If you are like many people, you may not know what that pipe thing is that sticks out of your roof, much less that it has any connection to your plumbing. In fact, that pipe is a vent that allows your drains to flow freely. If you are experiencing slow drains, you may need to clean or replace your plumbing vent pipe instead of pouring tons of drain cleaner down your sinks or having your drains cleaned.
All of your plumbing fixtures have to be connected to vent piping. Usually these pipes are connected inside near the roof of your home so that only one or two vent pipes need to actually go through your roofing. These vents allow foul sewage smells to be carried outside. Also, the air that flows into the vents helps to move the waste matter along smoothly. If the vents are blocked or otherwise not functioning well, your drains can run slowly, often leading to clog. If you have a continual problem with slow running drains, you need to check the vent pipes.
If you are able, you can use a ladder to carefully climb on the roof and check the condition of your vent pipes. Experts recommend taking off the cap of the vent pipe if there is one and using the garden hose to spray water into the vent to clear it out. Obviously, you can also clear any leaves or twigs clogging the opening by hand. In some cases, the clog may be so tough that you may need to use a plumbing snake to clear the pipe.
If you are unable or unwilling to clean your own vent pipes, simply call in a professional. Your local drain cleaning company will be able to assess the cause of your drain issues and fix them, even if they involve the drain vent. They will sometimes clean your drains from the outside in, beginning at the vent. This service will cost you several hundred dollars, a reasonable price for a task that can be dangerous. If the vent itself is defective, they may recommend that it be replaced. These vents are inexpensive, so the labor will be your major expense.
When you are working to maintain your plumbing, do not forget your drain vents. For years, you may have wondered what that pipe on your roof was actually for. Now that you know, make certain that it is open and allows enough air into your pipes while it keeps toxic sewage fumes out. If you are not a do-it-yourselfer, just contact your drain cleaning company like RK Knight Plumbing. They will be able to clean and repair your vents if necessary.Share
23 September 2016
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