Underground Utility Locating at work

Underground Utility Locating

The Underground Detective locates private utilities using state-of-the-art equipment for all pre-excavation and site planning needs. The state one-call (811) only marks public utilities, those which are before the service meter. Any utility beyond the service meter is usually considered private, which will require a second call to The Underground Detective.

Some examples of private utilities not located by the State One-Call:

Residential

  • Gas line to a heated swimming pool
  • Electric to a detached garage/barn
  • Sanitary or storm sewers

Commercial

  • Parking lot lighting
  • Fire & domestic water mains
  • Any building to building utility

Utility Locating Services by The Underground Detective

Utility locating is a two-step process. The Underground Detective not only uses electromagnetic locating equipment, but also uses ground penetrating radar, and locating sondes to properly locate underground utilities. All of our technicians are extensively trained on a program based on the Staking University and focused to do quality work, NOT quantity. We strive to save people time, money, and valuable resources. The Underground Detective has experience in working on sites such as:

  • Residential
  • Government
  • Petroleum/Gas Station
  • Industrial

The Underground Detective’s goal is to identify both the type and location of underground utilities in order to prevent damage to them and the surrounding environment as well as protect you and your workers on the projected job site. The risk of not utilizing state one-call (811) and/or a private utility locating company can put you at risk for utility damage, injury, and even death. Don’t take the risk! Call 811 and then…

Utility Locating: Frequently Asked Questions

Can you mark 811’s utilities?

By law, 811 has to be called before we are allowed to double check their work, especially on excavation projects. If utility information is needed for survey purposes, after you have waited the required time for your state, we can assist in locating their utilities.

Can you find plastic services?

Possibly. Plastic is non-conductive, so electromagnetic locating equipment will not work. We will have to attempt with ground penetrating radar. Soil type and conditions will determine if we can locate it or not. Dry, sandy soil is best case scenario, while moist clay and wet soil is worst case.

Can you locate leach fields?

Most of time we can using ground penetrating radar for this.

Can you locate geothermal lines?

If a tracer wire is not present, we would have to attempt with ground penetrating radar. Soil type and conditions will determine if we can locate it or not. Dry, sandy soil is best case scenario, while moist clay and wet soil is worst case.

How accurate are your depths?

Depths are accurate approximately 85% of the time. For this reason, we cannot guarantee depth. If depth to the inch is crucial, using vacuum excavation to physically expose the utility is your best solution.