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Drain Line Breakage Repair Costs

A broken drain line can be a homeowner's worst nightmare. The drain line handles all of the waste water produced in the home and ferries it to the sewer system. If the drain line breaks, problems including a basement or crawlspace flood, foul odors and wet areas on the property can occur. Items in the home exposed to water from the drain line may have to be disposed of due to the exposure to contamination. The cost of drain line breakage repair depends on the extent of the problem, but this guide can help homeowners estimate repair costs for the project.

National Repair a Drain Line Breakage Costs

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National Repair a Drain Line Breakage Costs
Average reported cost $521
Number of Cost Profiles 914 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $55
Maximum reported cost $1,825
Most homeowners spent between: $288 to $544

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About Drain Line Breakage

The home's drain line, sewer connections and plumbing system are as old as the home itself. In some homes, this could mean that the pipes are 50 to 100 years old or even older. Constant exposure to water, freeze and thaw cycles, and other forces of nature cause these pipes to rust and wear out over time. Most homeowners spend between $750 and $1,150 repairing drain line breakage. The cost of repair to the drain line will depend on the following factors:

Location of the Break

The repair team will need to locate where the drain line break has occurred. If the break is outside of the home, repairing the breakage will require excavation of the soil above the pipe. This can be a time-consuming and costly process as drain lines can extend the full length of the property and are often buried under several feet of soil. Trees, driveways and sidewalks can hamper the excavation process. If the breakage occurred within the home, no excavation is needed, but there may be flood damage to the floors, walls, ceilings and other structural components of the home.

Cause of the Break

The cause of the break also factors into the cost of the repair. Tree roots in the drain line might necessitate removal of a tree. A significant clog might require that an entire section of pipe be replaced. A rusted out drain line might need total replacement.

Home and Property Damage

The water that leaked out of the broken drain line may have caused collateral damage to the property or home. This will add to the cost of the total project. Replacement of carpeting, rotted wood, or damaged drywall; restoration of damaged furniture; or installation of new cement or asphalt could add hundreds or thousands of dollars to the total cost of repairs.

Last updated on May 24, 2016

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