Keeping any homes plumbing vents clean prevents future clogging and unsanitary conditions at bay. The plumbing vents of a home are located at the roof. P-traps form if a plumbing vent is left unchecked, which create sewer gases to remain in the house. This is because when vents are clogged of blocked, air cannot rush into the drains, and a vacuum is produced, which leads to sluggish drains, and bad odor in the house.
Plumbing vents get clogged by leaves, dirt, sticks, and birds mess. Checking and cleaning a plumbing vent takes less time, and should be done on regular basis as guided in the following instructions:
- Set up a ladder to climb up the roof. The plumbing vents protrude from the bathroom’s roof, and are made out of plastic. These pipes are not like gas vents, as they are 2-inches plastic pipes.
- Once the vents are found, unscrew the vent cap.
- Spray some water into the opened vents. You can use a garden hose for this. Any dirt or leaves in the vents will be washed off through the water and into the drain. If the water seeps into the wall, it means there is a crack or leakage in the pipes of the vents.
- Next, use a plumbing snake, or toilet jack, to loosen any obstructions in the pipe. You simply have to insert the jack into the opening of the vent, and then unwind it. Keep passing it even if there is an obstruction. This jack opens it as you pass it through without stopping.
- You should also install an in-line vent for proper venting. This can be added by cutting through the drain from between the P-trap and wall with a saw, and then gluing the vent in the line so that the vent cap will face up.