How to Locate My Main Drain Clean-Out
If you are unable to unclog your sink or toilet using a plunger or sewer snake, the clog could exist somewhere along your main drain line. You must access your home’s main clean-out to remove or flush the clog from the line. Locating your main clean-out could be difficult if you do not know where to look.
Follow a path from the main city sewer line up to your home’s exterior wall or follow a direct path from your septic tank to you exterior wall for dwellings without a basement or crawlspace. A city or municipality’s main sewer lines usually run 8 to 15 feet deep under the street. Check with your city or municipality regarding the exact location of the sewer line on your street. The main drain clean-out is along the front exterior wall. You may have an additional main drain clean-out along the rear exterior wall.
Access your basement or crawl space. Locate a drain line from a toilet, sink or bathtub and follow it until it connects with the main drain line. Follow the main drain line under the floor until you come to a pipe that uses a wye fitting to branch off the line.
Look for a flat, round steel or white PVC plug on one end of the wye fitting. A square fitting protrudes from the center of the clean-out plug. This same plug covers the main drain line clean-out along the exterior wall. It is this 3-or 4-inch plug that identifies the main clean-out.
Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.