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Three Different Plungers and Their Uses

When it comes to plumbing problems, particularly clogged drains, having a plunger on hand can be a lifesaver. However, having the right kind of plunger is even more important. The most common types of plungers are the cup plunger, flange plunger, and accordion plumbing. To be honest, most people probably don’t know the difference. It’s not until they are faced with a plumbing disaster, reach for that trusty plunger and realize it isn’t working. Here are three different plungers and their uses.


#1 Cup Plunger

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A cup plunger is probably the most common type of plunger, and the type of plunger you picture when you think of plunger. It is shaped like a cup, with a flat lip that forms a tight suction around flat surfaces. Cup plungers are ideal for sink drains or shower and bathtub drains. When using a cup plunger on a drain, be sure to cover the overflow drain to form better suction. It is also important to make sure that the plunger is submerged in water.


#2 Flange Plunger

A flange plunger is similar to a cup plunger, except is has an extension on the end to fit into

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toilet drains. It kind of resembles a mushroom. A flange plunger enables a tight suction to be created by fitting into the toilet drain. When using a plunger, it is important to form an air tight suction. This enables pressure to build up and dislodge the clog. When using a flange plunger to unclog a toilet make sure the plunger is submerged. Avoid flushing the toilet to fill it with water, and this will undoubtedly cause a huge mess. Instead use a bucket to fill the toilet with the desired amount of water, just enough to cover the plunger.


#3 Accordion Plunger

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An accordion plunger is another type of plunger that is recommended for unclogging toilets. It is similar in shape to a flange plunger; however, it also has accordion ridges above the flange. This help build even more pressure, without exuding more effort. In order to work properly, and accordion plunger must be fully submerged in water.


When it comes to using a plunger to unclog a drain, having the right plunger is crucial. We recommend having a dedicated sink plunger and a dedicated toilet plunge, not only to make sure that you have the right plunger for the job, but also for cross contamination purposes. You don’t want to be using a plunger that you used to unclog your toilet in the kitchen sink where you prepare your food do you? Has your plunger met its match? Contact Lesco today for information on drain cleaning services!



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