Having your sewer line replaced is one of the most costly fixes you can make to your home.

Northeast Sewer & Drain Service is asked often “What does sewer replacement cost?”  There is no simple answer to this question.  It is dependent on a lot things.  Depth of sewer line, length of  sewer line from house to main sewer in the street, road opening permit fees,  trenchless pipe installation vs. traditional trench digging?

However, I can give you a ball park figure $5000.00 to $20000.00+

There are a lot of variables to this so I will break down the top  4 ways to install a new sewer line or repair an existing sewer line.

1.  Pipe patching….

Pipe patching allows us to fix a 2′ to 4′ in length pipe and 2″ to 24″ in diameter.  We can enter the pipe through a clean out or sewer man hole.   An epoxy liner will be inserted and reduce you pipe size by 5%.  The epoxy is cured in place for 2 hours and the bladder is removed allowing for a smooth transition.  No excavation is used in pipe patching so it is an affordable option for sewer repair.  (see our blog for recent pipe patch jobs)pipe patching 2

2.  Pipe Bursting…..

Pipe bursting is another less invasive way of sewer line installation.  If you are a candidate, then this is the option we recommend.  We can pull a same size or larger piece of HDPE pipe through an existing old cast iron pipe, orangeburg pipe, clay tile pipe, cement pipe and PVC sewer pipe with minimal disruption to your yard or gardens (see our blog for a recent pipe bursting jobs)  Excavation equipment is used to dig the pit in the street and dump trucks are used for proper fill, but equipment time is greatly reduced.


3.  CIPP Pipe Relining

This relatively new to New England.  It’s similar to pipe patching but the whole line is re-lined.  And this only works for sewer lines that are off set but still relatively intact.  It will not work for broken or crushed sewer lines.  This is becoming popular because no excavation is used so price is reduced.

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4.  Trenching

This method is how it’s been done for years….A trench is dug from your foundation to the street, new pipe is installed, it is hooked up  to the city main and then backfilled.  This most times is the most expensive form of pipe installation due to the fact that heavy machinery is involved.  This way starts at $4000.00 and can go as high as $20000.00+ depending on how deep your sewer line is and how long the run is…We still do it this way if necessary.  Historically trenching is the most expensive form of sewer line installation because of the high cost of larger equipment, fuel and materials.

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Northeast Sewer & Drain Service prefers to use the trenchless pipe installation.  But all pipe installation and repair methods work great in Maine.  99% of sewer installation methods will have your sewer back in service within 1 day.  Trenchless pipe installation usually with in 2-3 hours.

Quotes should be free and include all work.  Some rogue contractors will exclude certain high priced necessary items for large mark up change orders.  Make sure you ask if it’s an all inclusive price and that all necessary work is included to finish the job to completion.  Nobody wants to pay $1000.00 for something should have been included.

Lastly, ask around.  Lots of people have had their sewer lines replaced or repaired there are many reputable sewer replacement companies in your area.  And if you can’t find one through friends, your local municipality should have names of sewer contractors that they use.

Hope this answers some of your sewer replacement cost questions.

Northeast Sewer & Drain Service


Northeast Sewer & Drain Service

172 Flaggy Meadow Road
Gorham, ME 04038

24/7 Emergency (207) 651-6290

Office (207) 839-6839

Thank you, 2 small kids and no toilet is very inconvenient..Thank you for coming right away and fixing it.

– Julie T. 

Justin was courteous and very knowledgeable he worked quickly to get my problem fixed. Making this single mother of three relieved that a clogged toilet wasn’t the end of the world.

– Angela C. 

Thank you Justin for jetting the milk line at my farm in Gorham.

– Walter Young 

Thank you Northeast Sewer for fixing our drain problem with Aceto Construction, our closing went on as scheduled 🙂
Thanks again

– The Bachmans 

I am a first time homeowner and needed a new sewer line installed, heart stopping when I had no knowledge of such things. I called northeast sewer everyday for a week with questions and concerns. They televised my line and showed me exactly where the break was (pretty amazing) I could see it on the screen!! Fixed it in one day!!

– Teran

Justin and Kelly are the owners, and they could not have been better to work with. I had a 120 year old BRICK (yes, brick) sewer line collapse and they diagnosed the problem, involved the city and fixed it for less than I was expecting to pay. I learned that they own and operate their own excavating equipment which means jobs are done more quickly and less expensively than others. I am a raving fan, and have already referred them out.

– Matt Tasker  
Merchant Services

Thank you Ryan and Kelly for your help with my flooded basement. I am deaf and have a hard time communicating sometimes, but Kelly was able to communicate with me through text and e-mail Northeast Sewer figured out my problem and worked late into the night to corrected it, Thank you very much.

– Roseanne C. 
Cape Elizabeth

hired Northeast Sewer to inspect my main line with their sewer camera because our basement kept getting water. We had roots in our line. Northeast removed the roots put us on a yearly maintenance plan and we haven’t had a problem since. Thank you.

– Jeff C. 

I just wanted to compliment your plumber, Justin, who came to our home this evening. He was a professional and absolutely fantastic. He explained everything to us and fixed our problem efficiently and with accuracy. Thank you so much. We will look to you in the future for our sewer and drainage needs.

– Kelly and Beth Hoffman

I’m a widow living on a fixed income, Northeast Sewer & Drain not only charged a reasonable price, but gave me another 10% for being a Senior Citizen, I’ve told all my Senior friends.

– Helen W. (Age 70.) 

Thank you Northeast! We needed help on a Saturday afternoon and you answered your phone, & came quickly. Ryan was courteous & very knowledgeable. He was able to fix our problem very quickly too. You have great service, thanks again! 🙂 We are happy customer! Thank you Northeast Sewer…

– Gail M. 

I want to thank the 2 gentleman who came last Friday morning and fixed my downstairs’ toilet. They knew what they were doing, not like some so-called professionals. They let you know what was going on. Very pleasant people to have working at your house. If I have a similar problem next time, I’m going to call Northeast Sewer & Drain first!

– Ellen P. 

A great big thank you to Justin and Kelly Dearborn from Northeast Sewer & Drain Service for fixing the plumbing issues we had at our house yesterday. Despite Allen Heplers best efforts we needed to call in the professionals! Thanks for getting there so quickly, Justin and fixing our mess! Hey friends call them if you need some plumbing work. They are great!

– Christine Iaconeta Hepler 

Northeast Sewer & Drain replaced my crushed sewer line in one day, I was not inconvenienced at all. Reliable service at a price I could afford. Thanks!

– Bill M.