Two Ways a Ground-Penetrating Radar Could Make Renovation Easier

Here are some of the ways in which the use of a ground-penetrating radar could make the renovation of a property you own a bit easier.

It could allow you to determine if any work has been carried out on the foundation

This equipment could help you to determine if any work has been carried out on the building's foundation, without having to get your contractor to create holes in the foundation to check for signs of, for example, reinforcement components. This can be particularly useful when renovating an old building, even if the previous owner did not mention that the building's foundation had an issue with subsidence and had to be underpinned, this could still be the case, as this work may have been carried out by another owner many years ago.

If the radar indicates that the foundation was underpinned and this is something you were not previously aware of, having this information could allow you to make the right choices when deciding how to renovate the property. For example, if you had been planning to add an additional storey to the building, the contractor might, after seeing the results of the radar scan, advise you to opt for a ground-level extension instead, to avoid putting more strain on this previously-damaged foundation. Likewise, if you had been planning to landscape the property's gardens and plant trees near the building, the contractor might recommend that you plant these trees much farther away to ensure that their roots don't burrow into the weakened foundation and put it at risk of developing more subsidence issues again in the future.

It could allow you to avoid damaging the property's underground utility pipes and cables

Another way in which this equipment could make the renovations go more smoothly is by allowing the contractor to determine the exact location of the property's underground utility cables and pipes, without having to take the risk of digging into the soil to check where they are and potentially hitting and breaking them during this process of trying to find them.

This could allow you to build structures (such as a new patio) very close to these utility lines, without worrying that, for example, your excavator operator will damage some underground cables whilst excavating the ground to prepare it for this construction work. In short, by providing you with the exact location of these underground features, this radar could allow you to avoid the delays and extra costs that would come with fixing ones that were accidentally damaged.