Utility location refers to the entire process of plotting such infrastructure, from identifying where utility lines are to labeling each line properly. Underground utilities or subsurface utilities are infrastructures found underground to provide services to people.

Underground utilities are built by public utility companies but are also installed as private utilities by property owners. These public utilities come in the form of pipes and cables that transport lots of things from water to your internet connection.

Private utility locating Colorado could also be done on a private utility. Things such as self-installed home filtration systems, sewer lines, and garden sprinkler systems are all examples of such infrastructure.

But there are misconceptions about underground utility locating. Let’s get to know what are these:

1. All utility mark outs are accurate

More often, utility mark outs are inaccurate so whenever you are doing some excavation work, always proceed with caution. Don’t trust mark outs, since they may be based solely on records and even the most advanced location technologies are very reliable because all locating technologies have limitations and instrument readings can change depending on the operator’s interpretations.

The best way to approach mark outs is to stir as far away from them as possible. It is ideal to set your drilling location five to ten feet away from the marked lines. 

2. I can dig in a spot without hiring utility locators

Never dig on lots without going through proper procedures. It is because rarely there are no utilities where there are no marks and more often than not, you would find unallocated utilities in such areas.

You can also inspect the area yourself for signs of underground activities such as repaired pavement, disturbed soil, utility boxes, wires, cables, and pipes coming from the ground. But to be sure, check with a company that has a utility located in Colorado.

3. Depths of utilities can be assumed or estimated

In reality, you cannot assume or estimate the location or depth of utilities without exposing them first as lines can shift or settle, changing their depths over time; and any mark usually only indicates horizontal locations. So making assumptions is not beneficial.

4. I can use an old map

Underground mapping is a long and continuous process, so you can’t always rely on old maps to guide you. Maps that are more than five years old are no longer up to date and so always get a location survey before you start any and all utility services projects. Check out utilities located in Colorado for assistance.

5. I don’t need to worry about abandoned lines

Seemingly abandoned lines are possible conduits for new utilities so never make assumptions in these situations. These conduits can be plugged at one end but be connected to the other. Abandoned lines can still pose a danger to you and everyone else so exercise utmost caution.

Advanced Line Systems is your reliable private utility locating colorado and solutions provider. We can help locate any utility that lies underground and maybe a potential hazard to your project.

We aim to ensure that each facility is located accurately and efficiently to guarantee only the highest quality of work. Call us now.