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More than 256,000 utility lines are struck each year in the United States. And, 35% of those accidents result from property owners not calling before digging.
Potentially causing homeowners wasted money and time, struck utility lines are also a safety risk. Because utility lines are only inches underground, they are easy to hit with even the shallowest of digging projects.
If you’re planning to dig a hole, tear down a building or engage in any other earth-moving activity, please dial 811 at least two full working days before beginning your project. Remember – it’s the law!
When calling 811, the operator who handles the call will ask you several questions about the area in which you plan to dig, including:
After you dial this number, a professional utility line locator will be sent to your home or business to mark your lines free of charge. TIP: You should outline your project in white paint BEFORE the representatives arrive. If you fail to contact 811, proceed with an unmarked excavation and strike an underground utility line, you will be responsible for the damages and costs for repair.The locator will mark the undergrounds lines with spray paint.
Knowing where underground utility lines are buried before you dig will help protect you from injury and prevent damages to utilities, service disruptions and potential fines and repair costs. Whether you're planting a tree or shrub or installing a deck or pool, call 811 every time. The call center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.