Why You Need Both Public and Private Locator Services
Many people today love to do things on their own. 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. 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.
If you hire locator services, you will know what utility lines are underneath even before you start your project. Public locator services cannot point out private utility lines. IT is important to hire a private locator also so that you can find the private utility lines that a public locator cannot do. If you call 811, there you can ask them for information on where public utilities are located. You also call private locators to locate private lines in your property. Both services are important to ensure that all the utiity lines underneath your property are located.
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. There are electrical power lines that are extremely dangerous when 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.
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. Without professional help, these private lines are hard to find.
So, before beginning your excavation project, call 811 and your private locator service if you want to keep yourself and your community safe.