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Pipe Bursting for 2" through 24" water & force main replacement

Murphy Pipeline Contractors specializes in the replacement of water and force main with the static pipe bursting technology.  We have millions of feet of static pipe bursting experience replacing pressure pipelines from 2" through 24".  This technology is being selected by communities across North America as a preferred replacement solution.  The reasons are many:


Existing Utility Path Followed

  • No available easement?  We won't need one

  • Reduces risk of 3rd party utility damage

  • Design hours reduced as utility relocates, topographical information and geotechnical reports are minimized or eliminated


Lowest Overall Project Costs

  • Reduces cost of planning, design and construction


Environmentally Friendly

  • Only surgical excavation is required, 86% less than open cut


Minimum Schedule and Social Impact

  • Production rates of 300 to 800 feet replaced per day

  • Traffic flow, businesses and homeowners experience little interruption


Increase Pipe Diameter

  • Ability to replace size on size up to 2 sizes larger


Customer Friendly

  • Crews visible to homeowners for 1 day

  • Pre-chlorination process eliminates above ground temporary water services


Safety of Residents and Workers

  • Minimizes trenching, shoring, noise and dust


Static Pipe bursting water main replacement

Pipe Bursting Video

Pipe Bursting allows for replacement of deteriorated or undersized pressure and non-pressure pipelines. The method consists of insertion of a new pipe of equal or larger diameter into the existing pipeline. The host pipe is fractured by the bursting head and then pushed into the surrounding soil by the expander which is 15% larger than the O.D. of the new pipe. The new pipe is then pulled through the annular space created by the expander. Pipe bursting is suitable for the replacement of all pressure and non-pressure pipelines and can replace existing pipe materials such as cast iron, AC, PVC, galvanized, ductile iron, clay, concrete and steel.  Pipe bursting is ideal for the replacement of 2" through 24".

The two most common pipe bursting methods are static and pneumatic. The main difference is the way in which the force is applied to break apart the host pipe.  Static pipe bursting is typically used to replace pressure pipelines such as water, gas and force main.  Pneumatic pipe bursting is typically used to replace gravity pipelines such as gravity sewer and storm.

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