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Question DetailsAsked on 1/14/2013

I am told that I need to replace a sewer line from house to city main. Average cost and what do I need to ask to get the right company?

It is believed that the pipes are clay and roots have caused damage. I am tired of plumbing problems and want the best possible job done at a reasonable cost. There are many plumbers in our area. How do I find out which ones can handle this. They all advertise that they can do many things.

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The dreaded sewer line replacement :( As a fellow homeowner on a property with clay sewer lines, I often worry about having to undertake this very same project. As many contractors will likely tell you, it's almost impossible to provide an estimate on the project's cost without seeing the job site and what the work will entail first. The cost can vary widely because of circumstances like trees, decks or sidewalks that may obstruct access for excavation; the length of the sewer lateral; permits or speicial licenses that may be required for the work; and, finally, what kind of process they'll use and what kind of system will replace the old lateral. That's why it's important - especially for a larger investment like this repair - to always get at least three bids.

Angie's List Magazine also recently covered some of the new technologies being used for sewer line replacement, including trenchless sewer line replacement and cured-in-place pipe technology in a recent article, Why dig?

Good luck with your project and don't forget to submit a review (even if you're not an Angie's List member) - the information your reveiw provides may help fellow homeowners make a similar decision.

Answered 7 years ago by JP


I would check with the BBB and also get as many estimates as you can, get referrals and make sure you drive by and see the jobs they may have going and some completed, need to make sure they don't tear your yard up. Be sure to have them list exactly what they are doing including moving shrubs and seeding or sod when done, also if they will jet the soil after back fill to make sure most settling is gone. Most repairs should start at $1800-$2200 depending on depth and distance. All those things listed should be very easy to provide for a company that does a lot of sewer replacements.

Good Luck!

Answered 7 years ago by hockeycoachtim

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