Cleanouts are an integral part of plumbing systems to help prevent unexpected plumbing issues. You can identify cleanouts by their caps; they come in different sizes and styles depending on the type of plumbing system. Typically, mainline cleanouts are more extensive than those used for branch lines. Threaded cleanouts are universal in older homes, while newer constructions may feature slip-fit cleanouts. To learn more about their whole purpose, our Affordable Service experts provide additional information below.

How Are Drain Cleanouts Used 

Each drain in a home has a cleanout for removing debris. Plumbers use them to diagnose and fix blockages that plungers and snakes can’t handle. With a cleanout, it’s much easier and more convenient to inspect the sewer line and determine the problem’s location. Our technicians usually use them to insert hydro jets or industrial snakes to clear blockages. However, they might first use them to insert an inspection camera to identify the issue before proceeding with clearing the blockage.

What If I Have Trouble Locating It

If your home was built after 2000, it should have a drain cleanout due to updated building codes. Generally, you can find your cleanouts for the main line in the front or back yard. However, if you cannot find it, you can check the basement or crawlspace, as it is typically near the house’s foundation.

What If Your Home Has No Cleanout

If your home doesn’t have any cleanout, it’s likely your piping is cast iron, and any clogs will have to be cleared by accessing your roof or removing a toilet. As your system ages, you’ll eventually need a complete overhaul, which is when professionals can install cleanouts. This installation can be expensive, but it will likely increase the value of your home.

At Affordable Service, we understand the importance of cleanouts to preserve a functional and efficient plumbing system. That’s why we offer expert installation, maintenance, and repair services to keep your cleanouts and plumbing system in top shape.