Where is My Sewer Line Inspection Opening Found?
Sewer drains are critical pieces of plumbing infrastructure that help move the water and waste away from your home. While Taswater takes care of the municipal sewer drains, it's the homeowner's responsibility to maintain those sewer drains that fall within his or her property boundaries. If there's a low section in the drain, water and waste can accumulate there and develop into a blockage over time. It's important to know where your sewer drain inspection opening is so you can quickly remove any obstructions within the sewer drain and restore flow into the sewer system.
Look at your Council plans
One of the best ways to find the location of your sewer line cleanout access point or more commonly known as an "IO" is to look at the council drainage plan for the home. Sewer drainage lines will be shown on these plans, and can lead you to the cleanout point. These plans will be essential tools to help King Plumbing professionals avoid the lines when digging is required.
Search in likely places
If you don't have council plans or can't identify the cleanout access on the map, start looking in the places where the sewer line cleanout is most likely to be. The cleanout is usually a 100mm diameter pipe with a screw cap that has an indentation on the top. It's most likely going to be above the ground outside your home between the house and the street. The cleanout might also be on the side of the home, closest to the bathroom.
Cleanout access might also be located in the basement at the bottom of a stack or suspended drain or maybe covered by plaster, but these aren't typical for most homes. If it's within the wall, you'll need to cut out parts of the plaster to look for it, but this can get messy quickly. Make sure to carefully avoid wires and other pipes.
Call a professional
When all else fails, look for a King Plumbing expert to locate your sewer line cleanout access. We have the skills and tools necessary to quickly find your cleanout access port and remove any blockages that exist. If it's within the wall, we can often identify where it is and get to it with as little destruction and disturbance to your home as possible. This will be crucial to avoiding additional repair costs and ensuring that the issue is fixed the first time. If your home is not equipped with a cleanout access port, it’s well worth the money to have a plumber install one for you to make future sewer cleanings a much simpler process.
A blocked sewer line can result in damages and unpleasant odors. Knowing where your sewer cleanout is can help you remove any obstructions and get your lines back into working order. Contact a King Plumbing Hobart professional today to locate your sewer line cleanout and address the situation. Call us at 0413-586-724