A properly maintained sewer is an integral part of your house’s sewage system because it’s where the main sewer line is actually accessed. A sewer cleanout normally consists of a long pipe with a threaded cap which is connected to a large sewer drainpipe. However, it’s also important to note that not all sewer access pipes are sunken so you need to check your sewer cleanout location frequently.
Sinkholes can appear anywhere from two to six inches in diameter and they may be visible at the bottom of the sewer and also in the drain field. However, it’s extremely important to make sure the sewer is clear before getting started on a repair job. If water has collected in the sewer drainfield you could be faced with huge sewer cleanup bills if the water leaks out onto the floor.
If the sewer access pipe is blocked then you will have to remove the blockage using a plunger. Once you’ve located the obstruction you can begin pumping water out of the drain field using a long hose. In some cases you’ll have to pour water all the way down to the basement so don’t be afraid to get creative with your cleanup.
A good sewer access pipe should have a rubber seal on it in order to prevent dirt and debris from seeping through. If you notice any sort of debris protruding from the drain it is advisable to clean it up using the plunger and hose. You can clean the area using a wet sponge and then remove any excess dirt or debris using a hose. When using a sponge remember to wash the sponge completely after every use in order to avoid water stains.
If you want to do a thorough sewer cleanup you may want to dig a hole in your basement floor and pour a couple of inches of water down your sewage drain field. This will help loosen the dirt, debris and silt that is inside your sewer drainfield. The water will soak up the dirt and debris as it makes its way down your drainfield.
To clean a blocked sewage drain it’s important to follow these simple steps: remove the obstruction and remove the blockage from your sewer access pipe. Clean the area with water in order to loosen any remaining dirt or debris.
Using a plunger you can pump the water into the drain field so that the water reaches all areas of the drain field. If you notice that the blockage is too difficult to get out using the above steps then you may have to dig a larger hole in your basement floor and pour more water down your sewer drain field.
If you do not remove the obstruction from the sewer access pipe the water will eventually fill the pipe and then the sewer can overflow. This can lead to massive sewer cleanout bills if you don’t have an effective sewer cleaning plan in place when it comes to cleaning your sewer.