If you have a clog or blockage in your main sewer line, often the first thing a professional will ask you is, “Where’s your sewer cleanout?”
Well, here’s what a typical sewer cleanout looks like:
A typical sewer cleanout. Other types of cleanouts have a cap that looks like this.
Now, finding your sewer cleanout can be a little tricky because different homes have them in slightly different locations.
Some tips on where to find your home’s sewer cleanout include:
Once you find the sewer cleanout, you’ll want to contact a professional to help you clear your main sewer line because it’s a dirty job that requires special plumbing tools.
Curious what a sewer cleanout does? Read on...
The purpose of your home’s sewer cleanout is to give you access to your home’s main sewer line.
We’ll explain why that’s important...
Secondary lines feed into your home’s main sewer line
Ideally, your home’s plumbing system should work like the image above, where water flows from your home’s plumbing fixtures (toilets, sinks, etc.) into the main sewer drain.
A clog in the main sewer line
But, when there’s a clog in the main drain, water can’t pass through the blockage, which will quickly lead to problems like water backing up in your bathtub when you flush the toilet.
Thankfully, though, your sewer cleanout gives a professional direct access to the main sewer drain. A professional will have the right tools to clear whatever is causing the clog, like a plumber’s auger or, for more severe clogs, a water jetting machine.
What you’ll actually pay to have your sewer line unclogged depends on these cost factors:
Can’t find the sewer cleanout? Or need a plumber’s help clearing a sewer line clog?
Give us a call. We’ll answer any questions you have or send a plumber to fix whatever’s causing your plumbing system to clog.