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Replacing old or damaged pipes buried underground can be an arduous process that takes a lot of time. Using the traditional Open Trench Excavation method may be useful, but it’s inefficient and can cost a lot of money.

What’s more, it can damage your landscape, driveway, or any other area around your home or commercial property. Repairing those can also add to the cost. Overall, it can be a massive pain in the neck and burn a hole in your wallet.

Luckily, there’s pipe bursting. With this method, you can avoid all that trouble and quickly and affordably replace buried pipelines.

What Exactly Is Pipe Bursting?

Pipe bursting is one of the most innovative methods of replacing buried pipelines. Whether it’s water pipes, sewer lines, or natural gas pipes, it helps you quickly and efficiently replace them.

It’s a trenchless method, which means there’s no need to make a construction trench to get to the pipe that needs a replacement.

It does require excavating a little bit of soil to create a sending pit and a receiving pit. The sending pit is where a pipe bursting machine (hydraulic or pneumatic) inserts a pipe bursting head together with the new pipe. The receiving pit is where the bursting head comes out of the ground, having replaced the old pipe.

How Does It Work?

When pipe bursting technicians create the sending pit and put the machine in place, they connect the new pipe to the machine’s bursting head. The bursting head has a conical shape that allows it to pass through the existing pipe and break it while simultaneously pulling in the new pipe in its place.

The front of the bursting head has a smaller diameter than the existing pipe, while its back is larger in diameter. That allows it to travel seamlessly, break the old pipe effectively, and create a cavity for fitting a larger replacement pipe.

It’s also larger in diameter than the new pipe, enabling it to provide enough space for it and eliminate the risk of friction, as it forces the original pipe’s fragments further into the ground.

What Are the Benefits of Pipe Bursting?

You certainly realize that this method comes with some excellent benefits, but let’s dig deeper into each of them.


Since this is a trenchless method that doesn’t require digging a traditional construction trench, it can save you a lot of time. Instead of spending one or more days only to dig a trench, technicians can replace a pipeline in less than a day.

What also saves you time is not having to clean the mess that the traditional method would create. With pipe bursting, there’s very little damage to your landscape, so you don’t have to spend time on extensive repairs.

Cost savings

Pipe bursting is the most cost-effective method of replacing buried pipelines. That’s because it involves very little excavation, so there’s no need for various excavation machines, which translates to lower costs.

Since it causes minimal site damage, it also helps you avoid costly repairs.

Long-lasting pipe durability

Every contractor that utilizes this innovative trenchless method uses replacement pipes of the highest quality. They are built to last, so you can rest assured that they won’t require another replacement for a long time.

They can even resist any potential damage from tree roots. Also, pipe bursting eliminates the risk of offset or gapped joints that could negatively affect the entire pipeline system.

Increased flow capacity

Yet another great benefit of pipe bursting is the potential to upsize the pipeline and increase the flow capacity of water mains, natural gas pipes, or sewer lines.

That’s because the pipe bursting machine’s head is larger than the original pipe, so it creates an opportunity to insert a larger replacement pipe.

Of course, you can go with the same size, but you certainly realize that bigger might be better. Your pipeline system can have more free flow and support higher water pressure.

High-Quality and Affordable Pipe Bursting with Junior’s Plumbing

Junior’s Plumbing offers top-notch pipe bursting services at competitive prices. We can replace your old or damaged buried pipelines efficiently, effectively, and at a fraction of the cost of traditional repairs.

You won’t have to worry about the damage to your landscape, driveway, walkways, or any other part of your property. If you need to replace only one pipe, we will dig only two small excavation points that will allow us to replace the necessary pipe.

Our highly-skilled technicians have years of experience in pipe bursting, so you can trust them to do the job seamlessly. They’ll treat your home or commercial property as if it were their own.

Junior’s Plumbing is a family-owned business that treats every customer like a family member. Working with us means having an enjoyable experience and forgetting about all the troubles of damaged pipelines.

Our pricing is fixed and transparent, so you’ll always know what you’re paying for upfront. We’ll never surprise you with hidden costs after we finish the job. Our primary goal is to fix a problem effectively and help you get back to your normal activities.

Contact us today to get a free estimate.