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What Determines Sewer Replacement Cost?

By 29 September 2020April 28th, 2024Winnipeg plumbers

Sewer replacement is not a simple process. The biggest problem? Sewers are underground, so getting to them in order to do the replacing is tricky. What’s more, your plumbing team will have to evaluate what parts of the sewer are broken, what can be repaired and what can be replaced, what caused the damage in the first place, and what the most effective method of gaining access to the sewer is.


That’s a lot. And all of those factors can affect the cost of sewer replacement.


First, let’s talk about accessibility. While sewers are found underground (and always a bit tricky to access), getting underground is more difficult in some places than others. Imagine a sewer line in a yard with no trees, versus a sewer line in a yard full of trees, versus a sewer line running under a parking lot. The more obstructed the line is, the more replacement is going to cost.


Next, we can talk about the type and extent of damage. When you only have a small section of sewer that’s been damaged, you’ll only have to replace that section – you might even get away with minor repairs. On the flip side, if you’ve got an old sewer system that’s corroded or damaged in multiple places, you might have to replace the whole sewer line which, of course, will be a heck of a lot more expensive. 


The technique that will be used to replace the sewer is another important factor, and it’s intimately tied to the type of damage and age of your sewer line. For some sewer problems, trenchless techniques can be used. As the name implies, these techniques don’t require full trenches to be dug; the structure of the old pipe is instead used as a support for new piping that’s blown in. As you can imagine, not having to use machinery to excavate your yard is going to save you a lot of time and a lot of money. In circumstances where the full sewer line needs to be dug up, you can expect a higher bill.


The company you work with is, of course, another major factor. This is a bit of a balancing act. You don’t want to simply find the least expensive company and go with them – this is sewer replacement, and you want it done right. On the other hand, you don’t want to go with a company just because they’re more expensive – that makes little sense. Check out this guide on how to find professional plumbers to get a good idea of what to look for in your search. 


We hope you’ll consider us. We’ve dealt with our share of sewer installations, replacements, and repairs – because we’ve been handling sewer backup in Winnipeg for as long as we have, we definitely have the expertise to handle whatever issues you may have. For plumbing in Winnipeg choose Clean Line. 

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