A sewer cleanout or cesspool cleanout oftentimes is imperative if blocked drains are occurring in home. This capped pipe provides access to a sewer line and is typically found along the lateral sewer line near the home. The sewer line is responsible for connecting the home’s plumbing to the city’s plumbing system. Ultimately, clogs or sewer clean out is a homeowner’s responsibility. A professional can help you determine where your point of access is. Typically they can be found on large vertical pipes or a main drain in a basement or crawl space. This is especially true for properties in cold weather.
When blockages occur, quick access is important to prevent overflow into the home. First, the water should be turned off. The pipe itself can be opened either by hand or with a wrench or snake. The head of the tool is placed directly into a pipe and clears any blockages and allows free flow through the sewer line.
A licensed plumber can help locate the area if a homeowner cannot. In cases of older homes, where there is no clean out installed, homeowners must pay to have one installed. If the plumbing in the home continues to be clogged, the city may need to be called and a sewer blockage reported as the issue may be on their end.
Under the prevailing Uniform Plumbing Code, modern homes have move clean outs. Older homes usually only have one main clean out at the front (public sewer system) or rear (septic). Newer homes have the main, but also have clean outs at the laundry, kitchen and master bath. In larger homes it is also not unusual to see a clean out in an exterior wall, below a second floor bath.