If it’s time to replace your water line, you may be trying to determine what you will pay. The total cost will vary depending on your home, your location, and the provider you choose. However, there are certain things you can expect to be part of the price you will pay. To help you budget accordingly, here’s a breakdown of the costs involved in water main line replacement:
As long as the water main line is on your property, you’ll need to get a special permit from the city to make repairs or perform a replacement. The price varies from city to city. Once the issue is on the city’s side of the property line, they will typically take over the responsibility, but it’s a good idea to contact them to know for sure.
When considering the cost of the pipes, know the final price will depend on the type of material you choose for the piping. For example, copper pipes will cost anywhere from four to seven times more than PVC pipes. Also, the length of the pipe you need for the replacement will impact the cost.
Installation costs for a water main line will vary based on your area, the provider, and how difficult it is to access the line area. Digging out and disposing of an old line to install a new one will likely cost more. The labor costs of installation are typically anywhere from 35-40% of the final installation costs, with the rest coming from travel, equipment, overhead, materials, and permits. In the case of trenchless water lines, the specialized equipment and process require more like 60% of the total cost of installation.
City Water Line Connection
The cost will be anywhere from $250 up to $1,000 to connect your line to the city water line, including the necessary permits and an inspection. However, some cities provide the inspection at no cost to ensure your line meets the code requirements.
Other Cost Factors for Your Water Line Replacement
There are other factors that may impact the final cost of the installation, including:
- Obstructions like concrete or trees that make it a challenge to reach the line
- A deeper line installation requiring more time and money to dig
- Using copper pipes requiring installation below the frost line to prevent freezing
Count on Progressive Plumbing for Affordable, Professional Water Main Line Replacement
The replacement of a water main line is not a DIY project. You need a professional, experienced team to provide the service. At Progressive Plumbing, we bring extensive expertise and the best equipment to your project. Connect with us online now to learn more about replacing a water main line on your property or to schedule service with our licensed professionals.