Pipe Bursting: Is It Right for Your Sewer Line Replacement Project?

Posted on: 19 October 2016

If you need to replace a damaged sewer line on your property but don't want the project to take up too much time or cause substantial damage to your landscape, try pipe bursting. Pipe bursting is a unique technique used to lay down new pipelines without digging into the landscape. The technique not only saves time and additional expenses, but it also helps protect your landscape from damage. Here are a few things to know about pipe bursting and how you can prepare for the installation of your line.

What Is Pipe Bursting?

A number of homeowners and businesses experience some type of sewer line problem over time. Pipelines can burst from old age and wear and tear, or they can crack from pressure, tree roots, and clogs. Traditional sewer line repair typically involves digging a large trench next to the damaged line to install a new line. However, trenches can create messes that require additional time to clean and cover up. Pipe bursting eliminates these issues.

Pipe bursting doesn't require the large areas of ground to be dug up in your landscape. The technique allows contractors to install a new line through an old line with a "bursting head." The bursting head is shaped similar to a bullet or missile, which allows it to moves its way through the old line, or host line, without disturbing the soil and material around it. The bursting head also cracks and splits open the old pipe as it travels through it, which generally eliminates the need to remove the old line from the tunnel.

If you think pipe bursting is for you, you can go ahead and prepare your property for it.

How Do You Prepare for Your Pipe Bursting Project?

One of the things you can do in preparation for your new line is clear all obstacles from the work area, including your vehicles and outdoor furnishings. Pipe bursting contractors may still use large equipment to insert and guide your new line, so keeping the location free of obstacles is ideal.

Also, obtain the proper sewer line replacement permits from your city. A number of contractors do this step for homeowners, but you may want to go ahead and get it out the way to save time. If in doubt, contact a line replacement contractor like Sullivan Septic for more information.

For more details about trenchless sewer line replacement services, talk to a contractor in your area.