Extreme caution must be used when locating buried utilities and excavating! There are many factors to be considered such as: soil conditions, a condition of pipe or cable. (Continuous, broken or cut line or badly corroded, etc.). We are trained to use very sophisticated electronic equipment and we have the ability to interpret the signals which this equipment emits. This is the key to a successful locate, which allows you to dig with confidence. We work with you and for you!
There are several different methods we use to locate utilities. The best way is to emit an electromagnetic signal from a pipe. This is done by attaching a transmitter to the pipe and following it with a receiver. If we can’t achieve a direct connection to the pipe, we can attach a clamp that encircles the pipe or a coil placed above the pipe. This method works for metal conduits or cables that are welded, soldered or braided together. There are many pipes that are made from materials that cannot be detected with conventional methods such as plastic, clay, concrete, and insulated cast iron. But we still have methods to locate these pipes too! That’s where our experience and expertise is such a great asset to you.
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Util-Locate® uses the latest technology and equipment available to insure the very best chances of an accurate reading. However we must stress this point: Our services are a very valuable tool to the contractor, excavator or homeowner but not every cable or pipe can be detected.