Reasons for Using the Services of Public and Private Utility Locators
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.
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. Instead, you need private locators so that you can also find private utilities that are not marked by a public locator. If you want to find out what utility lines are under your property, then you should call 811. And private locators can tell you where private utilities are. Both services are important to ensure that all the utiity lines underneath your property are located.
If you dig your property, you will find many utility line buried underneath. Underground water lines are the source of the water that goes inside our homes. There are electrical power lines that are extremely dangerous when hit and broken. If you hit a gas line, it can cause an explosion when the gas is combined with the spark of metal on metal. If you want to prevent these dangerous situations, then you need to call 811 to mark out the public 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. It is only professionals that can help you find these private utility lines.
So, before beginning your excavation project, call 811 and your private locator service if you want to keep yourself and your community safe.