As you likely already know, storm sewers are drainage systems designed to carry rainwater runoff and snow melt to area streams, rivers and other bodies of water. Drains exist outside of properties and may also exist inside of properties.
Outside, it’s common to see storm drains built into street curbs or other low-lying areas of pavement. Inside, drains may exist on the lowermost level of buildings or homes to catch and redistribute water that enters a facility after a heavy rainfall.
Storm sewer systems play an important role in replenishing area water bodies, however they are not immune from problems. From time to time, storm sewer systems will need to be repaired – and in some instances, they may also need to be completely replaced.
This is typically an expensive undertaking, especially if you’re on the hook for drain and pipe repair within a commercial or residential facility. While costs vary based on the nature of the job, there are some general price points to keep in mind when it comes to sewer system repair and/or replacement.
Costs of a Storm Sewer System
Like we said in the opening, the cost of a storm sewer system can range from anywhere to a few thousand dollars to a few million dollars based on the scope of the project.
Here’s a look at some more specific cost breakdowns when it comes to the various components that make up a storm sewer system:
- Trenches and channels cost up to $150 per linear foot.
- Catch basins cost up to ___ per basin
Also of note is that these costs likely don’t cover excavation prices, should it be necessary to remove concrete, landscaping or parts of a yard to access certain areas.
Considerations for Storm Sewer System Installation
Whether you need storm sewer work done in your home or business, or you’re seeking estimates as part of a city improvement project, there are a few guidelines to follow to ensure you’re getting good value. Here’s a look:
Consider an Inspection:
Before work begins, many companies will perform a sewer camera inspection to properly diagnose issues or get a better idea of what’s necessary for the project.
A good company should show you the video they took, explain what they observed and use it as a guide pertaining to the repairs or replacements they recommend.
Make sure the contractors you’re seeking bids or estimates with are credible and reputable.
We recommend speaking with former clients of said companies to ensure you’re doing business with a quality firm.