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Avoid The Energy Price Hike With A GSHP

Avoid The Energy Price Hike With A GSHP

We don’t know about you, but we’ve had a pretty chilly week here at Borehole Solutions. It’s starting to feel like Winter and we’re still over 2 months away! Of course, we’re pretty used to the cold weather because we’re always hitting the road in the wee hours of the...

Overnight Geotechnical Services from Borehole Solutions

Overnight Geotechnical Services from Borehole Solutions

Here at Borehole Solutions, we like to get dirty and make some noise when drilling our boreholes, but we know this isn’t always what is required of us. Our machines are nice and bulky, as you’d expect of heavy machinery, but this means they can cause disruptions when...

What is the lifespan of a borehole?

What is the lifespan of a borehole?

If you are looking to drill a borehole for extracting water, you will surely want to know how long your investment will last. You'll also be wanting to hear that the lifespan of a borehole is a long time. Well, there’s good news! Boreholes can last for decades, even a...

How Important is Borehole Drilling Health & Safety?

How Important is Borehole Drilling Health & Safety?

We take borehole drilling health and safety very seriously here at Borehole Solutions. When working with borehole drilling machines that weigh in excess of 200kg, you can’t afford not to. With the heavy machinery, loud noise from the drilling and potentially hazardous...

Dowsing – How Not to Find Groundwater for Boreholes

Dowsing – How Not to Find Groundwater for Boreholes

Dowsing, otherwise known as divining or water witching, is a method that is used in the hope of finding groundwater – an underground water resource. There are a few different techniques that can be employed for divination although most include either two ‘L-shaped’...

Are Boreholes Bad for the Environment?

Are Boreholes Bad for the Environment?

As the world is waking up to the importance of looking after our planet, it is only natural that every process to do with the land is scrutinised to ensure it is as environmentally friendly as possible. Boreholes are certainly no exception. Whilst it is rare that...

Will Borehole Solutions Discover Life On Mars?

Will Borehole Solutions Discover Life On Mars?

We’ve drilled thousands of boreholes in our 20+ years of experience here at Borehole Solutions, but we’ve never seen so much as a hint of extra-terrestrial beings buried beneath our feet. Maybe NASA will have better luck on Mars? The Perseverance Rover is actually...

When is the best time to drill a borehole?

When is the best time to drill a borehole?

The quick answer is that a borehole can be drilled at any time of year. Sure, there are times of the year when it’s nicer for us to be out and about at different sites. We’d rather not be traipsing around in the mud and the rain, but who would? Don’t worry about our...

How Important is a Geotechnical Site Investigation? 

How Important is a Geotechnical Site Investigation? 

A geotechnical site investigation is to be carried out during the planning phase of a construction project, although it is often overlooked or given little attention. The investigation will reveal the properties of the ground, such as how much weight it can bear, how...

The Benefits of a Rubble Soakaway

The Benefits of a Rubble Soakaway

England is notorious for its wet weather, and rainy forecasts. Although the English weather is mostly manageable, for some facilities, the threat of flooding means that further action must be taken to enable suitable drainage. This is where a rubble soakaway can make...

What are Bored Piles?

What are Bored Piles?

Piles are foundations that are drilled/bored into the ground in order to offer greater structural strength in weak soil conditions. Some soil is strong, and can carry heavy loads without too much difficulty. Other soil types, however, would fail structurally were you...

What is Cutdown Cable Percussion Drilling?

What is Cutdown Cable Percussion Drilling?

Cable percussion drilling is one of the most common forms of drilling out there. It’s cheap, effective and - most importantly - reliable. The rigs themselves, however - typically coming in a sort of A-frame shape - are quite large. In wide open spaces, where neither...

Geotechnical Solutions: Completing Two Jobs with One Stone…

Geotechnical Solutions: Completing Two Jobs with One Stone…

As a geotechnical firm, a lot of what we do revolves around problem-solving. Whilst there are similar jobs, and run-of-the-mill projects, the fact remains that no two jobs are the same. And in certain circumstances, a job will have more than one problem associated...

A Very Limited Access Job…

A Very Limited Access Job…

We’ve written before about both restricted access and limited access drilling, their differences and their difficulties. We recently undertook a particularly challenging (and equally rewarding) rail infrastructure job in Teignmouth, on Devon’s south coastline. From...

Taking Another Look at Contamination Testing

Taking Another Look at Contamination Testing

Contamination testing is vital to resolving any potential issues that may be lurking prior to the development of a project. Here at Borehole Solutions, using our experience as a geothermal drilling and site investigation company, we can offer a range of testing...

The Process of Water Borehole Drilling

The Process of Water Borehole Drilling

The process of water borehole drilling isn’t quite as daunting as it sounds. Water well drilling to access a fresh and private water supply has many benefits. Providing the water is of adequate quality, the greatest advantage of installing a well is to save money....

