The Importance of Underground Utility Locator Equipment

The Importance of Underground Utility Locator Equipment

Underground utilities consist of pipes and cables that supply us with electricity, gas, water, internet, and more. Utilities such as electricity lines were previously run above ground, overhead by running them from one pole or tower to the next. Since most utilities are now run underground, digging for purposes such as construction, has become a lot more complicated and dangerous.

In this article, we will discuss the importance of underground utility locator equipment and where to find this equipment.

How Do You Find Underground Utilities?

In order to find underground utilities, you must make use of an underground utility locator. They are able to detect utility lines and pipes before one starts digging so that damage to these utilities can be avoided. Utility locators typically make use of electromagnetic technology to detect the lines and pipes in question.

The Benefits of Locating Underground Utilities

There are multiple benefits to locating underground utilities before digging commences. The two main benefits consist of:

  • Avoiding Service Outages: If a pipe or line is hit it could cause that utility to be cut off until it is repaired. For example, if a water pipe is hit and damaged an area could be without water until the problem is rectified and the pipe is replaced.
  • Preventing Injuries: If a worker starts digging and accidentally hits an electrical line, they could be seriously injured by means of electrocution.

Where to Find an Underground Utility Locator

At Afgen we stock the Leica DD100 Series underground utility locator. This locator is user-friendly, allowing for someone with little experience to use the device. This is due to the fact that it is equipped with advanced automatic controls.

This device reduces the danger of human error and provides its user with accurate readings quickly and efficiently. This utility locator is a slight initial financial investment; however, it will save you time and money in the long run, making it well worth it.

To find out more about the Leica DD100 Series and how it can simplify your life by detecting underground utility lines and pipes, contact us at Afgen.

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