Cleaning a Main Sewer Line with an Outside Cleanout

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What is an Outside Cleanout? Why do I Need an Outside Cleanout?
Sewer Overflowing In BasementAn outside cleanout for drain cleaning has many benefits for both the customer and the drain cleaner. First of all, if you’re wondering what a clean out is, let me explain. A clean out is a access point into a drain line that allows you to clean a drain that is clogged or, for just a routine maintenance cleaning, cleanouts are usually a tee or, an extension off a tee in the line with a removable plug to provide access for the plumber to insert a snake and cable the line or, high pressure water jetting hose to clean the clog away. There is usually a cleanout inside your house, but the odds are you don’t know where it is or, its so old that when the attempt is made to open it, it, the cleanout either breaks or gets nasty drain water all over everything. Cleanouts are often located in basements, crawlspaces, and sometimes in floors, walls, and ceilings, but sometimes you may not have one, in that case a toilet must be pulled to clear the line. Sometimes even pulling a toilet may not work because there is a buried house trap under the basement floor that the drain cleaning equipment can’t get through in which case the housetrap needs to be located by our video camera inspection and location equipment so the cleanouts on the housetrap may be used to clean the line. All in all, cleaning a main sewer line can be much more difficult and in some cases impossible if you don’t have a outside clean out. The benefits to having an outside cleanout are that you can avoid the possible water damage, pipe damage, cleanout location expenses, and other expenses that could occur. We can work from outside your home and clean the main sewer line and all the way to the city street, making absolutely no mess at all.


How do I Find my Outside Cleanout?
Outside Sewer Cleanout FinishedLook around your yard between where your main sewer line leaves the house and where the line would connect to the city sewer in the street. There may be a 3 – 6” pipe with a cap on it, sticking up out of the ground or, flush with the ground. Sometimes however the cleanout may be covered over by landscapers or, the original installation may have been below ground level or, you may not have one. If your asking yourself if it is possible that you have one, the answer is yes, it is very possible, but if you do not have the “as built plans” for your property the only way you can know for sure is by using our camera inspection equipment. With our camera inspection equipment we have the ability to see inside your drain line, and we will be able to see if you have what’s known as a tie in leading up toward the surface for a cleanout, our camera transmits a locating signal to our locator receiver and we can find the exact spot where the cleanout is located, so we can dig up and expose the buried cleanout. Once the cleanout is found we can install a piece of pipe extending the cleanout to ground level where it can be found and used in the future.


What if I don’t have an Outside Cleanout?
If you don’t have a outside cleanout one or, several can be installed, in order to do so we will precisely locate where your sewer line is using our sewer inspection camera and state of the art electronic locating equipment then dig down to expose the sewer line and install one. If you are experiencing a sewer problem it makes sense to dig where the problem is located to both repair the problem and install an outside cleanout. At All Things Sewer & Drain Care any time we do a sewer repair we make sure that there is an outside cleanout or, we will install one at our dig location. A clean out must be the size of the line that is connected to, so that the line can be properly cleaned. The best location for an outside clean out is in an area that is easy to work around, where it is unlikely to be damaged by lawn mowing and vehicles, and is clearly visible should the need arise to use it. We recommend at the foundation of the house. If your main sewer line runs under the driveway a cleanout can be installed below grade and a access cover similar to a small manhole can be installed.


How is an Outside Cleanout installed and what does it cost?
Double Outside Sewer CleanoutThe process of installing a clean out is always determined by the work area, the depth of the drain line, any utilities that could be in the way such as gas, water, electric, and phone lines, obstacles such as ledge, sidewalks, pavement, retaining walls, patios, trees and shrubs can also affect the price and amount of work needed. The line needs to be dug up and exposed, then the line is then cut in two places, so a tee and the new cleanout can be connected into the existing drain line. The hole is then backfilled carefully so that the vertical pipe is not damaged. The cost of this job can only be determined by an onsite inspection and location of the pipe so the full extent of the work can be determined by us.


How do I Maintain my Outside Cleanout?
We recommend maintaining your outside clean out by keeping it visible so that it is easily located for future use, never cover it over hiding the cleanout from view. We also recommend that any landscaping be done in a manner that allows us access with our equipment to clean the line, and in a manner where nothing could bump or, push the pipe out of place causing it to break.



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All Things Sewer And Drain Care

(860) 857-1277
(203) 450-9444
(401) 647-6141

24 Hour Emergency Drain Cleaning Service, 7 Days a Week
Give Us A Call Now For All Your Sewer & Drain Cleaning Needs!

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