Reasons for Using the Services of Public and Private Utility Locators
DIY projects are becoming popular with most homeowners today. And sometimes, it is not only small repair jobs at home that they want to do but even massive projects outside the home. You project may involved digging or excavating part of your property so, before you start your project you need to know if there are public utility lines underneath the area that you are going to dig and what these utility line are for. 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. You dont want to be responsible for damaging any utility lines underneath since it can have grave consequences for the whole community and this is the reason why, before starting your project, you need to know what lies underneath your property. And this makes it necessary to use both public and private locator services.
Knowing what liens are underneath through locator services, will ensure that your project can be done without any damages to these lines. Public locator services cannot point out private utility lines. Instead, you need private locators so that you can also find private utilities that are not marked by a public locator. If you call 811, there you can ask them for information on where public utilities are located. 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.
There are many types of utility lines that can be buried underground. Underground water lines are the source of the water that goes inside our homes. You can also find electrical power lines that can be a hazard if it is hit and broken. 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.
It is equally important to mark out private utility lines in your property and for this you need the services of a private locator company. The utility lines going to your detached garage can be identified by your private locator service. You will have a difficult time looking for these private lines without professional help.
So, you need to contact both 811 and your private locator service before doing any digging on your property.
It is important to learn more about public and private locator services so that you can prevent dangerous situations when you are doing your excavation project.