Why You Need Both Public and Private Locator Services
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. 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. 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. This is why it is important to use the services or a public utility locator and a private locator as well.
Knowing what liens are underneath through locator services, will ensure that your project can be done without any damages to these lines. 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 want to find out what utility lines are under your property, then you should call 811. You also call private locators to locate private 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.
If you dig your property, you will find many utility line buried underneath. Underground water lines are the source of the water that goes inside our 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. Using 811 services, you can have them mark out the public utilities for you to prevent these dangerous situations.
Private utility locator services should also be called to mark out private utility lines in your property. If you have a detached garage with electricity and plumbing, then they can identify the lines for you. It is only professionals that can help you find these private utility lines.
So, before beginning your excavation project, call 811 and your private locator service if you want to keep yourself and your community safe.