Every house should have a cleanout, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Many sewer line cleanouts are challenging to find especially in order homes that are more than 30 years old. In many cases, they’ve been buried, drywalled or concreted over for aesthetic reasons. Many of our state and city ordinances weren’t in place 30 or 40 years ago. A number of those homes didn’t have sewer pipe cleanouts.
One person, we spoke to said “My husband didn’t know where it was either since we’ve just moved in.” We looked at the home inspection report, and it’s not mentioned, in the plumbing section.”
Home Inspection Reports Must Include Cleanouts
If you’re moving into a home for the first time, make sure the home inspection report includes the cleanout. In newer homes, this is not a problem because sewer cleanouts are usually exposed on the side of the house. You can discover that in older homes the cleanout is on the roof. Also, know as the venting system their purpose is to perform two functions. The vents will allow sewer gases to be released while at the same time being connected to a vertical waste pipe.
Clearing A Sewer Line From The Roof
Clearing the sewer line from the roofs venting system can be achieved in the same manner of a standard sewer drain. The exception being, it will require an plumbing technician on the roof as well as on the ground. The technician on the ground will watch for the possibility of overflowing for toilets and drains while staying connected to the technician on the roof. In most cases, the average do-it-yourselfer can clear a drain, but in the case of a roof venting system, it’s best to leave it up to a plumbing expert.
Installed New Sewer Line Cleanout
At an older home in Escondido California, the customer had a sewer line back up, and the house had no sewer line cleanouts. Big B’s Plumbing located and installed a new sewer cleanout by tapping into the old line. They decided on a two-way cleanout. It didn’t cost the customer anymore, and it allowed two access points to the sewer line for any future backups.