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Addressing The Biggest Myths Concerning Directional Drilling During Water Line Installation

If there is a water line installation project scheduled to take place on your property, there is a good chance that you are expecting someone to show up in a backhoe to dig a major trench that will be filled with the new line and quickly covered back up. Therefore, if you see a contractor show up with a massive drill and other heavy equipment when the scheduled day arrives, you may find yourself a bit concerned.

More and more companies are using horizontal directional drilling methods during underground pipeline and utility installations. However, there are a lot of myths concerning directional drilling. Here are a few of the most common falsehoods and the facts you will be glad to know.

Myth: Directional drilling can cause more problems with ground stability than traditional pipe installation methods.

Fact: The major benefit of directional drilling is that it is much less invasive than traditional digging. The topsoil reserves are hardly disturbed and great care is taken to make sure that the underlying layers of rock are capable of withstanding the drill.

Myth: There is a danger of ground contamination during directional drilling.

Fact: Directional drilling will involve pumping several gallons of viscous fluid underground to keep friction at a minimum and the drill cool as it works. This fluid, when used for drilling purposes is only made of water and soil components, which naturally absorbs heat generated during the project.

Myth: Directional drilling to install a pipeline will take a lot longer to complete.

Fact: When you think about a drill having to push through layers of dirt and rock to bore a hole underground, it is easy to assume that this method must be more time-consuming. However, this is actually not true, as directional drilling requires little restorative work when the project is complete. The ground is never actually opened up; only access points are created. Therefore, the project is not only less time-consuming, but will often require fewer people to accomplish.

When you take some time to learn a few of the positive facts about horizontal directional drilling, it is easy to see why this is becoming the new norm in many pipeline construction and installation projects, from water to oil and everything in between. If you have further concerns about directional drilling, it never hurts to talk to the contractor in charge of the project to gain a better understanding.


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