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The cost for digging up and replacing a sewer line can vary greatly depending on the existing conditions such as how deep the pipe is, difficulty in excavation due to structures, trees, or other obstructions that may need to be taken down and replaced, etc.. For the most part, traditional dig up and replace sewer repairs can run anywhere from $70 - $200 per foot and of course requires digging a trench the entire length of the sewer line which can be several hundred feet depending on the distance your house is from the city main at the street.
Sewer Pipe Relining and Sewer Pipe Bursting are the latest technologies in making sewer pipe repairs or replacements as they are faster cheaper, and requires very little digging.
Trenchless Pipe Relining is exactly as the name suggests. The old sewer line is relined with a new resin soaked, flexible material and this requires no digging (trenchless). This is the most common way of repairing or replacing sewer lines today because who wants to dig up their yard and structures if they don't have too? This method can run anywhere between $80- $120 a foot but also you must factor in the money saved by not having to replace and repair structures. Go here to trenchless pipe relining for more information.
Trenchless Pipe Bursting is also a popular sewer line replacement method as this also requires very minimal digging. This process uses a machine that pulls new sewer pipe in underground while simultaneously breaking up the old pipe and pushing it into the surrounding soil. This method can run anywhere from $45-$105 a foot. This method is often used if trenchless pipe relining is not an option due to the old sewer line being to crushed or damaged for relining. Go here to trenchless pipe bursting for more information.
For the most part, trenchless sewer line replacement is the way to go today as advances in technology allow for new sewer pipe to be installed more quickly, affordably and efficiently then the old "dig and replace" methods.
If you would like more information on trenchless sewer repair just find your local trenchless sewer contractors using our directory map and call them directly. Be sure to get written estimates detailing the work to be performed and ask about warranties on workmanship and installations.
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