Plumbing Tip

When using a plunger to unclog a bath tub, toilet or sink, most people simply pump the plunger up and down 3-4 times and expect the water to whoosh down. To get better results, here are a few tips:


  1. Choose a plunger with a suctions cup large enough to cover the drain completely.
  2. Fill the clogged fixture with enough water to cover the dome of the plunger.
  3. Coat the rim of the plunger with petroleum jelly to ensure a tight seal.
  4. Block off all other water outlets, like the overflow or second drain in a double sink.
  5. Insert the plunger at an angle so that no air remains trapped under it.
  6. Use 15 to 20 forceful stokes, holding the plunger upright and pumping vigorously.
  7. Repeat this procedure 2 to 3 times before giving up.


Michael Macerollo

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