Trenchless Sewer Repair: Pipe Bursting or Re-lining?

When you have to accept that you have a serious issue with your pipes and need to resolve a broken pipe, a root intrusion, or even a collapsed pipe, most homeowners fear the whole area will have to be dug up. Nobody wants a trench dug in their beautiful yard and the time, cost, noise, and intrusion are not welcome. Hearing that trenchless methods called re-lining and pipe bursting are available and just as effective as digging up the pipe is a great relief to homeowners. 

There are cases where digging a trench is required, but fortunately for homeowners, it is rare in a residential situation. Many times, trenchless sewer repair is the best option and that means no giant trench stretching across your beautiful yard or tearing up patios or yard features. Wonderful! So, how does it work?

How Trenchless Sewer Repair Works

Pipe Bursting sounds scary like there will be explosions or drama, but that is absolutely not the case. Pipe bursting is actually a brilliant development where our equipment pulls through the existing pipe, clearing away any intrusions, broken parts, or collapsed portions while pulling new pipe into that space so you have brand new, pristine pipe in place. This is ideal because you have extended the life of the system and you can be sure the volume remains the same or is expanded if that is required. 

The other trenchless repair method is called re-lining and is also known as CIPP, or cured-in-place piping. It is a process of forcing a special liquid product into the pipe which is then “cured” or hardened to create a flaw-free repair of the disturbed location. It effectively relines the entire pipe to extend its life and make sure no new problems affect a different section of that pipe. 

Which Is Better?

Which is best? Here are a few things to consider when choosing

  • While both of these are called trenchless repair, both require some digging to get to the pipe, but it is so minor compared to the old days of digging up a large area, or even the entire length of pipe. 
  • Re-lining repairs the existing pipe including cracks, gaps, and other faults by feeding in a liner. This does affect the diameter of the pipe and that may be important and could be an issue in the future if you require additional repairs.
  • Pipe bursting causes some ground movement so you will want to ensure it is appropriate for the site. You will also want to be certain of the experience and quality of the company you hire to be sure it is done safely and with minimal long term impact to the site.
  • The costs of both options are close and are usually assessed by the foot. 
  • Generally speaking, pipe bursting is the more comprehensive, long-term solution because it replaces the pipe with a brand new pipe, but they are both excellent solutions with excellent results.

So, which method is better? Well, each method has its positives and negatives and they each have benefits unique to their system. The simplest answer is, the one that is best for you is the one called for by your situation. 

Get A Pro’s Help

Like we said, your plumbing expert at Phend will be able to explain which situation is ideal for your particular situation. We just suggest you hire a company, like Phend Plumbing, who are experts at both types of repair so you aren’t cornered into a less than ideal choice just because they don’t have the right expertise.

Call us right away to schedule a free estimate and we can get started on ending this problem – without tearing up your entire property. You can reach us at 480-388-6093. tel:480-388-6093Learn more about us at