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Magnetic Detection


Magnetic Detection and Metal Detection Services in Oregon (Eugene & Portland) and Washington State (Everett, Renton, Seattle, & Tacoma)

Identification of ferrous and nonferrous metals: Utilizing Magnetic Locators and Metal Detectors to identify multiple types of utilities and objects, including, well casings, septic tanks, manhole covers, iron pipes, survey markers, valve boxes, steel drums, fuel tanks, etc.

Note: Technical manual providing an overview and product applications: Magnetic Locator Model GA-72CD

A magnetic detection service will ONLY locate metal objects made of ferrous material. If a magnet sticks to it, a Magnetic Locator will detect it. Understanding how deep in the ground you can detect something depends on its mass. A surveying nail can be found up to about 2’ – 3’ feet deep. An underground storage tank can be found up to about 15’ – 17’ feet deep. Items that are found using magnetic locators are usually cast iron pipes, property corner markers, steel enclosures or hardware, hazmat drums, mag nails, pk nails, manhole covers, marker magnets, septic tank lids, unexploded ordnances, valve boxes, weapons, and well casings.

Magnetic detection services will not detect objects such as electrical power cables made of aluminum or copper since these materials are not considered ferrous. 

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