Utility Strikes – a thing of the past

The Kobus Pipe Puller significantly reduces the risk of utility strikes.  It easily replaces old gas or water service pipes with new PE pipe in a single operation.  The Pipe Puller extracts the old pipe from the ground, and tows in the new pipe through the same bore hole created by the old pipe being removed.  As a result, there is minimal risk of potential damage to other utilities in the vicinity.  This also means that the Kobus Pipe Puller can tackle replacement of  pipes which may go under tree roots, or similar obstructions.

Utility Strikes

A common problem when replacing old or leaking service pipes is the close proximity of other utilities.  Both open cut excavation and trenchless techniques can cause damage to other utilities.  Increasingly, utility companies and their contractors are avoiding the use of techniques which may damage other nearby utilities.  Where the risk exists, inspection holes are frequently necessary to expose the risk and manage the operation.  This increases the time, cost and potential risk of a strike.  The disruption and cost of a utility strike is obviously very high and to be avoided, but more importantly is the safety of workers.  If the risk is considered too great then open cut excavation may be the only viable option.   This is time consuming, expensive and very disruptive to the local community.

Avoid Tree Roots

Avoiding utility strikes is one underground problem.  Another, less frequent issue, is caused by old tree roots because they can encase the old pipe.  Digging around roots, if feasible, is also difficult, and cutting  larger roots is not permitted.  Removal is more difficult and feeding in a new pipe almost impossible.  As a result, the option is to lay a new pipe along a different pathway, leading to more excavations.  More time, more disruption, more expense.

The Solution

The solution is the Kobus Pipe Puller.  By pulling the old pipe out, and replacing it with a new pipe through the same bore hole, there is virtually no risk of utility strikes.  Neither is there a problem going under old tree roots.  Replacing service pipes across a road is low risk because the proximity of other utilities is no longer a problem.

Note: we ALWAYS advocate that existing utilities are mapped even if using the Pipe Puller.


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