Directional Boring

Updated: Oct 20

Directional Boring, also referred to as Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) is a non-invasive, minimal impact, trench-less method that follows a relatively shallow arc or radius along a specified underground path. This method offers significant environmental advantages over traditional cut and cover pipeline installations that can be costly and leave your property in an undesirable condition.


Utilizing directionally boring to navigate under obstacles, including natural gas pipelines, offers a beneficial alternative to traditional trenching methods for the installation of pipes and reaching from one point to another without destroying your property. This technique is often used when conventional trenching or excavating is not practical or desired.


French Connection Plumbing directional boring services offer minimal surface disturbance ensuring your property remains beautiful and your pocketbook will be happy too! Opting for directional boring saves money and time for our customers. We’ll get the job done right the first time.


This service can be utilized with various pipe materials such as PVC, polyethylene, polypropylene, ductile iron, and steel provided that the pipe's properties (wall thickness and material strength) enable it to be both installed and operated (if applicable) under acceptable stress limits. The process is suitable for a variety of soil conditions including clay, silt, sand, and rock.


Directional Boring/HDD is generally accomplished in three phases:

  1. First, a small diameter pilot hole is drilled along a directional path from one surface point to another.

  2. Next, the bore created during pilot hole drilling is enlarged to a diameter that will facilitate installation of the desired pipeline.

  3. Lastly, the pipeline is pulled into the enlarged hole, creating a continuous segment of pipe underground and exposed only at the two initial end points.

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