A Season for Landscaping, Digging…and Dialing 811
As flowers bloom and trees fill with leaves, it’s the perfect time to start a landscaping project. However, it’s critical to call 811 before you dig to find out where underground utility lines run on your property. Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether they need to get these lines marked, but every digging job requires a call–even small projects like planting trees or shrubs.
Call 811 Before You Dig or Face Serious Potential Liability
The depth of underground utility lines varies and there could be multiple utility structures buried in common areas; choosing not to call 811 before you dig, then, can turn your spring project into an outright disaster. Even seemingly small amounts of damage to underground utility lines can cause severe, multiple and costly unintended 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. That’s right: If you don’t call 811 before you dig and cause damage to underground utility lines or other utility structures, you could be held personally financially liable for all related damages and power outages.
Marking Underground Utility Lines: A No-Cost Proposition with Big Returns
Why not just play it safe and call 811 before you dig—every time? It’s FREE to have underground lines marked and it helps prevent undesired consequences by showing you what’s below and where NOT to dig. Never assume you know the location or depth of underground utility lines.
How Does Calling 811 Work?
- 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’ll be doing. 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 utility lines, pipes and cables.
While you are planning, reference GVEC’s easement guidelines to ensure your project will be free and clear of any encroachment issues and you can enjoy it for years to come!