Clogged Plumbing? Scrap that plunger!

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Are you addicted to toilet paper? Are you one of those people who use 40 sheets when only 20 is necessary? Do you find the so-called “extra-ply” label deceiving? If so, you might also be familiar with another miracle of modern society: the plunger.

Many older toilets were not built to be able to handle an excess amount of toilet paper, so the plunger has always remained a constant presence in the bathroom. But, lucky for you, some genius has developed an alternative to the plunger.

What, you ask, can possibly replace that beloved plunger, the quintessential solution to any clogged plumbing puzzle? The solution is actually very simple: all one has to do to fix clogged plumbing in the toilet is to make use of a simple plumbing principle called hydrostatic pressure.

At first glance, this may seem a bit complicated. It involves a physics principle that insures the pressure in the toilet is the same in all parts of the bowl.

The pressure of any clogged plumbing unit is always greater under the material that is clogged in the drain. This produces an imbalance in the unit, producing clogged plumbing problems. So, if the pressure is greater below the clogged material and less above it, the logical thing to do would be to increase the pressure above the clog. This would produce equilibrium and restore the natural flow of water.

So how does this translate for you, the upset individual who is bracing himself for another plunger push? Here is the solution in a nutshell: Pour water on top of the clog. This will increase the pressure above the clogged toilet paper and should lodge out most blockages.

A bucket-full of water should be sufficient; the water should be luke-warm and poured from waste- level or above. Just remember to watch-out for the “splash back”!

If clogged plumbing persists, consider adjusting the toilet’s shut-off valve. Flushing more often and using less toilet paper is probably a smart idea too! If you suspect it is the toilet that is causing the trouble, do not hesitate to call a plumber.

Educate yourself on clogs and how you can not only protect your family’s health, but also the environment. Check out our post Clog Busters: Stop the Clog for more information!