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We cannot stress enough how important the plumbing vents in a property are. These vents carry out the waste and allow the water to run smoothly. However, each set of vents brings with them a different set of complications that can only be prevented if you have an experienced plumber to help you through the process. 

Even though you can rely on professional help, there’s some information about plumbing vents that can be incredibly beneficial for you if you have to prevent issues from happening in the first place.

Importance of Plumbing Vents

The question is, what is the importance of vents? Why is it necessary to install the right kind of vent?

Plumbing issues are common, and homeowners have to deal with them quite regularly. As most people fail to pay heed to the crux of the problem, temporary solutions are made to get through it. These solutions may provide temporary relief. However, the problem will come back again in a couple of months.

The important thing to do is to find a professional who knows his craft like the back of his hand. Only professionals can guide you in the right direction.

Most plumbing problems arise because of the poor installation of the plumbing vents.

Again, the question persists, why are these vents so important?

An average person may not understand a plumber’s jargon. So, let us understand it from a daily-life example.

What do you get when you try to empty a water bottle with a narrow opening? It gurgles and creates a mess while it slowly empties in a not-so-smooth fashion. Now, if you have an opening vent that lets all the gas out, what happens then? It empties smoothly without any hindrance.

Plumbing vents work in the same way.

Plumbing is for liquids, whereas vents are for air. When a problem arises in your vents, compressed air gets in the way of airflow, ceasing the flow of water.

As you are using multiple sinks, showers, and toilets in your house, the air pressure is bound to get disrupted at some point in time, clogging the waste in the process. This may cause serious plumbing issues as well as health hazards.

Maintenance of a Plumbing Vent

Plumbing vents should be functional all year long. If a problem arises, immediately call a plumber for quick maintenance and instant repairs. Regular checks are recommended.

There are some aspects of the maintenance that you can take care of on your own if you suspect your vents are being compromised.

Diagnose the Correct Issues

Most often than not, issues tend to get out of hand because of poor judgment. Therefore, you should always seek professional help to diagnose the issue. Sometimes, the vents are clogged, and we end up tweaking the drains. Not only will this increase the intensity of the problem, but it will lead to further damage.

Keep a Strict Check on Your Plumbing

Taking care of the plumbing system ensures that each of the pipes and vents is in good shape. The first thing that you need to do is to keep a check on your plumbing system.

  • To make sure that your plumbing system runs smoothly, refrain from flushing anything besides toilet paper. Dumping anything down the drain that doesn’t belong there means that you are running the risk of clogging the pipes, which can ultimately lead to further damage to the vents.
  • Keep running the garbage disposal regularly to avoid clutter. Read the manual to dispose of garbage properly, and especially to know what you’re allowed to throw down the garbage disposal.
  • Insert stoppers in your sink as these stop large particles of food and other debris from going down the pipes.

Stay Proactive

  • Plumbing vents are essentially an important part of your home that keeps the bad odors and waste material out. These waste materials can, if allowed in, wreak havoc. Therefore, you should stay vigilant and keep regular checks on your plumbing system.
  • Prioritize unclogging your toilet if you somehow end up clogging it.
  • When things seem to get out of hand, seek professional help. You might want to save a few bucks by handling it on your own. However, if the issue persists, it might lead to an even more significant dent in your pocket. Therefore, you should always consult a professional plumber before diving head straight into a plumbing issue.

Types of Vents

There are different types of vents that you should be aware of:

True Vent

This is the type of vent that consists of a vertical pipe that is attached to the drain line. The drain line then travels through the roof. Mostly, a fixture can be found on the top, serving as a vent.

Auxiliary Vent

The auxiliary vent consists of a vent pipe attached to the drain line. This pipe reaches up to the main vent.

Common Vent

When two fixture points are on the opposite sides of a wall, they intersect each other, forming a sanitary cross. Common vents are mostly found on back-to-back sinks.

Loop Vents

Loop vents are designed for freestanding sinks. This is a separate pipe attached through the roof to increase the flow of wet venting. 

Air Admittance Valve

When the waste drains out, this valve is opened to let regulate the airflow so that sewer gases and bad odors can be kept at bay. In this way, your room is free of excessive gas.

Final Word

If you are looking for a professional company to take care of plumbing needs, try Mesa Plumbing Company. The professional plumbers at Mesa Plumbing can take good care of your plumbing system and keep a regular check to avoid frequent damages.

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