Reasons for Using the Services of Public and Private Utility Locators
Many people today love to do things on their own. 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. 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. This is why it is important to use the services or a public utility locator and a private locator as well.
If you hire locator services, you will know what utility lines are underneath even before you start your project. If there are private utilities underground, you will not find them using public locator services. 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. 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.
If you dig your property, you will find many utility line buried underneath. 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.
And this is the reason why you need to call both 811 and a private locator service before your begin your excavation project.