Preventing Damage During Excavation

Most construction and ground installation projects usually require some degree of excavation. Before any groundbreaking work can begin though, there are some considerations that need to be made. Many utilities pass underground, and interfering with any one of them can lead to unprecedented losses on an inconceivable scale. Even if the ground you are digging into is your own, it helps to know that you will not do any damage by doing so.
Locating Services
Do you know that underground locating services exist to help you know how the ground beneath you looks? When most underground services are laid down, there are usually no surface indicators left to show that they exist. Locating services can however, map out any assets buried at different depths into the earth. They could be power, septic, electric, cable or water lines. A mechanical excavator can easily break or severe any of these lines and the losses can be yours to bear.
There are different ways of identifying underground utilities, as the technologists of doing so exist in varying levels of sophistication. Most companies offering underground locating services however use ground penetrating radar. Any lines that intersect the area, or merely pass close to it will be identified. Other pertinent details that are checked include the depths of the wires, as well as their circumferences. 

These services are useful to a wide array of clients. They include homeowners who want to install sprinklers or plant trees, site planners, contractors, landscapers and excavators. They offer damage and loss prevention that would occur if any underground structures were interfered with.
Working around underground assets
Locating these buried utilities does not have to stop your excavation project. There are hydro excavation methods that work around them, and prevent them from being damaged. They use high-pressure water and a vacuum to dislodge the soil around the working area, and then collect it into a waiting tank for later disposal. This kind of excavation is convenient as it leaves minimal footprint and preserves not only the utilities but also the plant life around the area. Companies that offer locating services almost always offer legal hydro excavation too, so you can get both services in one package.
Locating services are more of a necessity than an option. Most jurisdictions will require that you use them before you do any digging. The benefits of hiring them outweigh the costs. In an event where a gas or septic line is broken, the outcome can be disastrous, and highly inconvenient to those who are cut consequently cut off from these services.
The abundance of these services means you are spoilt for choice. You can get free quotes from different companies to see who has the most competitive offers. Regardless of this, you should prioritize the quality of service given, and not its cost.