FAQs

Drilcorp Drilling Services & Borehole Engineering Services

Q. Is my site suitable for a borehole?

Answer: The suitability of a site will depend on the geology of the area and your water requirements. The Geology and level of the water table will determine at what depth water can be found and in what quantities. Full investigations will take place in order for us to judge the suitability of your site.

Q. How much does a borehole cost (domestic) ?

Answer: Each borehole is different therefore we cannot provide a set price, purpose.  The cost will depend on the geology and the depth to which the borehole needs to be drilled.

A detailed no obligation quote will be given prior to any works commencing at your property.

Q. How much space do you need to access the machinery?

Answer: The drilling rigs we use are the size of a small lorry/van which would usually be transported by a wagon and low loader. One of our site supervisors will visit your site to ensure that there will be no access issues and that you fully understand the processes involved.

Q. What will the borehole look like when it’s completed?

Answer: The finished well can be above or below ground level, although we prefer to finish above, in line with environment agency advice. This minimises the risk of contamination to the well from run off containing slurry, chemicals, fuels etc.  Housing or custom designed cover will be installed.

Q. How Long does it take to complete the works?

Answer: Approx 4/5 days. Domestic.

Q. Do I need Licence or permission?

Answer: No, as detailed in the Water Act 2003 anyone is allowed to extract up to 20,000litres or 20m3 per day without licence or charge. If you wish to extract more than this, you will need to obtain an Abstraction Licence from The Environment Agency.

Q. Do you guarantee to find water?

Answer: It is impossible to 100% guarantee that water can be found at a given site. Water and water quality cannot be guaranteed however  it is possible to gain a prognosis through an independent Hydrogeologist.

Q. Is the quality and quantity of water guaranteed?

Answer: The key element to minimise the risk is to obtain as much information as possible prior to committing to a drilling programme, hence the recommendation that a borehole prognosis be obtained. Whilst this is not a guarantee of success, it can highlight risk at an early stage. There will always be an element of risk that no water will be found, and this needs to be fully understood by all parties.

Q. Will this Borehole make a difference?

Answer: In Most cases yes it is, but sometimes minerals and pollutants can be found. Where the water is to be used for drinking we would have the water tested to show the content. If contaminants are found a filter can be installed to ensure safe drinking water is supplied.

Q. Water flow rates, what is flow testing?

Answer: A flow is a test performed to determine the maximum rate at which a borehole or well fills with water under typical conditions.

Geotechnical Exploration Services

Q. What equipment do we have?

Answer: Drilcorp has a wide range of equipment capable of carrying out a variety of site investigation techniques of any size. To see the full range please refer to main website.

Q. What areas of the country do we cover?

Answer: Drilcorp and Borehole Engineering Services operate Nationwide.

Q. How quickly can you have your equipment on site?

Answer: Where we have equipment available we can start mobilisation within 24hours of your enquiry.

Q. Do you work to Euro Code 7

Answer: All our highly trained operatives work to Euro Codes and British Standards.

Q. What are the deepest capabilities of drilling you would consider?

Answer: We drill to our client’s needs and if we don’t have the equipment we would look to invest were possible to give us the capabilities.

Q. What sort of in situ testing can you do?

Answer: We cover all types of in situ testing in house and if we don’t have the testing capability you require we have many acquaintances in the industry we can work closely with to satisfy all enquires and customer needs.

Q. Do you have in-house geotechnical engineers and laboratories.

Answer: We do not have in-house geotechnical engineers or our own laboratories.

However, when we require these services, we work closely with a highly recommended team of experts in order to produce the results for the client.

Hirecorp Services

Q. If I agree to a hire agreement, will you deliver the equipment and collect?

Answer: Yes, we arrange Delivery of our equipment and arrange collection once the agreement terms expire.

Q. Will the equipment have fuel?

Answer: Yes. Our equipment will arrive fully fuelled. Once your hire period has finished we request that the equipment is returned fully refuelled.

Q. Risk and Insurance

Answer: Risk in the equipment and / or products will pass immediately to the customer when the equipment leaves our physical possession.  This risk will not pass back to us until the equipment is back in our physical possession. The Customer must insure that suitable insurance is in place to cover the Hire Goods.

Q. How long can I hire the equipment for?

Answer: Our Hire conditions state a 50 hour week, however you can hire the equipment for extended periods charged at a 30% premium.

Q. Loss or Damaged

Answer: If the equipment is returned to us in a damaged, unclean or defective state you shall be liable to pay us the cost of any repair and or cleaning required in order to return the equipment to a condition fit for re-hire.

You will pay us the cost of any equipment (on a new for old basis) which is lost or stolen and or damaged beyond economic repair during the hire period.

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