When getting to know your plumbing systems in your home or business, it is important to understand the importance of cleanout systems, how they work, and the regulations for their placement and use for safe, secure and effective functioning of your drainage system.
Cleanouts in drainage systems are pipe fittings that allow an entrance for drainage system cleaning, blockage clearing or inspections. Every drainage system requires a cleanout fitting, often at various points, to allow for clearing blockages, such as those which are prone to happen regularly in kitchen and bathroom plumbing and laundry areas.
It is important to ensure that your drainage system, whether it be small scale or for a larger, more complex shared system, has cleanout fittings throughout. This will allow for future cleaning and ease in the flow of the drainage system, requiring, in the long run, less maintenance if the system runs smoothly.
There are rules and requirements for each type of system, such as pipe length, how large, and how many fitting needed, and where they should be located in the drainage system and the greater building. For example, one rule is that all cleanouts must be situated very close to the wall, where the drain leaves the building. In the past, it was required to be inside, though now it is more important that there is proximity to the building, so outside is permitted. The most important caveat is that it must be accessible, not sealed inside or underneath walls or concrete. Also, when cleanouts are not in use (maintenance work), they must be closed and sealed.
Cleanout fitting parts that are capable of being removed must also be made of a non-corrosive and must be able to create a seal that is gas tight. When maintenance for the drainage system is underway, accessed by the cleanup fitting, maintenance should also include checking that the cleanouts themselves are updated and secure. This is for both safety, and effectiveness in functioning.
For more help on drainage systems, contact a plumbing expert.