DIY projects are becoming popular with most homeowners today. And sometimes, it is not only small repair jobs at home that they want to do but even massive projects outside the home. If you new project involves digging or excavating your own property, then it is very important to note that underneath your property can be many public and private utility lines. 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. You dont want to be responsible for damaging any utility lines underneath since it can have grave consequences for the whole community and this is the reason why, before starting your project, you need to know what lies underneath your property. 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. If you want to find out what utility lines are under your property, then you should call 811. 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.
There are many types of utility lines that can be buried underground. You have underground water lines that supply water to your homes. When an electrical power line under your property it hit and broken, then it can be extremely dangerous. If you hit a gas line, it can cause an explosion when the gas is combined with the spark of metal on metal. 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. Private locator services can help you identify the lines of electricity and plumbing of your detached garage. It is only professionals that can help you find these private utility lines.
And this is the reason why you need to call both 811 and a private locator service before your begin your excavation project.