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Drain Clean Out

Blocked drains wherever they may be located can cause flooding in your home or compound and just be a bother. In spite of this, there are ways to prevent blockages and to deal with them in case they do occur. The easiest way to access your drainage system is through the drain cleanout. This provides entry into the drainage to help you locate any clogs or blockages. The drain clean out is located on the main drain and is usually Y shaped. This design makes them easier to open and reseal and to accommodate a wrench.


You will know that your cleanout is blocked if you are experiencing more than one toilet, sink or bathtub that is backed up. Also in case multiple drains in your house are causing you problems, either slow drainage or complete blockage, your main drain could be blocked. You can fix this problem in about an hour or so or call a plumber to come handle it for you.


If you decide to unblock the cleanout yourself, you will need some old newspaper, an empty pail, Teflon tape, garden hose, pipe wrench and an auger; either a plumber auger or a power auger. Prepare your work space by laying out the newspaper on the floor. Next you should the pail onto the fitting of the cleanout ensuring it hangs below the fitting cap. Use the wrench to turn the cap until it’s loose. Turn slowly so you can control the water flow. Remove the cap after the water has ceased flowing. Then use the auger to try and reach the clog. Feed the cable as far as it can go turning it as you go so it can snag the clog once it reaches it. A power auger has more reach and can be rented from a home supply store.


In case the auger doesn’t do the trick, you can slide one end of the garden hose into the drain line as far as you can push it and attach the other end to a faucet. Close off the drain opening by stuffing old rags around the mouth of the hose then turn on the water at full blast. The pressure will hopefully clear the blockage. After you’re done and your cleanout is unclogged, wrap the threads of the cap with Teflon tape to prevent sewer gases from getting into your home. Reattach it to the cleanout opening and tighten it firmly. Carry out maintenance at regular intervals to prevent further blockages.