A sewer cleanout is a capped pipe that rises vertically from the sewer main line to an exposed location on the property, usually outside. The clean-out provides access to the main sewer line. The access allows for inspection or clearing of the line. And inspection can be performed visually, or with a sewer camera machine that relays a video picture of the sewer line condition (see blog of 7/11/12). If a clog exists, the cleanout allows access for a drain cleaning machine, also called an auger. The auger sends a cable with a cutting blade down the line to cut away root intrusion, or other debris.
Sewer clean-outs are the responsibility of the property owner. Property owner’s, or tenants should be educated on the location of the clean-outs. When a blockage occurs, quick access to the clean-out can be critical to relieving the back-up, and preventing property damage caused by an interior overflow. If your home or property does not have a clean-out, or if you’re unsure, call MapleService to have one located or installed. Think ahead, and prevent an unpleasant flood.
Submitted by Dale Maples, Owner
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