Upgrading Your Pipes

Don't Let These Common Plumbing Issues Trip You Up

The need to take matters into their own hands often comes naturally to a homeowner. It's to be expected; after all, doing it yourself saves money and gives you a powerful sense of achievement. Plumbing issues are no exception, and there are a few pluming problems that can be solved with a little homeowner ingenuity. If you want to avoid having to call in a professional plumber, however, there are steps you can take right now—before problems even occur. Read on to learn more about preventing the following common plumbing problems.

Blocked sewer vents

This one stumps some homeowners who are not aware that there are sewer vents for their home, and the location of these vents is even more surprising: the roof. These vents serve a valuable purpose, and without their presence smelly sewer gases would enter your home. If one of these roof area vents gets blocked, you will know about it pretty quickly, since the sewer gases from both you and your neighbor's waste products will fill your home with disgusting odors.

The main sewer from the street to your home connects to the main line under the street in front of your home. This line contains the waste for your entire street, and the odor is not supposed to enter your home. Your home vents, if everything works as it should, use pressure to send those gases from your bathroom areas out through your roof. How do these vents become blocked and prevent that from happening? Sometimes the vent is blocked by an animal who was able to squeeze in , but more often it's due to the vent conduit being used for cable or satellite TV cables. If your home has an odor and you cannot locate the source, check your sewer vents.

Clogged drains in the kitchen sink

This drain wins the contest for most frequently clogged. Vegetable peelings, food particles, and more get sent, either accidentally or on purpose, down to commingle with like-minded particles and form a nasty clog. You may believe that turning on some hot water while sending that used cooking oil down the drain will do the trick to prevent a clog, but this only sends the grease further down the pipe, where it sits and congeals into a mass. To prevent clogged kitchen drains, use a mesh trap to keep food particles from going down the drain and pour cooled cooking oil into a container for disposal.

A plumber like those from High Speed Plumbing Inc. would be happy to help you identify more potential areas of concern in your plumbing system, so call in a professional for a consultation.