Ventilation is key to proper home plumbing
Proper ventilation is a crucial component of any plumbing
system. Without adequate ventilation, waste gases can build up and create
hazardous conditions for your household. Plumbing vents are designed to release
waste gases safely to the outside air, preventing any build-up of harmful gases
such as methane, carbon monoxide, and other toxic gases.
For your drain system to drain properly, it needs to
breathe. Imagine taking a two liter of soda and turning it upside down. The
soda will not drain out immediately but rather gargle and pour out slowly.
However, if you tilt that bottle to a 45-degree angle, you will notice the soda
comes out fast. This is because the soda coming out is being replaced by the
air coming in, allowing the soda to drain unobstructed. With that being said,
your plumbing systems needs to expel sewer gases so the water can drain. These
gases can create a foul odor and impose health risks to you and your family.
Plumbing vents help to ensure that these gases are carried safely away from
your home, preventing any unpleasant smells and health risks.
In addition to preventing hazardous conditions and
unpleasant smells, proper ventilation also helps to ensure that your plumbing
system is working efficiently. Without proper ventilation, the water flow in
your pipes can become restricted, leading to slow draining, gurgling sounds,
and other issues.
Make sure to check with local city codes to ensure proper
size venting is installed.
If you are unsure about the ventilation requirements for
your plumbing system, it is best to consult with a licensed plumber. A
professional plumber can assess your system and ensure that it is properly
vented to prevent any hazardous conditions or unpleasant smells in your home.