Symptoms of Plugged Plumbing Vents

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Symptoms of plugged plumbing vents include low water pressure, among others. Find out about symptoms of plugged plumbing vents with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hello, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement, and today I'm going to talk to you about symptoms of a plugged ventilation pipe.There's several different things that could cause a ventilation pipe to be plugged. One is animals building a nest in there or getting stuck inside the pipe. Number two is the plumbing might actually get a clog stuck in there from toilet paper or hair build up right where the ventilation pipe is depending on how they ran the sweeping 90 degree elbow on there. So the symptoms are one, you will have a smell built up in the house. A lot of times it'll happen through your sinks or your tubs where the smell is not able to be ventilated through the pipe and it'll back up into the house. Two, you'll have a really bad gurgling sound when you're flushing your toilet because the air that is trapped in the pipes has no where to escape, so when you flush the toilet it's coming up through the toilet. And three, your drains will have a very hard time draining. They'll be very slow, not moving very fast even if you try to snake or plunge them, it's not going to help because the air that is trapped in there has created almost a vacuum seal where nothing can pass through there. It's a good idea to go ahead and check your ventilation to make sure that nothing is clogging it. That way your drains can run smoothly and you have no smell coming into the house. Thank you all for watching, and good luck with this project.


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