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Old 06-07-2011, 10:36 AM   #1
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What is this white tube in my backyard?


It used to have a covering over it, but I ran it over on accident with the lawnmower and it broke off. What is it and do I need to cover it back up?
If so, what couls I use to cover it back up? It seems to be made of plastic or pvc pipe.
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Not 100% sure but it could be the pressure/overflow tube for your drain in your house. So let say your toilet gets clogged, instead of blowing up your other ones or sink drains it will blow the cap off that pvc pipe in your backyard. My other guess is a drain for your backyard going from your backyard to the city drain on your street. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:54 AM   #3
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It is a sewer clean out for your house. You need to dig down around and cut even to repair, then place a cap back on it.
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:35 PM   #4
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It is either a clean out or a vent. If you can find what used to be on top you can get a clue as to which it was. If it was a vent then you need to put a vent cap back on it. If it was a clean out, then a female fitting with a threaded plug. Dig around it. Cut it off square and replace the missing parts. Extend it high enough to be above the ground, same as it was before. You need to do this before dirt, tennis balls, toys and debris get dropped into the line or tank and find their way to someplace that will cause you nightmares later on.
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It seems like overflow tube. You can expand the length to ground height. And cover it with round shape with a valve to use it.
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If it is a vent then it needs to be above the ground surface so rain water does not go into it.
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Likely a cleanout. Should be capped as in picture below:

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Do you have city sewer or a septic system?
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WOuld like to know what these are aswell. I have two in my yard. In between the perimeter of my yard and neighbors, mine isnt broken.

I have city sewage.
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Looks like hole 18 of a mini putt course.



Yeah probably a cleanout or vent, odd location to have it outside, but actually not a bad idea. You could maybe have someone flush the toilet while you put your ear to it. If it's connected to the drain system you should hear something.
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Limey,

If they have caps, then they're clean outs for your sewage. In order to be certain, use a 15" adjustable crescent to remove the cap and look inside. If it curves towards the city sewer hook-up, then it's a clean out.

Use the excellent pic Burnt03 provide above for reference.
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Limey,

If they have caps, then they're clean outs for your sewage. In order to be certain, use a 15" adjustable crescent to remove the cap and look inside. If it curves towards the city sewer hook-up, then it's a clean out.

Use the excellent pic Burnt03 provide above for reference.
There is no lid or cover on mine. Doesnt look to have ever had one. I tried sniffing it last night but it emitted no smells

My sewage clean out pipes are similar to the ones posted above, they are located close to the house and are capped off.

Im wondering if mine is water well related?
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Too small for well casing and too big for discharge. Wrong grass for putting green <grin>. Possibly air vent for bomb shelter?

From the type of grass it reminds me of living in Florida. Where I lived they allowed roof drains to be piped into the storm water systems as drainage was an issue and thin wall PVC was used. So if not a cleanout for sewer or septic then possibly a cleanout for that.
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If you want to spend some money on it, a sewer service can scope it out with a mini cam and find out where it goes.
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