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Burst Pipe Repair Cost

Burst Pipe Repair Cost

National average
$500
(moderate repair with a new section of pipe)
Low: $150

(small repair in an easy-to-access area with no pipe replacement)

High: $2,000

(difficult-to-access area with new pipes needed throughout)

Cost to repair a burst pipe varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from plumbers in your city.

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Burst Pipe Repair Cost

National average
$500
(moderate repair with a new section of pipe)
Low: $150

(small repair in an easy-to-access area with no pipe replacement)

High: $2,000

(difficult-to-access area with new pipes needed throughout)

Cost to repair a burst pipe varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from plumbers in your city.

The average cost of repairing a burst pipe is $200 - $1,000.

How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Burst Pipe?

A burst pipe can be a serious problem that may quickly grow worse if not dealt with in a timely way. Burst pipes can send as many as 10 gallons of water a minute into your home, causing significant water damage to the surrounding area. The cost to repair a burst pipe depends on several factors, including the type of pipe material, its location, and how big the problem is. Most homeowners find they spend between $200 and $1,000 on a burst pipe in a fairly easy-to-reach location, not including any repairs needed for water damage. The average cost to repair a pipe is around $500.

Burst Pipe Repair Cost

Burst pipe costs
National average cost$500
Average range$200 - $1,000
Minimum cost$150
Maximum cost$2,000


What Causes Pipes to Burst

A pipe can burst for several reasons. Some of them are more common than others, depending on location, circumstance, and type of pipe:

  • Frozen pipes: This is the most common reason for pipes to burst. When water freezes, it expands very quickly, which stresses the pipe material. The pipe may crack immediately or weaken and burst later on. When the water thaws, it pours from the crack in the pipe.
  • Water pressure: A sudden change in water pressure could stress a pipe, particularly one that is weakened due to the stress of a previous freeze, a previous repair, or age.
  • Moving pipes: If your pipes moved due to house settling, construction, or other reasons, it can stress the pipe, which may lead to a leak or burst pipe when the pressure changes.
  • Corrosion: Some older pipes may corrode over time, particularly if they come in contact with another metal or material like mortar, causing a chemical reaction. A corroded pipe is a weak pipe, and it may give way at any time.
  • Age: Some materials simply weaken with age. PVC can become brittle with age, eventually leading to cracks, while copper may experience corrosion or stress over time. An old pipe is more likely to burst from smaller issues than a newer pipe.

Signs That You Have a Burst Pipe

Some burst pipes produce immediately obvious damage that you can quickly pinpoint, but others are more subtle, especially if they are inside walls, ceilings, or floors. Signs that you may have a burst pipe in your home include:

  • A sudden drop in water pressure
  • Damp spots on walls, ceilings, or floors
  • Sudden buckling of walls or floors
  • Unusual noises or sounds from the pipes
  • Sudden electrical failures
  • Mold or mildew growth

Water Damage

Time is of the essence if you have a burst pipe. The longer the water leaks or flows from the pipe, the more damage it can do. Water damage can sometimes be significant and lead to the replacement of drywall 1, flooring, and furnishings. Clean water removal and drying costs around $1,400, and prices may rise to $5,000 or more with repairs to damaged areas. This can mean removing and repairing drywall, rotted wood from studs, cleaning and decontaminating areas from mold or mildew, and fixing softening floorboards. 

To help prevent water damage from a burst pipe, shut off the water at the water main as soon as you suspect a burst. Then, drain the pipes by opening all the faucets and shower valves and flushing all the toilets in the home.

Cost Factors

Many factors affect what you will pay for a burst pipe. The first is location. A burst pipe in your basement that is either completely visible or easily accessed from a dropped ceiling panel or wall panel costs significantly less to repair than a pipe that requires opening drywall to access. A repair requiring jackhammering through concrete to access costs even more. 

The next factor is the type of pipe. If you need to replace the section of pipe, copper has a higher cost than PVC. A small repair may not require replacing the entire pipe, so your cost is less than if the broken section is large or if the pipe has more issues than just the leak. For example, if your pipe burst from corrosion and more corrosion is found on other sections, then your total repair will be higher than if the pipe burst from ice and only a single section was impacted.

Labor Costs to Repair a Burst Pipe

Labor costs also vary depending on the area you live in and the type of plumbing company you work with. Plumbers may charge an hourly rate from $45 to $200 an hour, depending on location. So, the same repair may cost more in a big city than in a rural area. 

Some companies charge flat rates for certain services. For example, thawing frozen pipes may cost a flat rate of $100, while some plumbers charge around $400 to make a basic repair. 

The bulk of a burst pipe repair is in labor costs, getting to the pipe and making the repairs. Of the $500, around $300 - $400 is typically labor, with the remaining costs going to materials.

Preventing Burst Pipes

In the case of age or a sudden change in water pressure, there may be little you can do to prevent a burst pipe. However, there are steps to minimize your chances of this happening. Insulate any pipes that are at risk of freezing, such as those located beside outside walls. Keep your thermostat 2 set to at least 50 degrees if you plan on being away from home for a few days. If you will be away longer, winterize your pipes by turning off the water and draining them. 

Make sure any pipes in the yard are buried deep enough to be protected from freezing temperatures, and have any old pipes inspected to look for signs of corrosion. Replace any pipes that display signs of wear or stress, particularly after a renovation or project where they may have been moved.

Enhancements and Improvements

Installing New Pipes

Sometimes, repairing a section of pipe can stress the pipes around it, which can cause more leaks. In this case, all the pipes may need replacement. New plumbing systems range in cost from $2,000 to $15,000, depending on location and type of pipe.

Additional Costs and Considerations

  • Your repair will likely cost more if the damaged pipe is not easy to access. If they have to tear down drywall or dig a trench in the yard, costs will be higher.
  • If you call for an immediate repair, your plumber may also charge you an additional fee for an emergency call.
  • Many homeowner’s insurance policies cover burst or broken pipes and water damage. Before you hire someone, call your insurance adjuster to find out if this is covered.
  • There are kits available for DIY emergency pipe repairs for $6 to $30. These may help you make an emergency repair while you wait to see if insurance will cover more.

FAQs

  • Does homeowner’s insurance cover a burst pipe?

Yes, in most cases, homeowner’s insurance covers the cost of repairing a burst pipe and water damage. 

  • How long does a burst water pipe take to fix?

This depends on where the pipe is located, but most can be repaired in a few hours.

  • What happens if a pipe bursts?

Water will pour from the pipe into the surrounding area, which can cause water damage.

  • How much does it cost to fix a burst pipe?

The average cost of repair is around $500.

  • What causes a burst pipe?

Pipes can burst for many reasons, including age, freezing, corrosion, or water pressure. ​

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+21%
Anchorage, AK
+35%
Ashland, NH
+22%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Augusta, GA
-13%
Aurora, IL
+21%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Bellevue, WA
+13%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Charleston, SC
-1%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chattanooga, TN
+1%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Coldwater, MI
-21%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Corpus Christi, TX
+4%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Denver, CO
+1%
Elkton, MD
-26%
Flagstaff, AZ
-27%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Fremont, CA
+35%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Frisco, TX
+23%
Glendale, CA
+14%
Hartford, CT
+23%
Hayward, CA
+31%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntsville, AL
-17%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jersey City, NJ
+23%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Lansing, MI
+8%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Laurel, MT
-12%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Mckinney, TX
+23%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Mission, TX
-40%
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