DIY projects are becoming popular with most homeowners today. Now, they dont only want to do small home repair jobs but they are not thinking of doing massive projects outside their homes. If you new project involves digging or excavating your own property, then it is very important to note that underneath your property can be many public and private utility lines. 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. And this makes it necessary to use both public and private locator services.
Knowing what liens are underneath through locator services, will ensure that your project can be done without any damages to these lines. 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 call 811, there you can ask them for information on where public utilities are located. You also call private locators to locate private lines in your property. If you want to find all utility lines under your property, then you need to call both public and private locator services.
If you dig your property, you will find many utility line buried underneath. You have underground water lines that supply water to your homes. When an electrical power line under your property it hit and broken, then it can be extremely dangerous. If you hit a gas line, it can cause an explosion when the gas is combined with the spark of metal on metal. Using 811 services, you can have them mark out the public utilities for you to prevent these dangerous situations.
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. 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.