We have discussed different types of drilling directional drilling contractors used in different circumstances. One of the most common types of drilling is vertical drilling where most wells are drilled for water, oil, or natural gas straight down into the earth. Drilling at an angle other than vertical can hit targets and stimulate reservoirs in ways that cannot be achieved with a vertical well. In cases like these, an ability to accurately steer the well in directions and angles that depart from the vertical is a valuable ability.
On the other hand, horizontal directional drilling has opened floodgates for homeowners and commercial entities who need additional utility installations from the sewer, water, and power to gas and telecommunications. With the help of horizontal directional drilling contractors, it is possible to install utilities nearly anywhere at a relatively minimal cost and with less disruption to landscaping. It allows directional drilling contractors to drill in a horizontal direction without having to dig across the soil, and opening up new pipes. Directional drilling has revolutionized the drilling process.
The Advantages of Horizontal Directional Drilling are:
- Durable – because of the tough materials used by horizontal directional drilling contractors, it tends to have longer life spans and greater accuracy during installation. Horizontal directional drilling allows easier installation under rivers, driveways, etc, and burying pipe and utility lines improves durability.
- Faster Installation – There’s less dirt displaced, less to rebury, and less to dispose of as you would not need to open up the soil. Horizontal directional drilling is time-saving over open-cut for water and sewer lines or utilities.
- Lower Cost – Since it is faster, it also means lower cost in the sense that less dirt displaced means less dirt replaced and that definitely saves time. Since it requires fewer operators, there are also savings in terms of manpower. In addition, less equipment is required as this type of drilling doesn’t rely on backhoes and other heavy equipment rentals.
- Less Disruption – Landscaping and time are disruption factors in drilling. Since horizontal drilling displaces less soil and doesn’t require digging down into your property, thus landscaping will be preserved.
- Flexible Location – Horizontal drilling allows placement of pipes, water and sewer lines. If you need a line or utilities run under a road, driveway, culvert, river, or in an area where the pipe must curve, HDD can allow this and as a result, helps homeowners and businesses.
- Less Soil Contamination – since directional drilling pushes soil to the side rather than bringing it to the surface, there’s much less of a chance that soil contamination will spread above-ground. Also, contaminated soil should not permeate the pipes because the pipe connections are long-lasting.
- Fewer Permit Issues – directional drilling contractors usually require less extensive permitting because it creates less of a disturbance, produces less debris, and does not require blocking traffic as opposed to traditional drilling.
At Advanced Line Systems, our primary focus and expertise is in the horizontal directional boring field, we feel that having over 33 years of combined experience in all phases of the process allows us to provide a higher standard of service and quality to our customers. Call us now.