Your Roof Vent FAQs Answered by Suburban Chicago Plumbing Experts

Important Plumbing Piece Prevents You From Being Exposed to Sewer Gases

Q: What are roof vents and how do they work?

A: Roof vents are the vertical pipes you see attached to your home’s plumbing and they have a very important role. They remove sewage and gases from your home and regulate air pressure within your pipes. To explain how they work, you have to have a bit of deeper knowledge of your plumbing. Waste enters your system in a variety of ways through many different fixtures. Once that waste exits, it stops at a trap, or a dipped section of pipe. The bend in the trap is there because it’s what stops sewer gases from entering the home. Those traps are attached to almost every plumbing fixture that you have. From the trap, the gases exit out of the roof vent.

Q: Should I already have one of these in my home? And what happens if I don’t?

A: Chances are, your home was built with a roof vent so you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Most building codes require every appliance to have a trap, and every fixture to have a vent. If you don’t have a roof vent installed already, though, then it would be a good idea to call Lake Cook Plumbing in for a consultation. Roof vents help keep your family from being exposed to harmful sewer gases, and we’re confident that’s something that you will want.

Q: Should I be aware of any roof vent problems?

A: The most common one we see is when they become clogged. When this happens, your home will smell strongly of sewage so it’s best to call in a professional right away. You don’t want it to remain clogged for too long!

Have any more roof vent questions, or want to have one installed in your home? Call Lake Cook Plumbing today! (847) 550-3801