How to Use a Plunger

How to use a plunger can be learned by everyone.  Plungers are easy to use and cheap to buy. 

Every homeowner and renter should have a plunger handy to unclog sinks. 

Save yourself a ton of cash on plumbers and learn how to use a plunger below. 

How to use a plunger
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How to Use a Plunger

Start off with the best toilet plunger you can afford.  Using a flange plunger is the best type, because the shape of the rubber on the end is molded to fit your toilet bowl.  They form the best seal and provide the best suction.  If you just have a regular plunger, no worries, you can still unclog your toilet with just a bit more elbow grease.  Let’s go over how to unclog a toilet with a plunger.

Here are the steps to how to use a plunger on a toilet.

  1. Make sure that your toilet isn’t about to overflow by shutting of the water valve under the toilet or lifting the flapper on the bottom of the inside of the toilet tank.
  2. Place your plunger in your toilet bowl.
  3. Press the rubber end onto the hole and try to form a good seal. This increases the suction power and a better chance of unclogging your toilet with minimal effort.
  4. Once the seal if formed, push the handle down and pull it up so maximize the suction on the clog in both directions. Most folks don’t pull up on the plunger and it takes longer to unclog your toilet that way.
  5. Check to see if the water in the bowl is going down. If it is, you’ve probably removed the clog.
  6. Turn the water to your toilet back on.
  7. Flush your toilet and behold the fast running water!
  8. If you think your toilet is about to overflow, turn the water off to the tank again or move the flapper to the open position.
  9. Try the above steps again until you’ve removed the clog.

As always, using the best toilet auger can remove clogs more effectively and for good.

How Does a Plunger Work?

Plungers work by creating a seal around the drain that is clogged or your toilet bowl. Then, that seal combined with air, creates suction. When you move your plunger up and down you are using that suction to remove the clog and/or force it to finally go down the drain.

Do You Flush After Using a Plunger?

Yes. After you’ve plunged, you should be able to see that the water in the bowl has gone down. If it has, you can do a test flush. Be ready to turn the water off to the toilet or open the flapper inside the toilet tank to prevent a flood in your bathroom.

If you’ve plunged and the water in the bowl hasn’t started draining, you need to keep plunging. This means you haven’t removed the clog yet.

Do You Flush While Plunging?

No. Your toilet is clogged. If you flush before or while plunging, you risk having your toilet bowl overflow onto the floor. I wouldn’t want to clean up THAT mess!


How to use a plunger is a skill that everyone should know, to save money and prevent floods in your bathroom.