What Should I Expect When Getting A Water Line Replaced?

What Should I Expect When Getting A Water Line Replaced?

Every home has a water line that brings water to your house. While public water mains are the responsibility of your town or city, private water mains, which run only on your property, are your own priority. Occasionally, you’ll need to repair or replace your water main due to wear and tear or other degradation. You may also want to repair the water main if the piping is lead—in fact, some cities offer programs to help safeguard your pipes. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when getting your water line replaced for the first time.

Why you should get your water line replaced

Since water lines are housed underneath the ground, the most common ways that your pipes can degrade over time come from the ground itself. Soil or frost can erode and corrode pipes, causing cracks or leaks in the pipe. This can cause bigger problems over time, since water lines are pressurized systems and a crack can cause water to flow out of the water main and to the surface. In situations where this happens, it may be better to completely replace your water line, rather than just repair it.

How much a water line replacement costs

Water lines are typically about six feet, meaning that one of the primary costs of your water line replacement will be the purchase of roughly six feet of piping. The two most common choices you’ll have for this piping are PVC or copper. PVC piping is lower quality, but it also costs less at about $3 a foot, or $18 in piping. Copper piping will last longer and is typically considered the plumbing standard, and it will only cost you about $10 a foot, or $60 total. Besides piping, a water line replacement will also require you to hire a plumber and may also require an excavator to create a pathway for your water main. These costs will vary by location, with plumbers generally ranging anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on the project and city.

What can go wrong during a water line replacement

If a new pathway is dug for your replacement water main, one of the most common dangers can come from your plumber not testing the soil conditions of the new line. This unpredictability may contribute to future erosion and the need to replace the water line again in the future. Another negative impact that replacing your water line may have on your yard is that it can tear up your landscaping or create a mess. While an unsightly mess will generally only last for the duration of the project, replacing your soil, flowerbeds, and grass can be a major pain. For these reasons, you may want to consider hiring a plumber who can provide a trenchless water line replacement.

The advantages of a trenchless water line replacement

If you’d prefer to avoid the mess that comes from digging new trenches in your yard, a trenchless water line replacement may be your best option. Trenchless water lines are also a great way to save time, which, in turn, cuts down on your costs, since many contractors charge by the hour. Some plumbers will only need to create two small holes to access your old line, which will have the damaged pipe removed while the new piping gets slid in seamlessly and safely.

Especially if you are a new homeowner, it’s understandable to have concerns about replacing your water line. Water line replacements are some of the most common home repair projects new homeowners face when buying a fixer upper or older house, so knowing what water line replacements typically cost is a good starting place for approaching your project. Additionally, understanding the risks and benefits of the construction process can help you make a more informed decision on how to go about replacing your water main.

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