What is pipe bursting?
Pipe bursting is part of the family of methods in trenchless pipe replacement. As what its name implies, the old pipes are discharged through a “bursts” method which allows the new pipes to become part of the sewage system. This replacement application also expands the size of the sewer line. Pipe bursting as well as other trenchless pipe replacement procedures is mostly used when rehabilitation won’t do the work. It’s impossible to reline pipes if the sewer pipes have become obliterated and crumbling, which is why replacing is the only solution.
How is pipe bursting done?
There are actually various techniques used in pipe bursting, namely: hydraulic, static, and pneumatic. However, since the article is about the application of pipe bursting to sewer pipes, we will be discussing hydraulic exclusively. Hydraulic pipe bursting is mainly used to replace steel and iron, which make it very suitable for replacing aged sewer pipes in old houses. However, hydraulic bursting can still be applied to other pipes that don’t have metallic compositions. This process is conducted from one manhole to another. The old pipes are splintered with the use of a bursting head. The bursting head is broadened with the help of a hydraulic cylinder. When the head widens, it progressively splinters the old pipe so that it will bursts. After this is done, the winch will then be able to pull the new pipe forward.
Why is there digging involved?
It’s a common notion that people often coincide not only with pipe bursting but other trenchless pipe replacement procedures as well. This misunderstanding is sprung from pipe rehabilitation technologies that provide no excavation process. People often compare and contrast pipe bursting with CIPP, PIPP, and other relining methods which is very pointless. Also, homeowners and property owners should understand that pipe bursting is a ‘trenchless’ pipe replacement procedure, meaning there is less trench digging involved, not the absence of excavation. Even though there is a bit of dredging with pipe bursting, there is 95% less destruction than traditional open-cut pipe replacement.
Are there any benefits in using pipe bursting?
There are actually a lot of benefits in applying pipe bursting for pipe repairs, this includes: minimal traffic and business disruption, nominal damage to the surroundings, quick pipe replacement, and lower overall cost. The benefits also hold true with other trenchless pipe replacement methods, the key difference is how the replacement is done.
How do I know if my sewer pipes suited for bursting?
First of all, you shouldn’t blatantly enlist any pipe repair services just because it impressed you with its benefits. You see, these trenchless repair/replacement technologies are applicable depending on the status of your sewer pipes as well as the surrounding environment of the work site. What you need to do is to hire a pipe repair contractor or a plumber to do an inspection on the health of your sewer line. After these professionals evaluate your sewer system, they will then be able to give you the best possible solution for your sewer pipe dilemma.