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A properly functioning sewer line is essential for transporting waste from your home to the sewage system. Sewer lines are designed to be durable and long-lasting, but unfortunately, they do not last forever. Sooner or later, sewer lines will deteriorate and leak, which can cause vile odors and possible damage to the home itself.

Sewer line replacement tends to be a fairly pricey undertaking. There are many variables to consider, but homeowners should expect this project to run anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 in total. It’s natural to wonder what makes this project so expensive, and also whether there is anything you might do to mediate the cost of sewer line repairs.

Of course, a good starting point is to choose a trustworthy local plumber. Carter’s My Plumber is a leading sewer line repair company in Indianapolis, offering superior workmanship combined with transparent upfront pricing. If you live in our service area, we are always happy to answer any questions you might have about the sewer line replacement cost.

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What Makes Sewer Line Replacement So Expensive?

First and foremost, let’s answer this basic question: Why is sewer line replacement so expensive? 

There is a lot that goes into a sewer line replacement, and many factors that contribute to the lofty price point. Simply locating the pipe, pulling permits, and bringing in heavy equipment can all contribute to the overall price point. It is a very dangerous job and could lead to fatality if not done safely. And even when everything runs smoothly, there is simply a lot of hard work done in digging the trench and laying the new sewer line.

For these reasons, this is a big job that tends to come with a substantial price tag.

How Can I Lower the Cost of Sewer Line Replacement?

It’s also worth noting that there are several things homeowners might do in order to reduce their costs.

For example, you can sometimes save money by relining or pipe bursting underground instead of digging the old line up. There are a lot factors that go into play for this technology to work, however, which means it’s possible on some properties but not on others.

Trenchless sewer line replacement is another option to consider. Trenchless sewer repairs do not require digging up the yard. The repair is less intrusive, more affordable, and more expedient than other methods. There is no digging in your front yard and no huge mounds of dirt piled up, which makes it a favored option among eligible homeowners.

At Carter’s My Plumber, we are proud to offer trenchless sewer line repair in Indianapolis and the surrounding community.

How Long Will a Sewer Line Repair Last?

Before spending money on a major project, it’s natural for homeowners to ask just how long the results will last.

Traditional sewer repairs, when done right, can last for 50 years or more, meaning there is certainly a good return on the investment here. Of course, this requires you to choose an experienced plumbing company that will guide you through different types of sewer line replacement, and ultimately execute the project at the highest level possible.

Another note: If you choose to reline your sewer line as opposed to replacing it altogether, you may still get good bang for your buck. Most sewer relines come with a manufacturer’s warranty of 50 years or so, making it equivalent to full sewer line replacement.

How Do You Know When Your Sewer Line Has Gone Bad?

Another common question from homeowners: What are the warning signs of a sewer line that needs repair? 

The short answer: You’ll know your sewer line requires excavation and repair if it’s no longer draining properly. Sewer line issues, including a broken sewer pipe, may mean your waste flows back into the home, gets clogged, or emanates a foul odor. You may also notice some waste bubbling up through the surface of your yard.

There are a number of factors that can cause these issues, including age or the presence of tree roots rupturing your pipe lining. Ruptured sewer line pipes will almost always require complete replacement from an experienced plumbing contractor. Make sure you choose experienced technicians who can help you make an informed decision about sewer pipe replacement and related plumbing issues.

Additional Questions About Sewer Line Costs

Is sewer pipe relining worth it?

It can be worth it if the application works for it. Not every application works, however. Most relines come with a 50-year warranty from the manufacturing company.

What does a bad sewer line look like?

It would be full of roots or not draining properly. It’s usually very obvious when your line is not working, but professional sewer line inspections can offer you confirmation.

Which pipe is best for sewer line replacement?

There are a lot of options that are great. It really depends on local code. A professional plumber can guide you on the type of repair that’s best for your home.

Kelson Carter

Article reviewed by:

Kelson Carter, aka, The Prince of Plumbing

Kelson is a 3rd generation Plumbing Contractor. His family business is located in Greenwood, Indiana, and provides Residential Plumbing Service to the Indianapolis Metro market.

Kelson grew up watching his grandfather and father do plumbing. After graduating high school, Kelson went to Trade School and became a Licensed Master Plumber and Licensed Plumbing Contractor. He is also Certified in Backflow Prevention. He currently owns and operates Carter's My Plumber with his parents.


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