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Question DetailsAsked on 5/2/2017

broken water line outdoors

The waterline to my garden from the city meter has broken. The broke pipe location has been marked.

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From meter to your garden - would be odd (though not unheard of) for a separate line to go from meter to garden without first going to the house.

Anyway, if it has been marked should be easy to dig up and repair - though no telling whether the line in general is deteriorated, or just failed at one point due to root pressure or such so a point repair will probably be done, but you may then be faced with an overall line replacement, but no way of knowing tht unless you have been having a series of waterline failures in recent years.

Anyway - generally about $250-500 range for a plumber if shallow burial (not over about 2 to maybe 3 feet) - if over that depth, or if in frozen ground, then getting into the $500 minimum and up to $1000 range depending on how accurate the leak location is, the line depth, if ground is partly frozen, and whether you are looking at a shutoff and reconnection fee from the water utility- which may be needed if this line does go direct to the garden from the meter, depending on whether there is a shutoff there, whether it is corroded up so it does not work, and on whether the plumber can legally turn it off there.

Generally, only the utility is allowed to turn the "curb stop valve" on and off, but sometimes that main shutoff at the street or sidewalk is backed up by a shutoff valve right before the meter to allow it to be easily changed out without having the utility shut off the main water valve - if so, would normally eliminate the utility service fee.

Of course, if you can shut the water off and do the digging yourself and do the backfilling (assuming it is not so deep it is dangerous to dig down to it without trench shoring - generally about 3 feet max) thst will cut soem hundreds off the bill.

Plumbing is the Search the List category for this.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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