Tacoma Pipe Boring Services
When to Utilize Call on Our Pipe Boring Technicians
Pipe boring is used to install pipes under obstacles such as roads, buildings, and wetlands. This means that we can install pipes under very busy intersections, or in fully landscaped areas, without having to disrupt traffic or the need to dig a trench through your yard.
Depending on the size of the bore, our trenchless sewer repair team in Tacoma will use one of two pieces of equipment:
- The Basement Buddy: The basement buddy is a small drill designed to re-pipe from the basement of a home all the way to the curb stop. This drill is able to navigate up, down, left, and right which insures that your new service line will be installed accurately every time. This particular tool comes equipped with a pit launch box which allows the drill to remain stable even in soft soil conditions.
- The Boring Machine: The boring machine is an extremely powerful boring drill capable of executing a bore in most conditions. This drill creates a minimum environmental impact, so we are able to complete a bore job safely and with little to no effect on homes, businesses, or other surrounding areas.
How the Process Works
Our Tacoma sewer and drain technicians break down the pipe boring process below:
- While an access area is needed to set up the direction drill used in a pipe bore, this area can be strategically placed away from homes, congestion, and businesses. Before beginning a pipe bore, our crew must carefully plan a path for drilling. This is to insure that there will be no obstructions such as other utility lines. Like with all trenchless repairs, a pipe bore requires both an entrance and exit pit. To begin, the directional drill is first set up at the entrance pit. The entrance pit is used to contain and manage the drilling fluids.
- It’s important that our crew maintains communication with each other through the entire process. The directional drill is tracked remotely using radio signals. These signals are used to report the depth and pitch of the drill. This allows for one to give directions to the directional drill operator, instructing them on which way to steer the drill bit. The drill can be steered in any direction making for a clean, unobstructed path.
- This process is known as drilling a pilot bore. After the pilot bore is dug, the resulting drill path is typically enlarged to one and a half times the pipe that is being installed. A reamer is attached, and pulled back through the initial path to enlarge it. After the bore path is enlarged, the pipe can be pulled into place by the directional drill rig.