Sewer lines carry sewage away from your home to the local wastewater utility main to be transported to the treatment plant for treatment and disposal in an approved method.
At times, you may get away with a small repair for a few hundred dollars. However, if your sewer line is old or the problem is of a large magnitude, you are left with no choice but replacing the entire sewer line.
Although sewer lines are built and designed to last a long time, they are certainly not meant to last forever. The older the line, the more problems you are likely to have with it. Most sewer lines in our area were installed using Clay Pipe, Orangeburg that is a form of bituminous piping (paper and tar), thin wall PVC and cast iron. Cast iron is the most durable and is an approved piping material for use as a sewer line. Thus, If you have to routinely once or twice a year have to have your sewer line rodded or if your home, is 30 years old or older you might consider having the line videoed to determine the condition of the line.
The cost of replacing a sewer line is determined by several factors, such as length and depth of sewer line, private and public underground utilities, sprinkler systems, fences and landscaping among other site conditions.
Trees roots are primarily responsible for most of the sewer line problems, but other conditions such as improper installation, ground movement and other conditions are also contributing factors.
The cost of maintaining a sewer line by rodding is anywhere from $200.00 to $600.00. for each occurance
The cost to video a line is from $150.00 to $500.00 depending if it is camered at the time of rodding or as a one time expense. Some lines can not be videoed such as when they are stopped up or the condition of the pipe.
You should expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 towards replacement cost.
It may cost you about $50 - $130.00 a foot, which comes to around $5,500 - $6,500 for a 100-foot sewer pipe. However, if the line is difficult to access or deeply set, then the cost can go as high as $7,000 - $15,000 or more. The average sewer line length in the Little Rock/North Little Rock area is 60’ to 70’. The shorter the distance the higher the price per foot will be.
Other costs that will contribute to the cost of replacement is Shoring or sloping of the ditch which is required by OSHA for depths over 5’ $600.00 - $1,000.00 and unforeseen difficulties, which will not be known until excavation has started, this would include rocks, underwater springs, old building foundations, concrete slabs, etc…
All contracts should include the price of the permit and inspection from the local wastewater utility.
Another item most homeowners are not aware of is that they also own that portion of the line that is under the public right of way (street/alley) and the connection to the sewer main. The local utilities offer a program that if the sewer line is up to currents codes that for an additional fee they will maintain the line in the right of way provided the current lines meets code.
There maybe programs available to help on the maintenance and replacement of your sewer line.
Little Rock Wastewater offers a program to help offset the cost of the replacement of a sewer line that is made of unapproved material for residential use: i.e. Clay, Orangeburg, and unapproved PVC piping. Other factors my also be considered for replacement of the sewer line. As of this date up to $2,500.00 is available, but is on a first come first paid basis and is not required to be repaid.. Certain stipulations apply to this program. Funding for this is a surcharge on Little Rock customers water bill.
North Little Rock is offering a program from Utility Service Partners/Service Line Warranty that is upon your approval billed on your monthly water bill to pay for the maintenance/repair and replacement of your sewer line up to a certain amount as long as you are a member of the program. As of this date the program will pay up to $4,000.00 and your only out of pocket expense is your monthly dues. This program is not paid for or administered by the City Of North Little Rock.
To have a licensed plumber come to your home for sewer line repairs/replacement, contact Associated Plumbers, Inc. 501-666-9483 today.