What is a Sewer Cleanout, and Why Is It Important?

If you’ve never heard of a sewer cleanout, you’re not alone. However, if your sewer system has started to have a few issues, you might come across this phrase. But what exactly does it mean, and do you really need to care? Keep reading to find the answers to these questions and more!

What is a Sewer Cleanout

A sewer cleanout is the section of piping in your sewer system that gives it access to your home. You’ll find sewer cleanouts in homes with the sewer system underneath the home’s slab. In homes in California, all water fixtures (like toilets and sinks) are connected to the sewer cleanout through a series of pipes. The cleanout is bordered on the other side of the city’s lines. Usually it is located a little ways away from the house itself.

There are two types of sewer cleanouts that you might have in your home. A one-way cleanout gives access in only one direction. A two-way cleanout has a U-shape and allows access in two directions, toward the yard and the house lines.

Why is it Important? 

As we mentioned above, most homes have their sewer lines under the slab, making them nearly impossible to reach. So if you suspect a problem in the sewer line, you’ll need some way to check it out without destroying your foundation.

A sewer cleanout is essentially a checkpoint for regular inspections of the sewer line and pipes. By opening up this section, a professional plumber can use a few methods to test for issues. For example, sewer cameras can be snaked through to look for damage or blockages, and inflatable balls can be sent to test for leaks. It also provides an access point to get rid of blockages.

Checking the sewer cleanout regularly will help you identify potential issues and keep them from causing expensive and inconvenient damages.

How Can I Find My Sewer Cleanout? 

Most modern homes in California will undoubtedly have a sewer cleanout, but they can be tricky to locate if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for. It probably won’t be visible since most homeowners tend to cover them up with soil, plants, or mulch. Depending on how many homeowners the house has had, you may have to do a bit of digging to find the cleanout. It should be just along the perimeter of the house.

Can’t find it? That’s not a problem. Professionals will have the tools to find the cleanout without digging up all of your flowerbeds.

If you suspect a problem with your sewer cleanout or would just like to know where it is, it’s time to call in the professionals. The experts with ASAP Drain Guys & Plumbing will be able to help you locate your sewer cleanout, diagnose any issues, and get those repairs underway. Give them a call today!