Pipe Bursting


After performing a thorough leak detection, a property owner should be given a report of what sewer pipe repair is necessary. While there are a variety of methods used to replace or repair a failed line, pipe bursting is amongst the most popular. This popularity stems from the accuracy, security, and general cleanliness of the procedure. 

Since the pipes in buildings continue to age, some sort of trenchless repair is favored, due to the lessened destruction to the property. Pipe bursting costs can vary greatly, depending upon the access to the pipe, the size and material of the pipe, and the location of the pipe within the building’s structure.

Pipe bursting is a complex procedure that requires a vast knowledge of pipe lining and the ability to work with an assortment of tools and equipment. In fact, there are three (3) classes of pipe bursting systems available today. The three classifications are based upon the “bursting head” used in the process. They include: pneumatic pipe bursting, hydraulic expansion, and static pull. Below, we will give a brief description of each class and the variance in the pipelining process.

Pneumatic Pipe Bursting: using pulsating air pressure, the pneumatic head drives the head onward and then bursts the old pipe. A constant tension winch and cable are used with a small pulling device that guides the head.

Hydraulic Expansion: As it is pulled through the pipe, the hydraulic head expands and closes successively, bursting the pipe while it is on its way.

Static Pull: As implied by its name, the static head has no moving interior parts. Using a segmented drill rod assembly or heavy anchor chain, the head is pulled through the pipe by a heavy-duty pulling device.

There are advantages and disadvantages to utilizing these specific types of bursting heads. At Pipelining Technologies, Inc. we take the time to understand the logistics of the repair before beginning any type of work. We specialize in trenchless (no-dig) pipe lining sewer repair. Our first step with any pipe concern is a thorough inspection. We utilize video cameras and robotic equipment to conduct a diagnostic investigation of your drainage system.

While we do not perform pipe bursting, we are always happy to recommend the best course of repair to our customers and will refer you to a trusted local pipe bursting contractor if that is ideal for your pipe project. If you suspect issues or are experiencing problems, give us a call today at (561)853-5463.

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Our process starts with an in-depth assessment of your existing pipes. We use advanced technology to capture detailed measurements and conditions of your property’s pipes and build a streamlined plan to repair any damaged sections. Our inspections are much more specific than a plumber’s video, but we are always happy to review any current videos you may have.

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What makes trenchless sewer repair better than traditional sewer repair methods?

Trenchless sewer repair eliminates the need for large-scale destruction of floors and landscaped areas to conventionally replace the damaged pipes, the costs associated with replacing those surfaces, and limits the exposure to health and environmental risks created by major sewer excavations.

When is the city responsible for sewer lines and sewer backups?

Individual municipalities have varying rules regarding the line where private property (including underground drainage) becomes public property. Generally, your private sewer main, or lateral, becomes the responsibility of the city at the tap to the city sewer. Blockages and backups in the city sewer system can cause backups on private property, so identifying the location of the blockage is very important as it relates to responsibility.

How long does it usually take to do a trenchless sewer repair job?

In residential homes, a good rule of thumb is “one liner per day.” For example, if your home has a building main, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a laundry, that is five individual liners, hence five days of work. On large-scale commercial or high-rise condominium projects, more aggressive timelines are typical, with anywhere from two to four liner installations a day.

Is there a warranty on the work that is done and the materials?

Pipelining Technologies offers a full five (5) year parts AND labor warranty on every pipe lining job. This is four years more than a conventional Plumber’s one-year warranty and pipe lining carries a transferrable minimum fifty (50) year life-use expectancy.

Would we have to leave the home or business while the work is being done?

No. Pipelining Technologies works to stagger brief water shutoffs in a way that residential customers will have some facilities to use each day of the project. Since pipe lining can be performed in a much shorter timeframe than pipe replacement, there are typically only a few days of slight inconvenience in comparison to several weeks of water shut off with conventional pipe replacement.

Does trenchless sewer repair work on tall buildings such as apartments or condominiums?

Lining of vertical stacks in high-rise buildings is amongst the most cost effective and time saving applications of trenchless pipe lining, also known as CIPP, cured-in-place pipe. Conventional replacement of a vertical stack on a building of significant height can take weeks, even months to complete, and the residents are without water to the affected facilities for the entire time. Pipe lining can accomplish the same job in two days by lining from the roof continuously to the underground with little to no need to enter individual units.

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We begin all pipe lining projects with a detailed forensic study of the existing pipe system by means of a HD video camera inspection. A digital copy of the video is yours to keep.

Sewer Pipe Cleaning

The sewer system is cleaned using hydro (water) jetting and/or a mechanical cleaning process that removes scale, buildup, debris, blockages and restores flow in the existing pipes. 

Lining & Reinstatement

Your cleaned pipes are lined with an epoxy saturated tube (liner). The tube hardens and the new structural line becomes stronger than PVC. Robotic equipment is used to reopen branch lines. 

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