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Old 12-04-04, 10:36 PM
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I saw two similar posting as this one and one of the responses was that the vent must be blocked. How do you clean out a vent? Does one use a plumbing snake? Thank you.
Old 12-05-04, 03:14 AM
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Vent pipes exit up on the roof. Get a plumber's snake long enough to snake from the top to the bottom of the vent stack, which should be down to the main drain level under your house.
After removing whatever (leaves, debris, birdnest, etc.) you can by hand, snake the vent(s) and then flush it down with a water hose sprayer.
Good luck!
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I don't see your question, but if the problem is that water is backing up into fixtures, that is a drain clog, and is NOT related to venting. It is certainly possible to snake a main drain through the roof vent, but that does involve climbing on the roof; and depending on the installation, it may have elbows that make snaking difficult.
Old 12-05-04, 07:16 AM
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The questions were,1) "How do you clean out a vent?" 2) "Does one use a plumbing snake".

Sometimes we forget to read the WHOLE post.

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