Pipe Bursting

Pipe Bursting Services

Nautilus Plumbing & Rooter is the premier choice for home and business owners in Los Feliz who need pipe bursting services. We pride ourselves on the care and consideration we offer our customers. We go above and beyond to give you the highest quality service. We strive to offer top-notch customer care to the community we call home: Los Feliz.

What Is Pipe Bursting?

If your existing water or sewer lines are outdated, undersized, or have been otherwise compromised in some way, it may be time to for pipe replacement. In the past, this would mean digging a trench across your lawn to expose the old pipe and replace it with a new one. Now, we have a simple solution: pipe bursting.

No matter what type of pipe you need to replace, we can create a customized pipe bursting plumbing solution for your plumbing emergency. The pipe bursting process causes far less disturbance to your property than open trench excavation. Access points are dug at either end of the pipe, with one near the house and the other near the street. A constant-tension winch then guides the pipe bursting tool through the host pipe on a chain. The old pipe is burst underground and a new continuous pipe is pulled through behind the bursting head.

This means we only have to disturb your lawn in the small area around the access points, located at each end of the pipe. This process obviates the need for the home or business owner’s nightmare of having ugly, expensive, and damaging trenches dug in their yard. Let’s face it, it’s hard enough to get grass to grow well in Los Feliz without digging it up to replace old water, sewer, and drain lines. Pipe bursting keeps your lawn safe and healthy and is quicker than traditional trench digging.

If desired, the new pipe can actually be of a slightly higher diameter than the old pipe. The rear expander displaces host pipe fragments into the surrounding soil, while the tool pulls in the new polyethylene pipe. This means pipe bursting is a viable way of expanding drain and water access lines, all without digging those much hated trenches.

Pipe Bursting: A Trenchless Technology

Often dubbed a trenchless technology, pipe bursting involves the replacement of an old pipeline without the need to dig up your yard. There are several types of bursting methods, including:

  • Hydraulic
  • Static
  • Pneumatic
  • Lateral

The main difference between methods is the way the force is generated and transferred to the pipe during the bursting operation. Most methods break the existing pipe as the new pipe is pulled in behind. The two methods you are most likely to see us employ to solve your plumbing issues are hydraulic and static.

Hydraulic Pipe Bursting

Hydraulic bursting makes replacing ductile iron and steel possible but can be used for a variety of pipe materials. This method fragments the pipe from the inside by using a bursting head that relies on hydraulic cylinders to expand. As the head expands, it cracks the pipe and then contracts to allow the winch to pull the pipe forward. Hydraulic bursting is mainly used for online replacement of sewers and gravity pipelines ranging in diameter from 6″-20″.

Static Pipe Bursting

Static bursting is used for gas and water pipelines made from ductile iron and steel. This method uses a horizontal winch that acts as a high-powered hydraulic jack or a high-tension drum winch. The static bursting method can typically be used for pipes ranging in diameter from 4″- 48″. Bladed rollers are used to prevent tearing of the host pipe.

Why Choose Nautilus Plumbing?

Nautilus Plumbing has been the premier plumbing and pipe replacement service provider for the greater Los Angeles area for the past 50 years. We cover a wide area including Downtown L.A., Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Culver City, Marina Del Rey, Pasadena, and the Valley. We have earned our stellar reputation through our dedication to customer satisfaction. Our passion is to provide you with the best plumbing service available.

Whether you need your pipes replaced or you have a pesky leak that just won’t quit, give us a call at 323-629-4627. Feel free to contact us today and we’ll have your plumbing problems fixed in no time at all.

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