In Howard County it is the Homeowner's responsibility to maintain their sewer cleanout in a working condition. This prevents possible sewer backups from debris entering the system. Also it complies with the Howard County Code Section 18.122 A, stating "... No sewer system user shall discharge or cause to be discharged to the public sewerage system, stormwater, surface water, groundwater,...".
This prevents excessive flow in the system, safeguarding the system and preventing expensive construction costs for treatment capacities.
Photo of a common sewer cleanout.
Cleanout caps are frequently damaged by lawn mowers and/or buried by landscaping work.
Of course you can take care of repairing a broken Cleanout cap yourself, but the Bureau of Utilities does provide a service to repair it for you.
If you would like the Bureau to do the work, you can download, print and mail us the appropriate Repair Request Form :
Depending on the type and extent of damage we can replace -
1 - the Brass Plug of your Cleanout
Brass Plug Repair Request Form - $20.00