When it comes to your home's plumbing system, the sewer system is arguably the most important part because it is the sewer main, found in front of your home, that is used to carry away waste. Every aspect of your home's plumbing and drains relies on the proper functioning of the primary part of your sewage system. The sewage system is buried underground, keeping it hidden from view, and this also means that it needs to be dug up any time repairs are required. Sewage systems are known to break but more often than not they stop working properly because the wrong materials are poured into them and cause a blockage. When this happens you need to consider how long repairs will take, who you should contact to do the repairs, and what they will cost.
Cost of Repairing Your Sewer Main
There is no specific cost for repairs since they vary by location, but what goes into the cost is how long it will take to troubleshoot the problem, what will be involved in repairing or unclogging the system. Simple problems such as a blocked main are likely to cost a couple hundred dollars for a professional plumber to clear away the blockage. The main can typically be found at the front of a home, while the primary pipe is located underneath the ground. You could be looking at work that cost in the thousands of dollars, however, if excavating is required to the repairs. It is possible that the main is located under your driveway, front lawn, or even under the sidewalk in front of your home. If any of these places need to be excavated, be aware that neither the city or town you live in will contribute to the cost of repairs.
How Long Will Repairs Take?
How long the repairs take really depends, and can be anywhere from a few hours to several days. Blockages are usually found and fixed within a matter of hours, but any repairs that require digging up a lawn or sidewalk, then replacing it, can take quite a while. The biggest factors include the age of the affected pipe, how far down it is located, and the extent of the pipe's damage. One of the best ways you can lower the price of repairs is to get several professionals to bid on the work so you can choose the lowest priced bid.
Lowest Price vs. Quality
If you are trying to save money and looking for a low price to fix your main water line, there are some considerations you need to take into account. Finding the lowest price is one thing, but you do not want to sacrifice quality for finding the lowest price. You need to make sure the company you hire is licensed, bonded, insured and will use the correct equipment and materials to do the job right. In some cases, you are going to require a restoration company to assist you if you have also experienced a sewage backup due to the main water line breaking. Your main water line controls the water that comes into your home and you want to find a quality contractor.
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