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Pipe Lining vs. Pipe Bursting

A damaged sewer pipe in your home or business can be a major inconvenience. Fortunately there are ways you can repair pipes without having to dig up the entire yard. In case of a pipe emergency, we want to equip you with the knowledge necessary before you decide on how to repair a pipe.

To begin with, both pipe lining and pipe bursting represent advances in the subsurface pipe repair technology. Epoxy pipe lining is also known as “CIPP/cured in place pipe lining” and pipe bursting is usually known as up sizing or pipe splitting. Both of these techniques will repair your deteriorated sewer lines without needing to dig up and remove your old pipes .

How CIPP Lining Works

CIPP lining is a method of pipe restoration that repairs gaps, cracks and other faults in the underground systems. It fixes all defects by use of an epoxy-coated liner. The liner coats the walls of the pipe by using an inflatable bladder. It basically creates a pipe inside of a pipe. An advantage that CIPP has is that the old pipe acts as an extra layer of protection for the new lining. CIPP is also less expensive than traditional pipe repair.

How Pipe Bursting Works

On the other hand, pipe bursting involves destroying the old, busted pipe and replacing it with a new pipe. Here’s how it works: A steel bursting head is placed into the pipeline at the entry point. Next, a chain is run from the head to a designated exit point. Once it's in place, the bursting head is used to damage the old pipe. The new pipe is attached to the back end of the bursting head which then instantly replaces the fractured pipe as the bursting head travels in.

The new pipe is attached to the back of the bursting head, and immediately replaces the busted pipe as the bursting head travels. Unlike CIPP, pipe bursting doesn’t minimize the internal diameter of pipes. It will be the same size as the original pipe.

Which is more beneficial?

If you are looking for a complete repair, then pipe bursting as a whole is a more comprehensive solution. Where CIPP is a quick yet effective fix for cracks, holes and other damages.

Deciding which solution is better, is tedious and requires the help of an expert. To learn about which option is more reasonable, contact us.