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Sewer Cleanouts

What is a sewer cleanout?

A sewer cleanout is a capped pipe which provides access to a property's sanitary sewer lateral, allowing blockages in the lateral to be cleaned out. It is usually a 4" capped pipe with a steel or plastic cover, typically found in a property's basement so is can be accessible in the winter months.

How can I tell if my property has a sewer cleanout?

Minnesota plumbing code provides for at least two cleanouts in the building drain. One cleanout is located near the base of the vent stack and one cleanout near the connection between the building drain and the building sewer. Be aware that the cleanout at the outside wall of the property may be inside or outside the property.

The sewer cleanout capped pipe should be located in your basement or your front yard, possibly under or behind bushes close to the exterior walls of the building. 

I cannot locate my sewer cleanout? What can I do?

If you cannot find your sewer cleanout, either you do not have one, or it may be buried under dirt, concrete or carpet. Contact a plumber for assistance in locating your sewer cleanout.

Can the City of Minneapolis install a sewer cleanout if I do not have one?

No. Sewer cleanouts belong to the property owner, and it is their responsibility to install a building sewer cleanout.

Last updated Feb 27, 2018



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