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Underground Detective is in Philadelphia and New Jersey: Your Reliable Partner for Underground Utility Location 

Underground Detective is in Philadelphia and New Jersey: Your Reliable Partner for Underground Utility Location

With decades of experience in the industry, The Underground Detective has become the go-to partner for all your underground utility location needs.

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Why You Must Call 811 First: The Essential First Step in Any Construction Project

811 State One-Call is the LAW!

Approximately 65% of all underground utilities are privately owned and won’t be located by 811. But 811 is the law and must be called first. They have contracts with public utility companies and Read more >

An Underground Detective truck in front of the Cincinnati Latitude Observatory.

An Underground Search Points to the Stars

The work of The Underground Detective may always have room for some surprises, but it’s rare that an assignment seeking out an old foundation can involve a search of the nighttime skies. On a day-to-day basis, the norm for our Read more >

The Underground Detective - From Plumbing to Locating

From Time Capsules to Cemeteries

Below is an excerpt taken from Cleaner Magazine’sLocating Firm Finds Opportunities for Growth” that talks about the different underground locating jobs we’ve done.

From Time Capsules to Cemeteries

From Time Capsules to Cemeteries at Underground Detective

While utility locating may be The Underground Detective’s Read more >

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A List of Excavation Do’s and Don’ts

Have a project or job that requires excavation? When it comes to excavation safety, you can never be too cautious! The Underground Detective has given you safety tips previously, but we’re back for another installment, this time with a list Read more >

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Locating a Geothermal Heating System

What is a geothermal heating system?

During the heating cycle, a geothermal heat pump uses the earth loop to extract heat from the ground. As the system pulls heat from the loop it distributes it through a conventional duct system Read more >

A man performing concrete scanning services at the top of a water tower in Cincinnati Dayton Road in Monroe, Ohio.

Concrete Scanning at the Top of a Water Tower

Typical concrete scanning services involve on-the-ground scanning of concrete structures such as floors, walls, concrete slabs, and bridge deck, or the roadway/pedestrian walkway, surface of a bridge. But, just like we often do, we got a call that was requesting Read more >

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The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Ground Penetrating Radar

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a technology that unobtrusively penetrates through the earth’s surface to properly define and identify underground unknowns and is used on several jobs that require special care. We know many of our customers don’t understand exactly Read more >

The Dangers of Hitting Underground Utilities

Safety is our number one goal at The Underground Detective and as construction and home improvement season begins to hit its peak, we’d like to discuss the dangers of not following the proper procedures when it comes to underground utilities. Read more >

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5 Tools Everyone in the Underground Detection Services Industry Should Be Using

When beginning a project, always make sure to call 811 before you dig. The next step is generally researching companies that specialize in utility locating services, but not all companies use the same equipment and hold themselves to the highest Read more >