If you’re planning a construction project, then you’ve got a million and one things to think about as it is. You’re likely alright feeling a little overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task. But don’t worry, with a bit of patience and due diligence, you shouldn’t have any issues pulling the project off without a hitch.

Let’s start with the basics: what kind of project is it? Are you extending your home? Perhaps building an annexe in the garden? Maybe you’re developing an entire plot altogether? In any case, one thing that you will have to do is dig the foundations. But, what will you need to do before going ahead and digging? You’ve got to check what’s underneath!

The fact is, if you just pick a spot and start digging up the ground, you’re running the likely risk of digging up some water pipes or electronic power cables, and there lies the danger. If these cables are live, you could end up seriously injuring yourself. Or alternatively, if you accidentally burst an active water pipe, then you could end up flooding your plot and damaging much of your property. These are the kinds of setbacks that you could really do without. You don’t want to bring your project to a halt before you have even really started!

What lies beneath?

You’ve really got to hire pipe and cable locating services before you can begin excavating for your project and laying the foundations. These professionals will come to your site, and using GPR technology, give you an accurate reading of precisely what is underneath a given plot of land. This means that they can accurately locate all of the cable and pipe utilities, so that you can see what’s going on. This valuable insight can be shared with your excavators, construction team and even the architect responsible for your project designs. Only then, will you be able to effectively plan where you’re going to lay the foundations.

Re-route, dig up or relocate

Obviously, this information can be very useful, given that some of these utilities might be dormant. If that is the case, you will easily be able to dig them up and remove them. However, if you have active utilities cables and pipes going underneath a spot that you were planning to dig up, you’ll either have to re-route them, or relocate your project all together. You may well be able to work your way around it, but until you have the information provided by GPR technology, you won’t be able to make those types of decisions.

Who to call?

Well, hopefully you won’t have to call Ghostbusters, otherwise I’d consider finding another plot for your project. You’ll be best off calling your local Australian detection services company. There should be a number of reputable companies to choose from, but you’ll have to do a little research in order to find the best fit for you. Who has the most experience? The latest equipment? Who charges the most realistic and reasonable rate? These are all questions that you will need to ask before rushing in and making a decision. In any case, we wish you the best of luck with your project! Try not to cut any cables and cause a blackout in the street! Do everything that you can to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Then, you’ll be able to relax knowing that you’ve done everything that you can, and you’ll ultimately be able to enjoy the process.