Fixing pipe damage or outright pipe failure is no easy task. While this is so, you won’t necessarily have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to fix your residence’s sewer or pipelines. Non-invasive trenchless technologies are an option. This will eliminate the need for invasive digging and post-project landscaping.
Plumbing companies that specialize in trenchless technologies can use liquid epoxy resin materials to create new sections inside your damaged line. Technicians typically do this via different entry points.
The costliest parts of a traditional pipe repair involving excavation and pipe replacement aren’t the actual materials or equipment. Labor is the costliest aspect. The job requires displacing the earth to access the damaged pipes. So, it can take many hours to get the job done. The extraneous expenses account for why traditional pipe repair usually costs between 25% and 35% more than the cost for cured-in-place pipes.
Costs of Relining Drain Pipes
What follows is a look at the average costs of relining drain pipes:
- Traditional, dig-and-replace pipe repair: It typically costs between $50 and $250 per foot. This translates to costs of between $3,000 and $6,000 for small jobs and between $5,000 and $13,000 for repairs exceeding 50 feet. It will cost more for things like landscaping, road closure, and labor.
- Trenchless pipe bursting: This is a popular pipe repair method that doesn’t involve digging. It can cost anywhere from around $60 to $200 per foot, which means a total cost of between $3,500 and $20,000. The bursting method involves underground pipe replacement. The final cost will depend on how long and how deep into the ground your damaged pipe is. A licensed plumber using this method will insert a bursting head into the damaged pipe. The job can take a day.
- Trenchless pipe lining: It will cost you between $80 to $250 per foot to reline your damaged sewer or lateral or sewer pipe. The average per-foot cost is about $160. For a typical sewer line, the cost can start at a low of around $4,000 to a high of around $20,000. For repairs to sewer line connections, the average homeowner will typically pay between $6,000 and $12,000.
- Small-scale pipe lining applications: You can expect to pay between $3,000 to $4,000 to line a pipe with a length of below 50 feet.
How do you decide whether pipe bursting or lining is the best option? It depends on the depth of your damaged pipe, the precise location, and the extent of the damage.
If your damaged pipes aren’t too far down and are not close to obstructions, it might be cheaper to excavate the area manually rather than to reline the damaged pipe internally. But if your damaged pipe runs under your sidewalks, driveway, or trees, it can be cheaper to use a trenchless method to line the pipe.
As you can see, the cost for repairs depends on various factors. You’ll want to contact a licensed plumber with expertise performing trenchless pipe repair. The plumber will do a non-intrusive video inspection to find the problem and figure out the best repair option. You can end up saving thousands if you don’t have to undertake a landscaping project afterward the pipe repair or replacement.
If you’re having trouble and want help from a reputable and licensed plumber, call us at Dr.Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services. We’ll book a service call to assess your problem and then decide whether a repair or a replacement is the best option. If your pipes are damaged, we will explain the costs of relining drain pipes. We’re the foremost providers of trenchless pipe replacement in and around the area. Give us a call when you need help from the professionals.