Pipe Bursting: Trenchless Pipe Replacement And Restoration

When it comes to replacing underground pipes, many property owners do not know about new alternatives to repiping that can significantly help save time, money, and headache. 

Continue reading to learn about a streamlined method to be “out with the old, and in with the new” for pipes!

The Difference Between Burst Pipes And Pipe Bursting

“Burst pipes” are pipes that have damage, whereas “pipe bursting” is a trenchless method of replacing underground pipes. Traditional pipe replacement involves digging a hole in the ground, a trench, in order to physically access the section of the sewer line that needs to be replaced.

Pipe bursting is completed by plumbers who have specialized training and experience with trenchless repair technology. While traditional pipe laying is not possible without digging a long trench, pipe bursting requires only two access points in the ground: one for entry and one for exit. The entry and exit points are to push the old pipe out of the ground while installing a new pipe that is inserted underground, lead by a guide head. 

One of the best features of the trenchless method is the material that the new pipes are made of. The most popular trenchless pipe material is high density polyethylene (HDPE), which is thermoplastic polymer that has a high strength-to-density ratio. Unlike traditional pipes that are susceptible to environmental corrosion, the material used for trenchless pipes is incredibly strong and durable as well as flexible and lightweight. 

Cost-Efficient And Environmentally Friendlier Pipe Replacement 

The United States Environmental Protection Agency says that pipe bursting is “a method of correcting pipe deficiencies with less disturbance, economic impact, and environmental degradation, and they require less restoration than the traditional dig-and-replace method.” In essence, the backbreaking days of digging out an entire trench are over! “In contrast to the traditional method, which requires unearthing and replacing the deficient pipe, techniques do not require excavation of the existing piping.” Trenchless piping is far less invasive than dig-and-replace methods. That translates into cost savings for homeowners and property owners because there is less physically taxing labor involved in drain line rehabilitation. 

When to Choose Pipe Bursting 

Almost any type of pipe can be burst using the trenchless pipe replacement method, however certain materials like HPDE, ductile iron, or concrete can be difficult to burst. Both newer and older pipes of varying sizes and diameters can be replaced with the pipe bursting method. In fact, pipe bursting is an excellent method to upgrade your pipes to a larger size. 

Certain properties may not be suitable for pipe bursting, especially if there are obstructions at the entry and exit points. The pipe bursting method is based on a variety of factors, including the length of the section that is to be replaced, underground depth, severity of damage, and location. Our professional plumbers in San Diego can inspect your property to determine whether or not pipe bursting is suitable for your plumbing needs. 

California Plumbing provides comprehensive plumbing services to homes in San Diego and Chula Vista and beyond. If you have any questions about pipe bursting or trenchless pipe restoration, call us today. 

Call Us Today: (619) 747-3443

Email Us: info@californiaplumbingsd.com


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