Monday, February 10, 2014

Using A Plunger On Shabbat

Using A Plunger On Shabbat
Day: Monday
Date: February 10, 2014
Parshat: Ki Tisa
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 314

One may not unclog a drain that is completely blocked on Shabbat by using a plunger. Even if there is a great need it may not be done since doing so may fall under the Torah's prohibition against fixing things on Shabbat. However if there is a great need one can ask a goy, or better yet he can ask a goy to ask another goy to plunge the drain. If the drain is not completely stopped but is only stuffed to the point that it greatly slows down anything inside from draining then one may use the plunger to open the blockage. Even in that situation one may not use any industrial products, only a regular household plunger. If the drain is stopped because of grease that built up and congealed one may pour boiling hot water down in order to melt it and cause the drain to open up.

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