When considering a new construction or excavation project, there are plenty of factors to consider, including any local regulations, permits, construction crews, etc. Among these factors to think about before beginning your construction, you should also consider any underground gas lines or other utility lines that may be in the construction zone. You’ll want to hire a professional like a member of our team at Okanagan Utility Locators to locate any gas lines or other utility lines to avoid any potential hazards. Here is why hiring a gas line locator is completely worth it.
- Keep you and your construction crew safe: When you hit a gas line, you risk releasing harmful gas into the air that could have a negative effect on anyone in the area. Gas is also highly flammable, so even the slightest spark after hitting a gas line could potentially send the entire construction site up in flames. Hiring a gas line locator can prevent this from happening and keep you and your crew safe by locating and marking all gas lines within the area before you start digging. This way, you’ll know where it is or is not safe to dig.
- You never know what’s underground: Perhaps you’re going off an old utility map to decide that your area is safe to build on. This isn’t always the most reliable method. A gas line locator will have special technology to detect active or inactive gas lines in the area, either through radio waves or electromagnetic devices. That way, you won’t be caught off guard when something isn’t according to the map.
- Save time and money: Not only is accidentally hitting a gas line extremely hazardous, but it also costs a lot of time and money to recover the construction site and make any necessary repairs. A gas line locator can make your building process flow much more smoothly because they can mark any gas lines, so you’ll never have to worry about any accidents that will have to be cleaned up before you can continue building.
Hiring a gas line locator will always be worth it by keeping you and your crew safe, preparing you for the potentially unexpected, and saving you time and money in the long run. If you’d like to hire our services or learn more, give us a call.