How Much Does It Cost to Repair or Replace a Water Service Line in Kentucky?
In Kentucky, the eponymous chicken may be fried, the bourbon may warm you inside like gentlemanly gentility, and the ponies at the derby may be coming in hot — but in the dead of winter, ’Tucky temps can get downright frosty, with average lows reaching 23 degrees at times. And remember: If the weather can turn your Bluegrass Staters lips blue, it can also wreak havoc on your home’s underground water service lines. K_Y_, you ask? We’ll explain all that in a sec, but for now take some comfort in knowing that, from Louisville to Pikeville to Paducah, the average Kentucker pays around the same as or less than Americans at large for water line repairs or replacements.
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Your exterior water service line carries water from the public water main into your home. But make no mistake: Once the pipes run under your property, they’re your responsibility — so you’re likely on the hook for any repair or replacement costs.
How deep your pipes are buried deeply impacts the price you pay for these services. Water service lines are buried as deep as local building codes require — but usually, the depth is determined by the frost line in your area. And the deeper the technician must dig to get to your broken or otherwise compromised line, the higher the cost.
The nationwide average water service line depth is 4.58 feet, but in Kentucky, water lines are nearly a foot shallower than that, at 3.75 feet. For further context, in f-f-f-freezing Minnesota, pipe depth is more than 8 feet.
Repair and replacement costs also vary depending on where you live. The national average for diagnosis is $222, for repair is $1,039 and for replacement is $3,581.
Below, you’ll find average service prices based on aggregated HomeServe data reported by our network of contractors across Kentucky, which should give you an approximation of how much you’ll pay to fix your out-of-commission water service line.
Water Service Line Diagnosis: $150
Before any work can begin, the technician will need to come out and run some tests to see what’s wrong with your system. In Kentucky, the fee for this is 32% less than the national average.
Water Service Line Repair: $1,100
A whole host of things can cause trouble with your exterior water service line — from invading tree roots to clogs to general wear and tear. Whatever’s up with your system, the repair process will likely start with excavation to expose the pipe. Depending on your situation, the technician may need to clear a blockage, find a leak or fix the pipe — and, of course, fill the hole back in.
Kentucky’s average repair price is about 6% more than the nation’s.
Water Service Line Replace: $2,471
Small sections of leaky or broken pipe can be repaired, but massive clogs or fully compromised pipes might necessitate a full replacement. Water service line replacements cost Kentuckians 31% less than the average American.
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