DIY projects are becoming popular with most homeowners today. And sometimes, it is not only small repair jobs at home that they want to do but even massive projects outside the home. You project may involved digging or excavating part of your property so, before you start your project you need to know if there are public utility lines underneath the area that you are going to dig and what these utility line are for. 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. This is why it is important to use the services or a public utility locator and a private locator as well.
Locator services are very important since you will know what utility lines are under the property even before starting your project. If there are private utilities underground, you will not find them using public locator services. 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. If you want to find all utility lines under your property, then you need to call both public and private locator services.
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. Using 811 services, you can have them mark out the public utilities for you to prevent these dangerous situations.
It is equally important to mark out private utility lines in your property and for this you need the services of a private locator company. Private locator services can help you identify the lines of electricity and plumbing of your detached garage. It is only professionals that can help you find these private utility lines.
So, you need to contact both 811 and your private locator service before doing any digging on your property.
It is important to learn more about public and private locator services so that you can prevent dangerous situations when you are doing your excavation project.