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Question DetailsAsked on 8/9/2015

How much does it cost to repair the water pipe leading into the house?

The leak was outside in the front yard. The water to the house is turned off and the water pressure was low prior to cutting off the water.

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You can find a fair number of prior similar questions in the Home > Plumbing link in Browse Projects, at lower left. General ballpark numbers for Plumber charge - around $300-500 commonly for a single well-defined point leak (which yours sounds like if it broke through to the surface) with shall burial (not over about 3 feet and in decent digging ground (and not under any obstruction); up to $700-1500 range if deep burial (northern deep frost state). This assumes of course not right under a building or major tree or such, and that when it is dug up the condition of the pipe is not such that it should all be replaced, which can run from a low of maybe $1000-1500 for shortish shallow simple run, to many thousands with long runs or deep burials.
In all probability even if the whole line needs replacement (say a very old iron or steel pipe or a 50+ year old copper one), unless you can connect a garden hose run from a neighbor's house for a few days or the water company is one of the few that provide you with a temporary fire hose connection to your house while the line is being replaced, you will have the one leak fixed temporarily at least until you can get a couple of quotes on a full line replacement and get the work scheduled - that way you are not out of water for many days. If full line replacement is needed, commonly with shallow burial in decent digging soil they do an end run 5-10 feet away from the old line (and away from other utilities) and put in a new line, only shutting off and cutting into the old line to tie in at both ends so you are only out of water for an hour or two, then abandoning the old line in place. Ditto if parts go under buildings or big trees and it is easier to end-run around them. In deep burial areas and areas where the pipe is trenched in very hard digging soil or bedrock, then they generally dig up the existing trench and replace the line in the same trench - which generally means you are out of water for at least the better part of a day, maybe several. With long runs (several hundred feet or more) and deep burial, you can sometimes partly excavate the trench in one pass with the backhoe (temporarily repairing any nicks) then a second pass the second day to actually excavate down to the pipe - or dig at both ends first and tap into the line to do a bypass end-run with a fire hose or garden hose (though latter is not technically legal) for temporary service while the line replacement is being done.

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