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Pipe Bursting is a trenchless rehabilitation method of installing High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), PVC or Ductile Iron pipe into damaged or deteriorated water and sewer lines. During the process, a bursting tool is guided into an existing pipe with a constant tension winch. The tool is equipped with an expander. As it travels through the host pipe, continuous percussion breaks the host pipe apart. The expander forces the fragments into the surrounding soil, while the new pipe is simultaneously pulled in place behind it.
Traditional pipeline repair requires total trench excavation of the landscape, costing clients thousands of dollars for environmental restoration. The Pipe Bursting process is efficient and only needs one point of entry. Our expert teams can access areas of the pipeline without damaging the surrounding environment and reduce the overall construction footprint. This means less above-ground disturbance and increased production efficiency for a fraction of the cost.
Pipe Bursting is the only solution that allows clients to increase the size of their existing pipelines without digging a trench. Depending on the depth of the pipe, bursting allows for an increase in Inner Diameter (ID) of two pipe sizes. It’s the ideal solution if your piping infrastructure is under capacity. Increased ID and flow rates support the population growth our clients face.
Pipe Bursting most commonly uses High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe which is a robust and flexible material. It can be fused together providing a leak-tight and homogenous system to support longer installations. It is also resistant to corrosion and organic substances, such as solvents and fuels resulting in a design life of 50 years.
Since 1991, IPR has burst more than 18 million feet of damaged water, sewer, and stormwater pipelines. Superior quality equipment, exceptional project management, and unmatched experience make IPR the simple choice for even the most complex projects.ALL PROJECTS