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Old 05-12-2013, 10:57 AM   #1
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recently had sewer line replaced. the sidewalk was destroyed and I have to pay extra to have it replaced. The real problem is now I have 2 cleanouts poking out of the ground 5 feet from the side door. One of the cleanouts is being used as a vent SEE ATTACHED PHOTOS. the inspector says it meets code.



1. I do not want to see sewer pipes every time I enter or leave the house.

2. I keep envisioning a 3 or 4 yr old sticking their finger in one of the holes and tasting the slime that comes out.

3. I do not want the smell of raw sewage lingering around the side door

On the plus side it looks like a nice place to change the oil in my car.

this house is located inside a city in western new york. The contractor is upset with me for questioning the inspector. I am open to any opinions and suggestions.
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it seems like it is close to the house.

didn't you discuss this before it was done?

If you didn't you are most likely without incurring additional expense going to have to live with .

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I've never seen a sewer vent at ground level like that. Regional thing?
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we do get a lot of snow here in western new york
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Plant shrubs around them.

You do need to be careful not to let dirt fall in if you need to open the cleanout and put a snake down.
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I've never seen a sewer vent at ground level like that.
Me either. What would it possibly be for?? Can some pro enlighten us??

As for the location of the cleanout, there may some code requirement for where it has to go. I have one in my yard, and it's about the same distance from the foundation as yours seems to be. I don't mind looking at it, but worry a lot about hitting it with the lawnmower. What bugs me is the four, 2-ft tall vertical pipes that stick up at the ends of my leach field laterals. But at least they're far from the house.

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Perhaps you're required to have a building trap in which case you'd want a vent on it.... I don't know anything about the specific code that requires them, but I would imagine that the vent should travel to the structure and terminate through the roof.
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I've never seen a sewer vent at ground level like that. Regional thing?
It seems to be prevalent in Onondaga county(Syracuse area) of NY.

I live east of there and it is not done here.

Most people put bushes up and forget about it. i am surprised at how low the vent is. Normally it sticks out of the ground about 6"s and has a cap on it.
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Yes, I agree, they are close to the house and probably not the best place to put them. However, it's done now and the inspector gave it his blessing. Going forward, IMHO, I would just put some extentions on the clean out/vent to get them at least 6 inches above ground to make sure no dirt gets in there, then cap the cleanout, and put a perforated cover on vent - like they are now, but above ground a little more. Then plant some bushes/landscapping around them etc. and be done with it. Then kids wouldn't play near them, the smell of flowers would help disguise the odor, and you wouldn't see them every time you enter or exit the house.

Do other houses in your area have a similar setup? If so, see what they did. Like kwikfishron said, it may be a regional thing.

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I don't know of anywhere that still requires a building trap. But then, I'm not a pro and have only lived in 10 states.

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