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Looking down sewer clean-outs


Mike Lamb
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This is why it's a good idea to look down clean-outs if possible. This sewer had about 2" of standing water in it. I dropped a wad of toilet paper down and it didn't move.

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This lid was easy to remove. Sometimes I use a large Channellock to unscrew the plug.

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I dropped a wad of toilet paper down and it didn't move.

That's because you didn't flush....

I make it a habit of pushing on, and looking down all vent pipes/ stacks on the roof line as well. I've found many loose/ detached joints, and one a few weeks ago where the stack was never connected. Looking down the 3" pipe, all I could see was wall framing, distribution pipes, etc. I told them to put an elbow on the top so that the house could still vent while preventing rain water entry.

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