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 Cleanout pipe shifted - must repair?
Author: mvmcgee (TX)

We bought a house two months ago, and now suddenly had a sewer line back up - got it cleaned out by Roto Rooter - no apparent line breaks, or impairments, however, the cleanout pipe seems disconnected where it meets the sewer pipe. It has shifted about two inches aside from where it was connected. It is not impacting that line, not in it, just not perfectly over it.

Does this need to be repaired asap, or at all? It seems the ground shifted a bit, which disconnected it, but everything else is fine.

If this is just an access point, and doesn't inhibit the flow appreciably, is it necessary?

Thanks for your insight.. ..



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 Re: Cleanout pipe shifted - must repair?
Author: North Carolina Plumber (NC)

We're talking underground ? If so it should be repaired, to keep the dirt, mud and surface water from getting in your drain pipe.

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 Re: Cleanout pipe shifted - must repair?
Author: mvmcgee (TX)

Okay - Seems strange that it would just separate like that, but there is always something that has to be fixed. It isn't very deep, so hopefully not very expensive, as I suspect the excavation is usually the most pricy part of the work. Thanks for the feedback...

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 Re: Cleanout pipe shifted - must repair?
Author: stuckinlodi (MO)

Is it one of the "saddle" style fittings where the cleanout attaches to the sewer pipe? If so I can see where it could be dislodged under some conditions. They are used to add a cleanout more easily to an existing buried line.

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 Re: Cleanout pipe shifted - must repair?
Author: PlumberLoren (CA)

The ground shifting sounds like problems in the future if it continues to shift.

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 Re: Cleanout pipe shifted - must repair?
Author: North Carolina Plumber (NC)

The ground will always shift a bit, due to freezing and thawing, it must have not been a good connection to begin with.

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