What is Pipe Bursting?

What is Pipe Bursting?

Learn about the process of pipe bursting and its usefulness for pipe repair.

What is Pipe Bursting?Pipe bursting may sound more like a problem you call a plumber about than a service a plumber provides.

In reality, pipe bursting is a cutting-edge pipe repair method that can actually fix leaky, broken, corroded, or burst pipes.

Benefits of Pipe Bursting

Pipe bursting involves running a new pipe through the old, damaged pipe. This process destroys the old pipe and leaves a new one in its place. The chief benefit of this process is that you get your entire sewer line replaced without having to dig a huge trench. This allows for:

  • Faster pipe repair
  • Long-lasting solution with quality new pipe
  • Less manual labor and lower pipe repair costs
  • No collateral costs for repairing driveways, patios, landscaping, etc.
  • Less disturbance to the environment (no soil loss or lawn scars)

Alternatives to Pipe Bursting

Pipe bursting is a very useful no-dig pipe repair solution, but it is not the only option you have when your sewer pipe is damaged. Pipe relining may also be an excellent choice, especially if you do not want to replace the entire sewer line but only the portion that is currently damaged.

Pipe relining uses a technology called cured in place piping to create a strong, leak-free barrier between water and the original pipe. What happens is a special resin-saturated polyester tube is pulled or pushed with forced air into the pipe. Hot water, UV light, or steam is then used to cure the resin, causing it to expand and harden into a strong new corrosion-resistant pipe section. The new pipe liner is thick enough to provide the necessary protection but thin enough to avoid interfering with flow rates.

How Do You Know How Much Pipe To Replace?

If your pipe has failed due to specific, localized damage such as a pipe section getting crushed by a truck parking on it or roots penetrating a few feet of pipe, you can feel safe replacing only that portion of the pipe. However, if the damage is due to age or corrosion, you should assume all parts of the pipe are equally weak—they simply have not failed yet. In order to prevent the need for repeated pipe repair projects, you should probably just replace the entire water or sewer line at once in this case.

Need Help with Pipe Repair?

If you have a leaky or damaged pipe in your home or business, please do not hesitate to contact Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing at (661) 947-2653. We will be happy to provide estimates for the different pipe repair options you may have.

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