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Trenchless Pipe Bursting

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Trenchless pipe bursting is a main method of trenchless pipe replacement, and it has several advantages over traditional pipe replacement. Trenchless pipe bursting involves replacing buried pipelines or sewer lines without having to dig a trench, and the method can be used for many types of water, sewer or gas pipelines. Trenchless methods are becoming an often used method of pipe repair because they protect the landscaping and surface features above the pipeline from damage while ensuring that a high quality new pipe is installed in the time-frame that the project needs to be completed in.

How pipe bursting works

Pipe bursting is based on a simple concept, but it uses very advanced technology. In most pipe bursting projects, two access holes are dug, which are called the launching and receiving pits. These access holes replace the trench that is used with traditional pipe replacement. A bursting head is used to split the existing pipe, and the bursting system may be pneumatic or hydraulic. The bursting head fractures the existing pipe and forces the fragments of the pipe outward, allowing room for the new pipe.

While the existing pipe is being destroyed, a new pipe is installed in its place. Pipe bursting requires the appropriate equipment as well as a licensed pipe bursting contractor that has the experience and the knowledge to be able to perform the job such as Sewer Solutions.

Pipe bursting can be used to increase a pipe’s carrying capacity


One of the main applications of pipe bursting is to increase a pipe’s carrying capacity. Some pipes do not need to be replaced as a result of damage, but simply are too small for the purpose that they were originally installed for. Pipe bursting destroys the existing pipe and replaces it with a larger capacity pipe, and this is often required in the gas and water industries.

For most projects, two access holes are dug that replace the traditional trench used for pipe replacement. A pointed bursting head is used to split the damaged pipe and fracture it, forcing fragments outward to create a space for the installation of the new pipe system.

This technique is used along with the installation of trenchless pipe systems, but did you know pipe bursting can also improve the flow water and sewage inside your pipes.

Pipe bursting avoids environmental damage

Pipe bursting is generally more environmentally friendly than other methods of pipe replacement, as it protects the surface above the pipe from the damage that a trench can cause. Although the method requires advanced technology and an experienced contractor, as well as an understanding of geography, tree roots, soil conditions and other factors, it is a convenient and cost effective way to replace the pipes that are routinely used in several different industries.

Pipe bursting is a convenient alternative method to the traditional option and it is becoming a popular choice among plumbers and sewer specialists all throughout the nation. While it is a technique that most newcomers to the industry are trained in, pipe bursting requires a technician

If you are in need of a trenchless pipe replacement for gas, water or sewer, or if you have any questions at all about pipe bursting, contact Sewer Solutions today by calling 720-663-7473 (PIPE).