Why You Need Both Public and Private Locator Services
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. 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. 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. 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. You dont use a public locator to find private utility lines so you will also need to hire the services of a private locator. The number to call for your public locator services is 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. 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.
You should also hire a private locator service to mark out private utility lines in your property. Private locator services can help you identify the lines of electricity and plumbing of your detached garage. You will have a difficult time looking for these private lines without professional help.
So, you need to contact both 811 and your private locator service before doing any digging on your property.