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5 Various Types of Plungers

classes of plungers

The most basic household tool that is used by homeowners in dealing with a blocked drain is a plunger. Plungers are usually made of a wooden stick with a rubber cup attached at the end of it. This is probably the easiest and quickest way to unblock drains since you can handle it by yourself. However, in worst situations, this could be a temporary repair while waiting for the professional plumber. There are different types of plungers and it is quite necessary for us to be aware of its type and its uses. Here are 5 various classes of plungers:


Sink Plunger. Sink plunger, also known as cup/standard plunger, is a common plunger used by most household. It is composed of a stick handle made of wood with a rubber cup attached to it at the end. This plunger is used effectively on flat surfaces where the rubber cup can plunge properly and could create a vacuum to dislodge blockage in sinks. It functions well on flat surfaces such as kitchen sink, bathroom sink and bathtub. This won’t be functional to toilet drains since it has a curved opening and the cup won’t be able to create an airtight seal over it.


Flange Plunger. This type is also known as toilet plunger. Flange plunger is specifically designed to unblock toilet drains. It is composed of a rubber cup with an extra flap around it which is called the flange. This best suits in unblocking toilets since its flange can create a complete seal around the toilet’s curved opening which can make the necessary suction to unclog toilets. One advantage of using this type is this can also be used to sinks since the flange can retract in the cup of the plunger.


Accordion Plunger. Just like flange plunger, this is also designed for toilets. This plunger is made of plastic with some flexible accordion-style ridges. This is not functional to other drains due to its suction cup. It has a small cup at the bottom best suited for unclogging toilets. It is not easy to use this plunger though it can create a little force. Making a vacuum seal over the toilet drain would be a great trial since the plastic which it is made of is absolutely hard. This is not quite a versatile plunger though it is robust.


Taze Plunger. This type would probably be not an option for home owners in unblocking drains. Taze plunger is not commonly used for household drains since this is designed for large pipes. This is made of a disc that could fit according to the size of the pipe with a long steel rod that pushes the disc to the pipe.


Suction Plunger. It is also known as coopers plunger for unblocking toilet drains. Unlike other plungers, this type has no cup that creates a vacuum over drains. This is composed of two plates: rubber and plastic plate. The rubber plate, when plunging, pushes the water into the drain. It makes contact with the gulley that can make a barrier adjacent to the water that forces it down near the blockage. The plastic plate functions by preventing the rubber part from over bending that could lead to tearing and splitting.