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How Much To Fix A Water Main ?

A friend is willing to sell me a small fixer-upper at a really great price but there is a break on the water line, very near the water main. How much, on average does it cost to repair or replace the pipe there ?  Any advice ?
  • February 20 2012 - Saint Joseph
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Fix #1

Repair made just at or near the water meter, usually done at a cost ranging from http://photos1.zillow.com/is/image/i0/i11/i9170/IS-1u84d14oanmu5.jpg?op_sharpen=1&qlt=90&size=250,30000-/00

Fix #2

Installation of a new water main from the water meter to the water shut off valve, in this case the water shut off valve is located in the garage.  Total lineal footage of new 1 1/4 inch copper pipe, installation inclusive of parts and labor estimated at $2000. 
  • March 06 2012
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It sounds from your question like the break is in the supply side right?  Or could it be the waste line?  

Supply side will have water leaking into the basement, or bubbling up from the ground, unless it's been turned off at the main.

Waste side will have water backing up into the basement or slow drains/no drains.

Waste side can be anywhere from $1000 to $10k if you have to dig up the front or back yard and replace landscaping, etc.  It'll be good to get bids, and yes, they will vary a LOT.  It's all doable though.  Just know what you're getting into before you jump in.  

Hint:  Some municipalities (like St. Louis county) offer to fix sewer lateral lines free provided they're outside the foundation.  Check into that also.

My 2 cents.
  • February 20 2012
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Sure, I advise you to call about 3 licensed, insured and bonded plumbing companies and get them to give you an estimate, you will be amazed at the difference in prices.
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