Cleaning Up Your Ventilation System
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When I moved into my first place, I couldn't believe how dirty everything was all the time. I found myself dusting and mopping continuously, only to deal with a fresh layer of grime later. After awhile, I realized that the problem was blowing straight out of my air ducts. My ventilation lines were so dirty that it was spreading grime through my house every single time the air clicked on. Fortunately, I called an HVAC contractor who was able to clean my vents to a gleaming shine. I know how big of a difference cleaning up your ventilation system can make, which is why I want to spread the word.

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3 Common Signs Of A Clogged Plumbing Vent

Rick Wells

Many people have a simplistic view of their home's plumbing system and do not understand all of the various components that ensure that their plumbing works properly. Homes have plumbing vents, which connect to the pipes in a home and then exit through the top of a homes roof. These plumbing vents never have any water or waste flowing through them, but they play an important role in regulating the amount of air in the plumbing system. Plumbing vents can become clogged with debris, which can cause a number of plumbing problems. If you have a clogged plumbing vent, you will need to contact a plumber for plumbing services. Some of the most common signs of a clogged plumbing vent include:

Foul Odors

One of the most common signs of a clogged plumbing vent is foul smells inside your home. Plumbing vents allow bad odors from waste water and human waste to flow upwards and dissipate outdoors. The plumbing vents also regulate air pressure inside the plumbing system to ensure that water flows at the proper speed. When a plumbing vent is blocked, water flow can be disrupted, causing the p-traps that are connected to your toilets and sinks to become dry. When the p-traps are dry, sewer gas builds up and begins wafting out of the drains and toilets, causing a big stink. Never ignore foul smells inside your home. Your best bet is to contact a plumber to check out your plumbing system to see if your have a plumbing vent clog.

Slow Draining

Drains can clear slowly for a number of different reasons. But, when multiple drains in your home are all draining slowly at the same time, the issue is probably bigger than a simple little clog in a drain pipe. Since plumbing air vents help manage the air pressure inside the plumbing system, a clogged plumbing vent can cause drains to drain much slower than usual. Don't waste your time and money buying drain cleaner from a big box store. It won't do anything if you have a blocked plumbing vent. When you have slow drains, call a plumber. He or she will be able to diagnose the issue, and if you do have a clogged plumbing vent a plumber, they can clear it. 

Gurgling Sounds When Draining or Flushing

If you notice that something seems off with your plumbing system, pay careful attention when a sink of shower is draining or after you flush a toilet. In the event that your plumbing vent is clogged, you will likely notice gurgling sounds during draining or flushing. Gurgling sounds are not normal in a plumbing system that is working properly, so contact a plumber for help. 


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