James Mitchell

U.S. homeowners with a need for main sewer line replacements should expect to spend around $2,570 this year, although the actual cost would depend on certain factors such as their location.

If you live in Utah, the price of a trenchless sewer replacement in Salt Lake City usually costs between $60 and $250 per foot. This also applies to other cities in the country, but take note that the rate might be more or less expensive depending on the required level of work and scope of damages to your pipes. Most people spend between $1,073 and $4,054, but a full sewer line replacement may even cost up to $25,000.

Two Ways for Trenchless Sewer Replacements

The pipe-bursting technique and cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) lining are your two choices for a trenchless replacement. A CIPP project usually costs between $80 and $250 per foot, but the total cost for each service may reach around $9,000. The plumbing company would only have to create a single entry point, hence limiting the need for excavation within your home.

The same applies to a pipe-bursting method, which costs from $60 to $200 per foot. The only difference involves the use of a pneumatic or hydraulic head to remove damages from your pipe. With CIPP, the plumber would usually create a seamless pipeline inside the existing one. In case you require drain cleaning, the cost will be slightly different based on the problem.

Unclogging Pipes and Drains

Sewer Replacements - Cleaning sewer line

You might have used simple tricks to unclog drains, such as using a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to remove the blockage. If the problem recurs after a few days, it might be a sign of a more serious problem. Slow-draining toilets and kitchen sinks can cost you around $215 per hour to hire a plumber.

It would cost you extra if the clogged pipe is entangled in tree roots. This would incur an additional cost of at least $100. While it’s tempting to fix the problem yourself and avoid spending more, there are certain times when a plumber is a right person for a job.

When to Hire a Professional

Aside from blocked or clogged drains, homeowners should contact a plumber if they notice a lack of hot water at home due to a defective heater. There are different causes for a broken unit, but most of these are often related to electrical and gas systems.

A DIY fix may be risky for your safety and even damage your power lines. Any major installation work also requires a plumber, particularly if you plan to put them in the bathroom or kitchen.

In the end, if you dislike the idea of tearing your front yard apart and any adjacent land for a sewer line replacement, then a trenchless project can be a suitable option. It might not be an applicable solution for all kinds of damages, but you can ask your service provider about the possibility of using this method. This will allow you to maintain the condition of your property.

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