Fixing An Old Roof Vent

When it comes to those buying their very first home, one of the least understood components of a home seems to be plumbing vents. Those pipes sticking up out of the roof that run through the attic and through the rest of the house, are called roof plumbing vents. The majority of plumbing fixtures require a plumbing vent. Vents are frequently connected together inside the attic, which allows for less penetrations in the roof.

So what is their purpose? Believe it or not, when water drains in an upward motion, it is actually faster than when being drained downward. When draining downward, it’s only gurgling out while air replaces it. However, if drained upward with a hole at the top, water drains out at a quicker pace like a vent in a gas can. Roof plumbing vents also prevent traps from being siphoned and they prevent back-pressure on traps. Every plumbing fixture has a trap which prevents sewer gas from coming into your home. When water drains through a plumbing fixture, it can be enough water to create a siphon effect, which has the potential to pull water right out of the plumbing trap. Another main purpose of a roof plumbing vent is to allow the free movement of air in the drainage pipes, which protects the water seal of the fixture traps from siphonage. The roof vent termination is instrumental and should be installed properly by certified and professional roofing contractors.

Now that you know a little bit about the purpose of a roof plumbing vent, what about it you already have one and something seems to be wrong with it. These reasons below are sure tell signs you need some repairs:

  1. Something Doesn’t Smell Right

If you know what a rotten egg smells like, this would be it. If your home begins to smell like a rotten egg, it’s your plumbing vent. It could be clogged and that stops sewer waste to escape via the roof vent.

  1. Toilet Critters

Yes, bugs. In your toilet, none the less! Whether its through cracked pipes underneath the ground, or entrance through the rood vent, insects, frogs, and other small animals can find their way to your toilet. Unless you welcome this kind of trespassing on private property, I suggest a call to a plumber to repair your roof vent or pipes to rid your home of this invasion immediately.

  1. Sounds Coming From The Walls 

When you hear gurgling noises as fixtures drain, it’s usually the result of a vacuum being created in your plumbing system. This vacuum forms when there isn’t proper venting of a fixture or some other part of your plumbing system. The venting configured into your plumbing system helps move air and water through the pipes. If any part of the drainage or venting system is blocked, gurgling results as negative pressure makes the water push through trapped air in the system.

Remember, having a roof vent for plumbing is crucial for proper vetting of waste. If you have one already, great! Keep it maintained through out the year. If you don’t have one, It might be something worth while looking into!

Basic Plumbing Info & Education

The trade of plumbing covers a wide variety of areas within the water system of the home. It deals with installations and the maintenance of piping, valves, tanks, fixtures, cold and hot water supply to bathrooms and kitchens, gas or oil supply systems, above ground drainage systems and other apparatuses that are vital to allow for clean water supply, efficient heating, and sanitation. Water is needed to survive whether it be in a home, restaurant, hotel, bar, airport, schools, and almost everywhere else you can think of with four walls and people inside.

So having the proper equipment installed properly is severely important and getting it done by highly trained and experience plumber is recommended. The stereotype of a plumber is that guy with the low rising pants who spends hours under your sink banging away and making excessive noise, but in truth, a plumber requires specialized training to do installations and repairs to not just what is under your sink, but also your boilers and central heating system. All of that, as well as fitting the piping system that carries water all around the building or home, plumbing also includes keeping the inside of home dry with gutter fittings and sheet lead weathering’s for roof’s and chimney’s.

Now, in regards to the actual plumber, there are a few things you need to know and look for. First, accreditation’s and certifications. This is important as it will tell you what specific jobs the plumber is able to carry out. Being sure that they are registered and approved tells you that they are qualified to do the job. Second, they are insured. If any problems came up while the job was being done, having an insured plumber will guarantee that any damages will be covered. Third, they are available for 24 hour emergencies. Plumbing issues can be an emergency and sometimes the problem needs to be fixed ASAP. Having a plumber that gets to you in a timely and efficient manner no matter the time is a must. Four, they are a registered trades person. Don’t call someone you don’t trust for a quick fix. Find a plumber who is registered, qualified, and experienced for the right fix. Spending the money on the right person will benefit you greatly in the long run.