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Before starting a project that will involve digging into the ground, you’ll want to inspect the land for any underground utility lines to avoid any accidental damage. While you could reference an old utility map to locate each line, that isn’t always the most accurate way to do it because it won’t necessarily include both active and inactive utility lines. Utility locating companies, however, will be far more reliable in ensuring the safety of your project. Here’s how they work.

When You Should Locate Utility Lines Before Digging

  • Specialized technology: To ensure the most reliable and accurate results, utility locating companies will use specialized equipment and a variety of methods to find both active and inactive utility lines, including gas lines, electrical lines, communication lines, and more. We use a variety of methods, including passive, active, and inductive location methods. We also use radio detection or an electromagnetic device to give us a clear reading of your property.
  • Surveying the land: With this specialized technology, utility locating companies will survey the property for utility lines. We will be sure to survey the full area of your excavation, so you can feel confident that not a single utility line has been missed in our location services.
  • Finalized with a report: Upon finalizing the locating of utilities, utility locating companies will provide you with a comprehensive report of their findings. Our report will include a sketch of the land, identifying both active and inactive utility lines in clear detail. It might also include recommendations on where to dig or avoid digging for your project and even advice on how to avoid those utility lines.

As a utility locating company, we at Okanagan Utility Locators are dedicated to the safety of you and your construction crew. We will put forth our very best effort, experience, and knowledge to ensure that not a single utility line will be missed. If you’d like to learn more, contact us.