Dealing with a broken drain line can be quite a hassle. When the line breaks, it could mean flooding in and around the home, which can cause severe damage, as well as a terrible stench.
The drain pipe is one of the parts of the home that many people never consider. It is merely a part of the plumbing, and as long as it works, there is no worry. However, these lines pipes are typically as old as the home, which means that they could be corroded, of they could be cracked from freeze and thaw cycles. Roots could also damage the drain line. Many potential problems could necessitate drain line breakage repair.
The cost of the drain line breakage repair can vary based on several factors. The location of the broken line is one of the most important. The position will determine the type and amount of excavation required. The cause of the break can also factor into the cost. Cleanup costs, in the event of flooding, should be factored into the price, as well.
|Type of Pipe||Price Per Foot|
|Iron||$10 to $30|
|Copper||$2 to $20|
|PVC||$0.50 to $8|
|PP||$1 to $15|
Drain line breakage repair: 40 feet.
|Item||Unit Cost||Total Cost|
|Drainpipe and materials||$3-$6 per foot||$120-$240|
|Labor Cost (10 hours)||$60 per hour||$600|
Other considerations and costs
- Remember additional potential costs that can be associated with the need for drain line breakage repairs, such as carpet cleaning or replacement, septic tank cleaning and repair, and maintenance for the sump pump.
- Many factors will affect the labor cost, such as ease of getting to pipes and the length that will need to be repaired.
Plumbing of this nature is generally best left to the professionals.
- Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
- Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
- Literature review of DIY Web sites.