6 Misconceptions about Pipe Bursting

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It is really inevitable for myths to exist and arise in whatever aspects of our lives. This is probably because of people’s shallow understanding of something, but sometimes, myths and misconceptions arise and are formulated because of people’s lack of experience and knowledge about something. These are the things we believed in which are definitely not true.

The myths most people know lies within the creatures that commonly exhibits themselves at night or in some mysterious places. They are said to be unseen and invisible yet some claimed to see them. However, misconceptions and myths do not only end in those areas. They exist in the plumbing industry as well. And these myths and misconceptions are the primary factors that affect every homeowner’s decision whether or not to opt for a product or a service. And one aspect in the plumbing industry that has acquired too many myths and misconceptions is pipe bursting. This is the method commonly used to treat and replace damaged sewer pipes nowadays. And now, let me present to you the six most common misconceptions about pipe bursting that are debunked.

  • Cured-in-place pipe relining and pipe bursting is the same

Some people say that CIPP and pipe bursting are the same. But the reality is, they are not.. CIPP will not destroy the old pipe as what pipe bursting will do but rather create an interior coating on the damaged pipe to rehabilitate it and get rid of any build-ups and initiating sewer pipe failures.

  • Pipe bursting is ONLY used when pipe could not be excavated

Pipe bursting is commonly used in areas that are environmentally sensitive as well as on places situated in a high traffic area. But that does not mean that pipe bursting is only suitable for these conditions. Even when sewer pipe can be conveniently excavated without any obstruction, pipe bursting could still be used in replacing damaged pipes.

  • Why is it called “trenchless” when digging is involved?

Pipe bursting is called trenchless because this does not involve excessive digging. You do not have to excavate the entire length of the damaged pipe. Instead, you will only be digging two pits, the feeding pit where the bursting head will be inserted and the receiving pit where the bursting head comes out. These pits will serve as the operator’s access towards the damaged sewer system.

  • It is impossible to use pipe bursting to potable water mains

Some homeowners say that pipe bursting can’t be used on a pipe that carries potable water, especially on potable water mains. Yet pipe bursting has been widely used to repair damaged potable main water pipes all over Europe which certifies that pipe bursting is not dangerous to potable water pipes.

  • HDPE can be installed using a static pipe bursting method

HDPE pipe can be used for various purposes such as restore joint PVC, gas applications and thermally fused PVC. In pipe bursting method, various pipes can be installed yet on static pipe bursting method, various pipes can still be used except HDPE pipe.

  • Pipe bursting is only for small number of service connections

Pipe bursting is applicable not only for small connections. This could still be used whatever the service connection is either for gas replacement or for sewer systems. The expenses and the duration of the excavation might increase but many homeowners say that replacing the damaged pipe rather than merely relining it is still worth the extra charge.