Pipe Bursting is a method of replacing old pipe with a new pipe. The new pipe can have the same or larger inner diameter. This is accomplished by pulling a hardened steel splitting head through the old pipe. The new pipe is attached to the back of the splitting head and is pulled in as the old pipe is split and expanded. The new pipe follows the path of the old one and lies in its rubble. There are (2) types of pipebursting Static and Pneumatic. The new pipe is usually HDPE, however recent advances in pipe materials and joints allow newly installed pipes to be PVC, Ductile Iron, Steel, or even clay. Download IPBA Pipebursting Specification. Click Here.