Sewer Line Excavation
A gurgling toilet. Drains not draining. Water backing up when it rains. Any of these in and of themselves may be minor irritants, but if you are experiencing all of them it may be a sign that you have a problem with your sewer line. Potentially a big problem.
Sometimes the problem can be fixed with a simple rodding (which we suggest you do every year). But, unfortunately, it may require excavating and replacing all or a part of your sewer line.
Here are some reasons you may need your sewer line excavated:
- The sewer line has completely collapsed
- The sewer line has not collapsed, but cannot be opened by rodding
- The sewer line requires rodding more than two times a year
- Sewer rodding cables or video equipment become stuck in the sewer because there is too much debris or a break in the line
- You smell sewage
- There is a sinkhole forming
If you don’t HAVE TO replace the sewer line but know you may need to eventually, you need to calculate the cost of maintenance versus replacement, also factoring in how much longer you plan on living in the house. You should also consider the risk and cost of damage if the sewer backs up.
If you need to replace a sewer line, here are some tips on hiring the right contractor:• Get references from friends and family.
- Check out ratings from organizations such as Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List.
- Get quotes from at least three reputable plumbers that specialize in sewer work.
- Be leery of a quote that is significantly higher or lower than the others.
- Be leery of any plumber who gives you a quote without seeing the property.
- Interview the plumbers. Even though you may not be conversant with all the technical terms and details, you can sense which ones are being honest.
How much does it cost to replace a sewer line? It depends, but here are a few factors that can affect cost.
- The length of the sewer line
- The depth of the sewer line
- If you have to chop down trees and grind up stumps to get to the sewer line
- If a gas line, electrical line or other utility is on or near your sewer line
- If you have to tear up the road because the city’s sewer hookup does not extend to your property
- If you have to remove and replace a section of driveway or sidewalk
- If the sewer terminates under a city street
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