When you hear the word stack you may not automatically think of your drainage as many other things come in stacks: pancakes, toy building blocks, books that you are waiting to read. But plumbing stacks are an important part of your building’s water supply, especially when it comes to moving waste water – and actual waste, in the case of a soil stack – safely and hygienically out of your Southampton home and away to a nearby treatment centre.
Your plumbing system is a complicated network of pipes, bringing clean and fresh water into the home and taking away waste water from the bathrooms, the toilets and the kitchen and utility rooms, and, often, keeping the types of waste water separate from each other, as some water can be purified and returned to circulation, while other types of waste must be kept out of the system completely.
This myriad array of pipes snakes through your house on the way in, but almost all of it leaves via stacks: wide bore downpipes that use gravity and physics to flush waste water away from the home. Stacks are more than just water carriers though, they also have air inlet points that allow the water to keep flowing easily. A fully contained unit would be highly prone to blockages and to the pipes backing up, while a more open system allows air in to push the water onwards. These vents are usually put in places where people cannot see or smell them, such as on the roof. A stack, therefore, runs from the roof, down the wall into a drainage pipe that is buried underground, a distance of some seven to ten metres, depending on the height of your Southampton home.
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There are a number of ways that stacks can get blocked. The air intake can be blocked up by a bird’s nest, plant roots can interfere at any stage of the stack – plants are hardy and tenacious and will grow just about anywhere they can! – and sometimes items that should not be introduced to the waste pipe are flushed through the system. Another cause of blockages can be from the improper use of a plunger which causes a small blockage to shift further along the system rather than to clear it completely: once in the stack, a blockage can take hold on a pipe seam or protrusion and begin to build up again. If this happens, you will notice;
If you have any concerns, be reassured that No1PHD’s Southampton drainage experts are fully qualified and legally compliant when it comes to working with blocked stacks, and we have all the latest tools and gadgets to help us find and clear the blockage and we can even help you to take steps to prevent the blockage recurring in the future.
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