DIY projects are becoming popular with most homeowners today. 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 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. You dont want to be responsible for damaging any utility lines underneath since it can have grave consequences for the whole community and this is the reason why, before starting your project, you need to know what lies underneath your property. And this makes it necessary to use both public and private locator services.
If you hire locator services, you will know what utility lines are underneath even before you start your project. 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. If you call 811, there you can ask them for information on where public utilities are located. 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.
Many types of utility lines are buried underground. You have underground water lines that supply water to your homes. There are electrical power lines that are extremely dangerous when hit and broken. When metals are hit, they create sparks and when this is combined with gas that escapes from a broken gas pipe, then this can make a huge explosion. Calling 811 is the best thing you can do to prevent dangerous situations since they can mark out utility lines for you.
You should also hire a private locator service 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, before beginning your excavation project, call 811 and your private locator service if you want to keep yourself and your community safe.
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.