About to commence a digging project? Here are some useful tips to keep in mind in order to make sure that both you and your client will not have to bear the burden of unexpected costs simply because you failed to do the locating properly!
- Start by asking the locals of the area – even the most experienced underground service locators won’t have an idea of where buried utilities are found in locations they have not previously worked on. As such, do not expect to have a correct idea of where sewer lines, water pipes and other utilities underground are – and do not make the mistake of randomly guessing and searching for them with your machinery. Instead, rely on locals for help: the local municipal councils and other local institutions often have blueprints or digital databases with precise locations of utilities underground, and this can help you immensely as it cuts down a lot of work you need to do (especially if the information is very accurate).
- Keep the frequencies under control – what enables professionals to perform non destructive digging is correct locating practices that find the exact coordinates at which you will obstacles and objects you need to avoid during the digging process. To do so, you will need to rely on machinery, but the machinery ultimately is only as precise as its user. In fact, whilst machines are usually without fault (save in the rare occurrence of technical problems and malfunctioning), any human errors in inputting data can easily result in erroneous information. To avoid this, you need to make use that you are using your equipment correctly. One of the most common mistakes operators tend to do is not using the correct frequency for the job. As a general rule, smaller objects underground are found with lower frequency settings, whereas larger objects can be found with higher frequencies. Most machines come with presets that can help you with the search. Since you already have an idea of what can be found underground (if you followed the above tip, that is), you will have a general idea of what frequency to use.
- Check your estimates before you move onto digging – and finally, the last tip is to basically check your estimations several times before you move onto the actual digging operations. As you would know, digging without a proper idea of what you can find underground, and where you can find it, can result in unexpected – and often outrageous – expenses you can easily do without. Therefore, as a rule, make it a point to not commence non destructive digging before your employees are fully aware of what is present in the point where digging needs to be done.