What Is Trenchless Pipe Replacement?

You might consider replacing your sewer line rather than signing up for an expensive sewer maintenance plan that does not fix the source of the problem. While less expensive in the short term, snaking out your sewer line leaves your home or business vulnerable to recurring sewage overflows.

Most trenchless pipe replacement jobs are completed within two days, often with only a 2′ x 3′ excavation required within property bounds. Traditional pipe replacement methods often involve excavation or displacement of existing landscaping, driveways, hardscape, etc. Not only is our solution more economically friendly compared to open trench replacement, but we also minimize impact on your property with this less disruptive repair strategy.


Gopher-It Trenchless offers services including sewer, water and gas line replacement as well as trenchless diagnosis of new services like water and irrigation lines as well as conduit.

We can install sewer, water, gas and other utility lines.
Video Inspections
Video inspections are the quickest and most reliable way of determining the condition of your pipeline. Our PACP certified inspector will analyze your pipeline and provide you with options on how best to proceed should issues exist.
Septic System Diagnosis & Repair
Using our video inspection and detection equipment, we are able troubleshoot and take the guess work out of septic system repairs.
Storm Water Drainage & Pump Systems
We design and install storm water management systems including french drains and pump systems.
Open Cut Trenching
We offer traditional excavation services, and are properly licensed and bonded to work both on private property as well as in the public right of way.
Directional Boring
We specialize in small boring jobs. Whether your installing an irrigation line or bringing in a new gas service, we can help save your concrete or other hardscaped surfaces.
Crew prepares the static bursting head. This sewer lateral runs diagonally across the stamped concrete driveway. The hole at the bottom right corner of the photo shows the extent of the digging needed within the property bounds in order to replace this sewer lateral.
A bolt is installed to secure the wire rope to the bursting head.
A bolt is installed to secure the wire rope to the bursting head.
The high molecular weight of the HDPE pipe makes it flexible enough to make tight bends during installation. The 300/1000” wall thickness makes this pipe durable enough to sustain a blow from a 10lb sledgehammer with no damage.
We are equipped to install water and gas lines as well as electrical conduit with minimal excavation. These tools, known as piercing tools or moles, use compressed air to burrow or jackhammer their way through the soil. Consider this option when you want to install or replace a new line beneath your landscape or finished surfaces.
This is the 10,000 PSI ram that creates the force to pull the wire rope and bursting head through the soil. As the ram extends, the pipe is pulled in approximately 12” per stroke.
The existing sewer lateral has been disconnected near the building. The wire rope has been fished down the lateral and awaits connection to the bursting head and new pipe.
The outside diameter of the bursting head is bigger than the inside of the existing line and bigger than the outside of the new pipe. As the 10,000 PSI hydraulic ram pulls the wire rope and the bursting head, the existing sewer lateral pipe is fractured and expanded out of the way as the new pipe is simultaneously pulled in.
Excavation at connection to the City’s main sewer in the roadway. 4” clay lateral has been disconnected. The fiberglass duct rodder is fished up the line in order to pull the wire rope through.