Underground drain pipes tend to deteriorate over time, especially in older homes. Pipe lining and pipe bursting are both trenchless technologies for replacing drain pipes. With pipe lining, we insert a liner into the existing pipe. We’re able to reline the pipe so that it looks brand new by the time we’re done. Even if the pipe has broken or the bottom has rotted out, putting in a liner will restore it completely back to new condition. We can usually do this without having to tear up the floor, which would be really messy for homes with hardwood or tile. Unlike pipe lining, pipe bursting doesn’t actually use the existing pipe. Instead, we use the channel to pull a new pipe into its place.
Generally speaking, pipe lining is used inside the home. It might be a slab home that doesn’t have a basement or crawlspace, or a home with a basement that has a concrete slab with pipes underneath. We usually use pipe lining with cast iron pipes, but it works with PVC or other materials, too. Pipe bursting, on the other hand, is mainly used outside the home. It might be from the home to the city connection or from the home to a septic tank. Pipe bursting can be an awesome option to spare the nice landscape, sidewalk or driveway and prevent tearing up the whole yard. It’s also generally less labor-intensive, more economical, and less time-consuming than pipe lining.
If someone is trying to decide between pipe lining, pipe bursting, or traditional replacement, I think it all depends on the specific situation. Each option has different pros and cons. For a homeowner who doesn’t want to tear up the yard or house, pipe lining or pipe bursting are two great options. Lining is a phenomenal option for finished spaces. Sewer lines can sometimes be as deep as 10 to 11 feet in our area. It takes a lot of space to displace that much dirt and it’s very challenging to get the job done safely in a small yard without significant scarring. Pipe bursting might be a good option in that case.
Regardless of your choice, it’s a good idea to contact an experienced company. Lining is a very technical process, and sometimes mistakes will happen. It involves careful timing and the epoxy needs to be mixed with precise ratios. (The ambient temperature determines how quickly the epoxy sets up.)
If you have any questions about pipe lining or pipe bursting for your home, reach out to the team at Wisler Plumbing & Air today. Contact us online or give us a call at 540-483-9382.