Before You Dig

Locating Underground Utilities can be a Challenge

and we LOVE a challenge

Using EML (Electro-magnetic Locating tools), accounting for the lifelines of each site and marking them accordingly, ( correct colors neatly and writing estimated depths using the EML tools as well as Ground Penetrating Radar, (GPR, big gpr looks like a push lawnmower for non metallic utilities not picked up using the EML tools), such as PVC piping, concrete piping, voids, empty pvc conduits, basically anything sub surface thats non metallic. We can also double check depths of utilities we have already marked metallic utilities using EML tools mentioned above.

Inside Utility Locating, Inside of buildings, under concrete and between floors.  Utility locating for cutting concrete to place a Utility, or core boring so they don’t damage existing utilities (and or the infrastructure within the concrete).

Using our small hand held GPR to locate the rebar, wire mesh, or stress cables within the concrete itself and mark that infrastructure. This is performed using a small hand held ground penetrating concrete scanning machine. A mini me version of the outside (push lawnmower looking) Ground Penetrating Radar units (GPR).

We can find electrical faults where at some point an electrical wire has had its jacket or sheath damaged, moisture gets in and cases the wire to corrode and may get hot and burn apart or together with other phased legs of power causing a disruption of power, total loss or partial power being delivered to run the equipment. For example, all it takes is a rock that was in the ditch when filled in around the cable and later it rubs the insulation jacket and cause a fault by going to ground and tripping a breaker. We can find these spots, locate the wire and fault find along the line. This allows the owner to then dug it up expose in fault area, and put in a splice to get power back on, avoiding the huge expense of replacing the wire total run. Expensive and time consuming, plus the rehab after a new ditch line is excavated and dug up to install the new wire and then back-filled, tamped back and then landscaped as it was before. Simply have us find the Fault and dig up the spot(s).

We locate the water line, metallic or pvc, then go along the marked water line and listen with Hi-Tech modern equipment and search our where we hear the leak at and mark locations so the excavator can go right to the problem and repair the line. We would also locate all other utilities around the marked area so they don’t damage or destroy other utilities in an effort to repair the leaking water line, creating a safe environment where power gas and communication lines may be around the proposed excavation area.

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