A plunger is a lifesaver when your toilet is flooding, but do you know how to use one properly? The sad truth is that you can damage your pipes, contaminate your floor, or even hurt yourself unless you follow some simple guidelines.
Before you start plunging, you should make sure that you have the right amount of water in the toilet. If it is too high, you might splash contaminated water on the floor, and if it is too low, you won’t be able to plunge successfully.
If you have previously used drain chemicals to try to clear the plug, you shouldn’t plunge, since the chemical could splash back up in your face.
Make sure that the plunger is sealed tightly over the drain pipe and then do slow rhythmic motions back and forth, careful not to exert too much pressure. Stop after plunging for a little while to check if it is cleared out.