Pipe Bursting vs Pipe Lining: Trenchless Sewer Repair Methods

In the past, sewer repair projects were a huge hassle for homeowners, especially when the process was expensive and time-consuming. Today, however, many people have shifted to trenchless sewer repairs for a more convenient sewer repair experience. With trenchless technology, plumbing contractors are able to repair your sewer without damaging your own property. Since not much time goes into digging trenches, trenchless sewer repairs take only a couple of hours compared to the traditional pipe repair. As trenchless sewer repair has become more popular, many homeowners wonder the difference between trenchless repair methods and technologies, and which method suits them best for their sewer issues:

Pipe Bursting

Pipe bursting is one of the trenchless repair methods that replaces your old pipe with a new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe by expanding and breaking your current pipe. This method is considered a true sewer replacement since it replaces your current pipe rather than fixing it. Pipe bursting is the only trenchless sewer repair method that works when your existing pipe is severely damaged, crushed, or has extensive loss of materials. Furthermore, pipe bursting is best used when the pipe you want to replace is not connected to other drainage systems. This is because each connection requires exposure by digging, which means additional holes are needed in your property. It is also important to note that the pipe you are replacing requires to be at least 15 feet so the two pits used for this method can enter the pipe.

Pipe Lining

Pipe lining is another method of trenchless repair that focuses on repairing the damaged sewer. This method can only work if your current sewer line still maintains its structure. Unlike pipe bursting, pipe lining does not replace your existing pipe; instead, it rehabilitates the sewer. This method can work with any type of material used for your pipes — cast iron, clay tile, concrete, copper drain, and more. The only material of pipe that does not work with pipe lining is Orangeburg (tarpaper), which can be extremely fragile and may get destroyed during the hydro-jetting process. While the completion time of pipe lining is considerably shorter, it can take up to a day to wait for the epoxy used in the process to cure. 

At Prodigy Plumbing, we strive to offer our customers the best trenchless plumbing service possible. If you feel uncomfortable with the current status of your sewer line, we offer emergency plumbing services that allow our team of professional plumbers to be at your door as soon as possible. We also offer hydro jetting plumbing as an alternative to clean clogged or slow sewage lines by using high-pressure water. Call us today at (562) 413-1928 to get a free quote on our services. Our skillful plumbing experts are looking forward to working with you in making your household’s plumbing top condition.