The Importance of Public and Private Locator Servcies
Many homeowners today are looking to do more and more DIY projects in their homes. While it was only small repair jobs that they did before, today there are many who are trying their hand in more massive projects at 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. 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. 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. You can hire locator services for both public and private utilities.
Locator services are very important since you will know what utility lines are under the property even before starting your project. If there are private utilities underground, you will not find them using public locator services. IT is important to hire a private locator also so that you can find the private utility lines that a public locator cannot do. The number to call for your public locator services is 811. And private locators can tell you where private utilities are. If you want to find all utility lines under your property, then you need to call both public and private locator services.
Many types of utility lines are buried underground. Supplying water to your homes are the underground water lines. 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.
Private utility locator services should also be called to mark out private utility lines in your property. If you have a detached garage with electricity and plumbing, then they can identify the lines for you. Without professional help, these private lines are hard to find.
So, you need to contact both 811 and your private locator service before doing any digging on your property.