There are a variety of culprits that can damage underground pipes and cause thousands of dollars in damage to residential and commercial properties. A large part of the cost often lies in finding pipes and locating problem areas. This process can be greatly simplified with the use of ground penetrating radar services.

This radar technology is used in the underground surveying, construction, and repair industries. Recent advances have made ground penetrating radar services even more capable of identifying pipelines and providing an easy guide for underground work. As a result, GPR is being used in various applications:

Leak detection

The most common use for ground and penetrating radar in residential properties is to locate leaks in water pipes. Leaks, if not repaired, can result in exorbitant utility rates and significant property damage. This is especially true when water pipes run under concrete slabs that can drift and cause structural problems in a home.

GPR provides a quick method of identifying potential areas where water pipes are damaged and gives plumbers a clear place to dig and repair.

Location of the utility line

Any owner planning a new construction or digging underground should also take advantage of this service to ensure it does not harm current utilities. It is a good idea to also know where the oldest pipes are located.

These pipes can be located using a variety of alternative methods. For example, before current radar technology was developed, many surveyors used metal detectors to identify copper and galvanized pipes. However, this method would pose a big problem today, since most pipes are now PVC. This method is also ineffective for locating old clay pipes.

Radar is capable of detecting all these types of pipes and offers a very clear image of their location in the strata.

Identifying the composition of the soil

A ground survey should always be done before beginning a new construction project. This is important because various types of soil require different methods to ensure structural integrity.

Concrete slabs that are not placed on solid foundations can crack and cause cosmetic and structural damage to homes or buildings. This cracking may be the result of displacement due to the local water table or cavities in the strata.

There are no methods to provide a better image of these problems than ground penetrating radar. This includes scans made under concrete structures. The technology can even map rebar into concrete.

Leveraging GPR

Homeowners should use ground penetrating radar services whenever possible. Local companies can offer fast service and continuous support for a wide range of projects.

Customers will find that GPR reduces costs. High-quality surveys allow architects and structural engineers to design buildings around the underground composition. More importantly, knowledge of potential problems gives construction companies time to take appropriate action.

While this type of radar technology is generally not available for rental to individuals or construction companies, professional terrain survey and leak detection companies may offer GPR equipment and the expertise to accurately interpret surveys. This experience is essential in planning and executing both large and small projects,

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The many benefits of ground penetrating radar services