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Pipe Relining vs. Pipe Bursting: Which Should I Choose?

If you have a broken sewer line, you might be faced with a choice between two repair methods: pipe relining or pipe bursting.
Although the name may not sound appealing, pipe bursting is actually a highly effective way of installing new sewer pipe and is often the preferred option. To better understand the differences between these two repair strategies, let us explain the process of pipe bursting and how it compares with pipe relining.

What is Pipe Bursting?
Pipe bursting is an innovative method of repairing damaged sewer pipes without the need for extensive excavation. This technique involves pushing the old pipe until it bursts out of the ground, and then installing a new pipe in its place. This method of trenchless sewer repair requires less digging than traditional methods and is considered a more complete solution than pipe relining. With pipe bursting, the old pipe is completely replaced, ensuring a long-lasting solution to your sewer problems.
To learn more, we recommend the EPA’s guide to pipe bursting.

What is Pipe Relining?
Pipe relining is a modern and efficient method of repairing damaged pipes without the need for excavation. It involves inserting a new pipe inside an existing one, which is smaller in size and made of resin-soaked fiber sleeves. The process is commonly referred to as cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP), and it is designed to stop leaks and extend the lifespan of pipes. The flexible sleeves are pushed into the damaged pipe through an access point and left to cure. Once the resin hardens, the sleeves become solid and form a new pipe within the existing one. This process is cost-effective and minimizes disruptions to the surrounding area.

Digging and Access
There are two alternative methods to trench sewer repair that may require less digging. One such method is pipe bursting, which only requires two small access points to be dug into the ground. This method applies pressure to the pipe, allowing it to break and pop out. The second method is pipe relining, which may require only one access point to feed a new pipe into the old one. Both methods are effective in minimizing the amount of digging required for sewer repair.

Long-Term Results and Cost
It’s important to consider the advantages and disadvantages of different methods of repairing sewer pipes before deciding which one to use. Cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining, for example, is a method that does not require extensive digging, but it has some drawbacks. CIPP lining is not effective in fixing crushed pipes and does not restore the strength of the old pipe. It is more of a temporary solution for blocking sewer leaks.

Furthermore, CIPP lining does not have the same long-lasting effects as a brand new pipe, and it is likely to develop new leaks soon after being installed. This may happen for the same reason that the old pipe wore down. On the other hand, if you choose pipe bursting, you can get a new pipe that has superior strength and can last for decades.

It is also important to note that CIPP lining reduces the flow through the sewer pipe because the new pipe has a smaller diameter. This may not always be an issue, but it can negatively affect the performance of your sewer system and increase the likelihood of back-ups. Our team can help you determine if the reduced size of CIPP lining will cause issues for your sewer pipes.

While CIPP lining may be less expensive initially, it will cost you more in the long run due to additional repairs and replacement costs. You cannot keep adding new CIPP lining, so a complete replacement of your sewer pipe will be necessary when the resin wears out or tears.

Pipe Relining vs. Pipe Bursting
When faced with long-term sewer problems such as crushed pipes, leaks, and clogs, you have several options to consider. However, pipe bursting is often the preferred method for many reasons. This method ensures that you get a brand new pipe installed without having to dig up your entire lawn, which can be a significant inconvenience. With pipe bursting, you can rest assured that your sewer problems will be solved immediately. Moreover, you won’t have to wait for the pipes to cure before you can use them because they are ready right away. Overall, pipe bursting is a reliable and effective solution that provides peace of mind and long-lasting results.
Do you want to explore the possibility of using trenchless pipe bursting as a solution for your sewer problems? Let’s find out if this innovative method can offer you a viable and cost-effective alternative. We recommend scheduling a sewer inspection at your earliest convenience to evaluate this possibility. Our team of experts will inspect your sewer system and work collaboratively with you to determine the best course of action. Please schedule an appointment with us today to begin the process.

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