The three main types of clean outs you will hear about are:
- City/tap clean out
- Main line sewer clean out
- End of line sewer clean out
Let’s explain each of those clean out types and what they are for. A Plano sewer clean out also sometimes called a tap clean out is a clean out that is usually right at or really close to where the homeowner sewer line ties into the city sewer line usually at the pedestrian sidewalk, edge of the street or alley outside.
This is a clean out that if present would have been installed by the city sewer department and is generally their responsibility to maintain and/or use. A main line sewer cleanout would be within 1 to 5 feet from the edge of a home generally within the flowerbed areas of either the front or back yard of the home. It can be and is sometimes on either side of a home although that is not normal for most homes. This would be a clean out that would give access into the home’s main sewer line both in the yard and under the home.
Sewer Line Clean Outs
Then we have end of line clean outs. Many homes have these clean outs in the wall of the kitchen sink or washing machine and sometimes at bathrooms. This could also be sticking out of the ground although especially in newer homes this is not normal. These clean outs are for accessing branch lines of the sewer system. One way to think about this would be to picture a tree.
A city/tap clean out would be the bottom or root of the tree, a main line clean out would be up the trunk of the tree but before the first branch, and an end of line clean out would be at the outside tip of each branch. Also as you picture that tree realize that the water flowing within a sewer system starts at the tip of each branch and flows downward towards the trunk and then ultimately ends up in the city or bottom/root of the tree.
A main line sewer clean out is always necessary to properly test a sewer system under a concrete slab. It is used to insert test balls or cameras into the sewer line. It is necessary for testing and providing a visual inspection of the state of the current lines. They can also be used to unstop a clogged or plugged sewer line.
In-House Plumbing Company can install main line sewer clean outs if there are none present. Contact us today and allow us to provide you with a SECOND FREE ESTIMATE on any sewer leak in Garland, Plano, and neighboring cities.