Do you cringe every time there is a little stop-up in your drains wondering how much this will cost you? Well, worry no longer. While some drainage problems do require the expertise of a plumber, some are rather common and you can handle them on your own. All plumbing at some point in time will experience some problems so being prepared is the first step.
First and foremost – OWN A PLUNGER. I don’t care who you are, what you do or even if you are a homeowner or renter – you need a plunger.
PLUNGER 101 –
There are two basic types of plungers and you need to know the difference – that’s right folks…not all plungers are created equally…
The Cup Plunger – (probably the most familiar one) is best suited for sinks, bathtubs and showers.
The Flange Plunger – has an extended rubber lip which makes it better suited for toilets.
Plungers need to be kept in good repair – any cracks or tears in the rubber part of your plunger will result in a poor vacuum seal and loss of pressure, which means it will not be able to do the job you want it to. When you are not using your plunger it needs to be kept clean and dry.
NEVER EVER use a plunger and a chemical drain cleaning product at the same time. The plunger will very likely splatter the chemical which can get into your eyes or on your skin. This is no good for many obvious reasons, so please remember not to do this.
Make sure there is not too much or too little water in the area you are trying to plunge. If there is too much water, get a bucket and some gloves and remove some of it, keeping enough to cover the plunger so will be able to hold its suction properly.
Block all other outlets before you start plunging. If you have dual sinks and only one is stopped up, put a wet washcloth over the other drain before you start plunging.
Make sure you plunge in a straight up and down motion. If you are trying to plunge at an angle you will not get the proper force and suction you need to remedy your situation.
If your next plunging adventure doesn’t turn out the way you planned give Carmine’s a call at 203-791-8089 and we will be there to fix it for you.