Are Soakaways Effective?

Are Soakaways Effective?

Soakaways are an economical and environmentally friendly solution to combat the ever-looming threat of excessive rain and flooding. Which is an issue that UK residents face more regularly than we care for. If you find yourself asking the question "are soakaways...

Geotechnical Services: The Importance Of Coastal Engineering

Geotechnical Services: The Importance Of Coastal Engineering

Being an island nation, we have a lot of coastline. In fact, according to the Ordnance Survey, the UK has –including its islands - a staggering total of 31,368km. Some of our coastlines are formed from hard, igneous rocks like granite; these can withstand a huge...

Borehole Solutions’ Brand New Bar!

Borehole Solutions’ Brand New Bar!

No, you read that right and no, we’ve not randomly changed industries. We’re still the same old geotechnical company you know and love, but now we’ve got our own snazzy shipping container bar, too! Portable, industrial and entirely on-brand for our boys, the new bar...

What is a Retaining Wall?

What is a Retaining Wall?

Retaining walls are some of the most common structures seen in the UK today. From landscape gardens through to road embankments, these walls, though common, often go overlooked in terms of their importance. The team here at Borehole Solutions, one of the UK’s leading...

Contamination Testing: What Are PCBs?

Contamination Testing: What Are PCBs?

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were chemicals previously used extensively across a range of industries – across the globe – thanks to their impressive chemical stability; PCB mixtures, were found, for instance, in everything ranging from plasticizers to coolants,...

The Most Common Highways-Based Geotechnical Services

The Most Common Highways-Based Geotechnical Services

Britain’s road network is as big as it is complex; for a relatively small country, in terms of land mass, we’ve got a huge number of highways. From huge motorways through to the tiniest of country roads, our roads get a lot of usage. With such traffic comes inevitable...

Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) FAQs

Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) FAQs

Ground source heat pumps are a great alternative to conventional methods for heating your home, business facility or development. We’ve written previously about the various benefits of having a ground source heat pump installed, but today we wanted to look at some of...

What Is A Plate Bearing Test?

What Is A Plate Bearing Test?

One of the most common form of geotechnical investigative techniques used today, the plate bearing test helps determine/prove the composition of a stabilised platform within in-situ soil. For works where temporary works constructions are required (like the...

What Is Soil Mixing (Soil Stabilisation)?

What Is Soil Mixing (Soil Stabilisation)?

Much though it would make the lives of developers easier, soil conditions aren’t always perfect. Often, in fact, the properties of in-situ soil (in various ways) is so poor that it’s not of an adequate quality to develop or build upon. In cases like these, a ground...

Borehole Solutions Discuss How To Deal With Highway Failures

Borehole Solutions Discuss How To Deal With Highway Failures

Britain’s roads are its blood vessels. They keep businesses booming, enable families to get together (in more normal times) and lives to be saved. Whilst air, boat and rail are unquestionably all important modes of travel, there’s nothing quite like our arterial...

What Is Environmental Remediation?

What Is Environmental Remediation?

We all know the importance of looking after the environment, but sometimes intervention needs to be a bit more drastic than simply remembering to recycle. Environmental remediation is the process of removing contaminants and other harmful materials from the...

Borehole Solutions Offers A Helping Hand In The Ice!

Borehole Solutions Offers A Helping Hand In The Ice!

It can be all too easy to focus on the negatives at the minute. Even the most chipper of individuals would find it difficult not to be worn down at least a little bit by the constant doom and gloom of the news at the minute. But that’s why it’s so important to focus...

What Is An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)?

What Is An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)?

We live in a more environmentally-conscious era than ever before. With the likes of Sir David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg helping place climate-based issues centre stage, human impacts on the natural world are (rightly) more scrutinised than ever before. That’s...

Taking A Look At Cone Penetration Testing (CPT)

Taking A Look At Cone Penetration Testing (CPT)

CPT is one of the most common geotechnical investigation methods available. If you’re looking for a reliable, versatile and efficient way of sampling ground conditions. There are several types, however, and the method carried out by your contractor will depend on...

What’s Behind The Steady Increase In Wind Power?

What’s Behind The Steady Increase In Wind Power?

Over the past couple of decades, renewable wind power has become an increasingly popular energy option for national governments, the world over. Given the increasingly pressing climate crisis, seeking out greener energy has never been as important as it is today. The...

What Is Basement Underpinning?

What Is Basement Underpinning?

Whilst rural properties might have the luxury of building an extension or annex should they wish for a bit more space, inner-city homes are afforded no such thing. With space coming at such a premium, particularly in cities like London, one of the only truly...

What’s The Deepest Borehole To Have Ever Been Drilled?

