Plastic Water Locates in Washington State (Everett, Renton, Seattle, & Tacoma) and Oregon (Eugene & Portland)
Plastic Water Locates
Typically, any home built after 1969 will have a plastic water service. Plastic water pipes (pvc, pex, poly, etc.) are not electromagnetically locatable with standard locating equipment. CNI Locates uses electronic pulse transmitters to send a gentle (safe) water pulse through your service, so we can acoustically listen for that service with our amplified listening devices. We can typically locate plastic services between 100-150ft depending on multiple variables (size of pipe, depth of pipe, soil condition, amount of t’s, elbows, and angles, etc.). We are not typically able to hear any service lines over 4 feet deep. When the service is undetectable with our plastic pipe locator and ground penetrating radar, the water line must be inserted with a brand-new steel fish tape (to avoid putting bacteria into the line). Once the steel fish tape has been inserted into the water line, we can guarantee the location of our locates by sending an electromagnetic signal through the “metal” fish tape.
If you have a leak on a plastic water service, a plastic water locator is vital to finding the location of the leak. Typically, any home built before 1969 will have a galvanized service that is electromagnetically locatable. If the service is locatable, we will have a 99 percent success rate of finding the leak, since we will be able to mark the exact location and approximate depth of the service.