It can often be underestimated just how important a utility search is for a business looking to start construction work on a project.
We can all see what’s on the surface, but underground, that’s a different story!
This month’s blog will explain utility searches in an accessible manner and why they are crucial to a business.
A Utility Search – what’s one of those?
That’s a great question to start with! To the ordinary person, you’d consider utilities to be gas, water, electricity and electric cabling for telecoms and broadband.
A utility search is a subterranean search aiming to locate these utilities directly underneath a proposed building site or land purchase.
The outcome of this search will provide the contractor/business/proprietor with a complete list of detailed information regarding any findings concerning a specific utility.
Utility Search – why do I need this information?
Think of it like this, would you prefer to build on land that you are fully aware of what you can see and what you can’t, or start building ‘blindly’, hit a water pipe and put your whole project in jeopardy?
By knowing the in’s, out’s (and in this case, beneath’s!), you can begin work safely in the knowledge that your design is perfect for the lands it sits on. A utility search can also help your team and business judge correctly which plans are feasible for your acquired site.
It’s also essential to always try to have the most up to date, utility search information for your site. This is because the location of utilities can shift naturally, or work may have been carried out since the last search was completed.
Utility Search – what could happen if a utility search isn’t conducted on my site?
You’d be endangering the health and safety of your staff, as well as residents in the local area of your site.
Not only have there been instances of hefty fines for businesses who do not have an up-to-date utility search but hitting electrical mains, a water or gas pipe can have disastrous consequences. These will undoubtedly impact your project, but more importantly, your staff.
The risk outweighs the benefit of not having a utility search completed before starting work on a site.
Utility Search – why should I use stats-search.co.uk?
We’re experts in what we do. We collate together all the resources you need; think of us, as your JCB on-site, taking care of all the heavy lifting, so you don’t have to!
Find out more about our services and what’s sets us apart from the rest here: https://stats-search.co.uk/about/