When you own a piece of property on which your home or small business sits, you are responsible for the maintenance of the water and sewer lines that run from the building to the public utility connection.
If the water or sewer line leading away from your home or small business breaks, leaks or becomes clogged, the repair can cost an average of $2,449 (see graph below).* The cost varies greatly depending on where the line breaks – sometimes it can even break underneath the street outside your home – and a variety of other factors including the location of the problem, and the length and depth of the sewer line.
In most scenarios the city is only responsible for public service lines, and repairs to the service lines on your property are not covered by a homeowner’s policy. So, you will be responsible for the total cost of repairs. That’s why it’s important to work with a sewer repair company you trust.
Sewer Line Repair Cost Factors
Below is a basic outline of what you can factor into total costs of a traditional or trenchless sewer line repair:
Identifying the problem. If you notice a sewage smell coming from your drains or yard, or have an obvious backup, you’re most likely calling a plumber to uncover what’s responsible. The plumber will come to your home to inspect the line and determine what the problem is – most likely using non-invasive video camera technology. This type of inspection allows the plumber to see the inside of the pipe in real time, identifying blockages, root infiltrations, broken joints and more.
Fixing the problem. As mentioned above, there a number of factors that contribute to the cost of sewer pipe repair, including the length and depth of the line, and the location of the problem. The type of pipe may also affect the cost. For example, many older homes have clay pipes that may be beyond repair and require replacement instead. Lastly, you must consider the amount of time and number of crew members required for the most efficient job.
There are multiple ways in which one problem can be addressed: you can opt for traditional or trenchless sewer repair. Traditional sewer line repair requires digging large trenches, which may affect your landscaping, driveway, deck or patio. Trenchless sewer line repair only requires one or two small access holes.
Cleaning up. Once the sewer pipe repair is complete, there may be additional costs. If the yard, landscaping or driveway was disturbed to repair your main sewer line, then you will have the added cost of replacing or rebuilding those as well. If the basement was flooded from a burst or leaking pipe, you will have the added cost of restoration, which can range from $500 to $10,000 dollars.*
Bottom line, a water or sewer line repair cost cannot be determined without a proper assessment of your situation. Contact Invisible Excavations for a free consultation today: 216-749-3478.