What is Directional Drilling For?


Directional drilling is the more advanced form of traditional trenching. It’s the best alternative solution in situations where trenching may prove to be impossible. Perhaps the best advantage directional drilling has is that contractors can complete any underground installation project without the mess!

How Does Directional Drilling Work?

A single area can hold multiple pipe installations, each with their own function. Specialized equipment in the form of the horizontal boring machine primarily drills the pilot hole, which may enter or exit in places where there are existing lines or immovable obstructions. The pilot hole may be used to establish a whole new line that’s installed beneath the surface without doing extensive digging.

Once the pilot hole is completed, the exit line is secured by the boring head. A reamer then makes its way through the line in order to clear rocks, soil and other soft debris, and to make the line wider in terms of diameter. The end result is a hole that’s about 25% larger than the pipe to be installed. A new liner is pulled through and the ends are connected.

Directional Drilling Applications

Directional drilling goes by many names such as deviated drilling, slant drilling, horizontal drilling and horizontal directional drilling. Technicians may use directional drilling for the following:

  • In the creation of a new gas line, sewer line, water line or conduit line. Directional drilling is excellent for long distance piping installations.
  • In installing new utility systems and conduits that are to be placed underground for minimal disturbance.
  • Used for installing conduits and lines under bodies of water and environmentally-sensitive areas such as shores, crossing waterways, streams, lakes, ponds and rivers.
  • Directional drilling may be used for areas that are traffic-prone and sensitive to disruption, i.e., industrial buildings, railroads, golf courses, airport runways and roadways.
  • Urban areas where subsurface utilities are needed without the need to create open trenches.
  • Where traditional drilling proves to be impractical. A qualified technician can start directional digging without requiring a trench.

Why Choose Directional Drilling?

Directional drilling is the preferred choice when you need a deeper installation. Technicians will only need to drill a hole and choose the direction where they want to go. The pipe materials can be anywhere from PVC, steel, ductile iron, polypropylene and polyethylene, as long as it can be pulled through the resulting hole.

Trenchless technology has proven to be the best as it is the most efficient solution. You can potentially avoid damage to your landscape and your property. This means a safer operation, less traffic disruption and a lesser carbon footprint.

Horizontal drilling is the best way if you want pipe installations done quickly, accurately and with the least environmental disturbance. Traditional drilling can cause great damage and add more frustration and headaches to an already complex problem.

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Call The Plumbing Doc for the best directional drilling services today. The company uses only the best and the most advanced equipment, backed up by exceptional workmanship. Their technicians will be happy to answer any question you may have regarding directional drilling installations.


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