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Old 10-04-2013, 08:08 AM   #1
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Plumbing drain line access when finishing basement

I am having my basement finished and am getting very different advice from the two companies I'm considering. The main 4" PVC drain line exits through the front wall of the basement. There is an access cap on the line right where it meets the wall at about 6 feet up from the floor. There is another access cap to the same line in the front yard.

I am concerned about maintaining access to this line/cap once the basement is finished. Company A says "don't worry about it, you don't need access to it from the basement, if needed the plumber would gain access through the cap in the front yard." Company B says make sure to leave it accessible, either inside a cabinet or with access through or around the sheetrock."

Who is right?


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Old 10-04-2013, 08:56 AM   #2
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I would definitely leave an access to that clean out plug. Granted that if your sewer were to back up many service man would not use that to clean out your sewer. opening that plug when the sewers backing up would create a giant mess trying to catch all the water. Most of us would pop a toilet on the first floor to gain access. Given all that it is still an access to your sewer that should be left accessible!


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There are nice-looking access doors with pop-off panels that install easily.
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