Identifying Plumbing Vent Problems in your home

Identifying plumbing vent problems in your home can help you to take necessary steps to do the appropriate maintenance before they cause complications in your plumbing. What are these plumbing vents by the way? Plumbing vents are vents that allow sewer gases and odors to be released from your plumbing and home, and plumbing vents also help to maintain neutral air pressure in your plumbing system. Vent pipes ensure that water and waste flow well through the sewer line. Vents can run into problems just like other plumbing pipes and systems in your home.

A number of common plumbing vent problems can be caused by poorly installed pipes, cracks, leaks, clogged drains and lots more. If you suspect a plumbing vent problem in your home’s plumbing, you should get the help of a professional to prevent bigger problems from developing.

Here are some signs that you may have a plumbing vent problem in your home:

1. An Especially Green Area in the Lawn

There is the possibility that your sewer line is leaking underground if you all of a sudden discover that a patch of your lawn looks greener than other parts of the lawn. Your home’s sewage can serve as organic fertilizer and give nutrients to the vegetation in your yard, making the grass or plants appear greener and healthier.

​ ​2. Gurgling Noise

When you drain a sink, dishwasher, washing machine, or, tub or when you flush your toilet, there shouldn’t be much noise coming from the pipes. You likely have a partially clogged plumbing vent, if the pipes under these fixtures and appliances give weird screeching, rattling or gurgling sounds. Hearing the sound of one drain, from another drain in the house is another sign of a plumbing vent problem. The limited airflow from the clogged vent causes this sound when waste or water is drained out.

3. Slow Draining

Slow drains are the first sign that something is preventing your plumbing vents from working properly. Monitor the speed of water draining from the toilets, tubs, and sinks. You have clogged vent pipes if they always drain slowly. A vent problem will affect the whole plumbing system, not just one drain at a time. This is why multiple slow drains may indicate a vent problem.

4. Repeated Flush

If waste is not cleared from your toilet bowl on the first flush, this could also be a sign of a vent problem. If something is blocking the vent and the correct pressure is not available to clear the waste, you may find yourself flushing over and over to clear the bowl. Another sign if a faulty or blocked vent is a low water level in the bowl after flushing.

5. Strong and Horrible Odors

An unwarranted sewage smell in the bathroom can be caused by inadequate venting in the plumbing. Water in the U-shaped trap of your sink keeps sewer gas from infiltrating your home. However, it is clear that your plumbing is inadequately vented if you notice a strong smell. The unpleasant smell can seep up through drains and spread into your home, causing the smell of methane and sulphur that can be dangerous to human health.

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