What’s The Deepest Borehole To Have Ever Been Drilled?

During the Cold War, things across the world got more than a little bit, well, weird on several occasions. From face mask disguises to threats to detonate nuclear warheads on the moon, there was a very real risk of events boiling over into a full-scale global, nuclear...

Christmas Wishes From The Borehole Team

Christmas Wishes From The Borehole Team

Christmas Wishes From The Borehole Team!  In what’s been a year like no other, the Borehole Solutions team has felt privileged to keep providing geotechnical and ground investigation services, the nation over. Perspective is something we’ve all gained a bit more of...

What Is BRE365 Testing?

What Is BRE365 Testing?

We’ve talked in posts before about the many benefits of having BRE365 soakaways installed. They’re cost-effective, relatively easy to install and practical means of improving drainage – particularly in areas prone to flooding. Now we’re in the midst of winter, it’s...

Protecting Your Water Well Or Home Water System This Winter

Protecting Your Water Well Or Home Water System This Winter

Here at Borehole Solutions, we’re regularly met with poorly maintained water systems when we go out to properties as part of our water well drilling service. Now, whilst ill-advised, most of the year you probably can get away with not paying as much attention to your...

What Is The Difference Between Cohesive And Non-Cohesive Soils?

What Is The Difference Between Cohesive And Non-Cohesive Soils?

For many people, soil is exactly that. The stuff that gets on your children’s new clothes, your Sunday League shorts or your fingers whilst gardening. Most of us don’t give soil much thought beyond it being, well, soil. However when carrying out a ground investigation...

What Are The Different Types Of Ground Investigation?

What Are The Different Types Of Ground Investigation?

Knowing that you need a ground investigation is one thing, knowing what type of ground investigation you need is quite another. Here at Borehole Solutions Ltd, we’ve got decades’ worth of industry experience between us. This experience has enabled us to put together a...

Top Reasons To Get A Ground Source Heat Pump, This Winter

Top Reasons To Get A Ground Source Heat Pump, This Winter

As the evenings grow longer, temperatures creep downwards and we hunker down for the winter, it might be time to consider whether you’re heating your home in the best way possible. Many of us, when we move into our homes, simply accept the current heating situation...

What Is Ground Penetration Radar (GPR)?

What Is Ground Penetration Radar (GPR)?

Though it might sound like something from an 80’s action movie, ground penetration radar (GPR) is actually an important part of many a site investigation. This non-intrusive investigative method is mainly used to identify buried services before a careful evacuation -...

Contamination Testing: An Investigation Of Asbestos

Contamination Testing: An Investigation Of Asbestos

Unless you’ve been living under a particularly carcinogenic rock, you probably know by now that asbestos isn’t the best thing in the world when it comes to your health. In fact, we’ve known for a while now the material’s danger, with Greeks and Romans recognising that...

The Different Methods Of Site Investigation Remediation (Phase 3)

The Different Methods Of Site Investigation Remediation (Phase 3)

Dealing with contaminated land consists of four key phases for geotechnical firms. These are: desktop study, intrusive site investigation, remediation and finally, validation and verification. Whilst no one phase is more important than any other, it’s of course vital...

Geotechnical Investigations: What Is A Phase 1 Desk Study?

Geotechnical Investigations: What Is A Phase 1 Desk Study?

Phase 1 Desk Studies are amongst the very first stages which are usually carried out in any geotechnical investigations. They are either carried out as a form of due diligence before property transactions or prior to site development. That’s what we’re interested in,...

Considerations For Site Investigations On Soft Ground

Considerations For Site Investigations On Soft Ground

Borehole Solutions drilling company discuss site investigations on soft ground and the different considerations to take on board. Soft ground is a term used to describe weaker ground, which has often already been developed upon, in previous years. This land-type is...

What Is WAC Testing, And Why Is It Important?

What Is WAC Testing, And Why Is It Important?

WAC testing, or, Waste Acceptance Criteria testing, is used to determine whether particular organic material (most often soil) is suitable to be disposed of in landfill, per the EU’s Waste Framework Directive. In other words, you’re looking to see how certain...

A Day In The Life Of Our Geotechnical Drilling Company

A Day In The Life Of Our Geotechnical Drilling Company

The life of a driller is one of hard graft, early starts and time spent away from loved ones. It’s as challenging as it is rewarding, but for the team at Borehole Solutions, one of the UK’s foremost geotechnical drilling companies (and certainly one of the...

Borehole – An Expert’s Guide to Soakaways

Borehole – An Expert’s Guide to Soakaways

During periods of heavy rainfall (which are extremely common within the UK), surface water develops on the ground of some properties, causing flooding. This is extremely frustrating - especially if it becomes a frequent issue that you have to deal with. If it does...

What Extras Do I Need With My Rig Hire?

