An external clean-out (sometimes referred to as a rodding station) serves as an easy access point to the house sewer line, and allows the plumber to rod the sewer in a cleaner, faster, and a more efficient way than it can be done from inside the house. It also allows the plumber to use a larger blade that can be used when rodding is done from inside the house.
Having a well-maintained, clean sewer line is very important for your home. If your home does not have a proper external 6" clean-out, you probably should have one installed. From a proper external clean-out, not only can we rod the sewer, but we can also televise (perform a video inspection) the entire line to assess its condition.
Sometimes sewer lines need to be repaired. Sometimes it is due to tree root growth into the lines, no maintenance, improper installation (for instance improper support), ground shifting, age, or a combination of all of the above-mentioned factors. If such a need arises the pipe needs to be excavated and repaired.
In the event of such a need, we are fully prepared to investigate the cause and location of the problematic line, and repair it in a timely fashion. Whether the break occurs in the private property, public way or the street, we can take care of the entire project, traffic utilities locating, traffic control if needed, permit and inspection issues. If the work needs to be performed in concrete or asphalt covered area (such as street, sidewalk, or driveway) - we perform a full restoration of the area. As a homeowner, you do not need to worry about permit process, material delivery or anything else - we take care of the job entirely.
In the city of Chicago we can also rod and televise sewer lines for the the Private Drain Program (PDP).
We sometimes repair sewer lines without excavation. In certain situations it is more effective overall to line the inside of the line than to replace it. This method is a little more complicated, and - if needed - trenchless repairs are customized for the particular situation.