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. 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. 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. 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. Whatever type of project you are undertaking that involves digging the ground, it is very important to find out what pipes and cable are underneath so you will be careful not to damage any of these lines since the whole community will suffer if that happens. You can hire locator services for both public and private utilities.
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. 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. You need to contact both services to ensure that you can find all the utility lines underneath the property you are digging.
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. 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.
You should also hire a private locator service to mark out private utility lines in your property. The utility lines going to your detached garage can be identified by your private locator service. 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.