At Trenchless Replacement Specialists in Odessa, TX, our team of professionals uses a method known as pipe bursting. This is used to replace pipes without the mess or hassle of digging or trenching. Find out more about pipe bursting Odessa, TX!
Pipe Bursting Defined
By definition, pipe bursting is a trenchless replacement method in which an existing pipe is broken using an applied force. This force typically comes from a bursting head from a bursting tool. At the same time, a new pipe is pulled in to replace the existing pipe. This new pipe has the same (or larger) diameter as the existing pipe. The front end of the bursting head is connected to a cable or pulling rod, while the back end is connected to the new pipe.
How It Works
The bursting head, along with the new pipe, are launched from the insertion pit and the cable (or pulling rod) is pulled from the receiving pit. The power source that moves the bursting tool comes from power to the head of the bursting tool. This power is converted to a fracturing force on the existing pipe, breaking it and temporarily expanding the diameter of the cavity. The head is pulled through the debris from the pipe and creates a temporary cavity for the new pipe to travel.
The base of the bursting head is larger than the inside diameter of the existing pipe, in order to fracture it. It is also slightly larger than the outside diameter of the replacement pipe. This reduces the friction on the new pipe that is being placed. It also ensures enough space for moving the pipe into position. The tip of the bursting head is typically smaller in diameter than the existing pipe. This maintains alignment and ensures a uniform pipe burst.
Let Us Help
Do you need a local pipe bursting contractor to replace an old or damaged pipe? Or maybe you need help diagnosing a pipe problem? Let the experts at TRS help! We’d be happy to give you a second opinion or meet with you to discuss your options. Contact us online or give us a call at 432-580-7693!