A sewer clean out is an important part of your home’s plumbing and waste disposal system. The sewer clean out provides access to the sewer line so that blockages can be removed. The Clean out is typically located outside your home in the front or back yard. The Clean out is a pipe with a cap that sticks out of the ground a few inches, it typically goes unnoticed until there is a problem.
But what if I don’t have a drain clean out?
If you don’t have drain clean out, backups can still be removed but it can sometimes be more challenging. The technician has two options in this situation: access the sewer line from the roof or from the toilet. Unfortunately, neither option is as effective as going in through a cleanout.
Option #1: Remove The Clog From The Roof
The sewer line can be accessed from the roof, but it is difficult to get a drain machine through because of the many turns in the pipes. In most situations, the drain equipment cannot reach the main sewer line and the backup cannot be removed. Another problem is that it is more dangerous. It can also be hazardous for technicians, especially in winter or during bad weather. There are times when it is too unsafe for our technicians to go on the roof.
Option #2: Remove Toilet
Removing the toilet may be your only option. This increases the cost of labor and the risk of damage to the toilet itself. After the toilet is removed, the technician can then use a drain machine to remove the clog. However, the clog may not be removed as thoroughly because the pipes beneath the toilet are smaller.
Both of these options are less effective and you may continue to have problems. A lot of times the technician cannot warranty their work if they cannot clear the drain problems through cleanouts.
Every home is unique and several factors come into play when deciding whether or not to install cleanouts. As a general rule, cleanouts are a great option. AAA Sewer Service Inc. can assess your needs and help you decide if this option is a good fit for you.