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Plastic Pipe Locators

Eight Ways to Locate Plastic Pipe:

  1. Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR: Radiodetection RD1000
  2. Mechanical pulsing valve: Radiodetection RD500
  3. Electronically controlled water pulse generator: Radiodetection RD550
  4. Electronically controlled water pulse generator: Sewerin Stopper
  5. Pipe noise generator: Sewerin Knocker
  6. Locatable rodder that inserts into live water service pipes to accurately locate depth and position
  7. Live tap into water main pipes and insert locatable rodder that to accurately locate depth and position up to 1000 feet: Jameson Duct Hunter Water main locator
  8. Sonic plastic pipe locator: Sensit APL

Ground Penetrating Radar, GPRGPR ground penetrating radar

Radiodetection RD1000

Subsurface Imaging and Surveying

Like all GPRs, high conductivity soil, clay reduces the maximum depth that the signal can penetrate the soil.  Sandy soil is excellent for ground penetrating radar.

GPR - Ground Penetrating Radar page

Ground Penetrating Radar Brochure


Plastic Pipe Locatorplastic pipe locator

The Radiodetection RD500 locates all clean water pipes including PVC, Plastic, AC without tracer wires.

The RD500 is a patented PVC, plastic pipe locator valve that connects to the water supply pipes and creates 5 psi pulses higher than the pipe pressure. Then locate PVC pipe by listening with the RD547, Stethophon 04, Aquaphon A100 or A200, T10 or other acoustic leak detector for the loudest position.


RD550 Plastic Pipe LocatorPlastic Pipe Locator RD550

Water Pulse Generator sends along the pipe which then can be located using the RD542, RD545, RD547, Stethophon or Aquaphon leak detectors.


Stopper PVC Pipe Locatorpvc plastic pipe locator

The "Sewerin Stopper" connects to hydrants to located plastic, PVC and non-metallic water pipes. In good conditions the thumper locates plastic pipes over 1000 feet in each direction. Deeper pipes and softer soils reduce the maximum distance. Both the frequency and intensity of the pressure pulse are controllable.

Video of Sewerin Thumper plastic pipe locator in operation

The Combiphon Generator powers and controls both the Knocker and Stopper PVC pipe locators.

Plastic Pipe Locator Combiphon brochure


Knocker Plastic Pipe Locatorplastic pvc pipe locator

The Knocker connects to the outside of PVC plastic(non-metallic) pipes and taps on the plastic pipe, sending sound pulses down the pipes. The Knocker plastic pipe locator controls both the frequency and intensity of sound pulses, then you find the PVC pipe location with the Stethophon 04Aquaphon, or RD500 receiver or other acoustic leak detector.

The Knocker works for all pipes in general. A water pressure and flow is not needed. Connecting is quick and easy.


Jameson Plastic Pipe LocatorPlastic pipe locator rodderPlastic pipe locator rodder

Locate plastic water pipes up to 300 feet and up to 100 psi by inserting the locator traceable rodder using a sealed stuffing box into plastic water pipes for accurate location and depth measurements. The stuffing box connects to the yoke which holds the meter using an adapter.

Available in 100', 150', 200', 250', 300' kits with 3/16" diameter pushrods.


Jameson Plastic Water Main LocatorPlastic water main locator

Locate non-metal water pipes and plastic water mains up to 600 feet without a tracer wire.  Seals with live water pipes up to 100 psi. Locate the position and depth with Radiodetection locators such the RD7000 Underground Locators or the RD5000 Pipe Locator.




Plastic Pipe Locator RD547 Acoustic Leak Detector / Gas Tracer / Plastic Pipe Locator Plastic pipe locator and water leak detector

The RD547 includes a mode designed for following the water pulse sounds applied to pipe by the RD350 water pulse generator.


SENSIT Ulta-Trac APLPlastic Pipe Locator

Plastic Pipe Locator brochure