Take The Plunge: Using A Plunger To Eliminate Drain Clogs

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Proper drainage is critical when it comes to using the plumbing fixtures in your home. Dirt, soap scum, hair, and other debris can find its way into your drains. As these items accumulate over time, the drainage pipe servicing your sink or tub can become clogged.

A clogged drain is cause for serious concern and should be addressed right away. These problems can be conveniently fixed by a local handyman service like Bill Rhiner's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, but if you would prefer to take care of the problem yourself, you can try using a plunger to help push any blockages clogging your sink's drain through the drainage pipe to restore proper flow once again.

Use the right plunger.

When it comes to using a plunger to remove clogs from the drain in your sink, having a specialty plunger can be beneficial. The plunger you keep in your bathroom is designed specifically for use with a toilet drain.

The anatomy of a sink's drain differs from that of a toilet's drain, so using a toilet plunger on your sink will not be as effective as using a plunger whose design is optimized for use with a sink drain. Keep a sink plunger in your home at all times, and you can effectively eliminate minor clogs from your drains.

Use slow and steady movements.

If you want to move a clog through your drainage pipe and into the sewer system, you don't need to jam the plunger over your sink's drain with force. The trick to clearing a clog is to build up enough pressure behind the clog to move it through your pipes. This can be achieved by using slow and steady pumping motions with the plunger.

Rather than going for speed, remember that a slow and steady plunge will be more effective at pressurizing the liquid trapped between the clog and the plunger. Maintain a rhythmic plunging motion for several minutes, and you should be able to clear any minor clogs inhibiting the flow of liquids through your drain.

Cover the overflow vent before plunging.

Many modern sinks are equipped with overflow vents to help prevent water damage in the event the sink becomes too full. These vents serve a valuable purpose, but they could impede your progress when you are trying to use a plunger to remove a small clog.

Any pressure that you build using the plunger will be released through the overflow vent. Be sure that you take the time to locate and cover your sink's overflow vent before you begin plunging to maximize the success of your efforts.

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