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How much does it cost to replace a sewer line?

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Sewer line replacements can be expensive. At All Utah Plumbing, Heating, and Air, we are committed to maintaining and preventing damage to your sewer line so that replacement isn’t necessary. However, wear and tear on your pipes is inevitable, and eventually, you may need to invest in replacing your sewer line.

How much does a sewer line replacement cost?

The average cost for a full sewer line replacement in the United States ranges between $5000 and $1300, or $50 to $250 per foot of pipe.

Expenses vary depending on the size, material, and accessibility of the line. Some insurance policies include sewer line repairs and replacements, though coverage is often limited. If your main sewer line is cracked or damaged, call All Utah Plumbing, Heating, and Air for a cost estimate for your sewer line replacement.

Sewer line replacement cost by Material

The primary cost factor for sewer lines is not only the length but also the choice of pipe material. The commonly used materials are polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), which are preferred due to their affordability, lightweight nature, and easy installation. However, copper and cast iron pipes, although more costly, are also frequently used due to their durability.

  • PVC or ABS costs anywhere between $1-12 per linear foot
  • Cast Iron costs anywhere between $20 to $70 per linear foot.
  • Copper cost anywhere between $80 to $90 per linear foot.

Sewer line replacement cost by Length

The length of the sewer line is the primary factor that determines the expense of replacing it. In Utah or Salt Lake Cities densely populated suburban areas, the sewer line can be as short as 20 to 50 feet. However, in larger rural properties, the lines can extend beyond 80 feet. The cost of replacing the sewer pipe typically falls within the range of $50 to $200 per linear foot. So the amount you pay for a sewer pipe replacement will be estimated based on the service. 

What is the average cost for a plumber to dig sewer lines? 

The average cost for a plumber to dig up sewer lines varies on multiple factors. Most often the digging cost ranges from $1,000 to $5,000. However, this is an estimate and will change depending on the needs of the job, locations of the sewer lines, and any other factors. Please note that this cost only covers the labor and materials required to dig up the sewer line. Any additional expenses such as permits or materials will be separate. To get an accurate estimate, it is recommended to contact a certified Utah plumber and request quotes based on your specific needs. 

How much does a sewer camera inspection cost?

The cost of a sewer camera inspection will depend on several factors. Usually, the cost ranges anywhere from $200 – $500 for service. This is just an estimate and will vary on the size of the project and location. Depending on the plumbing company you choose, most plumbers have special offers you take advantage of and save money on the sewer line repair or inspections. 

Sewer line cameras are a great way to save money on main line replacements. An HD camera inspection of your sewer drains will help identify specific problems like blockages, leaks or other issues. This helps prevent costly repairs in the future ensuring the right issue is fixed with your pipes. In the long run, investing in a sewer line inspection first can help save you money. 

How long will my sewer line last?

Depending on your pipe’s material, your sewer line may last between fifty to a hundred years. Cast iron pipes last (on average) seventy-five to a hundred years, while orangeburg pipes tend to last only fifty. PVC, clay, and cement pipes are the most resilient and can last up to a hundred years. Unfortunately, external factors such as shifting soil, grease, rust, and tree roots may cut your sewer line’s lifespan in half.

When do I need to replace my sewer line?

Sewer lines may need to be replaced for a variety of reasons, but there are a few tell-tale signs to look out for:

  • Cracked foundation
  • Mosquito/pest infestation
  • Slow-moving household drains
  • Frequent clogs in kitchen and bathrooms
  • Strong odors inside or outside your home
  • Soggy, bright green patches on your lawn
  • Mold and mildew on ceilings, walls, and floors
  • Sewer line clog

What does the sewer line replacement cost cover?

Sewer line replacement costs cover the full replacement process, from the first sewer camera inspection to the last repairs. A few of the services include:

  • Sewer Line Camera Inspection: $100-$500
  • Pipe Replacement: $50-$250 per foot (depending on material/size)
  • Trenching: $4-$12 per foot
  • Ground Excavation: $30-$70 per yard (exposes the pipes)
  • Old Pipe Haul: approximately $250
  • Sewer Cleaning: $500-$12000 (may include driveway repairs, resodding a lawn, and water damage restoration)

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How long does it take to replace a sewer line?

Most sewer line replacements take approximately one to three days, but complex pipe layouts may take five days or more. 

Contact All Utah Plumbing, Heating & Air to fix a broken sewer line or if you need a sewer pipe repair cost in the Salt Lake City area. 

We are committed to providing fast, customer-oriented same-day service for all of your household needs. We are committed to White Glove Service, meaning we will treat your home with the care it deserves, and we will be transparent about the cost associated with our work. If you suspect your homes main water line may need to be repaired or replaced, call us today to schedule an appointment.