Pipe Bursting

pipe bursting
pipe bursting

US Trenchless is your first and best choice for pipe bursting services in Sacramento, Rocklin, and the surrounding areas.

We introduced pipe bursting to the Sacramento area in the 1990s. To this day, our pipe bursting method is the premier way to rehabilitate and replace severely damaged and deteriorated pipes.

Our process breaks the old pipe out of the way and replaces it with a new one. The new pipe can either be the same size as the old pipe or, if the old one has reached its flow capacity, we can often install a larger pipe.

The best thing about this innovative technique is none of the work requires digging a trench. It means massive savings, a safer worksite, and exponentially less disruption to your Sacramento property and your life while the work is being done.

Book service now. for cost-effective, environmentally friendly trenchless solutions.

How Does Pipe Bursting Work?

The no-dig method we use at US Trenchless is a clear choice, compared head-to-head with traditional dig-and-replace techniques. It also has a smaller carbon footprint than old-fashioned methods.

  • First, we locate the old pipe and inspect the interior using a small camera attached to a long reel. The camera takes video displayed on a remote screen. It allows us to identify the condition, direction, location, and depth of the pipe. We then electronically locate the beginning and end of the pipe and mark it with paint on the surface.
  • Small excavations (approximately 4′ x 4′ each) are then dug at both ends, and the old pipe is cut away in those locations. We feed a high-strength steel cable through the old pipe from excavation to excavation, and then a small aluminum pulley mounted on a flat horizontal plate is attached to one end.
  • At the top of this pulley, we attach a hydraulic cylinder device that grabs the steel cable and winches it through the old pipe at a power level equal to 20,000 pounds of pressure. On the other end, the new pipe is connected to the steel cable.
  • At the front of the new pipe is a steel cone with a knife edge. This cone splits and expands the old pipe, making room for the new pipe to take its place.

The new pipe is semi-flexible, jointed, and thermally welded (melted) to produce one unified pipeline that is impervious to root intrusion, thus effectively stopping inflow and infiltration (I&I) for the 100-year lifetime of the new pipe.


Once the steel splitting cone has burst its way from one end of the old pipe to the other, we cut it off the new pipeline. Then, the new pipe is connected to the existing upstream and downstream pipes, where the initial cuts were made after excavation. The two small holes are backfilled with soil, and your installation is complete.

The pipe bursting technology our US Trenchless professionals use can handle pipe sizes ranging from ¾ inch up to 48 inches or more in diameter and lengths of up to 300 feet per set. Longer runs are possible, but there are some limitations.

The types of pipe we can burst include, but are not limited to:

  • Cast Iron
  • Ductile Iron
  • Class 200 PVC
  • Vitrified Clay
  • Asbestos Cement
  • Orangeburg
  • Riveted Steel
  • Reinforced Concrete Pipe Up to Class V
  • Butt Weld Steel Up to 1/4 Inch Walls

The new material we pull into the pipeline includes:

  • HDPE—All DR Rations and Pressure Classes
  • We Can Fabricate Large Diameter HDPE Fittings
  • Fusible C900 Class 200 DR14 and Class 150 DR18

Call Us for Expert Pipe Bursting in Sacramento

Do you need to schedule pipe bursting for your Sacramento, CA, home? Our US Trenchless professionals are ready to help. Get started by calling us today at 877-916-7473 or request service online.

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