Private Utility Locating Services

Starting a project that requires digging without knowing the location of potential private underground utilities and storage tanks could not only be costly, but it can be hazardous. Sometimes calling the 811 “Call Before You Dig” system just isn’t enough. This public service offered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) doesn’t mark private or non-member utilities — only primary public utilities. This leaves room for unanticipated encounters with private utilities on your property. Not accounting for this possibility can turn your project schedule into a chaotic, expensive, and dangerous venture. To avoid these complications, turn to GPR OneCall. We proudly offer private utility locating services in Long Island, Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, NY, as well as New Jersey and Philadelphia, PA.

What Are Private Utility Lines?

Properties can have unmarked utility lines that present a real danger for anyone digging. It’s crucial to mark out private utilities. Here are a few examples of what may be hidden on your property:

  • Electricity for exterior lighting fixtures
  • Propane lines from the tank to the house
  • Invisible pet fence wires
  • Septic pipes
  • Lawn sprinkler piping
  • Gas for heated pools
  • Electrical power for a detached garage
  • Storm drains

Why Use A Private Utility Locating Service?

Private utilities are all the buried lines and tanks in the sewer, lighting, fire, and other systems that lay beyond the public meter or main lines. For example, if you have a curbside meter, then the “Call Before You Dig” system will not mark everything on your property. To reduce the likelihood of exceeding your budget and sustaining injuries, you should contact a reputable private utility locating service provider such as GPR OneCall. We utilize a variety of subsurface detection technologies, which allows us to create a comprehensive report on a range of findings. We’ll be able to mark out private utilities like electrical, gas, septic, drainage, and water lines on private, residential, or commercial properties.

Locating Private Utilities with Ground Penetrating Radar and Other Technologies

We can provide detailed written reports, photographs, DGPS data, and a sketch of the site highlighting problematic areas on your property. No single device or technology can detect everything in every situation, so we utilize the following private utility locating service technologies:

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) – ideal for detecting hidden plastic pipes, voids, and private underground utility tanks. High clay, moisture, or saline contents in the soil limit this.

Electromagnetic Detection (EM) – detects the electromagnetic radio frequencies emitted by conductive materials.

Vacuum Excavation – non-invasively exposes buried utilities, reducing the risk of injury and loss of property compared to other excavation methods.

Concrete Scanning – detects the locations of rebar, post-tension cables, pipes, and conduits embedded with concrete structures.

Ferromagnetic Detection (FM) – locates buried ferrous-iron based metals by detecting their magnetic fields.

GPR OneCall is proud to offer our private utility locating services in Long Island, Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, NY. We also provide our services to New Jersey and Philadelphia, PA. For more information, refer to our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us to find out more about our concrete scanning services.