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When Can Bursting a Pipe Be a Good Thing?

When you think about the words “bursting a pipe,” do they sound in any way good to you? No! Of course not!

Bursting a pipe if you’re a home or business owner must mean that you’re going to have to pay big money to bring in someone to fix this pipe that has burst.

Pipe bursting, though, is actually a process used by plumbers to replace deteriorating or undersized gas, water, or sewer pipes without causing much interference with the ground above the pipes.

Picture this, you have an older home, and you are about to do a major remodel on it. Changes are your main sewer line is not only deteriorating, but it is also going to be too small for the additions that you are putting onto your home. But the thing is, you don’t want to have to tear up your entire back yard just to get a new sewer line put in, so what do you do?

Plumbers now have the ability to replace these pipes without digging out the large trenchline that was initially dug to install the sewer line. Instead of digging up the whole trench, plumbers dig two holes, and place the new line in the first hole, and pole the line through the existing pipe to the other whole where the pipe ends.

The reason this is called pipe bursting is because as the new line is pulled through the old line, there is a head on the front of the new line that actually shatters the old pipe and pushes it into the surrounding dirt. This process only works, though, if the old pipe is made out of fracturable material such as clay, iron, concrete ABS, and PVC.

The new type of pipe that is replacing the old pipe is much sturdier and is also smoother. It is called polyethylene pipe, also called PE pipe. It is electro-fused together which gives it the smoothness and makes it one seemless line, comparatively to your old piping. The new polyethylene pipe is also more resistant to abrasion. It will also not be damaged by microbiologically induced corrosion or chemically induced corrosion.

So if you are considering having new piping put into your home or business, whether it be for your gas, water, or sewer, make sure that you hire a plumber who can give you this trenchless pipe replacement. If you don’t, you’re risking your entire lawn being destroyed by the process of retrenching.

Facts About Sewer Pipe Bursting Technology

Sewer pipe bursting technology, also referred to as trenchless pipe excavation, has made some significant improvements over the past decade. Before, if you caught news that a local sewage pipe ruptured and needs repaired, you would instantly imagine (and expect) massive road demolition, extensive traffic congestion, long-term construction, and near-by commercial businesses taking a financial hit.

Sewer pipe repair used to be tedious, inconvenient, and messy; blocking popular high-traffic roadways and businesses and costing loads more money to accomplish. But with the latest advancements in plumbing pipe repair, there is a better and easier way of doing things now. Continue reading to learn more about trenchless pipe bursting technology and how it benefits companies, contractors, and various industries in terms of pipe repair and replacement.

Pipe Repair and Replacement

Trenchless pipe repair and replacement is the perfect solution to fixing damaged or problematic sewage pipes deep beneath the ground. Its process is quite simple actually: two holes are dug, one at each end of the section of piping that needs repaired. Then a remote-controlled machine is inserted into one hole and guided through the pipe until it’s near the second hole. If the pipe simply needs renovating or reinforcing, there are two easy methods:

  1. Insert a polyethylene tube after the machine is inserted, and then expand it or attach it to the inner walls of the existing piping using hot air or ultraviolet light.
  2. Spray an epoxy resin onto the inner walls of the existing piping.

For larger projects and repairs, these simple patching remedies won’t do. The level of repair and replacement must be kicked up a notch. This is where trenchless pipe bursting technology becomes most useful. Just like before, a remote-guided machine is inserted into one hole, but this time it has an auger attached to the front of it. It is directed through the path of the pipe, or the corrected path, slicing the existing pipe walls to shreds with thin blades. This forces the old piping to the side and allows new piping to be inserted and expanded. This eliminates several hazards and inconveniences, like ground heaving, heavy construction, massive demolition, and more.

If you are a commercial business or property owner that requires pipe repair and replacement services, be sure to trust only a licensed master plumber for the job. This kind of work requires a unique, comprehensive understanding of plumbing systems and pipe works that only master plumbers retain. Be sure they have more than 10 years of experience so they are familiar with the old and new versions of underground piping and sewage systems.