There’s a reason that plungers have become a sort of international symbol for plumbers and plumbing in general: they’re a cheap yet ingenious invention that have been used in a myriad of ways. Not all plungers are created equal, but in the hands of almost anyone, these devices can make quick work of plumbing emergencies and other little maintenance things around the house. Here are a few ways that a plunger can help you, whether it’s a clogged toilet or something a little more inventive.
Everyone knows that a plunger is perfect for dealing with clogged, backed-up toilets, or ones that won’t flush properly. There is a trick to plunging a toilet, however, that can help keep everything in the bowl and help you get better results. That trick is pulling. Most people force water into the toilet, causing a lot of splashing, in the hopes of forcing the blockage through the pipe. This can work, but it makes for a messy event. Instead, slowly push the plunger in, saving your force for the pulling motion. It can often break up the blockage and save you from getting covered in disgusting toilet water.
While some people believe a plunger should appear only in the bathroom, it can be an effective tool elsewhere, namely the kitchen sink or other drains. When foodstuff or something else gets stuck in your kitchen sink, we often turn to chemical options rather than the trusty plunger, but this tool can get rid of clogs faster than chemicals, and can be easier on your system. Start by covering other holes in the sink with wet rags. This stops the air from simply going up the other drain. Then, get a good seal around the drain and start pumping the plunger. After six to ten good pumps, see if things are any better. If not, pour some baking soda and vinegar down, wait, and pour in some hot water. Follow that with more plunging.
While most people think of plungers as plumbing tools, which is a fair assumption, but the truly resourceful have found a variety of uses for this little device. One of which could actually save you a fair amount of money. If your car has a minor dent in it, whether it’s from a rogue trash can or a little bump in a parking lot, a plunger may be able to get your car looking like new. All you have to do it affix it to the dent, create that seal, and pull. It won’t perform miracles, but it can take those little bumps and make them disappear, or at least a lot less noticeable.
Plungers are ingenious devices that we often ignore or use improperly. But, in the right hands, they can be little miracle workers. You can use them as a chemical-free alternative to pipe cleaners, save yourself from calling a plumber, or even help your car look a little better.