The solution before 2004 was to get a backhoe or excavator and dig up the hydrant and replace it, this can cost $100 to $200 an hour. This also opens up potential problems to damaging utility lines, damaging landscaping, and messy repairs that neither the homeowner nor contractor want to repair.
The solution today is the Seppmann Enterprises Hydrant Assist Kit. This will remedy all of the above problems. There is no need for excavators or backhoes, any landscaping damage, or utility damage after a HAK is installed.