Three Ways To Determine Whether Your Asphalt Driveway Can Take A Pipe Bursting Job

Pipe bursting is all but essential when you need to replace an aging plumbing pipe that runs below your property but don't want to deal with all the collateral damage that digging a trench would cause. But since pipe bursting involves threading a new pipe into the old one and literally driving the old pipe apart, you'll need to watch out for how the old pipe shifts your property's ground. Determine whether your asphalt driveway can take the ground movement that pipe bursting will cause with these three methods.

Pick At The Edges Of The Driveway With A Shovel And See What Comes Loose

To find out how easily the middle of your asphalt driveway will break up due to force from below, simply pick at its edges with a shovel or other small metal tool. If you can easily cause small asphalt chunks to break away from the main body, your driveway is probably too weak to survive pipe bursting. This is especially true if the driveway isn't on raised ground and you can't easily dig up the dirt around the edge of it to get more leverage.

Note How Much Of The Pipe In Question Actually Runs Across The Driveway

The longer the pipe section that intersects the driveway, the more danger that the asphalt will be in. Unless your asphalt driveway is extremely new, you should be very wary of going ahead with pipe bursting if the damaged pipe runs straight under and parallel to it.

Observe How Long It Takes Rain On The Driveway To Dry

A decaying asphalt driveway that's inundated with rainwater will take longer to dry because it doesn't have as smooth of a surface as it once did. Even if you can't see them, tiny imperfections and indentations in aging asphalt can hold sizable pools of water. As more and more water evaporates off the asphalt, this excess water will come out of its hiding places and keep your driveway wet for longer than normal.

To find out whether your driveway is taking longer than normal to dry, simply set an alarm on your phone for a few hours after a rainstorm. Then, photograph your driveway and set the alarm for another hour in the future. Repeat the process until the driveway is clearly dry.

For best results, use one of your neighbors' newer driveways as a reference point. Photograph both of the driveways and note which one of them looks drier in each photo.

To learn more, contact a company like South West Plumbing