Your plumbing vent (aka vent stack) is located on the roof of your house. It looks like a pipe sticking out of your roof usually right above a bathroom in the house.
It's purpose is to help regulate the air pressure in your home's plumbing system. In other words, it removes sewer gases and odors and at the same time allows fresh air into the system which in turn helps the water in your pipes to run smoothly.
List most any other pipe, it can get clogged which ends up creating a problem in your home. And once you've smelled the odor of sewer gases you'll understand the kinds of problems you will be having.
So, how can you tell if your plumbing vent is clogged? There are 3 very strong signs to look out for:
- Slow drains throughout your house. If you see that it's taking a longer them than usual for your bathtub and sinks to drain - it could very well be a sign of a clogged plumbing vent.
- Gurgling toilets are also another very good sign. Because there's a lack of airflow in the vent, the pressure in the pipe will be greater than the air that is in the bathroom. So, when your toilet is flushed, the water in the bowl fights for the higher pressure resulting in gurgling.
- Strong sewer odor - this is obviously a very strong sign that something is clogging your plumbing vent.
What Causes Clogs In Plumbing Vents?
There are a variety of things that could be causing a clog in your plumbing vent. Things like bird nests, small animals that have lodged themselves in the pipe and/or died in there. Small branches, leaves and other debris that may have fallen in there. Also, tennis balls, golf balls, etc.
What To Do If Plumbing Vent Is Clogged
The first step is to contact your plumber. This is not a job for most handymen. The right equipment and expertise is needed here to diagnose the problem and to fix it.
If you have any questions about plumbing vents, call Atlantis Plumbing today at 770-505-8570. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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