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CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!
Planning a home improvement project? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? WAIT!! Here’s what you need to know first: Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 or 1-800-DIG-SAFE (1-800-344-7233) before each job.
If you plan on doing any digging on your property, make sure you remember to Call Before You Dig. It is very important to have all underground utilities located before digging to prevent costly and potentially dangerous contact with buried utility lines. It is not only the smart thing to do, it is also the law.
Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees and shrubs. The depth of utility lines varies and there may be multiple utility lines in a common area. Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Calling 811 before every digging job gets your underground utility lines marked for free and helps prevent undesired consequences.
CALL 48 HOURS BEFORE YOU DIG: Dial 811
Requests accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Be prepared to provide the following information:
- Your name, phone number, company name (if applicable), and mailing address.
The name and phone number of an alternate contact person, in case the utilities have questions and cannot reach you.
If the work is taking place within 10 feet of any overhead power lines.
Type of work to be done.
Person for whom the work is being done.
Location of worksite, including street address, nearest cross street, city, county, township, range, section, etc.
The distance and direction of the worksite from the intersection.
Marking instructions (specific instructions as to where the work is taking place).
These questions are asked so that the customer service representative can determine which utility companies should be notified and which should not. This process makes sure that all the utilities at your worksite are located, and the underground facility owners who do not have lines in your general area are not needlessly notified.
Keep in Mind:
Even if you previously had utilities located by calling 811, you should call before every digging project. Underground utilities can shift, and it is important to be certain of where they are before you dig.
Also, 811 locators do not locate privately installed facilities. If you have any private utilities, you will need to hire a private utility locator. Some examples of private utilities include: underground sprinkler system, invisible fences, data communication systems, private water systems, or gas piping to a garage.
Once all the underground utilities have been located, you can start your digging project. Be sure to wear all the proper protective gear before putting the shovel into the earth.
Respect the marks:
Utility companies use colored flags or paint to indicate underground lines and their approximate locations. To help them out, mark your proposed area with white paint or white flags.
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