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Old 09-13-2018, 08:32 AM   #1
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Sewer dump at home

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In my front yard, there are two white PVC pipes with caps. They are flush with the dirt. I took the cap off one a and it's definitely a path to the sewer in my neighborhood. I'm not sure why they are there, but I think all of my neighbors have similar caps.



My question is, can I dump/clean out my tanks using one of these entry points to the neighborhood sewer? I'm going to call the local sewer authority but I'm assuming the will tell me no, even if it's possible.



We have a hurricane heading this way and if we need to live in the RV for a few days I wanted to be able to use the bathroom, and dumping it later. Without having to haul the camper to a dump station.



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Old 09-13-2018, 09:10 AM   #2
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Those caps in your yard are for pipe clogs should the pipe become blocked, as yes you can dump your tanks into them. I have the same setup, but only dump maybe once a year as I generally use the CG sewer hookup.

Honestly I would not even call your sewer authority as they have more pressing things to take care of right now with that storm coming, but that is your call.
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Old 09-13-2018, 09:34 AM   #3
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Thanks. Yeah, your right, they probably have many more important things to think about. Just wanted to make sure it was possible. I didn't want to use them and then find out later It caused some major problem.

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Old 09-13-2018, 10:01 AM   #4
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Since none of us are there to see exactly what you are seeing, I would recommend flushing toilet and seeing if you see the water rush by the opening/pipe you are looking down just to make sure. It 's possible that pipe is a curtain/french drain for your gutter runoff. The other pipe you have in your yard may be a water shutoff valve to secure water going to your house.
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Old 09-13-2018, 10:08 AM   #5
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What you are dumping in is the same thing as what comes from your house just in a larger volume so until you are sure the pipe can handle the volume I would keep my hand on the valve for a quick shut off if necessary. We are on a septic tank and cannot get the camper to the cleanout so I have used one of those little tanks on wheels on occasion.

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Do you live in the city and have city sewer, or, are you in the country/rural and have your own septic tank and drain field?

I don't remember seeing the white pipes sticking above ground for city sewer. I have them. I'm out in the country with my on septic system.


One of the pipes is close to the house and has a shut off valve in the bottom so you can shut it off if sewage were to backup in to the basement. (sure hope I never have that problem)

The other pipe is a few feet from the septic tank.
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My son just had to have a sewer line replaced. Old line and tree roots were the cause and the plumber put in a clean out but it does not stick above ground. It is about 3 or 4 " below grade. The plumber said that way it wont get hit with a mower. The plumber said it was needed to pass code. Don't know if that's city or county or state but he said it was code.

When we had our new septic tank installed they put in 2 clean outs 1 points toward the house and 1 towards the tank. Was told it was to make it easier to put a snake it. But we are on a crawl space and not much room down there.

But I agree to flush the toilet and watch to be sure it is a sanitary not storm line.
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We park our Z-1 right next to our house, next to our master suite to be specific.

It just so happens that there is a clean out port for the bathroom sewer in the block wall immediately opposite our waste port on the RV.

I use the 'Sewer Solution' waste hose system which uses a clear 1" hose to dump the tanks.

I have stuffed about three feet of the pipe down that clean out port and drained my tanks on numerous occasions with zero negative results.

No back ups, no smell inside or outside the house, (Mrs. R would kill me If I accidentally filled our jaccuzzi tube with the contents of 'Harvey's' Black tank.)

I'm lucky as I can do this discretely, running a big three inch corrugated pipe across your yard might upset the HOA if they are unfamiliar with RV campsite operations.....if you know what I mean.

I doubt you'll have any issues, just be considerate to you neighbors, not that you need my advice in that respect I'm sure.

Good luck, and I pray you and your family stay safe in the coming days.
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:00 AM   #9
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Lloyd -- we live in a suburb of a small city. We have sewers.



I noticed these two white pipes caps a while ago when we first moved in. One of the caps was broken off. Before I replaced it, I noticed the smell and it was definitely sewer. The other cap I haven't taken off yet but it's good advice to have a look when the toilet flushes to see if water is going by - if I can even see down that dark tube.



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Use a good flashlight.
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