If you are a homeowner who is about to upgrade or repair a concrete building or concrete surface, you will need the services of a concrete GPR scanning company like Diamond Cut Concrete to ensure that your contractors are able to determine the location of all tension cables, rebar and other obstructions that could compromise your project. Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technology utilises electromagnetic radiation to create visual pictures of the subsurface of concrete. It is also useful when you are upgrading or retrofitting your electrical wiring and plumbing. Here are some of the services you can get from a GPR scanning company.
Electrical Scanning Services -- A concrete GPR scanning company can use its equipment to detect any electrical conduits to help contractors avoid hitting these conduits when they are drilling or cutting through concrete. Conduits are long tubes that are made to protect electrical wires. They are typically made of fibreglass, plastic, metal or clay. Electrical conduits are often buried under layers of concrete and cement and are very difficult to locate without GPR scanning, and if you begin work without knowing where these conduits are, you can compromise the entire wiring system and cause an electrical short or even trigger an electrical fire.
Rebar Scanning Services -- When you are planning on performing any kind of concrete core drilling, a concrete GPR scanning company can help you locate all rebar under the concrete surface. Rebar is the reinforcing steel that is inserted into concrete to provide additional strength and stability. Contractors want to know where rebar is as they are core drilling so they don't drill through the rebar as they are repairing old concrete slabs or replacing old concrete. Rebar scanning is also useful when you are laying down new pipes or installing ducts.
Void Scanning Services -- One of the hidden dangers when you are performing any work on a concrete surface is the presence of voids in the substructure. Voids are gaps or holes between concrete slabs that occur due to general wear and tear and erosion. Contractors cannot detect voids without the use of a GPR scanning company, and without knowing where voids are located in the sub-grade, contractors risk causing a complete breakdown of the concrete when they begin drilling deep into the surface. By mapping out all voids, GPR scanning companies give your contractors the opportunity to target their drilling to bypass voids or to create a repair plan to restore the damaged concrete.