What is a Sewer Cleanout?
Article Date: 7/27/2018 | Posted By Nick
What is a Sewer Cleanout?
The sewer cleanout in your home is an access point for your plumbing and sewer systems. It is made up of a threaded cap on a fitting that when removed, provides a port for a plumber to insert an auger or pressurized water jet to remove blockages.
If you’re familiar with the drain cleanout under your kitchen sink, the sewer cleanout is a larger version of that. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, the cleanout under your kitchen sink is a 2” access point located at the bottom of the “U”-shaped section of the pipe to allow for easier cleanout at a point where clogs are most likely to occur.
If your home was built before 1970 and still has its original plumbing, chances are you won’t have a sewer cleanout. These handy access points became popular among new installs through the 1970’s and according to Houston plumbing code, have been mandatory for any new construction since 1985.
Your sewer cleanout becomes invaluable when it’s time to clear a stoppage in your plumbing or sewer lines. It is helpful to know the location of your sewer cleanouts, particularly when you require service for a stoppage. In a larger home with more than one bathroom, it is common to have more than one sewer cleanout location for the home. The more sewer cleanouts you have on the outside of your home, the easier it is to remedy a blockage when one eventually occurs.
My House Doesn’t Have a Sewer Cleanout, What Happens Then?
If your home doesn’t have a sewer cleanout, the only access that we will have to clear a clog in your drain or sewer pipes is by going through the internal pipes running from your sinks, tubs, and toilets. If your home does not have a sewer cleanout, it is highly recommended that you have one installed.
The process for installing a sewer cleanout is straightforward and is something that Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services have been doing since 1979. First, we dig up your main sewer line within two feet of the home, removing a section of pipe and replacing it with a new fitting containing the removable sewer cleanout cap. We test the repair for integrity and replace the fill.
The average cost of installing a sewer cleanout will run anywhere between $650 up to $2,000, depending on the condition of the existing pipes, as well as the cost of excavation work involved.
If you’re considering installing a sewer cleanout for your home or business plumbing, call Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services.