What Extras Do I Need With My Rig Hire?

Choosing what rig you need for your project is only the first step in carrying out your geotechnical work. As a contractor, there are often additional extras you’ll need to hire in order to deliver your project to the highest standard possible. Unfortunately, many of...

Five Qualities Needed By Any Geotechnical Drilling Company

Five Qualities Needed By Any Geotechnical Drilling Company

The drilling industry is one which requires many things from those who work within it. As an absolute base minimum, it requires a lot of hard work. Beyond this, however, there are several additional qualities that a geotechnical drilling company needs to possess...

What Is Rotary Drilling And How Does It Work?

What Is Rotary Drilling And How Does It Work?

One of the many geotechnical drilling services we offer here at Borehole Solutions is rotary drilling. This commonly used method of drilling suits many different types of project, both small and large. The team here at Borehole wanted to look at the process in more...

What Is Geotechnical Drilling And When Is It Needed?

What Is Geotechnical Drilling And When Is It Needed?

It seems a simple question, but geotechnical drilling actually covers an immensely wide range of different processes and operations. In short, however, it refers to the process of boreholes (or other similar holes/excavations) being drilled prior to subsequent...

Which Rig Should I Hire?

Which Rig Should I Hire?

For any geotechnical drilling scenario, you’re going to need a rig of some sort. What rig you require, however, hinges entirely on various factors, some of which we will go into within this blog post. In recent years, the sheer expense of the drilling equipment alone...

What Are The Factors That Affect Well-Drilling Cost?

What Are The Factors That Affect Well-Drilling Cost?

Having a water well drilled undoubtedly brings with it several great benefits. In fact, we’ve written a whole blog on the topic – you can find it here! However, what many people fail to realise is that installing a water well isn’t a one-size-fits all process. There...

Why Is Cable Percussion Drilling So Popular?

Why Is Cable Percussion Drilling So Popular?

Cable percussion drilling has long been the most common form of drilling in the United Kingdom, if not the world. It has proven its worth as a drilling methodology time and time again, and its reliability is just one of the reasons why it has become so popular to...

What Is The Purpose Of A Trial Pit?

What Is The Purpose Of A Trial Pit?

Before any construction project takes place, the ground conditions and soil composition must be worked out to determine whether the proposed construction is feasible or not. This is often done by excavating a trial pit. It’s a simple and cost-effective means of...

When and Why Are Soakaways Necessary?

When and Why Are Soakaways Necessary?

We live in a pretty rainy country here in the UK. It’s not uncommon for our summer plans to be scuppered by total washouts and floods are something that river-adjacent towns and cities see as par for the course. In some cases, the constant threat of flooding is so...

The Intricacies Of Restricted Access Drilling

The Intricacies Of Restricted Access Drilling

When most people think of geotechnical drilling companies, they don’t think of an urban setting. But here’s the thing, we do. Restricted access drilling is now a rock-solid option when it comes to those environments where a regular rig won’t work. Towns and cities are...

An In-Depth Look At Window Sampling

An In-Depth Look At Window Sampling

In geotechnical surveying situations, different situations call for different approaches, just like with everything in life. There are those drilling rigs which are truly huge in scale and their drilling capabilities are unparalleled but whose footprint is sizable....

Borehole Solutions’ Complete Guide To Sonic Drilling

Borehole Solutions’ Complete Guide To Sonic Drilling

In a world full of fads, trends and phases, the drilling industry has proved no different. There’s been a trend in recent years for geotechnical site investigation companies to err towards using sonic drilling rigs. But why is this? Unlike more conventional auger and...

The Benefits Of Geothermal Drilling & Ground Heat Pumps

The Benefits Of Geothermal Drilling & Ground Heat Pumps

Renewable energies have taken centre-stage in recent times. Taking proactive environmental steps has become even more important since Greta Thunberg and her cohort of supporters, including none other than David Attenborough himself, took centre stage over a year ago...

The Benefits Of Water Well Drilling

The Benefits Of Water Well Drilling

An increasing number of people in recent times have looked to install their own, domestic water wall for their home’s water supply. Businesses too have looked to water borehole drilling for greater levels of self-sufficiency. It’s important, however, that you make...

Why Is Sample Testing So Important?

Why Is Sample Testing So Important?

Time changes every industry and the geotechnical sector is no different. Gone are the days in which drilling revolved around rough estimates and ‘that’ll do’ mentalities. In today’s geotechnical industry, the need for precision, accuracy and watertight results is...

Considerations For Every Geotechnical Site Investigation

Considerations For Every Geotechnical Site Investigation

Undertaking a geotechnical site investigation is no small feat. It requires extensive planning, and there are several key considerations to make before you even get on site. It isn’t simply a case of getting there, drilling a hole and going on your way again, as many...