When you need to build a new home, one of the first things that you need to consider are the utilities. While a local authority’s drawings of underground services may be useful for planning your home, you can always find more detailed information by looking at the property information memorandum or certificate of title. Utility site contractors are the best option for helping you with your utility services. A utility site service provider will offer guidance for economic development as well as residential projects. Their services may include wastewater services, electric power, natural gas, and water services.
Understanding a Utility System
The infrastructure to provide utilities may be provided by a network operator or an independent provider and will depend on service areas. It is essential to identify these providers as stakeholders in the project and as third party dependencies. Private companies such as utility site services can manage the project from start to finish. The process of underground utility installation begins with trenching. Trenches are often long, and multiple services may be placed in the same trench. After the trench is dug, the utilities are turned on and made serviceable. Once complete, the underground utility lines are restored to their original location. Utility lines are a great way to eliminate overhead wires and provide a safe and convenient method of connecting different areas of your property. You can find information about underground utility colors on PDFs.
In some cases, contractors need to coordinate with existing utilities on an underground utility installation project. This may involve locating and replacing belowground gas services, solid waste and sanitary sewer or storm water runoffs and even telecommunications services. The process may involve replacing steel gas services with new ones made of plastic pipe. It can be a challenging project, and underground utility installation requires a high level of safety implementation and traffic awareness. Fortunately, with careful planning and coordination, utility site projects can be successful and completed in sufficient time windows.
Coordination with Public Works
Underground utility installation requires coordination among contractors. Contractors must ensure that the location of underground utilities is indicated on the as-built plans. The contractor must follow safety regulations and adhere to service area requirements. Regulatory codes and guidelines are often strict and may impact the quality of the work. Underground utilities should be carefully supervised and tested.
If you’re planning on digging for utilities, it is important to find a contractor who specializes in underground utility installation. Hiring an underground utility installation contractor can help you develop a plan and let them take care of the rest of the work. When digging for new utilities, it is imperative to locate any new water sewer lines that may intersect with existing ones. If the new utility intersects with a sewer line, it will clog, and plumbers will have to cut through another utility to reach it. In addition to posing a safety risk, they run the risk of electrocution or an explosion if they damage a gas or electric line. Fortunately, there are methods to locate buried utilities using ground penetrating radars and inspection camera systems.
Hiring a Utility Site Service
Once installed, utilities must be maintained to prevent damage and maintain the same safety standards as above ground ones. Behm Enterprises offers services for new installation as well as maintenance and repair on existing utilities. For more information about underground utility site services, contact the professionals at Behm Enterprises for your next project.