4 Types of Plumbing Plungers

Toilet PlungerPlungers are a handy tool that can save you from your clogged drain problems. Even if you don’t have any background in using plumbing tools, you can easily use this tool. But did you know that there are different types of plunger? Discover the different classifications of plunger and its uses below.

The Cup Plunger

This plunger’s main feature is the rubber cup on its tip that’s used for unclogging the drain. A lot of people think of this as a standard plunger that can do all of plumbing jobs, but it’s not really a ‘one-size-fits-all’. The reality is that it’s effective in clearing out the bathroom, kitchen, and bathtub drains, but never the toilet. This is because a cup plunger is effective when used on a flat sink surface, such as the case with the bathroom, bathtub, and kitchen drains. However, it shouldn’t be used for toilet clogs since it has a curved and irregular drain surface, making it ineffective in dealing with the blockage. There is a specific plunger for toilets which will be discussed below.

The Flange or Toilet Plunger

Now this is what you want to use when unclogging the toilet. It’s highly effective for toilets since the extra rubber can seal the entire flush passage, something the cup plunger is incapable of. It also has an extra feature in which you can fold the flap to create a cup plunger. This is useful if you want to get unclog flat surface drains, especially the bathroom floor drains. Even with this feature, we recommended not using the flange as a multi purpose plunger since it’s unsanitary to use a plunger that has been through the toilet and stuffing it into other sinks like the kitchen.

Suction Plunger

If you want to try out other plungers for toilet gullies then you can check out the suction plunger or also known as copper plunger. The first thing you will notice with this plunger is that it’s composed of two plates: rubber and plastic. Rubber plate serves as the main component that pushes the water during plunging, while the plastic acts as a support and bolsters the plunging power of the rubber plate. The force used, shoves the clog down into the pipes, clearing the flush passage. You should be aware that this plunger is best used for toilet gullies and wide drains. It’s not effective in dealing with standard toilet blockage since it doesn’t have a seal.

Accordion Plunger

It’s named just like the musical instrument since it shares the same design and shape. The accordion plunger has to be fully immersed into the water so that it can have extra force when plunging. The accordion is certainly stronger than most toilet plungers, but it proves difficult to use for most people. Another thing you should be wary about when using this is that it has the possibility to scratch the toilet since it’s composed of plastic materials, unlike the flange which is rubber.