The Importance of Public and Private Locator Servcies
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 your project involves digging or excavating your own property of somebody elses property, then it is very important to take note that there are many pipes and cables of different utilities underground. It is not only public utility lines that you should know about but there can also be private utility lines underneath. 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.
Locator services are very important since you will know what utility lines are under the property even before starting your project. You need to hire a private locator to point our private utility lines to you. Instead, you need private locators so that you can also find private utilities that are not marked by a public locator. The number to call for your public locator services is 811. You also need private locator services to find private utiity lines in your property. If you want to find all utility lines under your property, then you need to call both public and private locator services.
Many types of utility lines are 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. When metals are hit, they create sparks and when this is combined with gas that escapes from a broken gas pipe, then this can make a huge explosion. 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. The utility lines going to your detached garage can be identified by your private locator service. It is only professionals that can help you find these private utility lines.
So, you need to contact both 811 and your private locator service before doing any digging on your property.