Before You Dig – Don’t Forget to Call

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What does building a deck, expanding your garden and replacing your mailbox all have in common? The answer: all these projects require digging in and around your yard. Many of us don’t think twice before we begin digging for a new project in our yard, but why should we?

If your yard has any underground utility lines, you are at risk of hitting them when digging. If a line is hit, it could disrupt service in your entire neighborhood, potentially harm you or others and could even result in having to pay fines and repair fees!

So how are you supposed to know if and where you have underground utility lines in your yard? All you have to do is simply call ‘811’, which is a new, federally-mandated national ‘Call Before You Dig’ number that was created to help protect people from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines.

After you dial 811, your call will be routed to your local ‘call before you dig’ center. Once you’ve been routed, tell the operator where you’re planning to dig, what type of work you will be doing and your affected local utilities companies will be notified about your intent to dig. In a few days after the call they will send out a locator to mark the approximate location of your underground lines, pipes and cables.

Once your yard is marked you will have an approximate outline of where you can dig safely without causing any problems for you and your neighborhood. For more information check out the 811 ‘Call Before You Dig’ website. Now dig away!

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