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How to use a suction plunger?

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A step by step guide to use a suction plunger

Arm yourself with a suction plunger

Step 1 – Pick up plunger

Arm yourself with a suction plunger.

Make sure the plunger is submerged in water

Step 2 – Submerge plunger

The plunger needs to be submerged in water to be effective. The toilet should be at least be a third full of water – if there is not enough water in the toilet, add some until the cup is covered, but do not flush the toilet as this may cause it to overflow.

Insert the plunger in to the gulley

Step 3 – Insert plunger

Insert the suction plunger into the gulley.

Direction of force

Step 4 – Create a seal

Forcefully press down on the T handle to create a seal with the toilet gulley.

Step 5 – Work plunger

Work the plunger up and down a few times, with forceful quick pushes and pulls

Step 6 – Pull plunger out of gulley

Pull the plunger up and out of the gulley, and the blockage should be released.

Flush the toilet to see if the blockage has cleared

Step 7 – Flush

Watch to see if the water level in the toilet alters. If the level goes down, flush the toilet. If the blockage is loosened or dislodged, the water will flush away down the drain.

In some cases, if the water level remains constant, the blockage may require a bit more work, so the process should be repeated.