Directional Drilling & Horizontal Boring
Directional drilling is a trenchless method of underground pipe installation. Horizontal boring machines drill a pilot hole which is able to enter and exit at predetermined locations and even change direction to avoid underground obstructions and preexisting lines. From this pilot hole, a new sewer, water line, or conduit line can be established without a preexisting line – allowing for completely underground installation without the mess or expense of trenching!
Benefits of Directional Drilling
- Avoid damage to your building, landscaping and hardscaping
- Trenchless option for establishing a new line
- Significant cost savings compared to conventional line installation methods
- Shorter completion times & safer for the environment
How Does It Work?
- Establish A Pilot HoleAfter the site has been prepped, a horizontal boring machine (about the size of a golf cart) is moved into place and a bore head is connected to hollow pipe which enters the ground at an angle. As the bore head drills a pilot hole, additional pipe sections are added until the pilot hole is complete.
- Pilot Hole Enlarged For New LineAfter the boring head exists at a predetermined location at the other side of the run, a reamer is attached. Once attached, the reamer is pulled back through the line clearing soil and even rocks to expand the hole to a size that is 25% larger than the pipe that is to be inserted.
- New Line EstablishedOnce the hole has been prepared, a new line is pulled through the opening created. Once successfully in place the ends of the line are connected and the project is complete.
Why Choose Directional Boring?
- Trenchless Method For Establishing New LinesIn the past, the only way to establish a new line was through expensive and damaging trenchwork. With directional boring you can get the advantages of trenchless methods where a preexisting line is either unavailable or needs to be relocated.
- Saves MoneyA significant portion of the cost of a new line goes into digging for a new line and putting back excavated material.Tap into significant cost savings and skip the damage that comes with traditional methods used to establish new lines.
- Saves TimeDrilling not only saves money, but it also creates a significant time savings. Without trenches to dig or material to put back, the completion time on projects using drilling is significantly less than with conventional methods.