Installing Drainage Systems with Horizontal Boring During Renovations

Installing Drainage Systems with Horizontal Boring During Renovations
  • Author: Fazal Umer
  • Posted On: May 10, 2023
  • Updated On: July 11, 2023

Home renovation is a booming industry. Homeowners are interested in renovating their existing properties rather than switching to new ones. The trend gained momentum during the pandemic with people doing DIY home improvement projects.

More than half of homeowners, around 55%, started home improvement projects in 2021. They are becoming smart about the way they add value to their homes. Home improvement projects have an ROI (return on investment) of 69%. This is on top of the fact that homeowners either reside inside the property or earn an income by renting it out. Preserving the home’s value pays off in the present and the future.

Why Renovating Drainage Matters

Home renovation projects mostly aim to improve living conditions and make property structures more robust. Other reasons for renovations include:

  • Expansion
  • Home Decor
  • Sustainability
  • Efficiency

Many houses require improving drainage systems. Drainage can become clogged over time resulting in water and sewage seeping into the property’s foundations. It’s a little-known fact that improper drainage adversely affects the air quality inside the house. If you are wondering why you have a persistent mold issue, the reason may also be traced back to poor drainage.

Lack of proper drainage increases the moisture content in and around the house. This is not just a health hazard, it also causes the structure to weaken over time. Investing in the drainage system, is money well spent.

Why Choose Horizontal Boring For Drainage

Horizontal directional boring is one of the best solutions for pipe boring since it is affordable and does minimal damage to the property. It is trenchless, making it perfect for renovating the drainage system.

Limited Damage

It does not require deep digging or digging huge pits in the ground either. Directional boring is less labor-intensive and more ecologically feasible. Damage to property and surrounding areas is limited. Disruptions caused by the renovation process are also reduced in the affected area.


While saving on the costs and the effort, horizontal boring is a long-lasting solution. Drainage renovations completed through horizontal boring last for over 50 years.

Low Maintenance

The drainage system is not too deep, and maintenance and repairs are made convenient. So, not only is horizontal boring cost-saving upon installation, but it also saves money in the long run.

These benefits make horizontal direction boring and suitable for properties of all scales, particularly residential properties.

Fixing Drainage Issues

Few things are as bad as dealing with faulty or improper drainage as a homeowner. Damage caused by water or moisture is difficult to reverse and can cost quite a lot of money.

Seepage of water into the foundations can compromise the structural integrity of the entire house. Excess moisture can lead to mold development, which poses a health risk as it causes breathing issues.

How to Install Drainage Using Horizontal Boring Technique

Installing horizontal boring is simple enough. However, you need specialized tools, equipment, and expertise to execute the process. Still, knowing how directional boring is done is important for determining whether it is right for your property.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

Step 1: Determining Where To Dig

Before the drilling, it is necessary to figure out where the drilling should begin.

There are various ways to do this. Radio transmission technology is one of the common ways. In the case of drainage system renovation, this step is easy to improve the existing drainage system is in place.

Step 2: Clearing The Area And Digging A Hole

Once you know the drilling site, clearing the surrounding area is the next step. You need to dig a shallow hole. This step will lead to the destruction of existing landscaping or structure. However, this is unavoidable and the damage is limited in scale.

A scoop head digs the hole before the drill can do its job. Whether digging shallow pie is easy to difficult depends upon the ground’s toughness and soil type.

Step 3: Start Drilling

First, a pilot hole is drilled to make sure that the drill area and diameter of the hole are accurate. After the pilot hole, a larger hole, which accommodates the drainage pipe, is drilled.

Drilling is horizontal and makes a straight path for the drainage pipe. The drill is extracted once the appropriate length and width hole is dug.

Step 4: Place The Pipe

The drain pipe is laid inside the drilled path. PVC pipes are perfect since they are sturdy and long-lasting while still flexible enough to be inserted into the horizontal pathway.

Step 5: Covering Up

Finally comes the time to cover the area dug up. Make sure your drainage system is working perfectly. If it is, restore the drilled space. Put the dirt back.

You can slowly get your space back. If it had landscaping previously, it would take a few weeks or months to return to the original state. If you had to make structural changes, that could also be fixed over time.

Installing or renovating a drainage system using a horizontal boring technique is simple. It is not a DIY project, but it is less intrusive and more cost-effective than the alternatives.

A few things to remember are to always go for professional services. Hire experts and monitor them. Make sure all safety precautions are being taken. This will reduce accidents and create a safer work environment.


Timely and effective renovation of the problem of poor drainage is the only way to avoid further costs in the future. Horizontal directional boring is among the best drilling techniques. It saves cost and effort and is a feasible solution in the long run.

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Author: Fazal Umer

Fazal is a dedicated industry expert in the field of civil engineering. As an Editor at ConstructionHow, he leverages his experience as a civil engineer to enrich the readers looking to learn a thing or two in detail in the respective field. Over the years he has provided written verdicts to publications and exhibited a deep-seated value in providing informative pieces on infrastructure, construction, and design.