Cleanouts provide access to sewer lines from outside of your home, which allows maintenance or repairs to be completed outside of your home. For example, if you came home to a basement full of sewage you would be able to remove this without coming inside the home. Using a cleanout you can look right down into the sewer. It is a great troubleshooting tool – if you notice standing water, you will know exactly where the problem is located.
In order to install a cleanout, you will need to obtain an estimate from an excavating contractor. Ask the contractor to install a plastic T (do not use a Y). A “T” can go toward the house and out towards the street. Cap the plastic T at ground level.
One final bit of advice – do not bury the cleanout or remove it. Don’t park your car or stack firewood on it or use it as a flower pot! It needs to remain accessible when the time comes.