5 Tools used in Underground Utility Location
The underground detection services industry is often changing, and it can be hard for consumers to determine which services are reputable. If you are looking to hire an underground detection service, choose one that is up to date on the latest best practices and using the best tools and training available. This will help to keep your costs low and keep everyone on your property safe. Here are some of the top tools any utility detection service should be using, and a look at the reasons why.
Advanced Utility Locating Equipment
An underground utility location service is only as good as the equipment they use to work on your property. Without the right equipment, planning is much harder before excavation begins. As a result, companies who do not plan well before excavation typically cost the customer more in the long run, because unexpected surprises usually result in more digging time. Choose a company that uses the most advanced tools to plan your project long before excavation begins for better results. A well qualified business will typically use some type of radar or sondes to determine where utility lines and sewer systems are located before digging begins. Some of these methods include inductive electromagnetic scans and vaccuum powered excavation tools.
Proper and Complete Training
Just like any other skilled profession, underground detection takes proper training to make sure the job is planned and done properly. The work can actually be very hazardous if the team working on your property is not properly trained, as they can do damage to themselves as well as your property. Ensure that the service you hire properly trains each technician to avoid bigger problems down the line. Every technician should be fully trained in proper detection and excavation to avoid putting you and your home at risk.
Inductive Electromagnetic Scans
An inductive electromagnetic scan is something that a cheaper service may skip because it takes two workers to run the process properly. Yet this procedure can be incredibly helpful and cut down on the amount of unnecessary digging done on your property. In this type of scan, one person holds the receiver while the other holds the transmitter and they determine where metallic utility lines are by walking together slowly across the ground and making note of any signs of metal or other substance underground. Due to the type of scanning used, the team will typically have to do this sweep four times to ensure total accuracy. But conducting an inductive electromagnetic scan is well worth it and only benefits the homeowner in the end.
Vaccum Powered Excavation
Vacuum excavation services use a high powered air stream to dig faster than the traditional methods. This type of excavation is also safer than using traditional tools like a shovel or excavator because there is no risk of metal hitting metal. The high pressure air stream breaks apart the molecules of dirt and clears the way for the technician to spot any utility lines or underground features that shouldn’t be disturbed. Not only is this method safer, its also cleaner because the vacuum removes any extra dirt before it can pile up.
Advanced Radar Technology
Using the latest forms of radar technology is another way to cut down on wasted time when determining where utilities are laid under the surface. Ground penetrating radar is a non-destructive, gentle way to determine what is under the surface. With radar pulses that penetrate the ground’s surface, technicians can easily determine the location of items like septic tanks, sewer lines and pipes, and avoid these items when digging.
Any service that is up to date on best practices for locating items underground should already be using these tools on an everyday basis. Making sure that they do can save you many hours of labor on the final invoice they present you for payment.