Despite aboveground wires becoming a thing of the past, the options for installing underground wiring are limited. The two most popular methods are trenching and underground boring, or drilling. Trenching is a time-consuming process in which a trench is dug into the ground so that wires or piping can be laid down and then buried. Underground boring, or underground drilling, is a process where an auger displaces dirt underground so that wiring or piping can be inserted. Below are a few reasons why boring may be the better choice for any number of construction projects.
1. It is Less Invasive
Trenching is an extremely invasive technique, and the ground becomes very obviously disturbed and torn up during the process. Any landscaping, roads, or pre-existing wiring or pipes will be at risk of complete disruption during the trenching process. On the other hand, horizontal directional drilling is much less invasive. The only parts of the ground that will be disturbed are the location where the machine is set up and the location where the utilities are connected. This in turn makes the project easier since there will not be a need to redo landscaping, repave roads, or run the risk of hitting wiring or piping that has already been installed.
2. It is More Precise
If you are working in an area where there are obstacles, such as concrete, a boring contractor will be able to easily create a plan where those obstacles are avoided. Trenching, on the other hand, will be much less precise and therefore more time consuming than underground boring. With underground drilling, you can avoid the labor-intensive work of removing concrete, rocks, or other difficult to remove obstacles.
3. It is More Environmentally Friendly
With underground boring, there is a significantly lowered amount of disruption to the local ecosystem. Though it may not seem like there is a lot going on in underground ecosystems, they are delicately balanced through years of evolution and change. Trenching displaces more soil and therefore is more disruptive to the balance of nature in the area, which can have more far-reaching side effects than expected.
For your next underground wiring or piping project, consider precision directional boring. The process is simpler, less time consuming, and more precise than traditional trenching. When it comes to your next undergrounding wiring or piping project, underground boring may be the right choice for you.