If you are in need of a sewer cleanout, it is important that you understand what your options are before calling a professional sewer repair company. While some people do not realize their options, it can help to know what is available and how to locate the best services available for your needs.
Your sewer cleanout will generally appear on the side of your home, usually opposite your bathroom and kitchen drain lines. In older homes, the cleanout often appears as small gaps in your house, typically with a plastic cover, similar to small manhole covers. You will need to take a look at your entire house and see if any of these areas are clogged with debris, hair, or other substances that may not be visible.
Before you call a professional sewer cleanout, take a few minutes and check the drains in your basement and crawl space. A clog could lead to more damage to the pipes or even serious health problems. If you do have a clog, call your local water and power company to see if they can assist. You may be able to clear it up yourself if you follow a few simple steps.
The first step is to disconnect the water supply to all appliances in your house. Some homeowners mistakenly believe that a clog in the water supply will clear up itself when the power is turned off. However, if you leave the water running in your house while it is unplugged, you can allow any accumulated garbage to gather in the pipe. This may cause serious damage to the pipes in your house and lead to a more costly plumbing repair. Instead, turn off the power to your house and check the water level and temperature.
The second step is to look around for a small hole in your basement floor or wall. Usually these holes will have a piece of paper covering them, but some may simply require a little bit of elbow grease and some elbow grease paint to get a smooth surface. Once you have located the hole, you can use a screwdriver or hammer to slowly pry open the cover and remove the debris from the pipe. Using a wrench to loosen the pipe will also work well.
Professional sewer repair companies have the tools and equipment to safely and effectively locate and repair all types of sewer clogs, including the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, septic tank, and toilet clog, among others. Most of the time, they will also have special tools and equipment to remove sewer blockages, especially in older homes.