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How much does it cost to replace sewer lines?

April, 4th, 2012

Sewer lines are meant to last for a life time, unfortunately, some of the time they don’t. When you hear unusual gurgles coming from the toilet or notice a foul smell coming from sinkholes in the backyard or experience flooding in the bathroom after your shower, then in all probability, something is wrong with your sewer. The first thing that comes to mind for most people is “how much would a sewer line repair cost?”

Common causes of sewer damage
Your sewer line can be damaged for several reasons. Age is one common cause of sewer line damage. Just like humans, older pipes are more likely to break than newer ones, especially if your pipes are still the type made of clay. Tree root incursion can also clog the pipes and eventually cause them damage. And the most common cause though would be pipe obstruction from foreign objects that get flushed in the system, accumulation of grease, soap residue, hair and other stuff that gets sluiced down the drain daily. Corrosion is also another reason why pipes rot away.

Cost to repair or replace a damaged sewer line
Having a sewer line repaired is fairly easy. All you need to do is call a reputable plumbing company to do it for you. The cost will depend on the extent of the damage. Sometimes you may even need pipe replacement which will be a bit more expensive.

A pipe camera inspection to find out what’s wrong and what sewer line repair is required could easily cost you from $250 to $500. Sewer line repair, depending on the kind of damage, the location of the pipe or the accessibility could cost from $50 per foot to almost double the price or more. If a section of the pipe is beyond repair then it needs pipe replacement, maybe not only of the damaged section but of the entire sewer line that could easily cost you from $3,000 to around $12,000, quite a drain in your resources.

The cost of a sewer line repair or worst a sewer line replacement could break the bank. To avoid this kind of problems, it would be better to have a regular sewer line inspection and maintenance from your friendly plumber.