Where is My Sewer Line Clean-Out?

The main sewer line that carries waste away from your home is underground, but all sewer lines should have a clean-out port. This access point is designed to give you and sewer professionals a way into the sewer line without needing to dig up the pipe, which can be useful if you have a clog or need a repair. If you do not know where your sewer line clean-out is, here are a few tips to help you find it.

Do You Have the Plot Plans for Your Home?

If you have the plot plans that were used to design and build your home, this is the easiest way to find the clean-out port for your sewer line. It should be identified on the plumbing layout, making it simple to locate the port.

Look Between Point A and Point B

Your main sewer line leaves your home at point A, and empties at point B. The empty point is either a municipal sewer line or your septic tank. The clean-out port for your sewer line will be between the two points. The clean-out is usually a small pipe with a screw on cover that is poking out of the ground. In rare cases, it could be behind a wall or in a crawl space.

Call a Sewer Professional

If you cannot find your clean-out or believe you have a sewer line clog, call your local sewer professional. They can locate your clean-out and perform an inspection on your sewer line with a digital video camera that can be snaked through your sewer line. Once you know where your clean-out is, make sure it is kept accessible for sewer line repairs and maintenance in the future.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934

Peek at the Roots in Your Sewer Line

If your sewer line shares a yard with large trees, it is likely those trees are searching for a way to access your sewer line. The roots of trees can spread out from the trunk for 10, 20 or more feet, looking for water and nutrients. If you have jointed sewer line pipes, tree roots can find small holes to squeeze through at the joints and enter your sewer lines. If you want to know if there are tree roots in your sewer lines, there is a way to peek inside.

Digital Camera Inspections

One of the best tools the digital age brought to the sewer/septic industry is digital video cameras for sewer line inspections. There was a time when pipes would need to be dug up to find the exact spot when they were broken or cracked. Now, a small digital video camera can be fed into the pipe, giving a view from inside to inspect the line for issues, including tree root invasion.

Clearing Out Tree Roots

If you have a digital sewer line camera inspection performed by your local septic/sewer professional, they can identify tree root invasion. This can cause clogs and sewer backups, but the problem can be temporarily remedied. Hydro jetting and other tools can be used to clear out tree roots. However, this only clears them from the inside of the sewer line, not the small holes where they entered.

While uses hydro jetting regularly can keep your sewer lines free from tree roots, they can still have a foothold in the holes at the joints. Each year the tree and roots can grow, making these holes larger. It can eventually lead to a break in your sewer line and a need for replacement.

If you are concerned about tree root invasion into your sewer line, schedule a camera inspection of your pipe by a septic/sewer pro. They can show you the inside of your sewer line and discuss preventive options to protect your sewer line from tree root damage.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing Inc
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 435-4441

Prevent Sewer Line Problems

No one wants to wake up to a sewer backup into their home. However, if sewer line problems are left unchecked, that could be your reality one morning in the future. The problem is that most homeowners do not know they have a potential sewer line issue until it is too late. Stop waiting for the sewer backup to occur and invest in some preventive maintenance.

You maintain your car, HVAC and other systems to prevent failure. The same should be true of your sewer and plumbing system. Clogs don’t happen overnight, nor do rust or corrosion. These are issues that can be caught in the early stages and fixed before they cause a nasty and expensive sewer backup. But it is not something you can do on your own. You need to be able to see what is happening in your sewer lines to mitigate issues – you need a sewer professional.

Camera Inspections and Hydrojetting

The best way to maintain your sewer lines is to schedule a camera inspection through your local sewer service professional. Using a small digital camera, your sewer technician can investigate your sewer lines from the inside. They can view whether there are any clogs forming, tree roots that have invaded your pipes or breaks in the pipe that need repair.

After the inspection, if there is any sludge, tree roots or clog formations in your sewer lines, your sewer tech can clear your lines with hydrojetting. This gives your pipes a thorough cleaning, keeping them clear and free from debris that can cause a sewer backup.

Don’t wait for a mess in your bathroom or a soggy sewer spot in your yard to tell you there is a sewer line issue. Call your local sewer service to schedule preventive maintenance today.

Posted on behalf of:
Septic Service Pro, LLC
Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30334
(678) 292-8728

What Can a Sewer Line Camera Inspection Reveal?

In the past, the only way to know what was happening in your sewer lines was to dig up the pipes, creating a big mess in your yard. Digital technology has made it easier to identify sewer line problems without the task of digging up pipes unless necessary for repair. Small digital video cameras are used by quality sewer and septic service companies that can be snaked through sewer lines to inspect the interior and identify problems, making it quicker and less expensive to maintain your sewer lines.

Sewer line camera inspections can be used as preventive maintenance to find possible issues before they cause a sewer line clog or backup. They can also help determine where a sewer line problem is, and what is causing a sewage backup. Some of the problems that can be revealed during a sewer line camera inspection include:

  • Tree root infiltration. Tree roots are often the cause of breaks or clogs in your sewer line. Camera inspections can reveal if any tree roots have found their way inside your pipes and where they are located.
  • Sludge buildup. A thick buildup of sludge can occur in sewer lines that can lead to clogs. Camera inspections can check the levels of sludge; high levels may require a clean out, usually with hydro jetting.
  • Clog or crack locations. If you have a clog or cracked pipe, your sewer line professional can use a camera inspection to find the location to begin repair.

Camera inspections make it quicker and easier to maintain sewer lines, saving you money and time. Choose a sewer or septic service that uses digital camera inspections for maintenance and repairs.

