What’s the Right Plunger for Clogged Toilets?

man using a plunger on clogged toilet

Picture this: you just woke up and stretched out a bit, with the intent to head to bathroom to wash your face. But before you even get off of your bed, you hear your son shouting, “The toilet’s clogged!”

Toilet bowls are some of the most commonly used fixtures in your home. That’s why professional plumbers at My Buddy the Plumber Heating & Air, LLC say you need your toilets to work well.  But toilets might be clogged from time to time. So how can you resolve this problem?

With a plunger — the right plunger.

The Difference Between a Toilet Plunger and a Sink Plunger

There are two kinds of plungers: one is for sinks and the other is for toilets. The question is: do you have the right one?

A sink plunger is completely flat at the bottom, which seals to the sink basin around the drain. It features a standard cup style that allows for suction and pressure.

In comparison to the sink plunger, the toilet plunger also has a taller, larger cup. It also has an extra part at the bottom called the flange. That particular part protrudes past the bottom, minimizing pressure as your plunging it. The flange is a soft rubber flap that folds out from inside the cup-like part of the plunger.

Plunging Tips for Clogged Toilets

What’s terrible about a clogged toilet is it can overflow. Don’t wait for it to ruin your floor, your toilet, and your day. Grab your toilet plunger and follow these steps:

1. Run the plunger under hot water. This will soften the material. Once the hot water softens it up, it can make a better seal.

2. Use the plunger and place it in a position that covers the whole mouth of the hole at the bottom of your toilet bowl. It’s important to make a seal using the plumber. But if it doesn’t work, wrap a towel around the bottom of the plunger. Try not to push it down the hole which can make things worse.

3. Pump the plunger several times without breaking the seal. See to it that the water stays a few inches above the plunger.

4. Pull up the plunger immediately and break the seal. You’ve cleared the log once you see the water going down the drain. If not, keep on plunging.  It may take a few times to plunge, depending on how hard it is to remove the clog.

Unclogging your toilet should be quick. But if the clog is too stubborn even when you’ve plunged as much as you can, here are other things that you can use to get rid of the block:

  • Use a teaspoon of dish soap and hot water to push the clog through.
  • Mix half a box of baking soda into a bowl of white vinegar. Once it fizzles, pour it into the toilet bowl, followed by a pan full of hot water.

Clogged toilets are the worst, but you can restore the comfort and functionality of the space — with the right plunger.