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 Cleanout Cover Issue
Author: bwolfgra (WA)

Hi, I'm hoping someone here can help me determine if I have a problem I need to worry about. My wife heard some gurgling in our utility sink when water was running in another sink, so I checked our sewer cleanout to determine if we had a backup. We had this problem once before, because of root intrusion. The cleanout was clear, and water is flowing fine, so I think my problem may be a partial clog of that one sink drain.

When I removed the cleanout cover, I used a wrench to turn the large nut on the cap, but instead of the cap coming unscrewed, the entire top section came off (both the cap, and the top 3-4 inch long section of pvc it was screwed into. It doesn't appear that this was attached to the rest of the cleanout pipe. Should this entire piece come off, or should it be glued to the pipe so only the threaded cap comes off? The cap is in my backyard and there are rocks around it, so it wouldn't blow off in the wind. I'm not sure if it is designed this way in order to allow any overflow to happen there rather than in the house.

Thanks for any thoughts you have.

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 Re: Cleanout Cover Issue
Author: m & m (MD)

The clean-out adapter is not supposed to come off. Whether or not it is attached by cementing or some other mechanical means, without a photo, it is hard for us to say.

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