When is the Best Time for Drilling?

by | Oct 5, 2022

The simple answer is that boreholes can be drilled at any time of the year. Understandably, there are times of the year when we prefer not to be outside on different sites! We’d rather not be trenching around in thick mud and heavy rain – but at the end of the day, that’s all part of the fun! Geotechnical drilling in the toughest times of the year doesn’t present much of a challenge for our seasoned drilling team at Borehole Solutions.

Winter Months

Many people would assume that the worst time of the year to drill is in winter when the ground freezes over, but in reality, this is not the case. In the UK, we tend to have few frozen days. We usually have winters with lots of mud, which can cause difficulties when drilling in wet periods.

On the other hand, with regards to the equipment, our borehole drilling rigs will not have any issues with harder ground types. They are designed to drill through tough rocks, after all! Having your borehole installed in the winter months is also a great way to avoid the summer rush, as most construction projects occur during these months.

Time on Construction Projects 

If you’re having a borehole drilled for a farm water well or private ground source heat pump, then having it installed during the winter would be a good idea! However, if you’re performing a geotechnical site survey for a construction project, then it might not be appropriate to drill too far in advance of the project start date.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to drill a water well for a business, then this should be carried out when the plot is empty. A well can be installed at any time during construction projects, but it can be a lot easier to do when other machinery or building work can be avoided. Drilling rigs can be quite large and all of the debris from the borehole will need to be removed as well, meaning clear access to the site is crucial. Despite this, Borehole Solutions have worked in areas with restricted access many times previously!

Contact Us 

In conclusion, you can drill a borehole at any time of year, but it depends on why you are looking to install it. If you would like to find out more about our geotechnical drilling services, then please get in touch! Contact Borehole Solutions today on 01733 200501 or info@boreholesolutions.com.