What's the Proper Way to Plunge?

It’s hard to imagine, but there actually is a wrong way to plunge. Yes, one of the least thought about practices ever actually has a technique to it. Mainly, it’s to prevent any damage from happening when trying to clear your clogged toilet. We’re sure you’re doing it right, but just in case, take a peek at the steps below:

Find the right tool for the job. In this case, it’s the right type of plunger. One looks like a basketball cut in half – AKA the standard plunger. The other type features an extended flange. This one is designed for a toilet. The flange is there to fit snugly into the drain hole, ensuring a tight seal and resulting in superior suction power.

Start your cleanup first. Position dirty rags or old towels at the base of the toilet to help catch any water that splashes out during the process of plunging. Trust us, you’ll thank us later.

It’s all about the lineup. When you’re inserting the plunger into the bowl, ensure the flange has gone into the drain hole. Then hold the plunger in a vertical position, so the handle is pointing straight up. The plunger probably feels more natural at an angle, but holding it in this position will compromise the seal between the plunger and the drain.

Showtime. Now move the plunger forcefully up and down for about 10 or 20 seconds. That’s about as long as it should take for the force of the water and air going back and forth in the drain to clear up the clog.

If after 30 seconds of steady plunging the clog has not cleared, give us a call.

Feel free to call Dauenhauer, any hour with any questions or if you need plumbing assistance.