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Upgrading Your Water Supply Pipe Without Digging Trenches

Jun 21, 2023 | 5 comments

We choose to use professionals for main services around our home because we want a cost-effective and efficient means of getting the job done well, which is why when it comes to upgrading water supply pipes, we recommend speaking to our water engineers, who can not only contribute to the infrastructure of your project with technical and innovative expertise but use we use specialist resources to upgrade water supply pipes efficiency without the need for unnecessary disruption. 

Here is how Brays Pipelines uses advanced trenchless technology for installing underground utilities.

Brays Pipeline engineers are experts at renewing water supply pipe without digging trenches and using the latest in trenchless technology without the need for extensive digging around your home or business premises. It’s an innovative technique that minimises disruptions to the surrounding environment, reduces costs, and accelerates upgrading your water supply.

Our water engineers use GrundoMat moling as an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional open-cut trenching to install pipework under lawns, hedges, driveways and roads 4 times faster than traditional methods.

Upgrading water supply pipe without digging trenches

Here are some common trenchless methods used for water main upgrades:

Pipe bursting: In this method, a new pipe is pulled through the existing pipe, simultaneously breaking apart the old pipe and replacing it with the new one. This process is effective for replacing deteriorated or undersized water mains.

Slip lining: Slip lining is one of the oldest forms of trenchless technology and is most useful when the existing pipe is still in relatively good condition but needs reinforcement or sizing adjustments. It involves inserting a smaller diameter pipe into the existing pipe, creating a new, structurally reinforced pipeline within the old one.

Pipe relining: This method involves inserting a liner into the existing pipe, which adheres to the internal walls and forms a new, durable pipe within the old one. Pipe relining is effective for rehabilitating pipes with minor damages, leaks, or corrosion.

Lead pipe replacement case study for a home in Coventry using the latest no dig technology.

Trenchless technology offers several advantages, including:

Minimum disruption: trenchless methods significantly reduce the need for excavation, minimising potential disruptions to your driveway, landscaping or other utilities.

Cost savings: trenchless techniques can be more cost-effective than traditional open-cut methods, as they require few resources, labour and restoration efforts.

Faster completion: As no extensive digging is involved, trenchless methods can expedite the construction process, allowing for faster completion and reduced downtime.

Long-term durability: the new pipe installed through trenchless methods is often made of durable materials like high-density polyethylene (HDPE), ensuring a long lifespan and improved performance.

There are many benefits of upgrading your water supply pipes, including:

  • Remove the risk of harmful lead – clean, greener water for you and your household.
  • Save water and money with a new supply pipe – Fewer leaks, less water wasted.
  • Improve water flow – a new plastic water supply pipe can mean a more reliable water supply.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint – less water wasted means less energy used.

It’s highly recommended you speak to professional water engineers who specialise in trenchless technology to assess the feasibility and suitability of these methods for your specific water main upgrade requirements or project.