It’s the quintessential symbol for all things plumbing; the plunger. If you’re thinking about a DIY plumbing project (that’s a fancy way to say unclogging your toilet yourself), you know that the plunger is the go-to tool of choice. But did you know there are actually different types of plungers for different jobs? Sinks and showers require different plungers than toilets do. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few different types, and when each should be your tool of choice.


The two primary types of plungers are sink plungers and toilet plungers. Sinks or showers that have flat surfaces require flat-bottomed plungers. These are typical, no frills plungers. Plungers designed specifically for the curved bottom of a toilet include an additional flange at the bottom. You can see this extra piece of rubber by looking at the bottom of the plunger.


That flange at the bottom of the toilet plunger serves a very important purpose. It enables you to create the most possible suction on the curved bottom of the toilet. The plunger creates a vacuum in the drain, which will then help vacuum out that unwanted clog. Conversely, the sink plunger helps make a tight seal on sinks and shower floors. The suction is the most important function of any plunger, so one with cracked or chipped rubber probably won’t work very well.


When selecting a plunger, make sure it’s one you can manage. A good grip will go a long way in helping you solve your plumbing problems.


The Bosworth Company is here for all your plumbing needs. Maybe the right plunger is enough to help you fix your clog, but maybe it’s not. If you need a pro, schedule an appointment online or call us at 432-570-5233. It’s Worth The Call. Always.