Why the Plumbing Venting System is so Important

The plumbing vent, also known as a vent stack, helps regulate the air pressure in your plumbing system.

Your building plumbing system is designed to efficiently remove water and waste. Its drainage and vent functions are two systems that work together: while drainage pipes carry waste out of your building to the city sewer or a septic tank, plumbing air vents (vent pipes) supply fresh air to each plumbing fixture in the house, which helps the system move water through the drainage pipes each time a toilet is flushed or a sink is drained. Plumbing air vents also prevent sewer gases from entering the home, allow wastewater gas and odor to escape and help maintain proper atmospheric pressure in the waste system. Plumbing vent pipes are located on roofs, away from windows or air conditioning units, so that the fumes can easily dissipate.

 

 

Problems with Vent Pipes

When plumbing vent stacks do not work properly, neither will your plumbing drainage system. If you hear gurgling sounds coming from your drains, see standing water in your sink or bathtub or notice a slow drain in the bathroom or kitchen, a blocked vent may be the issue.

When a plumbing vent pipe or vent stack is blocked, negative pressure builds up in drainage pipes, and water flow is interrupted. Although you may have success clearing a clogged drain yourself, stoppages will continue to occur if a blocked vent is the culprit.

Ongoing stoppages and slow-flowing drains can lead to sediment forming inside the drain pipes. This can further damage your plumbing system and may result in hefty pipe repair or replacement costs down the road.

If the plumbing air vent or vent stack becomes completely blocked, a vacuum will form, and you will no longer hear gurgling. You will also be able to smell sewer gases in the rooms where the affected fixtures are located. This is a problem that requires immediate attention from a plumbing professional.

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