Posted on behalf of:
A Rooter & Septic
100 Paper Mill Rd, B-1
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
(770) 927-7926

Do You Know What Is Happening in Your Sewer Lines?

The last thing any homeowner wants to think about is the sewage draining from their home through their sewer lines. But if a blockage occurs or a pipe bursts, you will be forced to think about those sewer lines and how to fix them. The best offense is always a good defense, and that includes using preventive measures to keep your sewer lines clear and in good condition.  A camera inspection of your sewer pipes can be the best way to catch any issues before they become a major, and expensive, problem.

Some sewer service companies offer a camera inspection to take a close look inside your sewer lines. This can be used when you are having problems, such as slow drainage or odor coming from your drains. These tiny, yet highly effective, digital cameras can inspect the interior of your sewer lines underground. They can pick up images of tree roots that may be infiltrating your pipes or show where a clog has formed. They take the guess work out of finding sewer issues, making it quicker to pinpoint the problem.

While these cameras are used to determine where and what is causing a sewer backup, they can also be used as a preventive measure. Having your sewer lines inspected is a great way to prevent a sewer emergency. When used in tandem with hydro jetting to clear out your sewer lines, a camera inspection can be the best way to prevent sewer issues and identify any abnormalities in the pipe system.

Don’t wait for a sewer backup to cause an expensive mess. Call to schedule a preventive camera inspection of your sewer lines with your local sewer service company.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934

What’s Happening Inside Your Sewer Lines?

There was a time when a sewer line problem meant only one thing – you would need to dig up those sewer lines to find the problem. Not only was this time consuming and expensive, it also made a big mess of your yard. Often the issue with a sewer line is something as simple as a tree root clogging a pipe. With digital video technology, you can now see what is happening inside your sewer lines without ever disturbing the ground above them.

Sewer Video Camera Inspection

If you have a backed drains in your home or you have noticed wet areas in your lawn, you know there is probably a problem in your sewer lines. The question is where and what exactly is the issue. It could b e a clog, a broken pipe or a few different problems. With digital video camera inspections, a local sewer service company can view the inside of your sewer lines and find the problem.

Often the sewer line issue is a clog. This can be from waste collecting in the pipes or the occasional tree root that will penetrate into a sewer line. The good news is that many clogs can be removed without ever digging up the pipe with the use of hydro jetting, which removes the clog with high pressure water, or a commercial metal snake. If it is a broken pipe, the sewer repair service will know exactly which pipe needs repair and can offer the best solution.

Next time your drains start to become slow or you notice a bad odor in your yard, call your local sewer company that offers video camera inspections. They can quickly find the issue and offer a fast repair option without the expense and mess of a manual inspection of your sewer pipes.

Posted on behalf of:
A-Flo Free Septic
Lawrenceville, GA
(770) 927-7926

Common Sewer Line Repairs

Professional sewer contractors responding to a service call involving a sewer pipe blockage will perform a camera inspection of a sewer line and identify what is causing the blockage.   If the pipe is damaged or installed incorrectly, the only repair available is to dig up and replace the pipe.  Usually this damage is either a crushed pipe, a cracked pipe or a pipe with a dip or “belly” in it.  A professional sewer contractor will be able to quickly identify the problem and make the repair quickly with minimal impact on existing landscaping.   Cameras have made identifying and repairing sewer line problems much easier!

The repair of a crushed or cracked sewer pipe is relatively straightforward.  The area is first excavated, then the damaged pipe is cut out and a new section of pipe is put in place.  If there is any dirt, stone or tree roots in the pipe, they are removed.  The excavation is then backfilled and compacted, with the landscaping then being restored.  The only time this can get somewhat complicated is when the sewer is “deep” in the ground, resulting in a much larger excavation.  There are specific government regulations related to “deep” excavations, because of safety concerns related to the potential collapse of the trench, while the technician is working on the pipe.

The repair of a pipe with a low spot or “belly” is pretty straightforward as well.  The area is excavated and then the pipe is lifted and stone is placed under it to support it at the proper elevation and to prevent it from sagging again.  It is critical that every sewer pipe has the proper fall on it to keep the sewage flowing in the pipe.  Once corrected, the excavation is backfilled, compacted and the area restored.  The same issues related to “deep” excavations apply here as well.

Root Control for Sewer Lines

One of the most common causes of clogged sewer lines is root infiltration.  A sewer line clogged by roots is a serious problem that needs immediate attention.  A clogged sewer line can result in raw sewage backing up into your shower and tub drains, sink drains and toilets.  Yuk!

Roots from almost any type of plants, shrubs or trees can cause sewer line back-ups, but tree roots are the most common offender.  Trees usually have the deepest and most extensive root system and they can penetrate into tiny cracks in sewer lines.  Once the tree roots have found their way into the sewer line, they will continue to grow and can cause the crack to expand, allowing entry of more roots.

Eventually, a mass of roots will form inside the sewer line which will collect grease, oil, hair, and other debris.  Ultimately, a severe clog will form and stop up the pipe.  No amount of plunging or liquid drain cleaners will clear one of these clogs.  Instead, its time to get an experienced plumber or sewer septic professional involved.

Modern video camera inspections will confirm that tree roots are the cause of the blockage which can be cleared with professional heavy duty cutting heads or by using high pressure hydro-jetting.  However, both of these techniques are only half of the job.  Unless you eliminate the root problem, more roots will grow and the clog will soon return.

One alternative is to replace the damaged section of sewer pipe which may be necessary if the pipe has been seriously damaged by the root infestation.  If the pipe is still structurally sound, your sewer septic professional will be able to apply a chemical treatment that will inhibit root growth for years without killing the tree.