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Sewer Cleanout Guide for Chelmsford, Braintree, Colchester Essex, and London

By Coody3 | August 7, 2023
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Your Reference for All Things Sewer Cleanout

The health of your drainage system should be important to you and one area of this aspect is a sewer cleanout. This process is something that is not in the forefront of many drainage professionals’ tool kit as a service but it is designed to make sure your sewer lines remain free-flowing and efficient. This short guide will look into the many forms of sewer cleanouts, providing you with the knowledge you need when dealing with sewer cleanouts in general.

Sewer Line Cleanout

The sewer line cleanout will remove blockages and build-up within the sewer system with its sole purpose being to maintain smooth operation. The choice of how this is done depends on the sewer itself as everyone is different.


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Main Drain Cleanout

The main drain is a portal or access point into your home’s main sewer line and is part of maintaining the overall health of your drainage system. Professionals would need a point of access to the main sewer line, allowing for the removal of blockages and the prevention of potential backups. This could be a short, round, white pipe with a rubber cap located in your garden or somewhere where the main pipe into the property is situated.  AJS Environmental, a leading drainage service company in the UK, offers 24/7 services for main drain cleanouts.

Septic Tank Cleanout Pipe

The septic tank cleanout pipe is also known as a septic tank access pipe. It leads from the surface of your property down into your septic tank and that gives easy access to the tank for routine maintenance and cleaning. This pipe is typically capped off at ground level as that tends to provide easy access to the tank. When it is regularly cleaned you tend to have fewer problems like odours and blockages that could lead to bigger problems.

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Storm Drain Cleanout

Storm drain cleanouts carried out regularly can easily help to prevent flooding during heavy rainfalls as they involve the removal of debris and blockages from storm drains to maintain good water flow. Storm drains are also known as surface water drains or storm sewers and are found along the sides of roads in car parks or in other areas where water can collect during storms.

The process of removing debris, such as leaves, trash, and sediment, that has accumulated in these drains over time will help as it will effectively carry away rainwater. Common sense can see that this will prevent street flooding outside properties in both domestic and business areas. During a cleanout, an inspection for any signs of damage or wear is also carried out and if any issues are found, they can be addressed before they have a chance to escalate.

House Drain Cleanout

The house drain cleanout involves cleaning the main drain pipe that connects your home to the main sewer system this includes water from your sinks, showers, toilets, and appliances, regular cleanouts can prevent smells and blockages where things such as hair, grease and food can build up.

During a cleanout, professionals will use the appropriate tools as each drainage system can vary. The pipe needs to be cleaned on the inside and one of the things that can do this is hydro jetting, which uses high-pressure water to break up and wash away blockages.

The amount of time this has to be done depends on the age of the system, the number of users and the usage habits.


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In conclusion, whether it’s a sewer line cleanout or a waste pipe cleanout, AJS Environmental has you covered. Use the 24/7 professional approach where you can make sure that no job, big, small or complex can be tackled. Contact through the website contact page or by calling 01268 512273 for all your drainage needs.


1. What is a house drain cleanout?
A house drain cleanout is a service that involves cleaning the main drain pipe of your home, which carries wastewater to the public sewer system. This service makes for an efficient flow of waste and prevents blockages.

2. How often should I get my house drain cleaned out?
The frequency of house drain cleanouts depends on several factors, including the age of your home, the number of occupants, and usage habits. However, as a general rule, it’s recommended to have it cleaned every 1-2 years.

3. Why is regular house drain cleanout important?
Regular cleanouts prevent blockages, which can lead to backups and potential flooding in your home. They also prevent unpleasant odours and can extend the lifespan of your drainage system.

4. How can I tell if my house drain needs a cleanout?
Common signs include slow-draining sinks or bathtubs, gurgling noises from drains, unpleasant odours, and water backups.

5. What does the cleanout process involve?
A professional will access the main drain pipe through a dedicated cleanout point, either in your basement or an exterior wall. They’ll then use special tools, like hydro jetting, to remove blockages and clean the inside of the pipe.

6. Can I clean the house drain myself?
While minor blockages can sometimes be cleared with over-the-counter solutions, it’s recommended to hire professionals for thorough cleanouts. They have the necessary tools and expertise to ensure the job is done correctly and safely.

7. How long does a house drain cleanout service take?
The time can vary based on the severity of the blockage and the size of your home’s drainage system. However, most cleanouts can be completed within a few hours.

8. Is the cleanout service messy?
Professional services, like those offered by AJS Environmental, ensure minimal mess. They use specialised equipment to contain any waste and ensure your home remains clean.

9. How much does a house drain cleanout cost?
The cost can vary based on the complexity of the job and the service provider. It’s best to contact AJS Environmental or another trusted provider for a quote.

10. What other services does AJS Environmental offer related to drainage?
AJS Environmental offers a range of drainage services, including sewer cleanouts, storm drain cleanouts, septic tank cleanouts, and more. Get in contact for a full list of services.

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