Trenchless drilling is not a popular domestic service. It's mostly applied in industrial applications such as civil works. However, with domestic underground installations becoming more and more complicated, trenchless drilling can help provide practical solutions. You can seek a trenchless drilling service to install data cabling, water or sewerage piping, gas lines and more. Although it will be a capital-intensive endeavour, the technology will offer a barrage of benefits compared to traditional dig-and-install methods. These benefits include:
No digging required
As the name suggests, trenchless drilling requires no digging whatsoever. Instead, two drilling rigs at both ends of the installation line are used to drill horizontally without breaking ground. As such, your landscaped or paved property is not damaged. If your property is in an urban setting, you won't need to excavate local council land (e.g. roads) to install your utilities.
No limitations imposed by existing structures
Often, installation of underground utilities is challenged by any existing structures on the site, e.g. houses, paving, trees, sheds, etc. The contractor usually has to formulate an alternate installation route to bypass these obstructions. However, with trenchless drilling, this is not necessary. Drilling is carried out underground and the technology is capable of navigating to circumvent underground obstacles. Therefore, installations can be carried out using the simplest routes and methods possible.
Less time required
Trenchless drilling is fast compared to open excavation methods. This is because, with trenchless technology, the drilling and installation of utilities takes place at the same time through a three-phase process. First, the pilot hole is drilled. In the second phase, the hole is expanded to size. And thirdly, the installation material is pulled through the hole to the other end. With excavation, the trenches have to be dug first, then the utilities have to be laid, and finally the trenches have to be covered. That could take a few days.
Little clean-up required
Another benefit of trenchless drilling in domestic applications is that very little clean-up after the process is required. Only the two pilot holes located at the two ends of the line will need to be backfilled. The rest of the property remains as it was before. With excavation, the entire line has to be backfilled and the surrounding area possibly paved or landscaped afresh depending on its prior condition.
No installation damage or liability costs
Trenchless drilling also helps to prevent damage to surrounding installations both above and below ground. This is made possible by the underground navigation technology used to help the drilling auger go around obstacles. With this method, therefore, the drilling process cannot cause damage to pre-existing structures.
If you need to install domestic utilities such as gas, water, sewerage or data cabling, talk to a trenchless drilling contractor and find out if your location is feasible.