Sewer Line Replacement & Repair in NYC

Sewer line replacements and sewer line repairs require precision, advanced equipment, and a great deal of experience. New York City sewer installations and repairs are a specialty trade that does not fall within the normal scope of work for the average “plumber”. In order to obtain the required permits for a sub surface sewer replacement, the contractor must hold a NYC Master Plumbers license, sufficient insurance coverage and a specialty bond with the New York City DOT.

A broken sewer line can be messy, disruptive, and even hazardous to the health of your family, customers, or employees. Protect your family or business today and enlist the sewer line replacement services of Harris Water Main & Sewer Contractors. With over 95 years of experience in servicing NYC and its five boroughs, you can rely on our specialists to repair or replace your sewer line in a quick, cost effective and efficient manner.

Excavating for new sewer install

Excavating for new sewer install

Installing new cast iron pipe

Installing new cast iron pipe

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Important Facts to Consider

There are many reasons why you may experience problems with your sewer line. It is important to understand why your pipe is malfunctioning, to avoid wasting money on temporary repairs to your sewer line.  There are two primary factors needed to conclude upon a permanent resolution.  The first factor is to understand the exact cause of the sewer problem. The most common problems are when the pipe is separated, cracked, filled with tree roots, back-pitched or is a clay pipe.  The second factor is locating where the problem is.  It is not suggested however, in some scenarios a successful repair can be performed on the sewer line.  In the case of a repair, it is very important to have obtained the exact location of the sewer problem. If you currently have a clay sewer pipe, it is not suggested to attempt a repair to the sewer line. Once you have obtained all of the above information, contact Harris Water for a free estimate.

Root intrusion

Root intrusion

Deteriorated pipe

Deteriorated pipe

Successful sewer repair

Successful sewer repair

Sewer Repair Cost

There are several factors used when estimating the cost of a sewer line repair or replacement.  The primary factors used are:

  • Distance of the house to the city sewer
  • When the city roadway was most recently paved
  • Depth of the city sewer
  • Restoration

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Should I Repair or Replace My Sewer?

This is a common thought that many homeowners experience once they have identified that their sewer line is damaged.  When a property has a clay sewer line we always advise to replace the entire existing  line with extra heavy cast iron pipe due to the possibility of additional breaks in the future.  However, Harris will make repairs on existing clay sewer lines upon the owner’s request.  If you do make a repair to a section of your clay pipe with extra heavy cast iron, there is a possibility that you will have to repair another section of the old clay pipe in the near future. Having a sewer contractor perform multiple repairs of your clay pipe at different points in time can become quite expensive.

If you currently have cast iron sewer pipe, it may make more sense to entertain the idea of a repair as most cast iron pipes should last you 50+ years if installed by an experienced contractor with the proper materials.  Either way, you should always have a detailed inspection performed on your sewer line to allow for a proper assessment and the most cost effective way to relieve your issues.

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