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Sewer Pipe Replacement Cost

Do you need to replace your sewer line? Luck for you, we've done a little research and we've identified all of the factors that may increase (or decrease) the cost of your project. The average cost of sewer line replacement is between $60-75 per linear foot.

However, there are several factors that may affect the cost of your project, including:

1. Your geographic location. Prices for labor and materials tend to be higher in certain parts of the country. If the cost of living in your area is high, you should expect to pay a little more for your project. Use our cost report to find estimated prices near you.

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2. Video inspection. Before you decide to replace the pipe, you may want to invest in a video inspection of the sewer line. This will help you better understand the cause of the problem and the extent of the damage. This inspection may not be included in the contractor’s estimate.

3. Permitting. In most cases, you will need a permit to replace your sewer line. Depending on the complexity of the project, getting the necessary approvals from your local jurisdiction may impact your project timeline. For example, if the street in front of your home needs to be ripped up to access the pipe, you should expect to deal with some red tape.

4. Ease of access. Is the soil easy to work with? Do any utility lines need to be re-located? How deep is the pipe buried? In most cases, it will be much cheaper to replace pipes that are easily accessible. Tearing up part of a sidewalk, driveway, or patio to reach the pipe can be very expensive. If there are any root obstructions causing your plumbing problem, keep in mind that tree and stump removal will come at an additional cost.

5. Replacement method. There are several ways to replace a sewer pipe. The method you choose will have a large impact on the cost of the project. In the past, sewer line replacement almost always required extensive excavation. This “dig and replace” method is still used in some cases. However, other methods such as pipe bursting and pipe lining (or slip lining) have eliminated the need for digging large trenches.

6. Repair and re-landscaping. All additional repairs and re-landscaping projects will come at an additional cost. If you need to lay sod or re-pour concrete, this will add to the overall cost of the replacement project. However, basic cleanup should be included in the contractor’s estimate.

7. Emergency calls. Scheduling ahead of time is always your best bet. Emergency projects are going to be more expensive.

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