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.