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A clogged up sink, shower, or toilet can cause mayhem in your household. Your health, daily routine, and plumbing structures are all at risk when this occurs, and solving a clog quickly is ideal. One of the safest and most effective ways to unclog drains is plunging. In order to get out of a jam, knowing the different plungers to use for specific appliances and issues is crucial.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on how to get unstuck with four different types of plungers. Let’s get that water flowing again!

Types of Toilet Plungers
Many times, people consider plungers as a toilet-only tool, but that is a gross misconception for solving plumbing issues. While the toilet drain is most commonly unclogged using these devices, plungers can be used on any drain clog, including sinks and showers. Here’s what we recommend for your home-use dirty duty:
Bathroom With a Sink and Toilet

Owning any one of the common household plungers will keep you ahead of most bathroom and kitchen clogs. A high-quality plunger should last you for years if you clean it and store it properly, so invest wisely in your tool and educate yourself accordingly.

How to Clean a Plunger
Cleaning your plunger is important for your household health and the longevity of the tool itself. After all, having a toilet plunger sitting around after being exposed to filthy situations seems like the worst way to compound a problem.
You can feel free to clean your plunger in the same toilet boil it has been servicing following the steps below.
Step 1: Pour either 2 caps of bleach or a healthy amount of 5% apple cider vinegar into your toilet bowl.
Step 2: Swirl the plunger around vigorously to remove particles and saturate it in the water.
Step 3: Flush the toilet to run clean water over the plunger. Swirl again for good measure.
Step 4: Let the plunger dry and put it away in a holder or a plastic bag.
If you don’t want to use this method or don’t have the items for it, you can also use a plastic bag + aerosol spray to store and disinfect your plunger – but we recommend the toilet cleaning route.

How to Tell when Your Plunger Needs to Be Replaced
The best toilet plungers will have many years of life if cleaned and stored properly. They are simple devices and have straightforward applications, so it will become evident when there is a problem.
View of a Modern Bathroom
If your plunger is cracking or misshapen, it will not be able to create the proper vacuum. A leading cause of drying out rubber plungers is bleach residue – so if you clean it this way, make sure to wash it well afterwards. So long as your plunger remains suitable for creating suction on your affected drains, it should be fine to keep using.

Contact Deer Valley Plumbing for Your Plumbing and Drain Needs
At Deer Valley Plumbing, we make sure homeowners have all their plumbing bases covered. If your home plunger and other tools aren’t cutting it, we’ll send a licensed professional out to fix any issue your appliances and drains might have.

To keep your drains and pipes flowing cleanly, contact us to schedule an appointment today – our lines are always open.

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