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Mar 09 2023

Myths vs. Facts About Pipe Bursting

Plumbing is an age-old trade, and there has been incredible progress in the industry through the years, decades, and centuries. One of the latest innovations is pipe bursting, a trenchless method of replacing old, damaged, or undersized pipes with new ones. This cutting-edge technique involves pulling a bursting head or expander through the existing pipe, breaking it apart and expanding the diameter to create a new path for the replacement pipe. The new pipe is then pulled through the newly created opening, displacing the old pipe fragments.

Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air has years of experience performing pipe bursting as well as traditional pipe repair and replacement, and we are here to bust some myths about pipe bursting. If you need broken pipe repair or a trenchless pipe replacement, then call Rooter Hero to learn if we serve your area.

Myth 1: Pipe bursting is more costly than traditional methods.

FACT: While it is true that pipe bursting is more expensive upfront, it can save money in the long-run, making it the more cost-effective option. Traditional methods involve excavating and restoring the landscape – costs which can drive up the overall ‘price’ of the pipe replacement. Pipe bursting, meanwhile, saves you from having to restore or repair swaths of property.

Myth 2: Pipe bursting is only suitable for small pipes.

FACT: Pipe bursting can be used for a wide range of pipe sizes. Though pipe bursting is most appropriate for pipes between 4 inches and 24 inches in diameter, this cutting-edge method can be used for pipes as small as 2 inches and as large as 48 inches in diameter.

Myth 3: Pipe bursting causes damage to surrounding pipes and utilities.

FACT: Pipe bursting is a calculated and controlled process involving sophisticated machinery and equipment. It is a safe method designed to minimize the risk of damage to surrounding pipes and utilities. In fact, pipe bursting is often preferred over traditional digging and replacing methods because it reduces the risk of damage.

Myth 4: Pipe bursting is only effective in certain types of soil.

FACT: Compressible soils are the ideal soils for pipe bursting, but this method can be used in a variety of soil conditions, including rocky, sandy, and clay soils. The technique is designed to break up and displace the existing pipe, creating a new path for the replacement pipe regardless of soil type.

Myth 5: Pipe bursting is a disruptive and time-consuming process.

FACT: Pipe bursting is a preferred method because it is a relatively quick and minimally invasive process that can be completed in a matter of hours or days, depending on the size and complexity of the project. Further, because it is a trenchless method, pipe bursting reduces disruption to traffic, businesses, and residential neighborhoods compared to traditional digging and replacing methods.

Schedule an appointment today.

Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air is proud to offer pipe bursting in a number of cities. Call us today to learn if we serve your area. We are happy to schedule a convenient appointment today.

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