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Quick Plumbing Tip: Plungers

The first thing you reach for when the toilet is clogged or the sink is stopped up is a plunger, right? Are you using the right one? Did you know there are two different types of plungers?

Types of plungers

To clear a clogged sink, you need to use a CUP plunger to create a strong seal.

To clear a clogged toilet, you need to use a plunger that has a protruding FLANGE to create a successful seal.

This is what the two types of plungers look like:



Plungers are great to use to fix minor clogs. For more difficult clogs, you may need to use a plumber's snake. If you still cannot clear a clogged toilet or backed up sink, you can call our office to schedule a service call. One of our plumbers can use a power snake to get things running smoothly again. If that doesn't work, a camera drain inspection may be needed.

When to call a pro

Sometimes, a clogged sink or toilet is just a symptom of a larger issue, and the camera drain inspection will provide the answer. There could be a root ball in your drain or there may be an obstruction in the main drain line. A skilled plumbing professional will be able to quickly diagnose the issue and provide you with solutions.

root-ball-found-in-mansfield-ct-main-drain-line A root ball that one of our plumbing technicians discovered in a Mansfield CT drain line


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