Public vs Private Utility Locating: What’s The Difference?

Are you planning to excavate or dig on your property? First and foremost, you need to locate where utility lines are. This is crucial to avoid consequential damage to mains lines or even injuring yourself in the process. You will need to hire professionals to do the locating job for you to guarantee accuracy. With many lines that could be buried just outside of your property, a proper assessment is absolutely necessary before you go on with your project. If you want to determine the exact location and path of public utility lines, the professional knowledge of a public utility locator will come in handy.

On private property, a private utility locator will be the best fit to do the job. In general, the difference between public and private utility locating services is that public locating has to do with locating utilities in the public right of way while private locating has to do with locating utilities in private property.

Upon locating, you can dig with confidence knowing that you are not at risk of running into a utility line.

Why it is important to call a private utility locate

Since not all utility lines are covered by an 811 Call Before You Dig service, a private utility locator company can help you with locating, marking and mapping of the utility lines.  Especially those owned by a private owner. By using the latest state-of-the-art technology, our technicians will guarantee you a 97% accuracy rate. At Util-Locate, we use the most advanced tools to tackle any condition on site including unfavorable soil condition, broken or cut lines, corroded pipes, hard-to-detect material such as plastic lines, clay, insulated cast iron, and concrete pipes. Our experience and expertise at locating these type of pipes becomes a great asset for you and serves a great role in damage prevention.

Whether you are planning to build a fence, carry out renovation or undertake a construction project, it is extremely important that you are aware of underground gas lines, sewer lines, fiber optics and water lines that may be passing beneath your construction site. For private utilities, it is a completely different approach compared to public utility. This is because private systems records are not comprehensive and may be missing in some cases. Alternatively, the available records may show a different mapping from the actual installation on the ground. This poses a special challenge that can only be addressed by a professional private utility locator. By using electromagnetic equipment utilities can be accurately located regardless of the material used for the lines.

What you need to do

To be on the safe side of things, you need both private and a public utility locate services. A public utility service is free and can be accessed by calling 811. A public locator will mark any lines that pass near your property such as telephone lines, street lights, traffic lights, cable television lines and any other. However, they are not in a position to mark private lines such as septic systems or buried tanks.

Top 3 Things You Should Know About Utility Locating

For any successful project, utility locating is very essential to avoid costly damages or accidents resulting from digging or excavation. Without proper locating, problems can arise that can be very hard to circumvent. This is why you need a reliable locating service regardless of how small the project is. You cannot rely on line of sight of utility trails. Looking for top-notch utility locating services will ensure that you don’t incidentally come into contact with underground infrastructure. Here are three things you should know about utility locating.

Utility Locating is a damage prevention control prior to excavating/digging.

There are many dangers that exist when you try to dig without proper locating. Underground gas lines pose a safety risk if they are interfered with. Fiber optic lines, water lines, power lines, sewer lines, and other utility lines are very expensive to replace or repair. You don’t want to run into buried lines when digging and cause a major inconvenience. Here at Util-Locate, we give you the confidence to dig knowing that you are safe. We use the latest high-resolution GPR units that guarantee accuracy and helps locate targets in a non-destructive way.

Utility Locating lets you know where your utility services are, which is vital to any pre-design project

Long before you start designing or digging, you can seek utility locating services to establishing the existing mains. This is an essential process that you cannot afford to overlook. No matter the scope of the project, a professional technician will accurately map out the utility locations and their depths. This information will be useful in the placement of structures, trees, foundations, and other necessary demarcations. There are two types of utility lines: private and public utility. For public utilities, you can call 811 for a free locating service. Despite this, only 33% of DIY homeowners call 811 for a free utility locating service. Calling a private utility locating company to mark utility lines is more often the better option. This is because not all utilities are owned publicly and or constitute public utilities. To avoid incidental damage to underground utilities, you will need utility locating done by experienced technicians with the proper tools for the job.

Utility Locating not only saves thousands in damages but lives

We all know how costly and labor intensive it can be to have to replace or repair damaged water lines, sewer lines and other infrastructure. Worse still, there exists the danger of electrocution in the case of cut power lines and dangerous explosions if a gas pipe is interfered with. This can lead to injury and loss of many lives, and cause property destruction worth a lot more money. Our highly trained utility locators are not only focused on damage prevention but also in ensuring no life is lost because of an avoidable mistake.

A single call can save you thousands of dollars and prevent disaster from occurring. We use state-of-the-art technology to improve accuracy and give you peace of mind for all your excavation and digging projects.