Many homeowners today are looking to do more and more DIY projects in their homes. Now, they dont only want to do small home repair jobs but they are not thinking of doing massive projects outside their homes. If your project involves digging or excavating your own property of somebody elses property, then it is very important to take note that there are many pipes and cables of different utilities underground. Furthermore, it is not only public utility pipes and cables that are possibly under the property that you will dig, but there can also be private pipes and cables underneath it. 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.
Knowing what liens are underneath through locator services, will ensure that your project can be done without any damages to these lines. 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 need private locator services to find private utiity 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.
There are many types of utility lines that can be buried underground. Underground water lines are the source of the water that goes inside our homes. You can also find electrical power lines that can be a hazard if it is hit and broken. Hitting gas lines can caused explosions when gas is combined with the sparks of hitting metals. Calling 811 is the best thing you can do to prevent dangerous situations since they can mark out utility lines for you.
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. Without professional help, these private lines are hard to find.
So, you need to contact both 811 and your private locator service before doing any digging on your property.