If you search for underground water at a development site to see if you can build a property and sustain its inhabitants, you may want to take advantage of directional drilling. This type of drilling activity is very flexible and allows you to explore the subterranean landscape to discover the water and create the best possible access path. But if you're dealing with a particularly rocky area, you may run into issues if you don't have the right equipment. This is why many contractors in your situation will turn to "mud motors." What are these, and how could they help you in your situation?
Mud motors are now becoming very effective for horizontal directional drilling projects or any drilling activity that requires some flexibility. After all, conventional methods can often stall when drilling through solid rock and be inefficient and time-consuming. In these situations, it may be difficult to regain any forward momentum should it be necessary to come to a complete stop at any point. The driller may need to rely on the rig's power, the pressure of the lubricating fluid, or even a certain amount of brute force.
Make Use of the Mud
In any type of drilling activity, a byproduct is produced in the form of mud. Typically, this is rejected from the system as work goes forward and is treated as waste. However, a mud motor will use that waste to derive most of its power and help the drill bit spin. Also, the operator can now bring the drill bit to a complete halt in order to change direction. This will stop the motor itself but allow the drill bit to continue to spin within the casing, so the operator can steer the rig at the same time as the bit continues to cut.
For mud motors to work effectively, the operator will need a continuous flow of drilling fluid. The system must be able to process the raw material (the mud) correctly as well, separating any solids and returning the usable fluid to the system. Also, many operators will use a specialised bit such as a "Tricon." This type of bit is more efficient at fracturing the rock and breaking it down into smaller, usable pieces.
Over to the Experts
As you can see, a lot of specialist equipment and knowledge is involved in any horizontal direct drilling activity. So, always bring in experienced technicians when you are in search of usable water.
Contact directional drilling services to learn more.