Understanding Your Plumbing Vents

Creating an efficient plumbing system doesn’t only rely on the right allocation of pipes, it also rely’s on quality materials and the correct installation. The venting system within the homes plumbing system is a critical element to get right. You should know that this section of the plumbing system is vital not only for functionality but also for the safety of your family.

What Exactly is a Plumbing Vent?

A plumbing vent is a pipe that connects the drainage lines inside your home to an area outside. This pipe usually ends up on the roof. However, a vent pipe does not carry water, it actually ventilates air. Its main function is to carry sewer gases safely away from your home. It also brings oxygen to your plumbing system, which assists with the aerobic sewage digestion. Additionally, a vent also maintains the neutral air pressure within the drains enabling gravity to successfully pull the water and waste through the entire drainage system. Multiple vents may be needed depending on the appliances that you are using or the layout of your plumbing system.

Is a Vent Really a Plumbing Requirement?

Plumbing vents are important to your home plumbing. Without them, draining waste water from anywhere in your home will be difficult. Also, building codes (may depend on your locality) require vents to be installed in every fixture or appliance that uses drains. You should consult your plumbing professional on the matter to make sure that everything is properly installed.

Where do Plumbing Vents Need to be Installed?

Typically, a vent should be installed within a five-foot radius from drainage fixtures such as sinks, shower drains, toilets, bath tubs or appliances. If multiple vents are to be installed, your system may require a vent stack, especially if you want a single point of exit for the sewer gas. Take note that when you are installing vents on your plumbing system, make sure to hire professional plumbers, we specialise in them here at Aqua Maintain. We are equipped with the right knowledge in pinpointing the right locations for your vents.

What to Do When Plumbing Vents Get Clogged?

Like any other type of pipes in your plumbing system, vents can also be clogged. The blockage can be caused by leaf build-up or even a dead bird or animal. While these can be avoided by installing caps, other causes such as corrosion can also cause blockages. You can tell that your vents are clogged if you see bubbles on your drains or toilets, if you hear a gurgling sound when draining water, or if you experience a slow drainage problem. If these signs appear, contact an emergency plumber at once!

The Do’s and Dont’s of Cleaning Your Drains

Wastewater drains are among the plumbing components most susceptible to problems. Of course, these fixtures are where most waste matter in your home, such as food, hair, water mineral and soap suds exit. This waste matter may cause a clog consequently blocking the drains – causing a plumbing disaster.

If drain clogs and other similar problems occur, its time to get the drain unclogged and urgently. However, you should think wisely and ask yourself, Do you really know how to fix it?

DO NOT: Use Cleaners and Decloggers

There are lots of products sold in your local supermarket thought to be formulated to clear-out or unclog your drains. However they might not be the best solution. Take note that these products are generally effective only as a quick fix. Using them may unclog your drains for a day or two but it often won’t ensure a long fix.

DO NOT: Snake the Drain Yourself

Plumbing snakes like the ones used by our professional plumbers here at Aqua Maintain are now being offered for rent. Getting one and doing the fix on your own may be your most effective way to clear your blocked drains. However, this is risky. Remember that a drain snake is made of steel, yanking and coiling it the wrong way can easily damage your pipes. This will cause you more harm than solving your drain clog. If you don’t have any idea or haven’t tried snaking before, stay away from it to avoid future plumbing disasters and expenses.

DO: Avoid Draining Out Things that can Create Clogs

Food bits, hair, liquid adhesives, grease and oil are the main culprits of blocked drains. Make sure that these things aren’t drained through your sink or shower area. You can check out our previous post for a more comprehensive guide.

DO: Hire Experts for Both Emergencies and Maintenance

To make sure that your drain problem is solved as efficient as possible, we encourage you to consider contacting a professional plumber. Aqua Maintain a specialist in emergency plumbing situations, we are equipped with the right tools and knowledge to make sure that your drains get the appropiate maintenance.

DO: Hire Professional Plumbers with Video Equipment

For very complicated drain problems, especially those that need thorough assessment, take advantage of the services offered by professional plumbers who use video cameras on their plumbing probes. This removes the guesswork on figuring out the root of the problem. It also helps minimise unnecessary damages on your property by focusing the repair only on the affected areas of your plumbing system.

Indeed, it is a more sound decision to hire expert plumbers than do the drain cleaning and unclogging on your own. If you’re located in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, then we can be of service to you. Aqua Maintain has many years experience in the plumbingindustry. Our team of emergency plumbers cover Altona, Point Cook, Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit and Wyndham Vale.

An Easy-To-Follow Home Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

Home maintenance is a constant effort for most homeowners. It is important to make sure that your house is functional with all aspects working in the manner they should be for example your home plumbing system. You should make sure that all your pipes, drains, water appliances, taps, sinks, showers and bathtubs are in good working condition. It is advisable to have all of them checked in a yearly or bi-annually schedule.

While it is important that you hire a team of plumbing experts to complete these maintenance jobs, it also important to complete your own thorough inspections. Being able to realise and plumbing problems in advance will save you time and money. To help you, here is a simple checklist to follow:

  • Check Water Pressure

    Water pressure is the force of the water that comes out of your taps and showers. This can be determined through the PSI meter installed in your plumbing system. Take note that too much pressure shortens the lifespan of your plumbing fixtures. On the other hand, low pressure may indicate that there is a build up of sediments on your pipes or fixtures, or there is a leak on the water line.

  • Look for Signs of Leaks

    Check all the exposed pipes in and around your home to find any signs of water or sewage leakage. Pay attention to small types of leaks that are difficult to detect. Small cracks or holes aren’t easily noticeable until the problem has escalated. Also, you should check for water damage on walls or other surfaces where pipes are present. Discolouration or moisture could be signs that your pipes may be leaking.

  • Look for Signs of Corrosion

    Corrosion is one of the main culprits of water leaks and bad pipe connections. If you are using metal pipes, make sure to inspect them properly. Green stains are signs of corrosion on brass and copper while orange stains are on steel fittings. If severe corrosion is present, make sure to do the necessary replacement to avoid complicated and costly damages in the future.

  • Check All Drains

    Fill every sink, shower or tub drain in your home with water and watch the speed of the water draining. Do the same thing on your toilets. If you notice slow drainage, this is a sign of a partial clog or your vent pipe is blocked. Consider hiring an emergency plumber if you see problems that needs to be fixed right away.

  • Inspect All Plumbing Fixtures

    Go all over your house and check all taps, showerheads, knobs and valves are functional and there are no leaks. Wipe all surfaces around these fixtures dry and check for signs of water after an hour or so. If you notice dry areas getting wet, there is a possibility that leaks are present.

  • Check Appliances

    You should also inspect your washing machine, dishwasher or any appliances connected to your water lines. Make sure that the hoses have no signs of damages or leaks. You should also see to it that proper installation is followed as instructed on their respective user’s manuals.

    After all the inspection is done, list down the problems that you have discovered. You can provide the list to your plumbing maintenance to have them checked. Remember it is better to discover the problems on your plumbing system early to avoid it from becoming worse – which can save time and money in the long run. So, take a couple minutes to check your home plumbing today!


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