Jul 8, 2019

Caring for Your Buried Sewer Cleanout

Clogs are one of the most common plumbing issues. They can be frustrating to deal with, as blockages can make basic activities like washing dishes, flushing toilets or doing a load of laundry seem insurmountable. Thankfully, there are ways to remove even the most stubborn of clogs with help from a professional plumber. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we strive to provide the highest quality services for our Atlanta, Georgia area home and business owners. There are many plumbing maintenance tasks that property owners are familiar with. However, the sewer cleanout is one of the most neglected. Are you interested in finding out how to locate and care for your buried sewer cleanout? Here are some helpful tips. 

What Is a Sewer Line Cleanout?

A sewer line cleanout provides access to your main sewage line, making clog removals and emergency plumbing services more efficient. In most cases, they appear in the form of small capped pipes coming out of the ground, although sometimes they can be recessed inside a concrete slab beneath a plastic or metal cover. 

Tips for Locating Your Sewer Line Cleanout

For some, locating a sewer line cleanout is relatively simple if the cap and pipe is visible. They are normally located in close proximity to the home, in the front, side or back portions of the yard. In some cases, it may be laid in concrete near a driveway or walkway somewhere between the property and the street. In rare circumstances, they can also be found inside the home, normally tucked away behind a toilet. If you’ve never searched for the cleanout area before, it could be hiding beneath grass, bushes or landscaping plants. It could also be buried beneath a few layers of soil that has accumulated over time. 

Maintenance Tips

It’s important to properly maintain your sewer line cleanout, because this serves as a potential entrance to your sewer line. If roots, pests or debris make their way inside, it can increase your chances of forming severe clogs in your main sewer line. To avoid these issues, inspect the area surrounding your cleanout a few times a year for signs of risk or damage. In many cases, unaware homeowners or landscape professionals can accidentally harm the cap and pipe when mowing. For this reason, it’s a good idea to steer clear of using a mower near the cleanout. If you hire others to mow your lawn, make them aware of the cleanout area as well. If you notice that shrubs, tree roots or invasive plants are making their way around or inside the cleanout, you may need to redesign your landscaping or get advice from a plumber. 

Professional Sewer Line Clog Removal

If you do have problems with frequent clogs, then a well-maintained sewer line cleanout will come in handy. A certified plumber will have the training and specialized tools to clear away the debris that is responsible for your sewage backups. 

Need to Remove a Sewer Line Blockage? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing Today

Are you looking for an Atlanta, Georgia area plumber who can get rid of your stubborn clogs? Then call the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing. We’re happy to offer quality clog removal and hydro jetting services for residential and commercial clients in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Suwanee, College Park, Buckhead and other metro area communities. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with a licensed and insured plumber near you. 

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