Borehole Drilling

We offer borehole surveys, and drilling of boreholes.

How does drilling a borehole work ?

There is a drill that makes use of drilling fluid which travels up the inside of the drill stem, through the pump and is discharged into the settling tank where it will cycle through again. After cuttings are settled, the drilling fluid flows into the borehole and down to the bit. The pressure of the fluid against the bore hole wall prevents the hole from collapsing.

What to know before drilling a borehole

The first thing to note is that the contractor hired to drill your borehole is not guaranteeing that they will hit water, their job is to solely drip a hole in the ground to the depth that you have requested them to.
If you want to minimise the risk of not hitting water and resulting in a "dry hole" then you should hire the services of a hydrogeologist which will analyse your area and possibly run physical tests on your property to determine where would be the best spot to drill and what are your chances of hitting water.
You need to keep in mind that the drilling rig is a huge 25 ton or more piece of machinery;

You need to make sure the spot you want to drill is accessible or you need to deconstruct whatever is in the way, then reconstruct when the drill is complete. These costs are not for drilling contractor to cover.

Is getting a borehole a good investment

In general - yes, installing a borehole will add substantial value to your land and over time it will represent a good investment. Factors like the quality of your garden is something that could make up a good 5-20% of the property's value. Using borehole water to better your land is a double success because you will save on your water bill and improve your lands aesthetic. Simply having any sort of sustainable feature to your property also adds value to is, therefore rain catchment systems and boreholes will be an advantage to your property price. These factors rely on the installation to have been done by professionals and maintained properly.

Making sure you don't get scammed


The main way you can avoid being “ripped off” is to educate yourself about the borehole drilling process. By reading this you've already began doing that!

The second most important step is to deal with reputable contractors. They are most likely to give you clear expectations before the work begins and should either party not deliver there will be the option of recourse. Contractors should use some for of a contract document detailing their job, or they should give you a quotation specifying the work to be done with delivery times and costs. By doing this, both you and the contractor will understand your responsibilities and expectations. Remember that contractors make their own rates, so it's a good idea to have more than one quote before making your choice. Keep in mind though, you need to look into the details not just accept the cheapest quote! This behaviour will likely increase the chances of complications, bad service or even being completely scammed.