Q&A: How much should it cost to replace the main water line from the meter to the house?

Question by nisajoyj: How much should it cost to replace the main water line from the meter to the house?
I came home from vacation to find water pouring in from the basement walls. After turning the water off at the street it was an hour before it stopped coming in! I called the plumber. He said that the whole line must be replaced with copper ( the house is 85 years old). He is saying a minimum of $ 2200. Does this sound reasonable? He says it could be more if the pipes in the house need to be replaced also.
thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by whatsnext_13
You figure he has to dig up the lines, rip out old line, replace and then cover the new lines. I don’t think that’s extremely high, but I would still call a couple of other plumbers to get quotes.
Also depending on where you live prices could fluctuate

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4 Responses to Q&A: How much should it cost to replace the main water line from the meter to the house?

  1. xenon says:

    I suspect that you are in USA. Here in Ireland all new build houses have a blue plastic pipe of 28 mm ( 1″) from the street to the valve in your house. Cost about $ 1000 to replace an old lead or copper pipe.
    The reason that plastic pipe is being used is the cost of copper being one of the factors, the other is that plastic is better because it is not subjected to galvanic corrosion.

  2. turd herder says:

    That sounds excessive. First off, copper would not be my first choice of material for an underground line and unless your meter is about a half mile from your house, $ 2200.00 is excessive. I would recommend getting another quote or two.

  3. miketyson26 says:

    It depends on your location. And local codes.

    I do not understand why he would want to run copper from the meter to the house though. I recommend galvanized water pipe. All hardware stores carry it. And it would cost a 3rd of copper pipe. He will be charging you for the guys he brings in to help him as well. Plus the cost of a ditch witch or trenching tool.

    As for replacing piping in the house. If its in the walls it will cost you big time. If its under the floors suspended beneath the floor joists it won’t cost as much. The line in your yard corrodes from the outside-in and the inside-out at the same time. They usually fail first. I recommend replacing the piping in your home only as needed.

    The length of the pipe, type of piping, depth of trench so it is deep enough for your areas frost line, etc. will all be in your cost.

    Get 3 or 4 estimates. And question costs. Don’t pay by the hour. Bid the job via a set price. Let them know your not a never ending bank roll.

    You could always do the job yourself. I did. Saved $ 2k.

    Miketyson26

  4. Tripping Billies says:

    There are several factors to consider when coming up with a price. It all depends which part of this world you live in. How far your home is from the meter, the cost of copper, the labor, trees in your yard, whether or not you have a sprinkler system and any other underground utilities there may be. For example, if I’m to replace a water line that is approx. 40 feet from the house to the meter I’m going to look to see if there are big trees in the yard because there will be big roots! An estimate of $ 2200 sounds reasonable to me. That’s about the price I start at for a 40 foot water service. It won’t hurt to get a couple of estimates but keep in mind that cheaper is not better. You get what you pay for. You may get a cheaper estimate but it doesn’t mean you will get the very best work done. It’s your home and you WANT the very best work done. The company I work for is a little bit more expensive than others but we do the work RIGHT, and UP TO CODE! Every big job is permitted by the city and inspected by the city, so you know, as a homeowner, that work was done correctly. Good luck to ya

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