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See these pieces of 4" white PVC pipe sticking up out of people's yards?

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What is their purpose?

 

I have one at my house, but like the first picture, is right up against the house next to the outside faucet.

 

I think that it is there so that you could run a snake down into the house's main sewer drain and clean out a large clog.

 

I think.

 

I noticed a guy in a fifth wheel camper draining his black water tank into one of them. I suppose they go straight to the sewer?

 

If they are for snaking the line, why do they have them out in the middle of the yard? That last one, with the big screwdriver slot in the cap, was all the way out at the edge of the road.

 

 

 

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And why would that one house have two?

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Yes, sewer main clean out for the house. 
 

Maybe that house has 2 because they have 2 sewer lines?

 

I have also seen people install 4” PVC for deep root watering of trees. 

Edited by Pat Riot, SASS #13748

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A second pipe can be as Lumpy said, a shut off valve but I have watched plumbers repair a sewer line and add another clean out pipe where the repair was made.

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So cousin Eddie doesn't have to use the storm drain.

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My house is 1880 sq. ft on a half acre and there's a 1900 sq. ft workshop in back.  Total of three toilets, five sinks, one tub with shower and three total showers.  There are also sewer connections for laundry and a garbage eater.  It originally had a septic system but was hooked up to public sewage about 13 years ago.  I have 9 clean out plugs in my yard.  

 

This coming summer I'm having some work done in the yard and the plumber tells me that she will check these all out and thinks I'll probably need three, maybe only two.  The others will be capped and buried where I can hide them under landscaping.

 

Mina are all black and don't show up so much.

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If the plumbing is for sewer the material is WRONG!  Sewer piping is ABS (black) not PVC (white).

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29 minutes ago, J.D. Daily said:

If the plumbing is for sewer the material is WRONG!  Sewer piping is ABS (black) not PVC (white).

 

Not any longer. My sewer lines are white PVC.

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Several houses near me have a similar setup.  The pipe near the street is a second clean out. 

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They are cleanouts. The reason for multiples is that a house can have more than 1 septic tank and most houses with a septic also have a grease trap. In addition, houses with septic also usually have Grey water lines. I've never seen a cleanout on a Grey water line but I can see where someone might do that just in case. 

 

 

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