How To Unclog Your Main Sewer Line Without A Cleanout

Cornels Plumbing main drain backup cleaning without cleanout

A sewer cleanout makes unclogging and main line cleaning easier for your plumber. Basically, it’s an access port in your main sewer line that allows for easy access to your main line. But if you don’t have a cleanout, it can make things a bit more difficult. Here’s the process for how to unclog a main sewer line without a cleanout!

How To Unclog Your Main Sewer Line

If your main sewer line is clogged and you don’t have a cleanout, you may be able to clear the blockage using a plunger or a plumber’s snake. You have a few options to try before calling a professional. 

Drain Plunger

To use a plunger, fill the affected sink or toilet with water and place the plunger over the drain. Push the plunger up and down several times to create suction and try to break up the clog. 

Drain Snake

If this doesn’t work, you can use a plumber’s snake (drain snake), which is a long, flexible tool that clears blockages. A drain snake can be picked up at a local hardware store.

Natural Solvents

Using equal parts baking soda and vinegar, mix ⅓ cup of each together and pour down your drain. The chemical reaction may help loosen any blockages. Using hot water can help liquefy solidified grease and fats.

Chemical Solvents 

Another option is to use a chemical drain cleaner, which can help break up the clog by dissolving any organic material that is blocking the pipe. However, these cleaners can be harsh and may damage your pipes, so it’s best to use them with caution.

If you experience a clog in your main line and can’t clear it yourself, you should absolutely call Cornel’s Plumbing. We have the tools and expertise to safely and effectively clear the blockage from your main sewer line, even if you don’t have a cleanout. Trying to unclog main line blockages yourself can lead to additional issues, so to be safe, call the pros! If you need any more reason to give us a call, check out our fantastic reviews left by other satisfied customers!

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