Knowing which type of plunger to use can be the difference between success and a mess.

If you have ever tried to unclog a plumbing fixture with the wrong kind of plunger, then you know how important it is to use the right tools. If you use the wrong kind of plunger, instead of unclogging the drain, you may end up with a mess! That is why, in our last blog, our Collinsville plumber gave you information on when to use a standard plunger. Keep reading to learn about the other common types of plungers!

Toilet Plunger

Toilet plungers have a rubber cup at the end, just like a standard plunger, but they also have a soft rubber flap that can fold out from the inside of the cup, creating a bell shape. The bell shape makes these plungers perfect for creating suction over a toilet’s curved drain. This type of plunger also works well for sinks and bathtub drains, because you can fold the flap inside and use it like a standard plunger. If you have just one plunger at your house, it should be a toilet plunger because it works for so many different fixtures.

Accordion Plunger

An accordion plunger is made from a single piece of rigid, molded plastic, and it has flexible, accordion-like ridges and a cup at the bottom, similar to that of a toilet plunger. Accordion plungers work by forcing air into the drain to break up the clog, and they really only work for unclogging toilets. Accordion plungers can be a powerful tool if you know how to use them properly, but if you don’t, be aware that they can be frustrating and challenging to use.

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