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How to Use a Plunger for Sinks and Toilets

It’s certainly not rocket science, but you’ll be surprised at the number of people who don’t know how to properly use a plunger to unclog a sink or toilet. When used in the right way, a plunger can remove blockages that prevent your sewage system from transporting wastewater from your home. Use a plunger the wrong way, however, and you could cause further damage to your plumbing system.

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How to Unclog a Sink With a Plunger

Many people apply too much force when using a plunger to unclog a bathroom or kitchen sink. If you need to remove a blockage, remove the pop-up drain from your sink, apply some petroleum jelly to the bottom of your plunger, place the plunger over the drain, turn the faucet on, and plunge over the drain several times.

You might need to repeat this method a few times to fully remove the blockage. Don’t use too much force, though. This might damage your system!

If this doesn’t work, it’s time to enlist the services of a professional. A plumbing expert like Ben Franklin can prevent damage to your fixtures and plumbing system, especially if you own an older home. You can request an appointment here.

How to Unclog a Toilet With a Plunger

If you need to remove a blockage from your toilet, invest in a plunger with an extension flange, located on the rubber end of the tool. This provides you with more suction when using the plunger.

Gently, place the plunger over the toilet drain. There needs to be enough water in the toilet bowl to cover the plunger. Then, plunge over the toilet drain several times.

Again, if this doesn’t work, contact a professional like Ben Franklin to remove the blockage.

How Do Plungers Work?

Plungers remove excess wastewater from your sewer lines, which can cause blockages and leaks in your home. When you apply pressure to a plunger, it creates suction, which dislodges blockages and pushes water back into your plumbing system.

Remember, toilet and sink blockages can build up over time. Investing in a protection plan, however, will allow a professional to identify problems with your plumbing system and prevent blockages from happening in the first place. Learn more about Benjamin Franklin’s low-cost protection plans here.

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