American homeowners love their lawns. Just step outside your door on any sunny Saturday and count how many of your neighbors have joined you in mowing, trimming, weeding, fertilizing, or, most expensively, landscaping their properties. The average homeowner spends about 150 hours in these weekend pursuits at a cumulative cost of about 40 billion dollars a year.
With luck, you’ll never have to worry about the sewer and water pipes that lie beneath the landscaping you’ve crafted. Pipe failures are rare, but if you own a vintage home with aging plumbing, the possibility does exist that one day one of those old pipes could spring a leak or burst altogether.
If you’re one of the unlucky ones, consider your options for replacement.