As our world becomes more civilized many people can’t believe that our plumbing would still clog, they think this should have been solved years ago.
This shows that the lowly plunger is still a necessary tool for our civilization. It is a simple tool. The best tools are always simple and easy to use. But many people have gotten away from using a plunger in their homes, a number of people do not even own one.
In my 22 years in the plumbing trade this is the one tool that has stayed the same, there are the technologically advanced models, but they are still plungers.
When people discuss the perfect tool kit for a homeowner there is the usual array, a screw driver, a hammer, a level, but never a plunger. I will say that the plunger will save a homeowner more money than all the other tools over the course of its life.
Through the aging of or misuse of our plumbing systems most drains and toilets will clog at some point. Many of the smaller drains of a home, such as the bathroom sinks and tubs, cannot have their drains snaked. Snaking can destroy most of the drains out there. So this leaves two options; plunge the drain or replace the drain, I would try plunging first.
Even though I can never find them when needed I have placed one plunger in each of my bathrooms. If I had to call a plumber each time one of my toilets clogged I would have to have a second job. The average cost to have a plumber clear a drain in a home is $100 – $200.
I suggest that every homeowner should have a plunger and learn how to properly use it. I am not taking work away from the local plumber, but it is always worthwhile for the homeowner to try to fix their clog, they may save themselves money.
When purchasing a plunger there are many models, but I have found the basic rubber style with the wood handle works the best and lasts the longest. The rubber plunger allows you to get good suction on the drain, which some of the other models don’t.
Some of the other styles are made of hard plastic, have accordion shaped sections on them for more force, but I have found that they do not create a good seal and do not last long.
If you have a problem with small drains such as bathroom sinks, I would purchase a small size rubber plunger, they are meant to fit into small bowls.
Remember the small investment for the plunger may mean that you have to get dirty, but the savings can add up quickly. Don’t ever feel too proud to fix a plumbing problem in your home.