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Plan To Clean Out Your Vent Stack Yourself? Here's Why You Should Call A Plumber Instead

You can find numerous DIY plumbing repairs and projects online, including how to clean out your vent stack. Although the DIY tips for vent stack cleaning may seem simple to follow and do, they may actually be dangerous for you and your plumbing system. Because the vent stack sits on the top of your roof, you may have problems accessing and cleaning it safely. Here's what a vent stack is and why you shouldn't clean it out yourself.

What's a Vent Stack Used For?

The stack draws fresh air from the outside of the home and circulates it through the plumbing system to remove the hazardous sewage odors from the house. The actions allow clean water to flow through the plumbing system freely. Sometimes, the inner lining of the vent clogs up with leaves and other debris that disrupt the flow of water through your plumbing pipes. As a result, you end up with blockages in different areas of the house.

You may try a number of things to release the blockages in your system, including flushing out the drainage pipes in the kitchen and bathroom with an auger, a plunger and clog-removing chemicals. If none of the previous things work, you may attempt to unblock the system through the vent stack. To access the vent, you'll need to climb onto your roof, which is one of the first dangers you face in your plumbing repairs.

Why Shouldn't You Clean Out the Vent Stack Yourself?

A vent stack sits somewhere above the bathroom or between the bathroom and kitchen. If your roof slopes at a steep angle, you may slip and fall from it as you attempt to repair the vent stack. Some roofs lose integrity over time and can develop weak spots you can't see easily, such as beneath the shingles and on the roof deck. Stepping through a weakened roof deck causes serious injuries, such as broken legs and severe skin lacerations.

If you do manage to access the vent stack safely, you can inadvertently make your plumbing system's clogs worse. A number of DIY sites recommend sticking a metal auger and water hose down the stack to break up blockages. If you don't know how to angle or use the auger properly, you can accidentally penetrate or perforate the inner walls of the vent stack and permanently damage it. The water hose can also push the debris even further down the stack, which causes the water flowing through the system to stall and flood the home. 

You can avoid the hazardous issues above by hiring a plumbing service, such as Midwestern Plumbing Service, to check your vent stack. A plumber uses tools, such as cameras, lights and professional-grade augers, to locate and break up clogs safely. As a result, you and your home stay safe.

For more information about your vent stack and clogged plumbing system, contact a plumber today.