Clearing a Clogged Plumbing Roof Vent

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If you have a sink that fails to drain and you find there is no clog, you might have to look at the vent system to find out what the problem is and how you can fix it. The plumbing pipes that are black in color and that poke out of the roof of your home are part of that vent system.

If the roof vent clogs all sorts of strange things can happen with the plumbing, from drains that slow or clog to toilets flushes by themselves or “ghost flushes.” These vents can clog with any of the following waste or debris:

  • Baseballs, golf balls, tennis balls, and other toys
  • Rubbish, trash, and rotting leaves
  • Carcasses of rodents
  • Deceased birds
  • Bird nests

Thankfully you can do things to prevent this type of nuisance clogs. You must clear clogs by accessing the roof vent pipe. You will need a garden hose, plumber’s snake, and a flashlight to see into the vent pipe. Using the light, examine the pipe to see if there is nesting materials, leaves, or other material inside of it. If you can reach it, you can try and pull it out.

Step 1: The reachable items need to be removed. Once you do this, you make use of the snake to clear out the remaining clog if one is present.

Step 2: You need two people for this vent cleaning technique. While you are on the roof insert the hose into the pipe. A person on ground level can then turn on the water so you can flush out the vent instead. Listen to the sound of the water in the pipe as it is telling: You will hear a whooshing sound if the water frees the clog, or you hear the water backing up if the clog remains.

If you live in a very cold climate, you might have frozen plumbing vents to worry about and these are cleared easily with some excessively hot water poured down the vent. Keep in mind you must get this hot water to the roof without spillage as you run the risk of being burned. An easier method involves the use of a rubber hose that can handle hot water temperatures and attaching it to the hot water spigot behind the washing machine in your home. Quick, simple, and far safer fix!

If you have no experience working on the roof or fear heights, hire a pro with the expertise to do the job. If you are taking on the task yourself, do it on a nice day when the roof is dry so you do not slip. Make sure you have rubber soles on with good traction. A safety harness is also advised. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, rely on the Hamilton plumbing professionals: Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services.

Give us a call today: 416-663-4777 for a free upfront estimate!

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