Are You Making These 4 Common Plunging Mistakes?

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Most everyone has to plunge a toilet or a drain from time to time. When the need for plunging arises, it pays to know how to do so properly -- you might save a costly call to the plumber! Avoid these common plunging mistakes, and you'll be more likely to dislodge that clog quickly, safely and permanently.

Mistake #1: Using the wrong style of plunger for your type of drain.

There are two main types of plungers. One style has a plain, flat, dish-like bottom. This style is intended for use on sink drains, since the bottom sits like a cup around the drain. The other style of plunger has a flange, or sort-of splayed-out tube, coming out of its bottom. This style is designed for use in a toilet -- the flange fits into the toilet's hole, forming a seal so that the plunging motion is effective. Make sure you're using a flange plunger if you're working on a toilet, and a dish plunger for a sink. Otherwise, you're not likely to get results.

Mistake #2: Not filling the sink or toilet with water before plunging.

Plunging works by forcing water down the drain. Without enough water in the sink or toilet, you will not be able to plunge effectively because there will be too much air, and not enough water, being forced down the drain. Make sure there is enough water to fully immerse the plunger before you start plunging.

Mistake #3: Not plunging hard enough.

You need to push that plunger down as quickly and forcefully as possible if you want to dislodge that clog. Some people focus on plunging over and over again quickly -- and thus, they don't end up plunging as hard as they need to to loosen the clog. Focus on making each plunge as forceful as possible -- it's okay if there are a few seconds between plunges.

Mistake #4: Using a plunger after you have used drain cleaner.

If you plunge with drain cleaner in the sink or toilet, you'll probably splash the drain cleaner all over the place. Since it contains harmful chemicals, this can lead to serious burns and other medical issues. Always try plunging first, then try clearing the drain with drain cleaner, and then call a plumber if there is still an issue. You cannot back-step to plunging if drain cleaner does not work.

Most clogs can be loosened with plunging, as long as you know how to do so properly. Keep these plunging tips in mind, and the next time your toilet or sink backs up, you'll be better equipped to handle the problem. Contact Roto-Rooter if you need professional help.

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