How to find the cleanout


Old 04-23-13, 11:09 AM
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How to find the cleanout

I have a rental property where the cleanout has been covered over from years of shifting soil. I have a pretty good idea of where it should be, but I've never been able to locate it.

Is there any kind of trick for doing this, or is it just trial and error?
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Can you get the plumbing plan from the builder or building department?
Old 04-23-13, 11:26 AM
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Start digging... If it's relatively shallow a long, smooth metal rod or soil probe can be used to feel for it. But other than that it's not uncommon to have to dig a hole or two until you find it.

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I had the same idea as Pilot Dane.
The only other idea that may work if it's metal is using a metal detector, but it'll find the pipe, and not specifically the cleanout.
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If you want to spend the money...having the pipe scoped with a camera will find it.
Old 04-23-13, 02:06 PM
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If its cast iron you can find it with a metal detector. Thats how I often find the clean out caps as well as water line curb keys.....

If PVC then just use a probe and start where the sewer comes out of the house. Work your way around and towards the street.

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