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How to Unclog a Toilet With a Flange Plunger

We’ve all been there: your toilet gets clogged, so you reach for your plunger and get to work, hoping that you’re able to fix the problem before it gets out of hand. While the image of the classic red rubber plunger is something we’ve all seen throughout our lives, there is a better option when it comes to plungers.

Flange plungers are much more effective than standard plungers when it comes to unclogging toilets. In this article, we’ll go over what flange plungers are, what makes them so effective, and give you a step-by-step guide on how to plunge a toilet properly. 

What is a Flange Plunger and Why are They More Effective?

A flange plunger is different from a classic cap plunger because of its design. The head has a sleeve-like extension, or flange, that creates a more effective seal around the drain of the toilet. With a stronger seal, the amount of suction increases, so when you press down you’ll have a higher chance of fixing the clog. 

Flange plungers are also taller and more narrow than traditional cap plungers. Because of the narrowness of the plunger, more pressure is forced over the clog as opposed to a classic cap plunger where the cap is wider. The narrowness of the plunger not only allows for easier insertion into the drain, but also lessens the chance of any water from the toilet splashing onto your hands. 

How to Plunge a Toilet with a Flange Plunger

In order to unclog a toilet with a flange plunger, you will:

  1. First, put on rubber gloves and make sure that the area around the toilet is cleared so that you’re able to plunge comfortably. 
  2. Once the area is cleared, if your toilet does not currently have any water in it, make sure that there is enough to cover the flange of the plunger. This will allow the plunger to create suction to remove the clog in your toilet. 
  3. Position the flange plunger over the drain of the toilet. You should be able to see if the plunger is positioned properly because of its more narrow head. Press down firmly to create a seal between the plunger and the toilet.
  4. Now that the plunger is positioned properly, begin pushing down with the plunger in strong, controlled motions, pulling up quickly after without breaking the seal. 
  5. Repeat this action until the water begins to drain. If your toilet was already filled with water, this should empty down the drain. After all of the water is drained, flush the toilet again to make sure that it is functioning properly. 
  6. Finally, you’ll want to clean your plunger thoroughly after you get your toilet unclogged with water and disinfectant. Store it in a clean, dry place for future use. 

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