There is a crack and slow leak in the iron sewer line as it exits through the basement wall. All the rest of the pipe inside the house, except this 18" section, has been replaced with PVC. Other than this crack there are no drainage issues. The house is 75 years old. Obviously this section of pipe needs to be replaced.

My concern is what to expect on the outside. The sewer line exits the house near the top of the basement wall and is probably about 2 feet below grade at that point. The iron pipe continues thru the brick wall to the outside of the house . . . beyond that, I don't know how far the iron pipe goes. I have no idea if there is a joint in the pipe once it is outside. I don't know how long the crack is either. I can dig and look . . . .

Replacing any more than about 4' of the outside sewer line is a problem for several reasons. First, money is a huge issue right now. Secondly, and equally problematic is the location of both hardscape and landscape. I realize that replacing or re-lining the pipe all the way to the street would probably be the "correct" solution, especially for the long term.. . But, if that isn't an option right now.. . What do I do? What is involved in replacing the pipe? Is there an interim fix that will at least get the problem beyond the basement wall and out of my house? Any opinions?