It's one of those mundane things we rarely think about, I mean how often do you think about the plunger we use to clear out blocked drains? Yet when you need it, it's something that can really improve your day.

I recently had a fairly severe blocked-shower-drain situation. The water wasn't draining as it was supposed to, and the shower tray would fill up dangerously, resulting in an unwanted foot bath and even some overflow.

I went looking for a solution and found this gem, Monument Master Plunger.

A plumber's plunger #

Monument 1459W Master Plunger Sink and Waste Pipe Unblocker

Monument 1459W Master Plunger Sink and Waste Pipe Unblocker

Buy it now

Words cannot describe the joy of using this plunger to blast out the gunk and hair blocking a drain. Due to it's quite gorgeous large bellows it packs in as much as 10 times as much force as one of those 90's video game cup-on-a-stick plungers.

As a result, when you get this thing's blow-hole lined up with the drain and pump, the blast of air is just shocking.

A word to the wise! #

If you do decide to go for this Rolls Royce of plumbing paraphernalia, be warned! It creates such a powerful force it can quite literally blow back in your face. If you have an overflow inlet, like most baths have just under the taps, you might get a mightly splash of mucky water back. Block that with a cloth or some damp toilet roll first.

You may even find you have holes you never knew existed. Our sink has a weird one underneath on the side, and I only found it after this mother blew water out like a frustrated whale while unblocking.

What a time to be alive #

So there you have it. Grab yourself one of these before you need it. Makes a great stocking stuffer, or confusingly-wrapped Christmas present to stash your real present inside.

Thanks for reading, and keep those pipes clear now!

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