How Much Does It Cost to Repair or Replace a Water Service Line in Virginia?
You know your water service line isn’t in peak condition, but when it comes to actually calling out a pro to come take a look, you’re really sluggin’ it. Here’s the reason you might not want to wait too long to make that service call: Broken water service lines can cause rusty-smelling water, mold problems and wet patches or puddles in your front lawn. But how much is it gonna cost to have it repaired or replaced? For the most part, Virginians can expect to pay similar prices to the national average.
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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 — the same depth at which the average Virginian’s water line is buried. For 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 Virginia, 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: $209
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 the Old Dominion, the fee for this is 6% lower than the national average.
Water Service Line Repair: $1,062
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.
Virginia’s average repair price is just 2% higher than the nation’s.
Water Service Line Replace: $3,175
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 Virginians 11% less than the average American.
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