Marking Underground Utilities in Any Weather: The Importance of Choosing the Right Method

It’s well known that underground utilities should be marked before starting a construction project.

However, weather conditions can bring many challenges maintaining and preserving the paint marks that indicate where specific underground utilities are located. This is why it is important the utility locator is choosing the right method of marking underground utilities to ensure that the markings are appropriate for the job.

These options include using one or a combination of the following:


Coloured paint is the industry standard that is used to indicate the location of an underground utility. Paint is quick to apply, bright and easy to include additional information such as the utility owner or depth. Yet, paint is susceptible to wash away with wet weather or heavy traffic. It can also stain surfaces where the marks may not be wanted such as decorative landscape features.

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