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Considering Drain Vents in a Home Plumbing System

Paradoxically, home plumbing systems are both very simple, and incredibly complex. The basics of plumbing have changed very little over the passing of the years. Plumbing still depends on pipes, and plumbing systems have followed the same essential rules for many, many years. And yet, there are many ways plumbing systems have improved and become more elegant. For example, back in the day, pipes were made out of cast iron and lead. One of the many advances made in plumbing, has been the introduction of drain waste vents.

About Waste in the Plumbing System

Your plumbing system works by removing waste water from the home and delivering it to the municipal sewer system. Pipes are narrow, winding object, and over time clogs do develop. Problems may be more common in older homes which have settled or even sunk into their foundations. Occasionally, air and gas can get trapped inside the plumbing system as well. This can cause additional problems. For one, you may end up have noxious, smelly gasses back-flowing into your bathroom and home. Typically, P-traps are used to combat this, although sometimes they can cause problems of their own.

How Drain Waste Vents Work

Every home should have at least one, lone, vertical pipe which runs up from the primary sewer line and out to the roof of the house. Air and gas which has been trapped in the sewage systems is pushed along through the pipes until it hits the waste vent, where it can then escape. The vent should be located on the roof of your home to prevent bad odors from reaching you and your family. Drain waste vents are important parts of modern plumbing systems.

If you have any further questions regarding your plumbing system, or would like to schedule a visit from a Parker & Sons plumbing professional, contact us today at (602)273-7247. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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