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We can’t stress enough, quite how useful a concrete scanning specialist can be, particularly when it comes to a project such as having a swimming pool installed. Let’s say for example, you have a large concrete area on your property which would be the perfect space for a swimming pool. It’s not as simple as straight forward as just rushing in, digging a hole and filling it up with water. Obviously, a little finesse and some careful consideration is required.
Before any excavation can begin, you first need to identify if there are any utilities or obstacles inside the concrete which can cause a problem. The last thing you want is to start digging, only to cut through a water pipe or some electric cables. It will cause all sorts of unnecessary problems and you’ll likely end up being pretty unpopular amongst your neighbours.
However, using what is called GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar), a concrete scanning specialist will be able to accurately determine what (if anything) is underneath. Following that, most Australian Locating Services will offer un-intrusive excavation to relocate the utilities safely and effectively. Once you’ve got all of that out of the way, your swimming pool installation company will be able to crack on safely without causing any problems.
Traditional locating techniques relied on ‘electromagnetic tracing’, however these methods are not entirely accurate and struggle to identify the various utilities. GPR on the other hand, is entirely accurate and can easily differentiate between the type of utility or obstacle.
Of course, the main benefit of using GRP is the fact that you won’t always necessarily have to excavate anything at all. When you locate certain utilities in the concrete, you can mark out a safe area for excavation, avoiding having to relocate or divert certain pipes or cables.
So, in that light we can deduce that this kind of service is worth every penny. There’s no good trying to guess-work a project like this as it will only end in disaster. And if you wanted to try your luck and slowly dig and bore through the concrete, hoping to spot a cable or pipe before you cause it any damage then again, its going to end in disaster. By hiring the professionals, you can save yourself an incredible amount of time and ultimate, a lot of money. Just think about what would happen in the even that you drilled through some fibre optic cables? Or you burst a water pipe? That’s not going to be a cheap and easy fix, to say the very least. – Not to mention the amount of damage that it could cause to either you or your property. It’s simply not worth the risk.
In addition to that, using GPR will help to keep your project on schedule. Obviously, you will be unable to go ahead with any swimming pool installation until you’ve been given the all clear by a certified locating expert. Following that you can give your swimming pool installation company a call and your project can commence in a timely manner.
Again, it’s always far safer, having someone accurately pin-point where any utilities are. The last thing you need is to have a drastic accident on your property when it could have so easily been avoided.
Are you interested in exploring these services further? There are a number of reputable companies who offer this service, so compare prices, follow up references and make sure that you make the right decision.
Whether it’s a swimming pool that you’re after or you’re keen to begin any other project which requires digging through concrete on your property; make sure that the coast is clear before you go rushing in. It’s fast, it’s effective, it’s affordable.