Although most utility lines are visible overhead on poles that extend for what seems like miles, some are buried below the ground, protected from environmental elements by layers upon layers of the dirt below your landscape. They aren’t just on public property, but some of these lines may even be located right in front of or behind your home. Before you begin any digging projects, you need to consider this fact to be safe and within the laws of your city. Call on professionals who can use available technology for locating utilities before you begin your next exterior project.
High-voltage power lines can be extremely dangerous, especially if touched by hands or severed in any way by tools. Although they are wrapped with a protective material, these electrical lines are still dangerous and should only be handled or moved by professionals, with professional equipment. Before starting any digging or excavation plans, even on personal property, you’ll need to consult your municipality or city officials. Inadvertently cutting a utility line is not only dangerous, it could result in possible loss of power to yours or nearby homes and businesses. In some cases, the lines could even be serving an entire area that would be affected if the line were cut. That would result in a wide-spread inconvenience for many people, and be very costly for you.
Know Who to Call
Call 811. It’s the number that you can access in any state to get information about utility lines before you dig. The representatives will have all the necessary information pertaining to utility lines, including what purposes they serve. Underground lines may be related to telephone service, cable television, gas, sewer, or power lines. They all need to be handled by professionals, with the appropriate equipment. Calling 811 should be the first step on your to-do list before planning any excavation projects.
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