Reasons for Using the Services of Public and Private Utility Locators
Many people today love to do things on their own. 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. 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. 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. And this makes it necessary to use both public and private locator services.
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. If you want to find all utility lines under your property, then you need to call both public and private locator services.
There are many types of utility lines that can be buried underground. 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. Hitting gas lines can caused explosions when gas is combined with the sparks of hitting metals. If you want to prevent these dangerous situations, then you need to call 811 to mark out the public utility lines for you.
Private utility locator services should also be called 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.