June 24, 2015 admin

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!

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