Plumbing Tips: Increasing Drainage Efficiency

Plumbing Tips: Increasing Drainage Efficiency

When it comes to troubleshooting plumbing, there seems to always be a number of ways of approaching any given problem. Because of all the different ways you can go about maintaining a plumbing system, it is important to understand what resources are available to you to properly troubleshoot and perform repairs as needed. With the help of Roto-Rooter, you have access to all of the different tools, products, and services you need to successfully resolve any issues that you may have. Also, our trained and certified team of technicians is on call 24/7 to assist you. Clogged drains are a problem that springs up again and again. Just when you think you have it all figured out, there is something else that can go wrong.

Ventilation Pipes

Even if your drainage system has been cleaned with powerful cleaners and cleared out so that it is completely blockage free, there are still other areas that can cause drainage flow to slow down or stop completely. The ventilation pipes on your roof that lead down to your drainage system are responsible for allowing air to enter the drain so that constant flow can be maintained. In the event that these ventilation pipes become clogged or dirty, it is necessary to clean them out to prevent inefficiencies in your drain system. When a ventilation pipe becomes clogged, it actually creates a vacuum that pulls drinking water and waste back so that it does not drain properly. To clean your ventilation pipes correctly, consider the following steps: 

  • First, carefully set a ladder on firm ground and lean it against the eve of the roof. When climbing onto the roof, make sure to wear rubber-soled shoes or boots that will prevent you from slipping.
  • Second, with a garden hose in hand, aim the water stream at the opening of the ventilation pipe and clear away anything that is there.
  • Third, turn the garden hose head on to stream or jet and point it directly into the pipe. Use the water to blast away anything that has built up inside. If the water does not drain, but instead overflows, chances are a small animal has crawled into the pipe and died creating a difficult blockage to remove.
  • With an auger in hand or a plumbing snake, run this long tool into the pipe in a twisting motion so that it can grab onto everything in its path. Afterward, pull the snake out along with the debris.

For more plumbing tips and tricks, call Roto-Rooter today.

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