If an Indiana municipality requires you to install a sewer cleanout, or you would like to install one for easier access to your sewer, NuFlow Indy has you covered.


What Is a Sewer Line Cleanout?

A cleanout is a pipe with a screw cap that serves as the access point to your sewer system. It’s an essential part of your home that will allow crews to clear blockages or fix your sewer line without digging up your yard.

Sometimes the sewer cleanout pipe is outside your home, usually sticking out above the ground in your yard or near an exterior wall, often near a main level bathroom. In other cases, the sewer cleanout could be found in your basement.

We use interior and exterior sewer cleanouts to perform our camera inspections, sewer line cleaning, and no-dig trenchless sewer repairs

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If you have questions about your specific pipe problems, please contact us using the form below or call us at 317-777-6489 to talk about your options.

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How Do I Find My Sewer Cleanout Pipe?

Start by looking near your main level bathroom, both inside and outside of your home. You can walk around your home, checking near the foundation for a capped pipe sticking out of the ground. Because it’s not used every day, sometimes a sewer line cleanout will get covered up by grass, bushes or other plants that have grown around it.

If you’re having trouble finding your sewer cleanout, don’t worry. As part of our camera inspection process, our local NuFlow Indy technicians can come to your Indiana home and locate your sewer cleanout pipe. They’re experienced sewer line professionals who know exactly where to look. While it’s beneficial for homeowners to know the location of their sewer cleanout, it’s important to leave any needed repairs to professionals. 

Does Everyone Have an Outdoor Sewer Cleanout in Indiana?

Not everyone in Indianapolis will have an outdoor sewer cleanout. Some older homes have a sewer cleanout in the basement or a vent stack on the roof, but they will not have an exterior cleanout.

If you don’t have an exterior cleanout, some municipalities – including Marion County – will require an outdoor cleanout installation before technicians can repair or replace sewer lines. This is a requirement whether you use traditional dig methods or NuFlow Indy’s trenchless pipe lining.

You may also request an exterior sewer cleanout on your Indiana property, even if it’s not required, so crews can more easily access your sewer lines.

An outdoor sewer cleanout is the best way for crews to access your sewer pipes. It is the least invasive access point for sewer line repairs. Crews will be able to work on your Indianapolis sewer system without going inside your property. This will make future repairs easier and cheaper. NuFlow Indy technicians can simply unscrew the cleanout cap to perform a hydro-jetting clean of your sewer line. They can also use the exterior access point to insert a liner and create a new pipe-within-a-pipe without any digging.

Can NuFlow Indy Provide a Sewer Cleanout Installation?

Absolutely! NuFlow Indy can supply an Indiana sewer line cleanout installation for you, and our excavation team will take great care to install the cleanout with minimal disruption to your yard or landscaping. Once we get a permit from the proper Indiana municipality, the installation process should take about one day.

An outdoor sewer line cleanout is an investment in your property that will save you time and money in the long run. If you ever have a backup or a sewer emergency, having an exterior sewer cleanout will get your sewer system moving again much faster.

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The Typical Process for an Indianapolis Sewer Line Cleanout Installation

If your property is a good candidate for a sewer line cleanout installation, the team at NuFlow is happy to step in and handle the job. We use the following process to ensure the best outcome:

  1. Assessing the setup – We will consider your plumbing layout and the local plumbing codes to determine a solution that works for your property. We will make sure to obtain all proper permits as well as use the proper resources to locate all underground utilities.
  2. Excavating the area – Once the appropriate location is determined, we excavate your yard to expose the pipe. We can use standard excavation equipment as well as a hydro excavator in situations where the dig location is difficult or requires precision.
  3. Making room for the installation – We will then cut out and replace a small section of pipe to make room for the new cleanout fitting.
  4. Installing – It is then time to securely attach the sewer cleanout fitting and vertical pipe so that it is accessible for future maintenance
  5. Sealing the area – After we are satisfied with your Indiana cleanout installation, we backfill the area and mound the dirt at the top to allow for natural ground settling.
  6. Inspecting – Once we finish the process, we work to make sure the cleanout is functioning properly and take note of any surrounding areas that might need minor restoration

Can NuFlow Indy Fix My Sewer Line Without an Outdoor Sewer Cleanout?

If you don’t have an exterior sewer cleanout pipe our technicians can still work to solve the problem. We can use other existing access points such as a toilet, roof vent stack, or another sewer line access area that may exist inside your home.

However, a municipality may require the installation of an outdoor cleanout. If this is the case, we’ll have to install the exterior cleanout before we can fix your sewer line. 

Watch for Signs That You Might Need a Sewer Line Cleaning

As your sewer cleanout company, we want to make sure that you are informed and prepared to take action when you notice any issues with your drains. Take a look at these additional questions that cover indicators of a clogged sewer line and the ways to prevent blockage.

What are the most common culprits for sewer line blockages?

There are a variety of factors that can result in sewer line blockages, but the following are the ones we see most:

  • Tree roots infiltrating pipes
  • Accumulation of grease
  • Debris buildup, like hair or dirt
  • Flushing of foreign objects down the toilet, like wipes, excessive toilet paper, and feminine hygiene products

What are some signs that my sewer line might be clogged?

If you experience any of the following around your house, you might want to consider bringing in a professional for your Indianapolis sewer line cleanout installation:

  • Gurgling noises – Unusual gurgling noises emerging from your drains are typically the result of air that is trapped by a sewer line blockage
  • Smelly drains – Sewer gas emitting from drains, toilets, or other plumbing connections will have an undeniable and unpleasant smell and could be another sign of a clogged drain
  • Puddles or sinkholes in your hard – Flooding or excessive mud present in your yard without rain could mean it is time for a sewer cleanout
  • Unpredictable toilet water levels – If you notice that the level of water in your toilet has been fluctuating a lot, it could be a sign that you have some blockage present in your sewer line
  • Water overflow present in your basement – Clogged sewer lines can lead to backup, which results in water and water overflow in your basement or crawl space

How often should I schedule sewer line cleanouts?

There is no set maintenance schedule for your sewer line. However, we recommend tentatively scheduling sewer line inspections every few years to diagnose issues early and prevent complications. If you see slow drainage or backups, that is a sure sign it is time to make a call. 

Can I attempt to clean the sewer line out myself?

There are minor drain blockages that can be solved with a drain snake or a water hose. However, it is best to consult with a professional who is trained to perform a sewer line cleanout for more complicated issues. If an untrained individual attempts extensive cleaning without knowledge of how to do so properly, the result could be further damage or even health hazards.

Contact Us for Sewer Line Cleanout Installation

If you’re looking for easier access to your sewer, a sewer cleanout is the solution. At NuFlow Indy, we aim to fix your pipe problems without destroying your yard.

Contact our team today to learn more about our industry-leading technology!

Published on: 10/20/2022

Author: Dave Perry

Dave Perry founded NuFlow Indy in 2016. Prior to founding NuFlow, Dave was the founder and CEO of DP Mechanical, a commercial and residential plumbing and HVAC business. He is a licensed plumber with 30+ years of experience in industrial, commercial and