The Hidden Dangers of Buried Electrical Conduits and How GPR Can Help Detect Them Before You Dig

Planning A Dig

Commercial and residential properties are excavated all the time — if you haven’t had work done to your own property, you’ve seen construction crews going at it. On the surface, digs might seem simple; you probably conjure images of shovels or bulldozers battling earth. However, the reality is a bit more complex.

Before executing a dig, there are safety regulations you need to be aware of. One of these involves electrical conduits or tubes that contain wires used to power nearby properties. When these conduits are buried underground, they’re not something you want to dig into blindly.

Dangers of Buried Electrical Conduits

Electricity is a powerful thing, which is why you should exercise caution around it. Just like you shouldn’t mess around with loose wires in your home, you shouldn’t dig into the earth if there are electrical conduits underneath.

In the best-case scenario, running into an electrical conduit is an inconvenience for the surrounding properties. In the worst-case scenario, it poses a serious threat to workers, holding the potential for injuries or even fatalities. It can also cost significant delays to the project and result in legal fines.

If the conduits are buried underground, how do you know where they are? That’s where the professionals come in.

GPR One Call’s Services

Our team of experienced technicians locates underground utilities with top-of-the-line technology that many other utility companies don’t have access to. Methods include:

  • Air Vacuum Excavation: This involves shooting compressed air into the soil until any underground utility lines are safely uncovered.
  • Hydro-Vacuum Excavation: This method moves soil by employing high-pressure water and a high-speed vacuum, increasing speed and precision.
  • Electromagnetic Detection: This process measures electromagnetic waves that reflect off conductive metal (which is different from ferromagnetic detection, which detects iron-based metals).

In addition to electrical conduits, we can detect underground oil tanks through our professional oil tank and residential oil tank sweep inspections. Left unmonitored, these tanks can cause similar issues such as injuries and environmental damage.

Pinpointing the location of buried electrical utilities is essential to protecting the safety of workers and reducing unnecessary costs. Keep your digs safe by contacting GPR One Call.