Why You Need Both Public and Private Locator Services
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. 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. It is not only public utility lines that you should know about but there can also be private utility lines underneath. 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. And this makes it necessary to use both public and private locator services.
Locator services are very important since you will know what utility lines are under the property even before starting your project. You need to hire a private locator to point our private utility lines to you. Instead, you need private locators so that you can also find private utilities that are not marked by a public locator. The number to call for your public locator services is 811. 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.
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. 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, you need to contact both 811 and your private locator service before doing any digging on your property.