Did you know that Canada has a complex network of underground utilities? As more communities add fibreoptic cabling and continued population growth requires more infrastructure, it isn’t surprising that these numbers are on the rise. It is also not surprising that along with this new growth comes the potential for digging in the wrong spot and damaging a buried line or pipe. This danger can be averted by reaching out to underground locators who can let you know what lies beneath the surface before you get started with your project.
There are many things that underground locators can alert you to, including power lines, gas lines, phone lines, and fibreoptic cabling. It might not seem like a huge deal to inadvertently damage a phone line or fibreoptic cable, but if you disrupt service to a neighbourhood, there can be serious repercussions. Imagine if someone couldn’t call for emergency services or a business cannot function just because you didn’t take the time to have underground locators let you know phone lines or cables are located in the area where you are digging. As for the other two, power lines and gas lines, the danger isn’t just to those who end up without gas or power, but also to you, as breaching these lines could be very dangerous.
It isn’t worth the risk to just guess about the logical location of underground utilities on your job site. Utility lines do not always follow a straight path or get installed in a logical manner. Locating before you dig is the only way you can be sure you won’t have a serious problem. If you are in need of underground locators in British Columbia, reach out to us at Okanagan Utility Locators. Our owner has more than 40 years of experience in the utility industry, so you can be confident of accurate and reliable service.