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How Much Do Trenchless Pipe Replacements Cost?

Facing underground drain or sewer line problems is one of the most dreadful experiences that many homeowners go through. Aside from the insufferable property damage, they deal with expensive pipe repairs or replacements. The high cost of restoring the property to its pristine beauty adds insult to injury.

Thankfully, trenchless pipe replacement offers a more cost-effective approach to sewer line problems. But how much does this no-dig pipe replacement solution cost?

Keep reading because Drain Magic will address this question in this article.

Traditional vs. Trenchless Pipe Replacement CostTraditional vs. Trenchless Pipe Replacement Cost

Let us kick this topic off with a dose of honesty. Take note of the term “upfront.” trenchless pipe replacement cost is usually higher upfront than traditional solutions.

Replacing sewer lines for trenchless methods can range from $6,000–20,000. Meanwhile, traditional pipe repairs cost about $4,000–$13,000.

Sewer line replacement costs depend on many factors:

  • Expertise
  • Type and size of pipe used
  • Distance of your home from the main sewer line

With trenchless pipe replacement, plumbers use remote robotics to scour the length of the drainage system. The operation of modern equipment requires a certain level of expertise, which adds to the cost.

Despite the high upfront fee, one advantage of trenchless pipe replacement is it’s more cost-effective in the long run.

Unlike trenchless approaches, traditional pipe repairs usually require property excavation. In other words, you will have to consider the restoration of your driveway, walkway or landscape during the repair process.

That said, all things considered, the price of traditional repairs or replacements can reach a staggering $25,000. Choosing trenchless solutions can ultimately help you save more.

Costs of Trenchless Pipe Line Replacement by Different Methods

Trenchless pipe replacement comes in many types and forms, each costing differently. Below features the average pipe replacement cost depending on the method:

Trenchless pipe liningTrenchless pipe lining

Trenchless pipe lining refers to relining a damaged or leaky underground drain pipe. This method does not replace the entire length but only a portion of the pipe system.

Professionals use CIPP, or cured-in-place pipe pulled within the existing tubes, to perform this. This is then cured into extreme hardness, creating a new durable layer.

On average, trenchless pipe lining costs around $80–$250 per foot. In a standard home, this could reach $6,000–$12,000.

Pipe bursting trenchless pipe replacement

While trenchless pipe lining is ideal for minor damages, some underground drain lines require more help. For extreme irreparable damages, experts may choose pipe bursting instead.

Unlike pipe lining, this process may require minimal digging to create an access point for the machine. A specialized bursting head is inserted through one end, shattering the old tubes and pulling a new replacement pipe.

Pipe bursting can cost $60–$200 per foot and between $3,500–$20,000 for a standard home.


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Small-scale pipe replacement

Sometimes, only a single portion of an underground drain experiences damage. In this case, lining the entire length or bursting the pipes may become unnecessary. 

For small-scale cracks or leaks, you may opt for pipe lining, especially if the damage is less than 50 feet. This service can hover around the $3,000–$4,000 mark. 

Conversely, severely displaced or damaged pipes even at a small-scale may require full-blown replacements. In this scenario, pipe bursting may be needed and the cost depends on how many feet the service covers.

In the end, the cost of trenchless pipe replacement and repairs depends on many factors. Only the pros can assess the extent of the damage and provide an expert quotation. While this article offers a ballpark value for reference, seeking professional advice is necessary.

Drain Magic is the reliable partner for trenchless pipe repair and replacement in South Central Pennsylvania. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help with your underground drain lines.

Call us at 717-936-9444 or book an appointment here.