Next, you will want to locate a cleanout outside in the yard, Cleanouts are the sewer access point to clean or clear the drain and used as a relief to prevent inside home damage. Tip: if you have an alleyway in your backyard the sewer cleanout may be in the back yard, check there first. This is a picture of what your cleanout should look like. Once located, you will need pliers to remove the cap. Follow the “righty tighty, lefty loosey” rule. Once open, the water will flow out from the inside to the outside. It’s normal to have water come up from the cleanout.
Next, you can rent a mainline snake at most home centers. Make sure they carry a 60 to 80 foot ¾ inch snake. Be sure you get leather gloves to protect your hands. Do not use rubber or latex as they can bind up in the cable and cause personal harm.
The cable must have the appropriate tips to clear those stubborn stoppages. You can start with a single blade and if that is unsuccessful move to a double blade. Very important to slowly move the cable down the drain and not to use too much force. If the cable binds up, or you are having difficulty opening the drain it may be time to call a professional.
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