As flowers bloom and trees fill with leaves, it’s the perfect time to start a landscaping project. But before you start digging, make sure to call 811 to find out where utility lines run on your property. Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether they need to get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call-even small projects like planting trees or shrubs.
The depth of utility lines varies, and there could be multiple utility structures buried in common areas, so choosing not to ‘call before you dig’ can turn your spring project into a disaster. Even a little damage can bring a lot of unintended, and costly, consequences: disruption of service to an entire area, injury to you or those around you or potential fines and repair costs out of your pocket.
Why not just play it safe and call 811 before every digging job? It’s FREE to have underground utility lines marked and it helps prevent undesired consequences by showing you what’s below-and where NOT to dig.
How Does It Work?
1. Call 811 a few days before digging, and your call will be routed
to your local One Call center.
2. Tell the operator where you’re planning to dig and what type of work you will be doing, and they will notify the affected local utilities of your location and your intent to dig.
3. Within a few days, a locator will come by to mark the approximate location of your underground lines, pipes and cables.
Then you can proceed with your project, knowing you’re in the clear!
Never assume you know the location or depth of underground utility lines.
For more information, or to make an online request for utilities to be marked, contact Texas811 at 800.545.6005.