As a business owner or homeowner, it’s important to be aware of the location of underground utilities before beginning any excavation project. Utility lines can cause serious damage if accidentally hit, so it’s crucial to take all necessary precautions when digging. Today, we will discuss the three most common methods for locating underground utilities.
Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) is another common method for locating underground utilities. This method uses radio waves to create a three-dimensional image of the area being scanned. GPR is able to locate both metallic and non-metallic pipes and cables that are buried underground.
Hydro evacuation is another common method for locating underground utilities that uses high-pressure water to excavate around buried pipes and cables. This method is often used to locate buried water and sewer pipes, as well as underground power cables. To use this method, a high-pressure water jet is used to excavate around the pipe or cable to be located. The water jet is then used to flush the excavated material away, revealing the buried pipe or cable.
Pipe and Cable Locating
Pipe and cable locating is a common underground utility locating method that uses electromagnetic induction to detect buried metallic pipes and cables. This method is often used to locate buried water and sewer pipes, as well as underground power cables. To use this method, an electrically conductive coil is placed around the pipe or cable to be located. When an electrical current is passed through the coil, a magnetic field is generated that can be detected by a hand-held receiver. This method is often used to locate buried water and sewer pipes, as well as underground power cables.
Why Hydro Evacuation Is the Best Method
Hydro evacuation is the best method for locating underground utilities because it is the most accurate. This method uses high-pressure water to create a hole in the ground. A camera can also be inserted into the hole to locate the underground utility. Hydro evacuation is a great option for locating underground utilities because it is:
Non-destructive: This method does not damage the ground or the utility.
Precise: This method is very accurate and can pinpoint the location of the utility.
Safe: This method is safe for both the workers and the environment.
Understanding the different types of utility locating methods is important for choosing the best method for your project. If you are looking for a safe, precise, and non-destructive way to locate utilities, hydro evacuation is the best method for you.
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