Sewer pipe clean out cap

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Keeping your cleanout pipe capped is an important part of maintaining your personal service lines and protecting the system as a whole. Through our Cap the Cleanout™ program, LRWRA will install a cap for you FREE of charge! It’s just that simple. But first, we want to make sure you know what a Cleanout Cap is, why this simple replacement is an important part of preserving the sewer system, and how to install a replacement cleanout cap yourself if you choose to.

What is a Cleanout Cap?

A cleanout is a vertical pipe connected to the underground sewer line. They are typically located near the home and close to the property line. It has a removable cap for ease of maintenance access. It’s important to know the location of your cleanout in case you or your plumber need quick access to the sewer system.

Why Replace a Damaged or Missing Cap?

  • To PREVENT rainwater from entering the sewer system.
  • To KEEP debris out of the service lines which can cause blockages and lead to backups in your home.
  • To HELP prolong the life of the sewer system which can save money from costly repairs.
  • To PREVENT rodents and small animals from entering the sewer system and your home.

Cleanout Cap Replacement Program

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What is a Cleanout Cap?

A cleanout is a vertical pipe that connects to the underground sanitary sewer system. It has a removable cap in case you or your plumber need to access the sewer line. Sanitary sewer cleanout pipes are typically located somewhere near the front of the house (sometimes hidden in a flower bed), and are made of PVC pipe.

Why Do I Need a Cleanout Cap?

  • To prevent rainwater from entering the sanitary sewer system.
  • To keep leaves, grass and other debris out of the line.
  • To keep rodents and insects from entering the line and your house.

Cleanout Cap Replacement

Mansfield Water Utilities will replace a missing or damaged cleanout cap at no charge. Fill out the form with your contact information, and we will schedule a time to inspect and replace your cap. You don't need to be home while it's replaced, and we'll leave a note once it's been completed.

What Does a Cleanout Cap Look Like?

Cleanout caps can be various sizes, colors and materials. Your cap might be located in places like a flowerbed near the house, out in the yard, or in or near a sidewalk or driveway.

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Do You Know about Your Sewer Cleanout – Why it’s Important and How to Locate It?

Mike Williams, , Plumbing Tips,

Sewer cleanouts aren’t the subject of everyday conversation, but they sure are when something goes wrong, aren’t they? In fact, most homeowners don’t know where their cleanouts are located or even what they do. Since backed up waste water in a home is such a terrible thing to contemplate, much less experience, we thought we’d take homeowners through a sewer cleanout – why it’s important and how to locate it. When they become the topic of everyday conversation, homeowners will know how to advise their fellow sufferers.

What is a Sewer Cleanout?

Plumbing pipes run all through a house. They come together in a main pipe system called a stack. From there, the sewage runs out of the house and into the county sewage system or a septic tank. Stuff happens, though, such as clogs of a dozen different types stopping a pipe from allowing waste water through. A sewer cleanout allows a snake or a hydrojetting tool to disperse the clog and get things running again.

And They’re Important for What Reason?

Waste water isn’t only smelly and unpleasant, it forms a health risk as well. When it seeps into the floors and baseboards before it’s cleaned up, waste water stays there, unless it’s cleaned immediately by professionals. That is a continued risk to the health of all who live in the house. Moreover, if the health department finds out about it, then the homeowner will be fined and instructed to get it cleaned up.

Additionally, dangerous gases build up in piping. Without a sewer cleanout with a proper cap on it, those gases could get into the air around the house or inside the house.

Where are Sewer Cleanout Pipes Located?

Not all plumbing is done to code, or in some places at least just enough to pass code. While most cleanouts are located outside the home, some (especially in older homes) are located inside. That could put the cleanout in several different places, including on the drain stack in the basement. A few pipes coming into the stack usually bend somewhere, and the cleanout on the stack is a better way of getting at the clog than removing a fixture like a toilet to get at the clog. Each stack has a roof exit, where a cleanout could be located. There are also cleanouts located outside the house in a line each 100 feet until they get to the main sewer line. The pipes will generally be either cast iron or PVC (plastic) piping with a cap of either plastic, brass or cast iron on top.

Anything Else We Should Know?

Absolutely. First, if you have a sewage problem, turn off the water immediately and stop using water fixtures like the washing machine and toilet. Second, find the sewer cleanout outside the house. Clear it of grasses, landscaping, dirt and debris and keep it clear. If homeowners can unscrew the cap, then they can get in there with a snake to unclog the line. If the homeowner can’t open the cap, then plumbers might need to be called. They will have the right wrenches with which to open the cap. They will also have a long enough snake or perhaps a hydrojetting tool if hydrojetting is required.

Hundreds of people every day need to unclog their sewer cleanout, but they haven’t a clue. Plumbing is usually a dank, dark, wet subject that homeowners don’t want to contemplate. Occasionally, though, you’ll need to know where the sewer cleanout is located. We hope this explanation helps. Bay Area Plumbing is available 24/7 for all of your plumbing needs. If you need help with a blockage, then please feel free to contact us for more information and help.

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