For the most part, homeowners have a basic understanding of how their home’s plumbing works. However, do you know what the vents on your roof are, and what they’re for? Those are plumbing vents, and they’re very important. Keep reading to learn more about your plumbing vents.
When people see a vent at the top of their house, they usually think its purpose is to let air in. However, that’s not true. If you think about it every pipe in your home is open, which means air has no problem getting into it. These vents are to let the air out.
Your plumbing vent is a pipe that runs up from your plumbing fixtures to the roof of your home. The main purpose of this vent is to allow the pressure in your plumbing system to escape. If you don’t allow the pressure to escape, harmful sewer gases can build up and escape into your house and also make it hard for water to move through the pipes. When water isn’t able to move through the pipes efficiently, you get problems.
Did you know most plumbing systems have a trap? Yes, this what prevents all the harmful sewer gases from going up into your house. Inside the trap is a basin full of water that blocks these gases. Now, if you do not allow air to escape, a suction effect will form inside the pipes, pulling too much water into the pipes. This leaves the trap only half full of water, which means the harmful gases are able to escape and go into your house.
Bottom line is that a plumbing vent is crucial to a healthy plumbing system. Without them, people inside your house could get sick from harmful sewer gases, and water may not move efficiently through the pipes.
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