Hey guys. I recently bought a house (about 2 years old - built by the
guy I bought it from) and when I had the inspector come in he
mentioned that I would want to get a cover for the "sewer cleanout" in
the basement. I went to the hardware store today and the guy had no
idea what I was talking about, but he directed me to a drum trap
cover. I told him I was going to go check the diameter of the pipe.
I then googled drum trap cover to find some and read about how they
are only in old houses. Can somebody point me in the right direction?
The right direction is right down to the parts counter of the nearest
plumbing supply house that will sell to the public. Unfortunately, in
some areas there is a distributor/plumbers cartel and they won't talk
to you or sell you parts (you could kill yourself with a 3/4" copper
el or other lethal repair items and they don;t want to be
Even.cruising the plumbing section in one of the box stores could be
productive. People at Ace Hardware and True Value are better than
average at helping out. look for a flat disc-like thing with threads
on this edges IIRC. HTH
If your cleanout fitting has female threads, you want
a "cleanout plug":
You can also use a "dollar plug"
which has an expanding rubber seal:
buffalo ny: what's beneath your basement floor varies with its
altitude above or below the sewer line. a trap needs water to be added
to block sewer gas [methane from decomposing] and anything else
accidentally poured into the neighborhood sewer such as gasoline from
a car accident, from seeping into the house. if this is a cleanout
with no trap below it it must be closed by a removable cover. if this
is the main floor drain that leads to a trap and maybe a check-valve,
it may need a slotted cover to accept water but discourage debris.
owner built homes may be built with various combinations of love,
experience, ignorance, and wisdom, and as codes evolve what's been
okay for a hundred years may be substandard tomorrow. thank your
inspector for the tip.
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