What is a cleanout and where is it located?
You should familiarize yourself with your cleanout location. The cleanout is a vertical pipe located near the property line that rises from your sewer line to ground level and is capped. Sometimes, the cleanout becomes buried or hidden over the years and is forgotten. In some cases, older homes may never have had a cleanout installed by the plumber.

As a property owner, you are responsible for your cleanout. If the cleanout is buried, a registered plumber should be able to locate and raise it for you. If it is hidden, you need to make it easy for our crew to access. The Water and Sewer Department Engineering Division may be able to provide a location of the cleanout according to our records by calling (301) 739-8577 ext. 651.

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1. What should I do if the sewer backs up into my house or business?
2. What is a cleanout and where is it located?
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5. What is the purpose of smoke testing?
6. Is the smoke hazardous?
7. Will smoke enter my house?
8. What are methods are used to locate system defects?
9. Will anyone contact me with test results?
10. What is a Cured-In-Place Pipeline Rehabilitation Project?