The Importance of Public and Private Locator Servcies
DIY projects are becoming popular with most homeowners today. 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. 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. 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.
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 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.
Many types of utility lines are buried underground. You have underground water lines that supply water to your homes. You can also find electrical power lines that can be a hazard if it is 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. Calling 811 is the best thing you can do to prevent dangerous situations since they can mark out 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. 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.