What Is the Difference between Pipe Bursting vs. Pipe Relining

Broken water pipes or sewer lines require fast and precise repairs. In the past, cured-in-place (CIPP) lining was the go-to repair method. CIPP continues to be cost-effective and highly popular method “replacing” damaged pipes, but over the past several years pipe bursting has caught up in popularity in certain areas of the country.

What Is Pipe Bursting?

Pipe bursting is often referred to as trenchless sewer line repair. It replaces the conventional way of laying pipe using a construction trench. Pipe bursting is an effective repair method for fixing natural gas lines, sewer lines, and buried water pipes.

Trenchless technology can be used for hydraulic bursting, static bursting, lateral bursting, and pneumatic bursting. Each of the bursting processes breaks the damaged pipe before laying the new pipe. The difference is how the force is generated.

What Is Pipe Relining?

Instead of digging up a broken pipe and replacing it, pipe relining enables a plumber to spot repair or patch a broken pipe using no-dig technology. However, the term no-dig technology can be misleading. In most cases, a small amount of excavation is required to get to the pipe but it is very little when compared to conventional replacement methods. Pipe relining is extremely cost-effective because of the lack of extensive excavation needed and few labor hours. In many cases, repairs can be made in just a few hours compared to a few days for traditional methods.

Which Method Is Best for My Situation?

A plumber will need to access the situation to make that determination. The best method, though, will address the problem as quickly and efficiently for as little out-of-pocket cost and damage to yard or flooring as possible. If you’re experiencing problems with underground pipes in your home or place of business, connect with a Rooter Hero Plumber in your area today for a free, no-obligation inspection and written estimate.