Many people today love to do things on their own. While it was only small repair jobs that they did before, today there are many who are trying their hand in more massive projects at home. If you new project involves digging or excavating your own property, then it is very important to note that underneath your property can be many public and private utility lines. Also remember that it is not only public utility lines that can be located underneath, but it is possibly to also have private pipes and cables below too. So, any project that involves digging or excavating, whether you are uprooting a rotting tree or building a fence for your property, you need to know what lies underneath the ground before doing any type of digging because you dont want to find yourself responsible for damaging any utility lines and making the whole community suffer for it. And this makes it necessary to use both public and private locator services.
Locator services are very important since you will know what utility lines are under the property even before starting your project. Public locator services cannot point out private utility lines. You dont use a public locator to find private utility lines so you will also need to hire the services of a private locator. The number to call for your public locator services is 811. You also call private locators to locate private lines in your property. You need to contact both services to ensure that you can find all the utility lines underneath the property you are digging.
If you dig your property, you will find many utility line buried underneath. You have underground water lines that supply water to your homes. There are electrical power lines that are extremely dangerous when hit and broken. Hitting gas lines can caused explosions when gas is combined with the sparks of hitting metals. Using 811 services, you can have them mark out the public utilities for you to prevent these dangerous situations.
Private utility locator services should also be called to mark out private utility lines in your property. If you have a detached garage with electricity and plumbing, then they can identify the lines for you. You will have a difficult time looking for these private lines without professional help.
So, you need to contact both 811 and your private locator service before doing any digging on your property.