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How To Properly Use A Plunger

If you’ve ever had a clogged toilet or sink, you know the importance of having a good plunger on hand. While plunging may seem like a simple task, it’s important to use the right technique to avoid damaging your plumbing or making the clog worse.

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through how to properly use a plunger to clear a clog in your pipes.

Step 1: Choose the Right Plunger

Before you can start plunging, you need to make sure you have the right type of plunger. There are two main types of plungers: cup plungers and flange plungers. Cup plungers are best for sinks and other flat surfaces, while flange plungers are designed for toilets.

Make sure your plunger is in good condition and free from cracks or damage. A damaged plunger won’t be effective and could even cause further damage to your plumbing.

Step 2: Fill the Sink or Toilet with Water

Next, you’ll want to fill the sink or toilet with enough water to cover the head of the plunger. This creates a seal between the plunger and the pipe, which is necessary for effective plunging.

If you’re plunging a toilet, you don’t need to fill it all the way to the top. Just enough to cover the head of the plunger will do.

Step 3: Position the Plunger

Place the plunger over the drain and make sure it’s centered. If you’re plunging a sink, you’ll want to cover the overflow drain with a wet cloth to create a tighter seal.

For toilets, you’ll want to make sure the plunger is centered over the drain and creating a tight seal. This can be a bit trickier than plunging a sink, so take your time to make sure you’ve got it positioned correctly.

Step 4: Start Plunging

Now it’s time to start plunging! Use a quick, forceful motion to push the plunger down and create suction. Then, pull the plunger up quickly to create pressure and dislodge the clog.

Repeat this motion several times, making sure to maintain the seal between the plunger and the drain. You may need to adjust the angle or pressure of your plunging to get the best results.

Step 5: Test the Drain

Once you’ve plunged several times, remove the plunger and test the drain. If the water is draining more quickly or has cleared completely, then you’ve successfully cleared the clog!

If the water is still draining slowly or not at all, you may need to repeat the plunging process several more times. If you’ve tried several times and still can’t clear the clog, it may be time to call in a professional plumber.


Using a plunger is a simple and effective way to clear clogs in your plumbing. By following these steps, you’ll be able to use a plunger properly and avoid causing further damage to your pipes. If you’re still having trouble clearing a clog, don’t hesitate to call in the experts at 247 Plumbers to help you out.

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