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What is a vent, and how does it contribute to the overall plumbing system?

Every roof has several vents coming out of it. They fulfill a necessary function in your plumbing system by allowing sewer gases to escape from your home. Liquids will not go down pipes unless they are followed by air. Vented pipes prevent the liquid from sucking the air from the traps on the plumbing fixtures, and therefore preventing odors from being dispersed around your home.

How can root intrusion in the main sewer line be prevented?

Carrying out preventive maintenance and cleaning out your drain three times a year is highly recommended. Your plumber can advise you on certain chemicals, which are helpful if put in the drain system.

Why does my hot water look brown and rusty at times?

There are numerous facilitators of hue change:

  1. Various chemicals can enter the water lines, causing hot water to change their color. Rust then floats through the pipes to other fixtures and comes out of them when more water comes through.
  2. If the water is dark in color, this may be indicative of dirt which has entered the water supply through a break in the pipeline.
  3. Water sediment from the water heater is deposited in the fixtures.
  4. The water heater glass liner becomes damaged and the metal outside jacket begins to rust.
  5. Iron bacteria thrive in wet places, and if you there is well in the vicinity of your house, they may be growing in the water.

What usage differences exist between PVC and CPVC pipes?

PVC pipe is used only for cold-water lines, while CPVC can be used on either hot or cold lines. A common use for PVC is drainpipes.

Why should I use plastic supply lines?

Plastic doesn't warp or corrode, is flexible, contains no toxic materials, and is usually less expensive than other materials.

Here are the steps that should be taken to clear a partially clogged kitchen drain:

First, see if plunging remedies the problem. The next step is the use of a liquid drain opener; you must understand the proper usage of the product beforehand. Also, you could physically remove the trap and examine it to spot the clog. If you are unable to do so, you can use drain augers of varying lengths to reach and push out the clogs.

What is the purpose of an aerator on a faucet?

An aerator prevents splashing and mess by diffusing water.

We are told that sinks need traps beneath them- why?

Traps keep unpleasant sewer gases from entering the kitchen or bathrooms.

What does a fixture shutoff valve do?

These are valves designed to stop the water supply to the toilet and sink, and can be found under or beside each fixture. If a leak or flooding comes from a specific fixture, you should close the relevant shutoff valve right away.

What is a "plumber's snake"?

A plumber's snake is a hose like item, pushed down into the pipes to help clean out clogs.

How might you eliminate garbage disposal odors, and then prevent them in the future?

There are a number of steps you can try to eliminate unpleasant smells from the garbage disposal:

  1. Plug the drain and fill up the sink to near maximum capacity with hot water. Add a few cups of laundry bleach and a few drops of liquid dish detergent, while the water is running. Once the sink is almost full, you can pull the plug to let it drain, and run the disposal. The trick should be accomplished by the combination of soap, hot water, and bleach.
  2. Pour half a box of baking soda into the drain. Keep pouring vinegar slowly over it, until the foam settles. When the foaming has stopped, turn the hot water on for 5 to 10 minutes, and run the garbage disposal for at least a minute.
  3. Occasionally, put some pieces of a citrus in the disposal, and let the hot water run.
  4. Buy cleaner for your garbage disposal, and use it on a monthly basis.
  5. Verify that you don't leave food in the disposal.

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