Pipe bursting sounds exactly like what every homeowner dreads most. While an unplanned bursting of a pipe without a professional present can be costly and cause a great amount of water damage, professional pipe bursting is a solution in trenchless sewer line repair for severely damaged sewage systems. Find out the many benefits to this seemingly harmful method of trenchless plumbing.
Pipe bursting involves using trenchless techniques to intentionally break severely damaged sewer lines in order to make way for replacement systems. These methods often use mechanically applied force and high-grade bursting heads in order to properly burst the pipes. As the technique is completely trenchless, there is no need to rip up the site of the pipes. It also eliminates the need for toxic chemicals that are typically used during the trench excavation procedure. The entire process takes much less time than traditional pipe replacement, as the plumbing crew does not have to spend time digging or cleaning up a giant mess.
A typical, and usually complex, sewer main dig-and-replacement averages between $7,000 and $25,000 for the person paying. Professional pipe bursting costs much less as it takes less time and fewer people. Fewer workers also mean that less equipment will be operated and that the company will save on equipment maintenance. As cleanup will be at a minimum, the plumbing company will also save money in that aspect.
Although the excavation of plumbing systems is a very common method for pipe replacement, it is not a very safe one. During the excavation process, mold and asbestos are common obstacles. When workers encounter either of these contaminants, they have an increased risk of developing long-term effects of mold and asbestos exposure, such as mesothelioma. When crews instead use trenchless pipe replacement methods, they significantly lower the risk of mold and asbestos exposure. Although residents would not have as close contact with the contaminants as the workers do, the trenchless method also reduces the risk for anyone in the general vicinity.