call a licensed, professional plumber.