Reasons for Using the Services of Public and Private Utility Locators
Many homeowners today are looking to do more and more DIY projects in their homes. And sometimes, it is not only small repair jobs at home that they want to do but even massive projects outside the 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. It is not only public utility lines that you should know about but there can also be private utility lines underneath. 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. 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. 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. You also call private locators to locate private lines in your property. 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. 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. If you want to prevent these dangerous situations, then you need to call 811 to mark out the public utility lines for you.
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. Without professional help, these private lines are hard to find.
So, you need to contact both 811 and your private locator service before doing any digging on your property.