5 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Pipe Bursting Method

pipe burstingWhen it comes to owning a home, proper maintenance of the different elements of the home is essential to ensuring that the home maintains its value and that it remains a safe environment in which to live. While it is hardly ever in view. The plumbing in a home is vital to the functionality and safety of the home. A ruptured pipe or backed up sewer line cannot only be costly, but it can be dangerous as well. When the time comes to repair or replace certain underground plumbing elements, homeowners should look to find the most cost effective and safe method possible. Currently, pipe bursting is one of the safest and most cost effective plumbing repair options available to homeowners.

For homeowners who are unfamiliar with the pipe bursting method, it is the repair or replacement process in which a new pipe is literally pulled through the old one, simultaneously fracturing the old pipe and replacing it. This method usually requires minor digging to create an access hole on either side of the lateral.
Following are five things that every homeowner should know about the pipe bursting method.

1.1.Pipe Bursting Reduces Site Damage

Conventional methods for repairing underground pipes require an excessive amount of digging to gain access to the damaged area. This digging will damage landscaping and possible concrete areas like the driveway and sidewalk. Fortunately, the pipe bursting method only requires that a small access hole be dug in order to reach the pipe on either side of the lateral. Because there is less digging, there is less chance of causing any type of significant damage to the property.
In addition to the reduction in property damage, and the subsequent repair and cleanup, the pipe bursting method is a more environmentally-friendly approach.

1.2.Using Pipe Busting Technology Can Reduce Sewer Line Costs

In many communities, homeowners are held responsible for maintaining the sewer line that leads from their home to the sewer main. The maintenance of the sewer line can become a costly responsibility; however, using pipe bursting as repair or replacement method will increase the durability of the sewer line, with a life expectancy of beyond 50 years. The cost of repairs and replacement using traditional repair methods can end up be triple the cost of using the pipe bursting method.

1.3.Pipe Bursting is Ideal for Nearly All Types of Damage

Due to the flexibility in the different ways that pipe bursting technology can be used to repair or replace underground piping, the extent to which this method can be used to repair damages is almost unlimited. Whether the piping is suffering from normal deterioration, corrosion or adverse performance, due to poor installation, the pipe bursting method allows the plumbing to be replaced partially, in the trouble areas. And this is done without the normal digging, and all of the dangers and costs associated with it.

1.4.Pipe Bursting is Significantly Safer

What many homeowners are unaware of is the fact that the digging associated with more traditional plumbing repair methods exposes them to certain harmful substances, including mold and asbestos. The longer that the ground remains excavated, the more the risk of exposure increases. The pipe bursting method almost completely eliminates the need for digging, subsequently reducing safety risks around the site.

1.5.Far More Durable than Traditional Methods

When repairing or replacing underground plumbing, one of the most prevalent concerns of homeowners is the durability of the repair. How long will it last? No one likes to have their yard dug up at any extent, so when it happens they want to know that it will not be happening again any time soon. The good news is that pipe bursting repairs have a life expectancy that will exceed 50 years.

Because of the flexibility and durability factors associated with the pipe bursting method, homeowner can be confident that this method will provide the results they are looking for, at an affordable cost.

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Underground Piping is Less of a Mess with Trenchless Sewer Repair

Underground water and sewer piping can often end up in precarious areas.  Running under streets, trees, walks, or porches, the location of underground piping can cause a headache if problems arise. However, improvements in trenchless sewer repair for underground piping projects are making piping problems much easier and less messy to accomplish.  Trenchless piping technology has helped reduce the time, costs, and the mess of digging up piping to solve piping problems.
Two particular methods are most often used in trenchless repair, “pipe lining” and “pipe bursting”.  The two methods are not used interchangeably.  Each trenchless pipe repair method has itS own process and how those processes accommodate a pipes issues determines which method gives the best or most economical solution.  It’s up to your piping repair expert to decide which application is the most suitable for your needs.
Pipe lining can usually be done from one point of access.  So if that access is already available in a building, then no digging at all may be required.  If the existing piping is collapsed or cannot be completely cleaned, then it isn’t suitable for pipe lining.  In such a case, the pipe bursting trenchless repair method is the best option for underground piping repair.  This trenchless repair method needs to get access to each end of the piping using “launching and receiving pits”.  A new pipe is pulled through the existing pipe behind a bursting head which fractures and pushes aside the old pipe ahead of the new piping being pulled in.   This method was originally used to fracture cast iron and clay piping.  However, it now used on concrete piping, orangeburg piping, and others as well.
If the existing problem pipe is not collapsed, then pipe lining is the process where a piping repair expert will use a different trenchless system and line the inside of an existing pipe with a fiberglass or felt liner impregnated with epoxy.  This application seals up any holes or cracks that the existing piping may have.  The pipe lining process adds to the strength of the existing pipe which the lining is be applied within.
Both these process have their pros and cons and are not necessarily appropriate for the same situations and have different costs associated with them.  New HDPE piping will always result in a longer lasting product for the future.  But sometimes, especially on short runs, pipe lining is less expensive.  Both will repair or replace the old piping with less disturbance both these less invasive trenchless methods can increase the flow characteristics of the piping – especially important in home sewer lines with the new low water use fixtures.