Sewer Line Replacements & Repairs

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 100 years of experience 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
Excavating for new sewer

Installing new cast iron pipe
Installing new cast iron pipe

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 not functioning properly to avoid wasting money on temporary repairs to your sewer line.  There are two primary factors to consider before concluding on 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 an old clay pipe.  The second factor is locating where the problem is. It is not suggested however, in some scenarios a partial repair can be completed 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 repair a section of the sewer line. There are several other important factors to consider when weighing the the different options for each scenario, at this time it is suggested to contact a sub surface sewer contractor for a professional opinion.

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

Read more on sewer replacement cost……

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.  If your property has a clay sewer line we always advise to replace the entire sewer line with extra heavy cast iron pipe. A clay sewer line is more susceptible to experiencing a secondary issue as opposed to a cast iron sewer line, where a repair may make more sense. If you decide to make a repair on a section of your clay pipe, 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 on 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.

Harris gave us the best quoted price and delivered on time. They were quick and efficient. Would recommend all needing service and repair to give them a call!
Joann A
Joann A
17:24 20 Mar 19
Harry Water Main is an excellent company and does great work. If you have a water main break, look no further. They are fast and responsive.
Marc B
Marc B
18:27 05 Feb 19
Recently used Harris Sewer after my insurance company denied a claim for my broken sewer. They claimed the pipe was back pitched and not covered under warranty. I received several estimates from private firms who were all trying to either sell me an entire new sewer or trying to charge me an exorbitant amount of money.Finally I was referred to Harris who advised that they could repair just a section of the pipe if we were able to identify where the back pitch was located which was later provided by the insurance company.Long story short, the work was completed with a DEP inspection and all in one day. Thank you Harris Sewer!read more
David Oragano
David Oragano
01:32 05 Feb 19
I was on the brink of disaster two days ago when my water main cracked and water was leaking back into my house. I called Harris who calmly walked me through the process to completing the work and even better, had the worked completed the very same day. I really want to thank the entire staff for being so professional when I may have been excited and keeping composure. Thank you!!read more
Talya Bernhart
Talya Bernhart
23:01 23 Jan 19
Before I moved into my house in Brooklyn 5 years ago, the inspector advised me to replace the sewer and water lines going from the street to the house. (At that time, it still had the original lead water pipe from 1902, when the house was built!) I'm so glad that someone referred me to Harris. They did a most excellent, totally professional job. This is not one of those fly-by-night companies (so prevalent in Brooklyn) that are more intent on avoiding paying their business taxes than on doing a good job. It was amazing to see, but this company does this every day and they really know their stuff! I recommend them without reservation.read more
Shoshke-Rayzl Yuni
Shoshke-Rayzl Yuni
21:05 06 Jan 19
We had a broken sewer pipe. From the very beginning they were very professional. They came out and gave us a quote. They called to schedule a day for the job. They showed up on time and got the job done. They came back at a later date and repaved the road in front of our house. I was impressed when they followed up with a thank you for service and a copy of our full paid invoice. I did not expect this type of treatment. Usually after the job is done the consumer usually hears nothing from the business. Overall, I am satisfied with the job. I only pray that where they replaced will not have any future problems.read more
Djah Wyn
Djah Wyn
17:20 03 Jan 19
These guys were on point and worked on my property super quick. I had a main pipe coming from the street going into the property break down on a HOLIDAY 3 DAY WEEKEND. These guys filed for city permits asap and worked on my property efficiently. The whole team was very professional and courteous. If I ever need help again, I'll be reaching out to them for sure.read more
Leonardo Molina
Leonardo Molina
05:47 22 Dec 18
I received a 3 day notice from DEP and contacted Harris Water Main. They were recommended by a close friend that works with the city. Harris immediately put me at ease and said they would take care of everything. They got all the permits and did the work within the 3 days. I would definitely recommend Harris Water.read more
Aurea Zeiders
Aurea Zeiders
13:58 10 Oct 18
I was fairly upset when I got a 3-day notice from the city about my leaking water main, in fact i really didn't know what to do. I called my regular plumbers, but they said they weren't equipped to do this job. Thankfully they referred me to Harris. We quickly got an appointment scheduled for them to come out and take a look. Once I got the estimate and paid the deposit, they took over, getting all permits and applications, handling the 3-day notice, etc. I didn't need to lift another finger. The job itself was big and messy and loud, but I don't think there's any other way to repair something buried in the sidewalk and your driveway. I was impressed with their speed and efficiency. They got here first thing in the morning and the primary job was done before close of business. Two other crews came by in the following days to do the final repair on the road and my driveway. In all, getting the notice was super stressful and no one likes to pay a bunch of money out of the blue, but given that there was no way out except to fix it, Harris gave me a ton of peace of mind and took the job completely off my plate. I would definitely use them again.read more
Scott Alexander
Scott Alexander
17:12 09 Oct 18
When I got a three day notice from the city, I knew that I needed to find someone who could come ASAP to fix the issue or else the water would be shut off. I turned to Harris water main and Sewer contractors for help. They came within a few days to assess the site and the problem and sent a team to come fix it pretty soon. They finished the job pretty quickly and cleaned up any residue from the work and made it look just like before the construction took place. I am really grateful for Harris to be able to come as soon as they did and in doing such a great job.read more
Jeff Lin
Jeff Lin
14:58 30 Aug 18