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How to Find Your Sewer Line

Jul 07, 2020
How to Find Your Sewer Line

Your main sewer line is where all of the household drains meet and lead to the municipality’s sewer system or to your septic tank. You may end up needing to find the sewer line when you suspect that there is a leak, clog, or break. If you have just moved into your house or if you have never dealt with the sewer line, then it might be difficult to find the sewer line. Luckily, Neighborhood Plumbing has some solid experience with finding the sewer line and we are happy to share some ways that you can locate yours. 

If you have any problems, questions, or concerns, remember that you can call the experts at Neighborhood Plumbing for assistance. Our certified plumbers are available around the clock with 24-hour service. A dedicated, friendly staff member is on standby to take your call.

How to Find the Sewer Line Within Your House

Maybe you want to find the location of your sewer line within your house to make sure it is not vulnerable to breaking or leaking into your home. Regular inspections can end up saving you from costly and harmful black water damage. To locate the sewer cleanout point in your house, you will likely have to head to the basement, crawl space, or garage. Look for a pipe that is roughly four inches in diameter with a screw cap on it that has a notch or square knob on top. If you cannot find this cleanout point, then do not worry. Some homes have an indoor cleanout point while others have it outdoors.

Locating the Sewer Line Outside of Your House

If you smell foul odor out in the yard, then it is a good idea to locate the sewer line and assess the situation. We recommend that you call a certified professional to handle leaks, breaks, and other problems with the sewer line. However, if you want to inspect the sewer line yourself, then try the following methods:

  •  Ask the Previous Owner: The previous owner has surely dealt with the sewer line and might know where the sewer line is located. Contact the previous owner and ask them for help. If you do not have their contact information, then check the deed or municipal records. If the previous owner is not sure of the location, then try asking the neighbors. Many neighbors have similar plumbing system layouts.
  • Check with The Municipality: Zoning offices, engineering departments, and building offices at your municipality may be able to help. Towns often keep property maps that mark the location of underground utilities. You might be able to request a map over the phone or you may be required to head to the office in person.
  • Check and Dig: Follow the pipes in your home and see where they all meet. Head outside of where they meet and dig around that area. Next is just a matter of prodding and following the pipe.

Call the Experts at Neighborhood Plumbing

Your plumbing system is vital for the function of your property. Digging can be dangerous as you run the risk of damaging the pipes. Finding the pipes can be stressful and time consuming. If you have an issue with your sewer line, then call the experts at Neighborhood Plumbing. Our certified plumbers are ready to take your call.

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