Do you think you might have a main line or sewer line leak? Okay, so you’ve had better days. I understand. And the only thing you want to know is: how much will it cost?
That’s a great question. And to be upfront, this is no $100 fix. The interesting thing about sewer and main line leaks is that there are a lot of places where the leak could be happening and the biggest part of the fix is the stuff that has to be torn up or replaced. For example, it’s a lot easier and cheaper to replace sod than it is to replace cement. So if the sewer line has broken under your cement patio as opposed to the dirt on the other side of the yard, it will be costlier. Hopefully that clarifies the reason why there is a spectrum of cost. And hopefully, the line has broken in a convenient place instead of your basement.
So the next issue to address is the location of the leak. We have stellar leak detection equipment that can spot the leak exactly where it is happening. Once we do a quick leak detection test, we can tell you the cost of the repair to fix the main line or sewer line since we’ll know what area of the house or yard this is happening.
But there are also some signs of main line or sewer line leaks or clogs that can tip you off. Here we’ll outline it for you so you can know if this is even a headache that you should be having.
Now, I know you’re face-palming right now—especially if you’re seeing the above signs and symptoms of a main line or sewer line backup or leak. Yes, you’re hating your life right now. But it will be ok.
There are some things you can expect when it comes to repairing either of these:
Yes, there is likely going to be digging involved. There is such thing as trenchless sewer line repair and it can be either a cheaper or more expensive option and it all depends on the location of the leak. For example, remember how we talked about the sewer line breaking under cement? It may cost more to break up that cement and then repair it than it would to do trenchless repair. But if you’re just having to dig up sod, it would probably be a better idea to just do away with the trenchless idea because it would probably cost you more money.
If there is only a puncture or hole in the pipe (and hopefully there is), you may get away with just applying a gasket or repair clam after digging down to the pipe. This will seal off the leak and spare you money.
If there is a larger gash or crack in the pipe, part of the pipe will have to be cut out and replaced with repair couplings. Essentially, the portion of the pipe that is damaged is removed and replaced. Fittings are used to seal the new portion of the pipe with the rest of the old, undamaged pipe.
You might be asking yourself: Why is my sewer line leaking?
Here are some reasons:
Okay, so now you know all of the annoying details about why your life is not fun right now because you’re experiencing a homeowner’s nightmare. Now, what do you do? Well, the first thing you must know is that you have to fix this issue. It can’t sit there because it will just get worse. We’re not saying this as a plumbing company that is trying to get business. We’re saying this as a plumbing company that sees people put it off as long as possible until they end up with a much bigger problem on their hands when their basement starts to fill up with sewage, or their yard floods with water.
Too often, we see people put this kind of repair off and they end up costing themselves a whole lot more in repairs because they didn’t want to address the issue when the warning signs were on the wall. And honestly, we feel bad for them because if they had just taken care of it earlier, things wouldn’t be as bad as they are. They wouldn’t be calling out a disaster cleanup team and wrestling with their insurance.
So, our advice is to bite the bullet and call a professional before things get really out of hand. There is only one way this water gets into and out of your house and that flow of liquid will only build up more. And if it can’t get through the pipes, it will go somewhere else inconvenient.
First, get someone with leak detection equipment out there. Any decent plumber will have this tool.
Second, after getting your answer about where the leak is, decide whether a traditional repair or trenchless repair is the best way to go. This goes back to our discussion about whether or not concrete and other expensive structures are in the way or if there is just sod or dirt that needs to be dug up.
Third, get it taken care of ASAP.
We wish you the best in this endeavor! It’s not fun but trust us, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We know this is a nightmare for homeowners and we work to help you out in the most affordable way possible.