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Pipe Bursting
in Seattle

What is Pipe Bursting?

Pipe bursting, also known as pipe cutting, is a trenchless technology that allows you to replace a broken or damaged section of a sewer line or drain. It involves using a powerful machine to break the old pipe at a specific point, cutting out the bad section, and then pushing a new pipe into the trench. The new pipe is held in place by a special expandable sleeve that makes sure the pipe stays in place and doesn’t shift.

This is a much faster process than traditional methods, which require digging up the entire line and installing a new pipe from scratch.

What Equipment is Used for a Pipe Bursting Sewer Line Replacement?

The method of pipe bursting that we perform is a trenchless sewer repair method. We accomplish pipe bursting by simply pulling an expander head through the old pipe. The expanding pipe is slightly smaller than the existing pipe, so as it is pulled through, fractures are created in the old pipe. 

The back of the expander head is connected to the new pipe, which is placed behind it. It is replaced with new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes. 

A pulling machine is used, which applies force. A hydraulic system is connected to the expander head, so that power is supplied.The pulline machine gets lowered into the receiving pit, and the head begins its journey in the insertion pit. 

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Pipe Bursting:

Pipe bursting is an amazing option, but it is not always possible or the best method to use. While there are many benefits, which are outlined below, sometimes traditional methods will still need to be implemented. We are always happy to answer any questions and evaluate your situation to determine the best option for your specific needs. 

Pipe Bursting Reduces Site Damage

When you use a traditional method of replacing a broken or damaged sewer line, you must excavate the entire line. This will involve digging up the yard and part of the street. You will also have to pay to have the excavated soil hauled away and the area replaced with fresh soil.

However, you don’t have to dig up the entire line when you use a pipe bursting machine. You will only have to dig a trench that is about two feet deep and about 10–18 inches wide.

Using Pipe Busting Technology Can Reduce Sewer Line Costs

Pipe bursting is less expensive than traditional methods because it doesn’t require the homeowner to have the line replaced from the street to the house and from the house to the sewer line. When you use a pipe bursting machine, you will only have to replace a specific section of the line.

Pipe Bursting is Ideal for Nearly All Types of Damage

Traditional sewer line repair methods are sometimes ineffective on heavily damaged lines. Multiple types of damage can cause a sewer line to break or fail, including root infiltration, external corrosion, and internal corrosion. Internal corrosion is the most common type of damage, especially in older lines.

Pipe Bursting is Significantly Safer

The entire line must be dug up when using traditional techniques to replace a sewage line. Even if you are cautious, there is still the possibility of damaging a neighboring line or rupturing a gas or water line. 

Far More Durable than Traditional Methods

The entire line must be dug up when replacing a damaged or broken sewage line using conventional methods. This indicates that you are not disturbing the roots in the earth. Using a pipe bursting machine, you may remove the damaged or broken piece of the pipe and replace it with a new one. 

Pro Sewer Can Fix Even the Worst Pipe Problems

If your sewer line is badly damaged or broken, you may be tempted to ignore the problem until it gets worse. This is a mistake. Even if you have used a traditional method of repair in the past, it’s important to call a professional as soon as you suspect a problem.

Pro sewer can handle even the worst sewer problems. 

FAQ:

What kind of pipe is used for pipe bursting?

Pipe bursting usually involves a flexible pipe that can be bent or flexed downward into the excavation called HDPE.

How much does pipe bursting cost?

The cost of this service depends on various factors and your specific situation. Factors to consider include the depth and length of the old pipe, as well as the amount of damage.

It will also depend on the location of the sewer on the property, and if there are any close structures that are built into the foundation of the property, such as sheds or garages. 

These are just a few considerations taken into account for the pricing of pipe bursting. For a specific quote, contact us and we can perform an inspection of your specific situation. 

Who invented pipe bursting?

Pipe bursting was invented by a man named J. A. Cole in 1887. Later, it was further improved by engineers who made various improvements to the original method. 

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I hired Pro Sewer Repair to replace my sewer line. Their estimate was much more reasonable then Pro Sewer fixed a large break in our sewer line where it joined the city mainline. They handled this large job effectively, cost-efficiently, and were great to work with. Jamie and Rob were awesome to work with on scheduling and responsive to questions, and the team (Jason and James) did a great job with the work. Would use them again and will recommend to friends.

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