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Pipe bursting is the top method for a sustainable and minimally disruptive way to replace failed sewer, water, or gas lines. For decades, pipe bursting has allowed plumbing contractors to swiftly replace damaged pipes and restore safe and effective service to residential, commercial, and municipal clients.

Before you invest in pipe bursting materials produced by us at Pow-R Mole Trenchless Solutions, it’s important to understand how the bursting process works.

Process Overview

Pipe bursting is a form of trenchless pipe rehabilitation. Unlike traditional pipe repair methods that require the excavation of a long, wide trench, bursting only requires one or two small access pits. At the entry pit, a pump powers the pulling unit with the bursting head. The head attaches to the replacement pipe and pulls it while simultaneously breaking and pushing away the old pipe. The receiving pit accepts the expander head and new pipe.

Required Equipment

Five types of pipe bursting supplies are required to burst pipes. These include a hydraulic pump, pulling machine, retaining device, pulling rods, and a pipe bursting head. The setup also requires steel or swaged cable, a duct rodder, and gauges for accurate pressure measurements.


Pipe bursting rehabilitates residential, commercial, and municipal gas, water, and sewer pipes. It works on clay, concrete, iron, PE, and other pipe materials. The process works in any type of soil. Bursting is also applicable for upsizing smaller lines. Plumbing contractors have used pipe bursting to successfully install new pipes up to 36 inches in diameter.

Pipe bursting expands your range of services and provides your customers with a rapid, long-lasting, and effective solution to their plumbing concerns. Pow-R Mole Trenchless Solutions is a proud manufacturer of trusted pipe bursting equipment for plumbing contractors. Contact us for additional details about pipe bursting and the required equipment, materials, and accessories.


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