A sewer cleanout is a point where you can gain access to the sewer that runs from your home to the sanitary sewer that runs along the street. It is very important that your home has one and that you know where it is. It is the responsibility of the contractor who built the home in the first place to ensure that there is a cleanout and they are normally outside, some are found close to the home foundations while others are found closer to the street, in any event, they are often hidden and unless you know what you are looking for you can easily miss them.
There are several reasons why it is important that your home has a sewer cleanout, the most important of which is gaining access for sewer line repairs in Bellingham WA. It is important that you, as the homeowner knows where this entry point is located in the event you have a plumbing emergency. A clog in the main drain is genuinely an emergency as no waste can leave the home, either from the sinks, shower or toilets. A clogged drain in the sink or toilet is far less of a problem.
Having a sewer cleanout makes it far easier when sewer cleaning in Bellingham WA is going to be accomplished with a rooter or snake. If there is no cleanout the snake will have to be introduced into the drain through a fixture or through a vent in the roof, neither of which are simple tasks.
If you look around your property and you cannot locate a cleanout for the main sewer it may be a good idea to call in a plumber and have one installed.
If you find that you have a clogged main sewer the options are limited; you can attempt the job yourself or you can call in a plumber.
A plumber is by far the best option, not only do they have the experience to handle these issues; they have all the proper tools that will get the job done quickly and effectively. If you decide to attempt the work yourself you will no doubt have to rent a drain auger and have a couple of friends standing by to assist you.