The Excavation and Drilling Contractor in Windsor
Phoenix Drainage is the go-to excavation and drilling contractor for the Windsor area. We provide a range of services, from directional drilling and horizontal boring to catch basin repair and installation. To request an estimate on our services, please give us a call.
Directional drilling, also referred to as “horizontal drilling” is the preferred process for boring into the ground for the installation of sewer and water lines, and utility lines such as gas, hydro, cable, or phone. The benefit of this is that there is less ground disturbance, which results in less restoration of hard surfaces, such as concrete and asphalt, and soft surfaces, such as lawns and gardens.
This method can reach long distances, including under riverbeds. The drill is operated by a skilled tradesman who relies on a second tradesman who can guide the drill to its destination with a locator box. Once the hole is bored, the pipe or conduit can be pulled through.
Horizontal boring is a trenchless method of building a sewer line. It is used for shorter pipe installs that run through dry, stable soil that does not have large boulders. Crews will dig a sending pit and a receiving pit. A bore machine and a jack are placed into the sending pit, allowing the crews to cut a horizontal hole underground from the sending pit to the receiving pit without disturbing the surface. As it drills the hole, it also functions like a jackhammer to help push the new sewer pipe into place. This process is commonly used to connect to an existing sewer main.
For any project that requires digging, an excavation must be made. This often requires heavy equipment to ensure the job is done quickly and efficiently. Excavations are dug for utility lines, sewer lines, foundations, irrigation ditches, and more.
Sanitary, Storm, and Water Installations
Installation of sanitary, storm, and water lines is a necessity. It helps bring and remove water from any given building. These lines must be installed correctly or else they can cause large issues.
Parking lots are built to keep things organized. Having a well-built parking lot allows people to park their cars in a safe and orderly manner while visiting the location. The overall design of a parking lot will depend on the context in which it is used – whether to cater to retail customers or loading trucks, for example. Many factors need to be considered as well, such as the number of spaces, the size of spaces, accessibility requirements, entrance and exit routes, and more.
Catch basins are very common, being used in everything from parking lots and roads to parks to collect surface water runoff. A catch basin will typically have a grate on top and a drainage pipe that slopes away from the basin.
Generally, a catch basin will filter out larger debris at the surface grate and allow smaller debris to sink into the concrete basin at the bottom of a vertical column constructed from grade rings. Over time, horizontal piping exiting the basin will carry water and the sediment of smaller debris out of the basin.
A properly installed catch basin system begins with a strategically determined surface grading that puts the grate system in a low-enough position for effective drainage, but not so low that it is a hazard for vehicle or pedestrian traffic.
Many problems with catch basins come from improper installation and maintenance. Some problems could be from the grate sitting too high or too low. There might be an insufficient or excessive sloped grade, improper compaction surrounding the catch basin during installation, or poorly packed material around the basin that results in shifting, sinking, heaving, erosion, freeze-thaw cracking, and general deterioration. If these problems appear with an existing basin, they can either be repaired or a new basin can be installed.
Additional Dwelling Units (ADUs)
ADUs are becoming more popular with existing homes. To complete the construction on these units, site servicing is required to provide all the necessary utilities.