Clearing Drains With A Plunger

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Clearing Drains With A Plunger

Crystal Blue Plumbing Heating and AirClearing a drain can sometimes be done with a plunger, but it often fails to work because it’s incorrectly used. Don’t make the typical mistake of pumping up and down two or three times, expecting the water to whoosh down the drain. Though no great expertise is needed to use this simple tool, here are a few tips to guide you:

  • Choose a plunger with a suction cup large enough to cover the drain opening completely.
  • Fill the clogged fixture with enough water to cover the plunger cup.
  • Coat the rim of the plunger cup with petroleum jelly to ensure a tight seal.
  • Block off all other outlets (the overflow, second drain in a double sink, adjacent fixtures) with wet rags.
  • Insert the plunger into the water at an angle so no air remains trapped under it.
  • Use 15 to 20 forceful strokes, holding the plunger upright and pumping vigorously.
  • Repeat the sequence of plunging two or three times before giving up.

Cleaning drains by hand is not fun and usually a messy job. Be sure to have a towel you don’t much care about. Splashing will happen, and shoes will get splashed with who knows what. Our plumbers come to your house equipped to clear your drain the right way. Plus our plumbers have the right experience to do this job with as little mess as possible. If your feeling like this is something you would like to clear yourself, great and don’t worry if you can’t clear the drain. We will be there to back you up.

If this fails give our drain clearing experts a call at 916.577.5020 and let us get you unclogged.

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