How to hide sewer cleanout in basement? So, you’ve just finished your basement renovation. It’s beautiful! You have a big TV mounted on the wall with some comfy couches for movie night or game time. You have your storage space, too – but there is one problem: it has a sewer cleanout in it.
This may not be an issue for most people, but if you’re like me and don’t want to see this when I’m sitting down with friends at my new home theatre, then this article is for you! Here are three ways to hide that pesky pipe so it doesn’t ruin your whole experience of living downstairs.
Why is it necessary to hide sewer cleanout in the basement?
The best practice is to put the cleanout in a location that is easily accessible in case there’s any spill or overflow to prevent basement flooding. If you’re living next to a suburban street, it will be difficult for people above ground to see whether anything is coming from your sewer line. You might want to buy some plastic “eyeballs” and zip ties.
This ensures that the watcher knows whether you have sewage coming out of your pipes so they can tell when something’s wrong and call their local sanitation company before it becomes a bigger problem. The best practice is usually not sufficient for farmhouses since most farms are surrounded by land and not houses, so this advice doesn’t apply as closely there.
How to hide sewer cleanout in basement step by step?
Step 1: Turn off the water supply to the house, and run all of the water out of any fixtures as well as dishwasher and washing machines.
Step 2: If you have a heavy table or other heavy furniture that can be moved, they need to be moved now. A person would also need to stand on one side of it for safety reasons.
Step 3: Your sewer cleanout is usually located in a corner and about 4 feet up from ground level where pipes slope downwards towards your septic tank/manhole access point.
This may or may not be easy to see with an inspection for cracks at the bottom of the drainpipe we recommend using a flashlight inserted into this area.
Is there any alternative to hiding a sewer cleanout in the basement?
We do not think so but yes if you try then there are several alternatives. For a standard-sized drain, a plunger can take 5 minutes to fully clear a clog and you’ll be back in business. One of the most painful experiences for me is going through the experience of using an auger or snake on my drains since it always seems to get stuck somewhere in there and I end up having to cut it out with pliers.
The sound is awful when that happens! And don’t even get me started on when I’ve then been unable to break free from whatever’s trying to keep preventing my escape from this fate. Forget that!!
How can you easily remove the main drain cap?
Open your home’s main water supply shutoff valve (usually under your sink) all the way. Locate the pipe coming from the main water supply line inside your home and locate a nearby access point, such as a floor trap or drain for an appliance.
Wrap two pieces of electrical tape around one hand to keep it from being scalded by touching hot metal. Reach beneath the base of a nearby appliance and press against its open cover plate with one hand while using your other hand to unscrew and remove its connector. Use pliers if necessary, but be gentle so you don’t accidentally strip any threads or break off any pieces that might interfere with proper reconnection.
For a quick and easy solution to hiding your sewer cleanout in the basement, try putting it at the top of a staircase. This way you can have an open space underneath for storage or decoration! You’ll also be able to access your pipes easily anytime there is a problem with them by just taking one step down from above. It’s as simple as that! Call us today if you’re interested in this inexpensive but effective fix to managing those pesky sewers under your home.