plungers

What is the one tool that plumbers can never be without?  The plunger!  But did you know that there is more than one kind of plunger?  Yes, surprise, surprise!  Normally, when homeowners complain that plungers do not work for them, the reason is that they are using the wrong type of plunger.  Let’s make it clear, all types of plungers work excellently, but you need to use the right type of plunger for the job.  So, are you ready to know your plungers?

Cup Plunger

Without a doubt, this is the most popular among all the plungers.  It is the one with the cup that has a flat tip so that it can create a tight seal with almost any type of flat surface.  This design of this type of plunger makes it effective when dealing with clogged sinks or tubs.

The half spherical shape helps to create a vacuum that would dislodge the blockage down the drain and restore the normal water flow.  Every time you plunge, the air pressure increases and forces the blockage to move down the drain.  The cup plunger helps to resolve majority of the plumbing problems you may encounter at home.

It is ideal to have both the cup plunger and the flange plunger handy in your home.

Flange Plunger

This is also more commonly known as the “toilet plunger” because its design works perfectly well with most toilets in use today.  Unlike the cup plunger which features a flat-mouth cup, the flange plunger has an extended cup mouth to allow it to create a seal with the bottom of the toilet.

As the cup mouth of the flange plunger comes in contact with the bottom of the toilet, it creates a seal that will introduce a vacuum.  This in turn generates pressure that normally would be sufficient enough to restore the normal function of your toilet.  It can be easily distinguished from the cup plunger because of the inverse rubber tip that reaches down the bowl rim.

Taze Plunger

First time you heard of it?  That is not surprising.  The taze plunger is also known as the plumber’s plunger and is made completely of steel.  Unlike the cup plunger and the flange plunger, which creates a vacuum with the surface, the taze plunger works within your pipes.

It is considered as a last resort in battling serious clogs that cannot be solved by other means.  The size of the taze plunger is designed in a way that it barely fits in the pipe.  This is done to create a blockage that will pressurize the water within the pipes to dislodge or break the clogging so that it flows down the drain.

Many will never see or own this type of plunger because majority of plumbers now prefer to use the plumber’s snake instead.  However, the taze plunger is excellent when dealing with clogs in larger pipes or blockage that a cup plunger, flange plunger, or even a plumber’s snake cannot breakdown.  More practical solutions for taze plungers is for clearing sewer pipe clogs because it can provide the necessary power even when you consider the enormous size of sewer pipes.

It is amazing how such a simple device that is extremely affordable can flush away almost every type of plumbing problem you can encounter on a daily basis.  Because they are so affordable, you don’t even have to worry if you are getting the most out of your money.  However, you should be aware, that even if plungers can save you lots of money, there is no substitute for a good plumbing inspection done by a professional plumbing service.

Call professional Riverside plumbing that you can trust to get your plumbing inspected.