You want the smell and sewer backup gone. Easy access to clogs speeds up the process, which is the purpose of sewer cleanouts. A sewer cleanout is a pipe with a cap that provides access to the sewer line so you can remove clogs and blockages yourself, or with the assistance of a sewer cleaning professional. While sewer cleanouts are an important part of your home’s sewage and plumbing system, not all homes were built with them. Go Direct can install sewer cleanouts if your home does not have them.
If you already have one or more sewer cleanouts in or around your home, it is important to know where they are so you can get to them quickly. Sewer cleanouts can be located in several places along the lateral sewer line. There may be a sewer cleanout near your home and/or near your property line. Sewer cleanouts can also be located in the basement to make it easier for homeowners to access.
After you locate your sewer cleanout, you need to remove the cap. The cap can be removed by twisting it with your hand or with a wrench. Once the cap is removed, check for signs of clogs or blockages. Clogs and blockages can be cleared using a plumbing snake or an auger purchased at a hardware store. There are different types of plumbing snakes, ranging from simple handheld models to motorized augers. The end of the auger is inserted into the sewer cleanout, and the cable is pushed through the sewer lines to remove blockages.
If you aren’t able to clear the blockage yourself, the situation needs a sewer cleaning and repair professional.