What is Pipe Locating?

Before you do any digging or repairs on a property, it’s essential to know what lies beneath. It’s important to know the location of water pipes, drainage systems, and utilities pipes before breaking ground. Not only could it save you a ton of time and money, it could also be a matter of life and death. Hitting a power cable or gas line during excavation could have dire consequences.

When is Pipe Locating used?

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Before you undertake any digging or excavation work on a property, you’ll need to have pipe locating completed. This might include renovations, extensions, putting in a pool, extensive landscaping, or any project that requires council consent.

Using the latest pipe locating technology, surveying and tracing equipment and CCTV video units, Sumich Plumbing & Drainage can create an accurately drawn plan showing where the water, gas, telecom and utilities pipes are located on your property.

Can’t we just use existing building plans?

Most building plans do not provide adequate detail about what pipes and cables have been laid underground. Some will have been installed by public utility companies, such as power and water, but others may have been put in place by private contractors. The only way to get a thorough overview before you dig is to arrange comprehensive pipe locating from an independent party, like Sumich.

The New Zealand beforeUdig Certified Locator programme

In New Zealand, it is not necessary to have a certification to complete pipe location work. At Sumich, however, we think you’re always better off using a supplier who has invested in the safety of both clients and employees. Sumich Plumbing & Drainage founding director Chris Sumich is a professional certified Locator. For more information, visit www.beforeudig.co.nz.


There are a number of plumbing and drainage companies in Auckland, so why choose Sumich?

Founded by owner-operator Chris Sumich in 1991, Sumich Plumbing & Drainage has one of the most experienced teams operating in Auckland. Our team has a combined experience of over 100 years and we’ve seen a comprehensive range of scenarios and solutions over the years. Clients trust us to give honest, transparent advice and service.

As registered members of the New Zealand Plumbers, Drainlayers & Gasfitters Association, we are professional, licensed Auckland plumbers for all of your plumbing, drain laying, gas-fitting and heating needs. Give us a call to see how we can help.

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