Is my outside sewer cleanout a straight line from my basement drain?


A possible addition to this article: In Canada, at least, there are often numerous cleanouts on each branch off the main sewer line, generally tucked behind cabinets. Thus, if only the sink (toilet/shower/whatever) is blocked, or if only the one bathroom is blocked, you can use the clean out for the sewer line directly from the problem area, rather than having to go through the entire house, which saves you a lot of time (and money, if you're paying your plumber by the hour). I kind of expected this would be standard since it's the easiest way to get access to a specific branchline where the problem is; steering augers into the proper path of a junction is

a royal pain.

@anon167424 (The guy with the sinkhole issues): I'm afraid the city doesn't really know what it's talking about. The presence or absence of an opening that gives access to the sewage line into your home is irrelevant to the geological forces that cause sinkholes to develop. There are a...

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Often thought of as the main drain in a home, the horizontal drain line connects the house to the outdoor portion of the sewer line and then eventually to the municipal sewer system or a septic system. While most homeowners never have to worry about this important drainage system, there are always a few unlucky souls who are forced to deal with a main sewer line maintenance issue. Unfortunately, some sewer lines just aren't big enough to handle all of the discharge from showers, toilets, washing machines, and sinks. The end result: unexpected problems with your London Ontario sewer system.

How to Find Your Sewer Cleanout in Order to Conduct Sewer Maintenance

In homes constructed within the last 45 years, the cleanouts are usually located in the front of the house, under the basement floor. This is also where the drain exits the house. Alternatively, in the event of needing sewer maintenance, you can also find your cleanout outside the home, although it will likely be...

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A puddle of dirty water keeps rising through the floor drain in my basement. Is it something I can fix?

Twice in the period of a year, I've noticed a 2' circle of dirty water around the floor drain in my basement. I can't tell if it's after a heavy rain or not, or what other factors might be involved. I took off the drain cap and tried to put a 25' metal auger down there, but it only goes down about 12" and feels like hard ground underneath? Does that sound right? I was hoping to feed a lot more of the auger down in there and hopefully find a clog.

What types of problems should I be looking for? Is there something in particular that would cause this?

Just trying to handle this without spending money on a plumber just yet -...

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Using these expandable plugs, flapper valves.

I'll bet the Toilet and Storm are the same.
If only one line leads to the street, they are the same.
If in fact they are separate, the following still applies.

If plug is placed near floor drain like some have with floating ball
just under the floor drain cover,
that's fine for general back-flow from sewer.

Extreme pressure in line from street, and floor drain blocked,
can easily force sewage to the next level flooding kitchen to
bedroom from toilets /sinks.

In the past to control home sewer flooding in my area,
the storm drain entrance at the curb is blocked off with
custom shaped wooden timber.

A slot is made to only let so much water flow through it.
All entrances need to be blocked for your block.
Street Intersections can have up to 6 of them.

When water starts to white cap down the street and sidewalks,

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Frequently Asked Questions about Mainline Backwater Valves

Q: How much slope is required in a drain line in order to use a backwater valve?
A: In all installations, make sure the slope is adequate. It must be at least 2% (or 1/4" per foot) to insure proper operation (NOTE: this requirement does not apply to SF [Straight -Fit] and ML-FR-4 valves).

PLEASE NOTE: The Adapt-A-Valve takes up 6" of run in your line and the outlet is 1-1/2" LOWER than the inlet, so in just 6" the level of the pipe at the outlet side needs to be 1-1/2" lower. The Fullport Backwater Valve takes up 12" of run in your line and the outlet is 3/4" LOWER than the inlet, so in just 12" the level of the pipe at the outlet side needs to be 3/4" lower. Depending upon the amount of slope in your line (2% minimum is required for proper operation), you may need to replace several feet of pipe downstream from the valve to average out the "loss" of fall built in to each valve.

Q: Are...

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