FAQ – Concrete Scanning and Underground Utility Locating

There is usually a lot to cover when deciding to utilize concrete scanning or underground utility locating services. We put together this list to answer your questions and guide you in the right direction for your project.

How long will the service take?

This all depends on your needs, and it varies from project to project. For both concrete scanning and utility locating many variables come into play. Age of concrete, moisture content of the ground, obstructions in the path of utilities, wire mesh and congested rebar, just to name a few. The best way to determine the estimated completion time of the scan or the locate is to contact us. Being prepared with as much information about the area as possible will aide in our estimation time.

You don’t offer your services in my area, can you travel to me?

We can absolutely travel to you. Our analysts frequently travel to where they are needed throughout the United States. Specific pricing for travel time can be discussed with you, give us a call or send us an email.

Can you locate water leaks?

Our utility locating equipment won’t specifically locate a water leak itself. However, we can look for signs that indicate a possible leak. For example, the analyst would look for signs that would be indicative of damp soil. We also trace out water lines so you know exactly where to dig for inspection.

Can you scan while it’s raining?

When using GPR equipment, the collected data from wet surfaces is not accurate.  This means that the results of the service won’t give you the best framework to follow before cutting, coring, drilling, or performing any type of excavation or trenching. Moreover, we can’t get our equipment wet.

Can you scan all concrete?

We scan any concrete slab or structural component as long as it is three months old. It is important to note that our equipment has a scanning depth of 16 inches, or 32 inches if we have access to both sides of the slab or surface.

How soon can I get a report of the findings?

Our analyst will provide a report of the findings after he/she completes the scanning and marking any found objects. This is included in all completed scanning and locating projects.

Do you offer any additional reports?

You can request an additional report, called a formal report, that includes pictures, a summary, and 3D scan. This report, comes at an additional cost and may take up to eight hours to complete. Also, the analyst would complete the report off site and email it to you.

If you have any more questions, or are ready to schedule a scanning or underground utility locating service, please call us at 844-211-5300 or send us an email at gpr@penhall.com

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