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What is Pipe Bursting?

The term “pipe bursting” can mean different things to different people; to some, it speaks of a frozen pipe that has burst or is worried about pipes freezing, while others think of a modern method to replace sewer lines. This post is speaking to the process and benefits of replacing your sewer line via the method known as pipe bursting.
If you are wondering how to prevent frozen pipes, click here, if you already have frozen pipes and need tips on how to thaw those frozen pipes, click here, otherwise keep reading because we will discuss what the trenchless sewer line replacement method known as pipe bursting is all about!


When homeowners are told that their sewer line, or mainline, or any pipe that is buried underground, needs replaced, they become very concerned as this type of project can be very costly and very disruptive to their lives. Normally, it could take a full excavation crew, heavy machinery and backhoes to dig up, break up, replace and recover the new sewer line; leaving your yard in less than stellar shape.

However with trenchless sewer line repair techniques such as pipe bursting, you may be able to avoid those issues while getting a brand new sewer line ran!


Pipe bursting is the process that allows a homeowner to run a brand new sewer line, while breaking up and replacing the existing line.

Pipe bursting sewer line replacement illustration

Pipe bursting is one of several trenchless sewer repair options our professional plumbers at their fingertips, as well as trenchless pipelining, and we can provide the options and explain why and how we plan to help you get your plumbing and sewer back on track and better than ever.

How Does Pipe Bursting Work?

The pipe bursting process is fairly well named, as it involves literally bursting the clay pipe as a new pipe is being put in place.

General pipe bursting steps:

  • The first step is to get the machine in place to feed the guide a pneumatic pump fitting at the end of a rod puller through the old pipe.
  • Then a pneumatic head, often shaped like an arrow head, is attached to the rod puller.
  • As the rod puller then pulls the head back through the old pipe, head expands and bursts the old pipe, pushing those pieces outward.
  • While that is happening, on the other side of the head, it is pulling the brand new pipe behind it, immediately filling in the space left by the old burst pipe.


pipe bursting tool

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