Square toilet and round plunger? No problem

In this article we offer some tips for effectively unclogging a square toilet with a round plunger. The first thing to keep in mind is that a standard sink plunger probably won’t be very effective. This is because it will not be able to create a tight seal over the toilet drain and it will also be prone to slipping. What you need is a special type of toilet plunger called a flange plunger or a funnel bowl plunger.

These plungers have an extra section of rubber attached to the rubber cup that you will find on a standard sink plunger. These types of plungers are also significantly larger than sink plungers. Be sure to unfold the flange section before use as it needs to be placed inside the toilet drain before you start plunging. In this position, it will hold a toilet plunger firmly in place with a sturdy seal.

Plumbers will tell you that it is important to have enough water in the bowl so that the plunger cup is completely covered. This is because water does not compress under pressure. Air is compressed, so if you plunge against the air, you won’t exert as much force on the clog.

Once the plunger is in position and you have enough water in the container, press down firmly so that the rubber cup flattens completely. Then release and let the cup return to its neutral shape and fill with water. The cup should still be submerged at this point. Then simply repeat this action several times to alternately push and pull on the obstruction.

You should hear and feel the clog release and notice the toilet bowl draining. Remove the plunger from the bowl and flush the toilet a few times to ensure you have cleared the clog. Remember to give your toilet bowl a good cleaning with a good brand name cleaner, like Clorox toilet wand, before you use it.