Remember: Always Call Before You Dig

Posted by admin on 4/29/2015 to construction

Knowing where underground utility lines are buried before you dig will help ... 811 is a free national number created by the Federal Communications Commission to alert homeowners and contractors.

Whether you are planting trees and shrubs, installing a fence or deck, doing it yourself or hiring a professional, call 811 before you dig! Don't rely on memory or markings. There may be multiple utility lines in an area and they may vary in depth.

Digging without calling may disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Calling 811 before every digging job gets your underground utility lines marked for free and helps prevent undesired consequences

Be prepared to answer the following questions before you call 811:

·         Company telephone number (company or person requesting the location)

·         Caller name

·         County where work is being performed

·         Place/City/Town

·         In or out of city limits

·         Subdivision (including lot numbers if available)

·         Address

·         Cross-street name

·         Intersection

·         Area to locate on the job site

·         Blasting (required information set forth in the Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act)

·         Boring (request both the entering and existing sides of the bore)

·         Near a railroad (in case fiber optic cables are in the railroad right-of-way)

·         Emergency (fees may be involved)

·         Work date and time

·         Duration of work

·         Work type

·         Who work is done for

·         Destroyed/unmarked lines

·         Sub-contractor (if applicable)

·         Site contact


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