Embarking on a new construction project is as challenging as it is exciting. Any project that involves excavation requires underground utility location. You may be tempted to use existing records or take other short cuts to move past this step, but that can be a dangerous and costly mistake. Working with a company that offers hydro-vac Fort St. John BC residents can rely on for non-destructive utility exposure services is a crucial step in any project. There are many mishaps and errors that can derail an excavation.
Inaccurate or Incomplete Records
While utility companies typically mark their line locations, the records may not give the precise depth of the utility lines. Records may also exclude older or modified infrastructure, and may not mark newer utilities that are buried nearby.
Knowing the precise location of all utilities is especially important now that so many types of lines are buried underground. Telecommunication services, electrical services, pipes, sewers, and other unseen infrastructure crowds underground spaces, especially in heavily populated areas. This increases the risk of an accidental utility strike.
Failing to accurately locate underground utilities can be dangerous. Damaged sewer lines may allow sewer gasses to back up into homes and other structures, creating a fire hazard. Failing to locate electrical lines poses an electrocution risk for workers in the area.
Existing utility records may not account for terrain changes that inevitably occur during the construction process. Excavation and filling that happen after utility installment can dramatically change the surface grade. Even if the installation was fairly recent, it is still important to confirm the exact location and depth of the lines.
Completing non-destructive exposure of underground utilities may seem inconvenient, but ultimately saves you time and money. Most importantly, it helps you to create a safer excavation site for you, other workers, homeowners, and other building occupants.