Five Times To Choose Directional Drilling Over Trenching

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Do you need pipes laid or utilities installed? Directional drilling services could be the best choice for you. Horizontal directional drilling uses modern engineering to install pipes and utilities while keeping ground disturbance to a minimum. But you might be wondering, is directional drilling the right choice for your construction job? And is it better than traditional trenching techniques?

Here are five times when it is preferable to choose directional drilling over trenching.

1. In Highly Populated Areas

You might be thinking of hiring a contractor for the installation of underground pipes and utilities in a city or urban area. Directional drilling is better than trenching in areas with high populations and a lot of existing infrastructure. This is because urban areas often already have a lot of underground pipes and utilities installed. Directional drilling is accurate and less invasive than traditional trenching techniques. That means that you can install utilities in places where there may already be a lot of underground pipes. 

2. Under Bodies Of Water

Directional drilling is a better choice than trenching if you are going to place pipes or utilities under waterways such as streams and rivers. Traditional digging techniques such as trenching can not be done underwater, whereas directional drill services can tackle this difficult task. And if you are installing pipes near water, directional drilling is the better choice. Directional drill tools are resistant as well as accurate. The drilling technology is easy to guide and steer, whereas trenching is a more rough approach.

3. You Need A Deep Hole 

Horizontal directional drills are the preferable choice for deep trenches. 

Directional drills cut through deep earth with high precision and create less disturbance to the ground. However, if you do only have a shallow trench, then traditional trenching methods may be better as directional drills are better suited for deep projects.

4. You Need To Keep The Ground Clean 

Directional drilling is a good way to minimize soil disturbance because, with a directional drill, there is only one entry point into the ground. Trenching methods on the other hand disturb a lot of dirt and soil as they are inaccurate and remove more dirt and cause more mess.

5. You Need To Work In Unpredictable Or Heavy Weather

Directional drilling is a good choice if you need to drill during a period of unpredictable weather. Traditional trenching methods require better weather conditions and your project may need to be delayed if heavy rain hits. However directional drilling can still be done in bad weather.

Horizontal directional drilling is a modern technological way to install pipes and utilities while maintaining the integrity of ground and existing infrastructure. Chat to an expert about directional drilling services to find out more.

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