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What’s a Pipe Leak Repair Cost in Phoenix?

July 29, 2020

The cost to repair a simple pipe leak in Phoenix typically ranges from $150 to $350+. An example of this type of repair would be fixing a leaky pipe under your kitchen sink.

However, if your water supply or sewer lines have a leak, the price can increase significantly, ranging from $1,000 to $15,000+.

We know—that’s a huge price range.

The reason the cost to repair a leaky pipe varies so much is because the job depends on several factors, including:

  • The location of the pipe leak
  • The length of the leaky pipe
  • The pipe repair method
  • Restoration costs
  • The cost of the camera inspection
  • The plumber you hire

We’ll go into more detail about each of these important cost factors to give you an idea of what you can expect to pay for your pipe leak repair.

Want to know exactly how much your pipe leak repair will cost? Our repair specialists can give you an upfront estimate.

Cost factor #1: The location of the pipe leak

As we mentioned earlier, leaks in your water main or sewer line will be more expensive than a leak in a smaller secondary pipe.

We’ll explain. Secondary lines are the smaller pipes that connect your home’s plumbing fixtures (toilet, sink, etc.) to the sewer line. These lines feed into the sewer line, which drains wastewater into the public sewer system.

Secondary sewer lines feed into the main sewer line

Your home also has a water supply main line that brings water to secondary supply lines. These secondary lines connect to your home’s plumbing fixtures, allowing water to flow from showers, faucets, etc.

Because they are underground and more difficult to access, a leak in a main line is generally more expensive to repair than a leak in a secondary line.

That said, if a secondary line is leaking and is located under a floor or behind a wall, the cost of the repair will increase because you’ll have to factor in restoration costs (more on those later).

Cost factor #2: The length of the leaky pipe

If the plumber finds that the leaky pipe has several holes or one long break, then the pipe will likely need to be replaced, which raises the cost.

Besides the length of the pipe, the replacement cost will also depend on the pipe material. For example, copper pipes will be more expensive to replace than PVC pipes of the same length.

Cost factor #3: The pipe repair method

Some pipe repair methods are less expensive than others. For example, a plumber fixing a simple leak in an easy-to-access pipe can use repair tape or epoxy putty to stop the leaks. These pipe leak repair methods are relatively quick and inexpensive.

However, underground leaks are more difficult (and therefore more expensive) to repair. Depending on where the leak is located, the plumber may have no other option but to excavate to reach the leaky pipe, which raises the overall cost of the project considerably.

Some underground pipes can be repaired/replaced using non-invasive methods (called “trenchless” repairs), which do not require any digging. These methods cost a little more upfront, but you’ll save money on restoration costs because trenchless methods cause minimal disruptions to your property.

The plumber you hire will recommend the least-intrusive repair method for your pipe leak.

Cost factor #4: Restoration costs

As we mentioned earlier, some pipe leaks are in hard-to-reach locations such as:

  • Under floors
  • Behind walls
  • Under the lawn
  • Under driveway or concrete slabs

If the leaky pipe is in one of those places, the plumber will likely need to cut or dig to access and repair the pipe. Besides the cost of the repair itself, you’ll also have to factor in restoration costs into the overall price of the project.

Examples of restoration costs include:

  • Fixing a wall or repairing flooring
  • Replacing the lawn
  • Replanting bushes or trees
  • Repaving your driveway or sidewalk

Cost factor #5: The cost of the camera inspection

Plumbers use special cameras to pinpoint the exact location of an underground leak or a leak that’s not easily visible.

The cost of a camera inspection ranges from $235 to $425. Some plumbing companies bundle this fee into the overall cost of the project.

While a camera inspection is an added cost, using a camera to find the source of a leak saves you a lot of money down the road. Camera inspections save the plumber a lot of time, which reduces excavation costs and the overall cost of labor.

Cost factor #6: The plumber you hire

No matter where your leaking pipe is, you want the assurance it will be fixed correctly by the plumber you hire.

Experienced, reputable plumbing contractors generally charge more for their repair services. But don’t let that prevent you from hiring one.

Hiring an inexperienced or untrustworthy contractor will result in sub-par work, which can lead to future repairs and even damage to your home.

To verify if a contractor is reputable and experienced, we recommend that you do the following:

  • Confirm that the contractor has a valid plumbing license. That way, you know that the plumber is authorized to perform plumbing work in Arizona.
  • Make sure the plumber is insured. In the event of an accident, you want the assurance that the plumber will be financially responsible for any damage to your property.
  • Ask about the warranties and guarantees the contractor offers. High-quality contractors will offer warranties and guarantees on their plumbing repair work.
  • Check online customer reviews. Look at sites such as Better Business Bureau, Yelp and Google to see what other customers have said about the contractor. Chances are, if the majority of customers had a good experience working with a particular contractor, you will too.

Want a quote on the cost to repair your pipe leak?

Our repair specialists will visit your home and give you an upfront, honest quote on the cost to fix your leaking pipe. When you hire Patrick Riley Plumbing for the job, you can count on first-class customer service and high-quality repair work that will last for years to come.

We also offer financing options for expensive pipe leak repairs.

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