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Question DetailsAsked on 7/5/2012

How much should it cost to have 20 feet of my yard dug up and new PVC sewer lines installed to the city's main? $3K seems steep!

The circa 1928 part of my house has had on-and-off problems with sewerage backflowing into my basement since I've owned the place (8 years). In the last 4 months it's become TERRIBLE! Hired a guy with a camera on the snake and learned the old clay pipes have broken *just outside the basement* (about 20 feet from the city's main line) and must be replaced. Good news: won't have to tear up basement floor. Bad news: because it's outside the house, insurance covers NOTHING. He, John of Veteran Sewer & Plumbing, quoted me $3000 to pull the permits, excavate, and do the repair. Seems a bit steep. Any thoughts?

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Well the fact is he is going to have to pull permits which means it has to be inspected before he is done, you also have to consider the equiptment that he has to bring out to the jobsite to do the job and the man power plus materials, it's costly, but I am not from your area so if you are unsure call another company out and see what they say.
Don't tell them what the other company said as far as price.

Answered 8 years ago by Quality Control Remo


If its just one blockage, its pretty simple fix. Dig up the spot, cut out the old clay pipe, a couple of fernco's and PVC pipe. Way less than 3k to do it.

Now if its more than one blockage, its different. There are some systems that bust out the old pipe while drawing in new pipe behind it. But when I worked for Mr Rooter doing this, it was way more than 3k to do it.

Depending how deep your sewer is, how much room there is, etc, 3k is about right full retail from a licensed contractor.

Answered 6 years ago by Jeffpa

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