What is a sewer cleanout?

Many homes have sewer lateral cleanouts. A cleanout is a vertical pipe from an underground lateral to the surface. A sewer cleanout is a point of access where the sewer lateral can be serviced. It usually is 4" in diameter and has a tight-fitting steel or plastic cap over it. If you are not successful in locating your sewer cleanout, you either do not have one or it may be buried under dirt.  A plumber can assist you with locating it.  If your home does not have a sewer cleanout, you may want to add one as it allows you or your plumber quick access to stop a mess and costly sewage backups into your home.  

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1. What is a sanitary sewer lateral?
2. What is a sewer cleanout?
3. Who is responsible for the maintenance of the private sewer lateral?
4. Why are defective sewer laterals a problem?
5. Why is it important to keep rainwater from entering sanitary sewer laterals?
6. How can you maintain your private sewer lateral?
7. Should you purchase sewage backup insurance?