Whether you are an excavator digging on Main Street or a homeowner digging in the backyard, you are required by state laws to call 811 or the local "One Call Center." The federally mandated national number, 811, went into effect in May of 2007. This simple, free phone number and free service can help prevent the loss of life, property, and vital services.
When you call 811, the local "One Call Center" will take your information and the location of the excavation, then they notify all of the companies that have utilities in the area. The utility owners send out utility locators to check the area and locate and mark any buried lines. They locate the lines with sophisticated equipment and paint the ground and use small flags in the grass areas.
The laws require all callers to call at least 48 to 72 hours (depending on the state) before excavation begins. For more information regarding the rules in your area, speak to the 811 operator or check out the 811 website.
Some utility lines will not be marked because they are private or consumer owned, such as a water services from the property line to your house, sometimes your electric service, electric to pools or light posts and even a gas service to a pool heater. If you have private utility lines, you'll have to hire a company that does "Private Markouts."
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