Reasons for Using the Services of Public and Private Utility Locators
Many homeowners today are looking to do more and more DIY projects in their homes. 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. 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. 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. 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 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. Supplying water to your homes are the underground water lines. 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. 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.