When Does a Sewer Line Need to be Repaired or Replaced?
If you start smelling sewage, if there are patches in your yard that are always wet, and/or you see a wet sinkhole, you probably need to replace your sewer line.
Unfortunately, replacing a sewer line can be very expensive. We're talking at least a few thousand dollars.
Many people who face this kind of price tag wonder if they can get away with patching their pipes. But if the sewer line is old, there are almost certainly other bad spots that will give you problems now or in the near future. A series of patch jobs isn't cheap. In the long run, it just makes more sense to replace the entire line.
The best way to find out the condition of your sewer line is to have someone run a camera through it. This may cost around $300, but it will show you what you're up against.
Sewer Problems: What to Watch for!
An informative video about sewer lines and the problems they cause. Clogged up sewer lines can be a nasty business.
Sewer Backup Overflow Flood due to tree roots
How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Sewer Line?
What'll it cost you? That depends. It could cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000. Here are some factors that can affect the price tag:
Trees: If someone has to chop down some trees and grind up some stumps just to dig up the sewer line, this will bump up the cost.
The gas line: There should be plenty of space between your gas line and sewer line. But if you're unlucky enough to have your gas line right on top of your sewer pipe like ours was, the price tag goes up A LOT.
The hook-up: If the city's sewer hook-up doesn't go right up to your property, you may be forced to tear up the road. This can easily ramp up the cost to $5,000 or more.
We were unlucky enough to have all three of those problems. So, we had to shell out $10,000 to get our sewer line replaced.